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Hurricane Katrina – 10 Years Later

I vividly remember the horrible, sick feeling I got as I watched Hurricane Katrina take aim at the Gulf Coast ten years ago. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. You knew lots of people were going … Continue reading

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Meteorology’s Magic 8-Ball

When I was a kid, and a blossoming weather nerd, I used to love reading the Farmers’ Almanac. They always had these cool little tidbits about past weather events and I was always amazed at how they projected tides and … Continue reading

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Heat Bursts

Heat bursts are rare and intriguing phenomena where air temperature spikes suddenly and dramatically. They are most common at night or during the early hours of the morning. These spikes are often accompanied by severe wind gusts and significant drops … Continue reading

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Great Balls of Fire – The Mystery of Ball Lightning

It’s among the most bizarre and mysterious natural phenomena that has ever been observed. “Ball lightning” is reported as a fiery ball of light that moves horizontally across the sky. Reports of ball lightning date back to the Middle Ages. … Continue reading

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Nature’s Light Show – The Science of Lightning

Among nature’s most spectacular phenomena is lightning. Lighting up skies throughout the world millions of times per day, coming in bright flashes and brilliant bolts. What causes this amazing spectacle? It’s all about electrical energy. There remains some debate about … Continue reading

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What is the Sea Breeze?

Have you ever been at the beach and noticed thunderstorms build in off the water during the afternoon? That is frequently the result of the sea breeze. You may have heard forecasters on TV use the term before. What is … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Heat Wave

Man, it’s hot out there! Summer is in full swing and many parts of the US are experiencing their first significant heat wave of the season. That begs the question: what causes a heat wave? Well, the short answer to … Continue reading

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