Category: Weather

Interesting weather stories, myths, facts and pictures.

Do Surge Protectors Work Against Lightning Strikes?

Surge protectors are a common staple in just about every house that has a computer or expensive electrical equipment. They come in a variety of power ratings, which claim to protect the equipment should a power surge occur. And while that may be the case for smaller variances in the…

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Do Lightning Rods Attract Lightning?

Lightning rods have been around since Benjamin Franklin first discovered lightning was made of electricity. And by watching a thunderstorm, logic would conclude that if one were to position a metal rod at the highest point on a structure, a lightning bolt would strike it, direct the electricity into the…

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What is a Heat Burst?

Many people that live in the mid-west are familiar with sudden changes in air temperature. They are usually associated with a passing cold front or the cool down-burst of a thunderstorm. However, on rare occasions, the air temperature can rapidly increase due to a phenomenon called a heat burst. Within…

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Are There More Tornadoes Due to Global Warming?

The recent outbreak of large and destructive tornadoes in the mid-west has a lot of folks speculating climate change is the cause, but caution must be taken before making such correlations. Although the average number of tornadoes reported each year has in fact increased, this does not mean there are…

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What is Graupel? Little Balls of Snow or Hail?

Have you ever seen little balls of snow that look like Styrofoam falling from the sky and wondered what they were? They look like hail, but they’re soft. They feel like snow, but they’re round. What exactly is this stuff? It’s called graupel, also referred to as snow pellets, soft…

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Weather Sayings and Folklore

Many of us have heard the various weather saying and folklore, but is there any truth to these phrases? When dogs eat grass, you can expect a severe storm. My dog eats grass in the winter, spring, summer and fall. It’s got nothing to do with the weather and more…

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No Two Snowflakes Are Alike?

With all the trillions of snowflakes that are piled up in your driveway, coating the mountain tops, and plowed from the road, it’s probably true that no two snowflakes are alike. Proving this would be quite a feat, for obvious reasons, but you’ll as you read below, you’ll see why…

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