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Are Rogue Waves Real or Just a Myth?

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Skippers and captains from the earliest of times have reported freak waves of monstrous proportions, slamming into their ships. Many reported the waves came out of nowhere. It’s even possible these waves have sunk ships with little to no warning. For many years, these waves were thought to be mythical in nature. People believed there must have been some other logical explanation for the damage inflicted upon these ships or their sudden disappearance. It wasn’t until the last few decades that the answer was finally discovered; they are most certainly…
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Weird Weather: When It’s Really Cold Outside

When it’s really cold outside, strange things start to happen. There aren’t too many eye-whiteness accounts of such conditions because it’s so cold it’s dangerous, and any exposed skin can instantly freeze resulting in frostbite. However, on one occasion at Snag airport in the Yukon of Canada, the temperature dropped to an official -81.4°F on February 3rd, 1947. There were 16 employees on duty at the time and two weather observers, Wilf Blezard and Gordon Toole, recorded the following observations: We threw a dish of water high into the air,…
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Record Low Temperature by State

The following is a list of record low temperatures for each of the 50 states and on what date that temperature occurred. These temperatures are official and don’t take into account wind chill. All these records are based on 2004 data: State Temperature Location Date Alabama -27°F New Market January 30, 1966 Alaska -80°F Prospect Creek January 23, 1971 Arizona -41°F Hawley Lake January 7, 1971 Arkansas -29°F Pond and Gavette February 13, 1905 California -45°F Boca January 20, 1937 Colorado -61°F Maybell February 1, 1985 Connecticut -37°F Norfolk February…
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Record High Temperature by State

The following is a list of record high temperatures for each of the 50 states and on what date that temperature occurred. These temperatures are official and don’t take into account heat index. All these records are based on 2004 data: State Temperature Location Date Alabama 112°F Centerville September 5th, 1925 Alaska 100°F Fort Yukon June 27th, 1915 Arizona 128°F Lake Havasu City June 29th, 1994 Arkansas 120°F Ozark August 10th, 1936 California 134°F Greenland Ranch July 10th, 1913 Colorado 118°F Bennett July 11th, 1888 Connecticut 106°F Danbury July 15th,…
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Can a Tornado Jump Over a House?

Tornadoes don’t hop, jump or skip. They can retreat back up into the clouds and spawn again sometime later. They can carve a path through a neighborhood that spares some houses and demolishes others. This leaves the impression the tornado skipped houses. While it’s true a tornado can completely destroy one house and minimally damage another right next to it, the reason has nothing to do with jumping or skipping. It does have to do with the internal structure of the tornado and its path. The funnel of a tornado…
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Cities Create Thunderstorms: Urban Heat Island

With today’s land starved metropolitan cities expanding further into their rural surroundings, a strange consequence had been documented: cities create thunderstorms, or at least assist in their genesis. It’s called the “urban heat island effect” and is based upon a simple concept. As a city increases in size, the amount of heat absorbed in the area from the sun also increases. Vegetation and trees, which cool the air through shade and evaporation are being replaced with tar roof tops, dark colored roads, and asphalt parking lots which absorb more energy….
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How Does Hail Form?

Those big thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, powerful downdrafts and torrential rains are almost always accompanied by hail. Some of these storms can drop so much hail, it looks as if it’s snowed in the middle of summer. Others can drop hail the size of softballs, large enough to kill livestock and even unsuspecting people caught outdoors. These storms cause billions of dollar in damage to crops and property each year. For example, one storm that ravaged the Denver Metro area on May 8th, 2017 caused $1.4 billion in damages with…
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