Weather Myths & Facts

A bunch of weather myths and facts.

Huge Chunks of Ice Fall From The Sky

huge chunks of ice fall from the sky

A strange phenomenon seems to be occurring all around the world, in which large chunks of ice fall from the sky. In many cases, there isn’t a cloud in sight. Certainly not a frequent event, but perplexing nonetheless. Unlike ball-lightning, the Lockness Monster and Big Foot, this phenomenon has been well documented with pictures and insurance reports, time and time again. Megacryometeor is a term used to describe a large block of ice that falls from the atmosphere under clear sky conditions. Just how large is large? Most have weighed…
Read more

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…
Read more

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,…
Read more

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, leaving 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 has to do with the internal structure (single or multiple vortex), varying intensity of a tornado and the path the…
Read more

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….
Read more

How Does Hail Form?

Colorado hail storm

Hail forms in thunderstorms where the updraft is strong enough to carry water droplets and ice condensing nuclei high into the atmosphere where they interact and freeze turning into ice. When the weight of the ice is too heavy for the updraft to keep it aloft, or when the hail escapes the updraft, it falls to the ground as a hailstone. Hail Formation The dynamics behind what creates the hail is somewhat complex. The basic ingredients are ice condensing nuclei, super cooled water droplets, latent heat, and powerful updrafts. In…
Read more

Hurricane Wind Speed (Saffir-Simpson Scale)

Hurricanes are the most powerful storms on Earth in terms of size, energy released, and the scale of damage they can produced. The wind and the rain can be unrelenting, but the storm surge often times causes more damage. And if that’s not bad enough, hurricanes can even spawn tornadoes which makes some locations sustain far greater damage than the surrounding areas. The terms typhoon and hurricane mean the same thing, that is, they are both non-frontal synoptic scale low-pressure systems over tropical or sub-tropical waters with organized convection (i.e.;…
Read more