Weather Myths & Facts

A bunch of weather myths and facts.

Mandatory Hurricane Evacuation – Don’t Ride it Out!

Ignoring a hurricane evacuation order and riding it out is a very risky and potentially fatal decision for a number of reasons. Hurricanes are a very serious storm that should never be taken lightly. If local officials are telling you to evacuate, it’s best to take their advice and get out of harms way, regardless of how big the hurricane is or what type of house you live in. Hurricanes can travel great distances and have very irregular paths. As an example, in 1995, hurricane Roxanne had one of the…
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Outrun a Tornado In a Car?

Is it possible to outrun a tornado in a car? Many believe so, but they’re making a dangerous bet. While it’s true both cars and motorcycles are faster than tornadoes, the biggest problem with this line of thinking is they must also stay on the road and obey traffic laws. Tornadoes do not. One might think, well, if a tornado is chasing me I’m not stopping at any stop signs or stop lights. I’m getting out of here as fast as I can! Adhering to this logic may be more…
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Can It Be Too Cold to Snow?

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This could be a very technical discussion, so I will try and keep it simple. The answer to the question of can it be too cold to snow is no, but is gets increasingly difficult the colder it gets. Let’s familiarize ourselves with an important concept. Warm air can evaporate a lot more water than colder air. That is to say, there is more water vapor present for producing precipitation in warm air than in cold air, and when any air mass reaches the point where it can’t absorb any…
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