Is Ethanol (E85) Good or Bad?

You’ve probably heard of E85, or maybe you’ve even seen a few gas stations selling this stuff. Perhaps you’ve read that it’s the new, greener alternative fuel for cars that’s supposed to help wean us off our foreign dependency on oil. After all, anything that can achieve that is a…

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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…

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BMW Dakar 650 Tail Light Problem

If you find that your BMW 650 CS/GS/Dakar tail light doesn’t work at all or flickers when riding, chances are the metal power terminals inside the bulb socket are no longer making a good connection with the metal bumps on the tail light bulb. This is a very common problem…

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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…

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Do Large Cities Create Thunderstorms?

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…

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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…

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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…

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