Why Does Thunder Rumble?

Thunder is caused by the rapid expansion and contraction of the air surrounding a lighting bolt. On average, a lightning bolt is about 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun, or about 50,000°F! This causes the air to become super-heated and as a result, the air rapidly expands…

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Should You Open Windows During A Tornado?

A long standing tornado myth states that if you open windows during  a tornado, it will prevent the roof from being blown off. There’s another myth that says you should only open north facing windows. I’m not sure where these myths originated, but they are both pretty silly. It’s really…

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My BMW 650 GS Dakar Review

When it came to choosing my first motorcycle, I decided on the 2005 BMW 650 GS Dakar over some other comparable single cylinder motorcycles for a couple of simple reasons; looks and performance. Bottom line … I LOVE this bike! Some of the other bikes I looked at were the…

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Shape of a Rain Drop

Rain drops are often drawn in books or shown on TV as being tear drop shaped. This isn’t true at all. In reality, the shape of a rain drop changes as its size gets bigger, and they are never shaped like a tear drop at any point during their life-cycle….

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Do Rubber Tires Prevent Lightning Strikes?

Most people believe the rubber tires on a car prevent lightning strikes. Ironically, it’s not the rubber tires insulating the car, but rather the conductive metal framing which protects you. It does so by conducting the electricity around the exterior of the vehicle protecting the occupants sitting inside. The truth…

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Tornado Shelter – Southwest Corner of Basement?

Although a below ground basement is one of the safest places during a tornado, the southwest corner will provide no added protection unless there is more structural support as compared to the other corners. Anytime you can get below ground you are better off, but somewhat recent studies have shown…

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Highway Overpass Safe During a Tornado?

One myth that could potentially cost someone their life is the belief that a highway overpass provides safe shelter from tornadoes. This is a myth for reasons which may not be immediately obvious to some. It probably started when a video clip aired on national news showing family and a…

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