Category: Weather Myths & Facts

A bunch of weather myths and facts.

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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Which Way Does Water Spin Down a Drain?

At some point in our lives, most of us have heard that water spins down a drain in different directions depending on which hemisphere we’re in. The fact is, the Coriolis force has virtually nothing to do with which direction water spins down a drain. The Coriolis force is “real”…

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Lightning Odds, Facts and Statistics

Lightning is one of Mother nature’s offerings that captures everyone’s attention because there’s just the right mix of fear and curiosity which draws folks to the show. Moreover, the amounts of ozone and nitrogen oxides created by lightning surpass those generated by human activities in that level of the atmosphere…

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Can Lightning Cause an Airplane Crash?

Can lightning cause an airplane crash? Not today. The last time a commercial airplane crashed in the United States due to a lightning strike was about 60 years ago. On December 8, 1962 lighting hit a Pan American Boeing 707 in a holding pattern over Elkton, Md. The lightning created…

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Wind Chill Index and Its Affects

Wind chill is a measure of how cold people and animals feel based on heat loss due to wind and evaporation. In cold and windy weather conditions, the skin loses heat through evaporation much more quickly than if the wind were not blowing. Therefore, it feels much cooler when it’s…

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Tornadoes Never Hit Big Cities?

It is a myth that tornadoes never hit big cities. Below is a picture of a tornado that ravaged downtown Miami Florida on May 12th, 1997. Tornadoes have a long history of hitting big cities and when they do, they usually cause a great amount of damage due to the…

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