Wildfires are fires that happen in wooded areas and can start from lightning or from people who do not carefully handle flames. Winds, dry plants and leaves on the ground can spread a fire very quickly.
One type of wind phenomenon that spreads wildfires easily is called the Santa Ana winds. These strong, hot […]
Hurricanes are one of the most destructive weather hazards around. Most people know that hurricanes are dangerous, but do you know how they are made?
It’s hard to believe, but big and powerful hurricanes start off as just a few thunderstorms in the middle of the ocean! Hurricanes only need a few ingredients […]
To get to a place on land, you use a road or highway. But did you know that there are highways for the sea, too?
One of them is the Alaska Marine Highway System, which ships use to transport people and vehicles to coastal communities on a year-round basis. It covers about 3,500 miles from […]
Fall can be an exciting season, as we go back to school and anticipate fun fall events such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. But fall also brings dangerous weather hazards, and it’s important to be aware of that. Let’s look at some of the fall weather hazards.
Drought is a normal feature of our climate. Caused […]
Have Fun at the Beach, but Stay Safe!
The summer months are the perfect time for a beach trip. However, it’s important to know the facts about beach safety when planning your next trip — the ocean can be dangerous if you’re not prepared.
Many beaches use warning flags to indicate dangerous conditions. When going […]
We’ve all experienced thunderstorms and lightning. When lightning ashes and strikes the ground, it can be both an amazing and scary experience. But have you wondered how lightning forms?
Scientists have wondered this as well. The primary theories involve something called “charge separation” (we’ll get to that shortly), which leads to the generation of an […]
Do you know what a derecho is? Derechos are widespread, long-lived windstorms with
a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. The phenomenon was discovered and named by Dr. Gustavus Hinrichs, a German immigrant living in Iowa. Derecho (pronounced like “deh- REY-cho” in English) is a Spanish word which means “direct,” or “straight […]
What Is The Atmosphere
You may have heard people mention the atmosphere before. But do you know what it is? The atmosphere is a layer of gases that surrounds the earth. It contains the air we breathe and all the weather that you see, and it also protects us from outer space.
The atmosphere is […]
The Myth, the Legend, the Polar Vortex
The polar vortex is coming! When you hear weather forecasters talk about winter’s blast of cold air you may have heard the term “polar vortex.” e term refers to unusually cold weather. But do you know what the polar vortex actually is?
The term polar vortex refers to […]
Winter can be a magical time of year. Some people like to play outside in the snow with their friends. Others might prefer to sit inside and drink hot chocolate by the re. But no matter how you like to spend time in the winter, it’s always important to think about winter safety.
Your local […]