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    Is Heat Lightning Real

    Let’s Discuss Heat Lightning…

    Namely, is heat lightning a real thing?  If so, what causes it to form and can you be struck by it?  The myth out there says that it’s formed by heat and humidty in the air.  How could that be possible without a storm?  Read More…

     


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    What is NOAA Weather Radio?  

    Find out what a NOAA weather radio is and why you need one.  NOAA has provided this subscription free service to everyone so we can get real-time local weather alerts during a storm.  Find out how to take advantage of it.  Read More…

     


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    Do Storm Glasses Really Work?

    A storm glass is a weather instrument that has been around for centuries, made popular by Admiral Robert Fitzroy in the 19th century. But, do storm glasses really work to predict weather?  Read More…

     


    WX Abbreviation for Weather

    WX – An Abbreviation For Weather

    Did you know that WX is the abbreviation for weather? If so, you’ve probably wondered why. There is no “X” in the word weather. See the history behind the abbreviation and where it’s used today.   Read More…

     


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    What is Freezing Fog & How It’s Different from Frozen Fog

    Freezing fog is a unique weather phenomenon that we don’t see often, but should be extremely cautious about when we do.  Although they sound like the same thing, there is a difference between freezing and frozen fog.   Read More…

     


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    Weather vs. Climate 

    What’s the difference between weather and climate?  Many folks think they are the same thing.  There is a difference and there are several reasons why we want to measure both the climate and the weather.   Read More…

     


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    Daily Weather Observations

    Have you ever considered recording daily weather observations?  It can actually be quite fun and also educational for kids or students to learn a bit about the weather.  Why keep records?  How can I find past records?   Read More…

     


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    What is a Mesonet?

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NWS mesonet has fixed and mobile weather observing stations approximately every 5km spatially and every 15 minutes temporally.  Read More…

     


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    Weather-Ready Nation:  Is Your Community Storm Ready?

    The National Weather Service is working towards building a Weather-Ready Nation. The voluntary StormReady program assists in community preparedness for extreme weather situations. Read More…


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    How does Lightning Detection Work?

    Have you ever been curious about how lighthing detection devices work?  Lightning detectors pick up on EMPs emitted by the lightning strikes.  They can be measured to count the number of strikes and locate the direction.  Read More…

     


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    What Makes a Thunderstorm “Severe”?

    Not all thunderstorms are considered severe.  Then, what constitutes a severe thunderstorm?  Well, one of three criteria must be met.  What are they and does it really matter if a storm is called severe?  Read More…  


    Winter Weather

    Winter Weather Preparedness & Safety Tips

    As winter fast approaches once again, we thought it would be a good time to cover some winter weather safety and preparedness tips.  Read More…

     


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    Hurricane Hunters Fly Directly Into the Storm

    The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, AKA the “Hurricane Hunters”, fly directly into the eye of the storm…on purpose!  Tasked with gathering vital weather data, they have flown through some of the biggest storms in history.  Read More…

     


    What is Weather STEM?

    Weather STEM was launched in 2014 to initiate a more interactive way to teach kids STEM material in grades K-12.  They utilize live weather data in an exciting manner to keep the attention of students.  Read More…


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    How to Become a Trained Weather Spotter 

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a trained weather spotter?  We have a full step by step guide, including links to scheduling certified training classes.  Come check out how you can help provide valuable assistance.  Read More…

     


     

    Wind Chill and Heat Index

    Wind chill and heat index are Apparent Temperatures, or perceived temperatures.  This is how the temperature “feels”.  They are actually calculations that include not only temperature, but also wind and humidity.  Read More…

     

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