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Tiffany Means

Updated Articles and Resources

By Tiffany Means

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • 9 Reasons to Become an Atmospheric Scientist Created: Sunday, August 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 25, 2014
      A career in weather science offers many pros, including the flexibility to live and work anywhere in the world, and variability of work conditions.
    • Sun Angle Created: Sunday, August 24, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 24, 2014
      Sun angle, a word related to the seasons, is defined in the Weather Glossary.
    • Winter Weather Folklore Created: Sunday, August 26, 2012 Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014
      Will it be a bad winter? Nature says yes, if one or more of these signs are seen.
    • U.S. Aviation Weather Maps & Symbols Created: Monday, December 31, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      An introduction to the aviation weather maps and graphics provided by the National Weather Service, including descriptions of each.
    • Aviation Forecast Maps and Products In the U.S. Created: Saturday, December 29, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      A list of aviation weather forecast products provided by the National Weather Service, including descriptions of each and links to current forecasts.
    • Low Level Significant Weather Created: Saturday, July 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      If you're flying (as a pilot or passenger) at low levels, these atmospheric conditions may determine whether or not the skies you'll be traveling are "friendly" or otherwise.
    • Weather Radar: How 'Listening to the Sky' Helps Us Track Precipitation Created: Monday, May 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      Radar images are one of the most recognized of weather graphics. Discover how these images (which could easily be mistaken for weather art) have become an essential forecasting tool.
    • Z Time Explained Created: Saturday, November 03, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Learn about Z time, including how it differs from other 24-hour clocks, and how to easily calculate it.
    • How to Become a Meteorologist Created: Sunday, October 21, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Advice on how to get the right education that'll prepare you for a successful career in weather.
    • What is Weather? Created: Thursday, January 23, 2014 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      Weather happens everyday, but have you ever wondered why?
    • How To 'Speak' Forecasting Created: Thursday, April 05, 2012 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      Weather forecasts are meant to inform the public, but they’re not always communicated in a straightforward manner. Make sure you know what your forecast is telling you.
    • How Weather Affects Fall Colors Created: Saturday, September 22, 2012 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      Contrary to popular belief, weather doesn't cause leaves to change color; but it does determine color intensity and arrival.
    • How Weather Hurts Created: Saturday, March 30, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      Discover how weather affects the aches and pains of the human body.
    • What Dreaming of Weather Can Tell You About Your Emotions Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Saturday, August 09, 2014
      Can't forget last night's dream of that tornado or wind storm, this morning? It may be a sign that your feelings are getting the best of you (whether you realize it or not).
    • Hailstorms: A Summer Weather Paradox Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 07, 2014
      The idea of ice falling from summer skies may sound alien, but this weather phenomenon, known as hail, is actually quite normal.
    • Severe Weather Look-Alikes Created: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Amateurs and professionals alike have been guilty of confusing these four pairs of weather events. Which ones have fooled your eyes?
    • Why We Have Unseasonable Weather Created: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 03, 2014
      How wiggles in the jet stream mess with our seasons.
    • Rainstorm Behavior Created: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      In the summer, it can seem as if there's no rhyme or reason as to which locations get rain and which are passed over, but rainstorm behavior is largely determined by the mechanism that triggers it.
    • Protecting Yourself and Your Property from Hail Damage Created: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      By being prepared for hailstorms you can keep safe from bodily harm and keep property damage to a minimum.
    • Urban Heat Islands: Why Summer Is Hotter In the City Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      The hustle and bustle of city life not only makes for a "happening" environment, it also makes for a hotter one (literally).
    • What Is an Excessive Heat Event? Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      When it comes to summertime temperatures, how much heat is "too much"?
    • Humidity Created: Sunday, September 22, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      The water vapor (moisture) content of air.
    • Summer Weather Safety Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      Heat may be a top weather-related killer, but it's not the only event to wreak havoc on your summertime health and comfort.
    • 6 Things You Should Never Do During a Lightning Storm Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      Guilty of not heeding your grandma's advice of quieting down during a thunderstorm? You may take her recommendations more seriously after reading this.
    • The Diurnal Cycle Created: Friday, August 31, 2012 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      You've heard that the hottest part of the day is between 10 and 3 o'clock, but have you ever wondered why? The answer lies with Earth's diurnal cycle.
    • Why Are Storms so Common In Springtime? Created: Saturday, March 02, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      While spring may offer a reprieve from chillier temps, like winter, it too has the potential to be a season of undesirable weather.
    • Lightning Warning Signs Created: Sunday, August 25, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Keep a lookout for these signs; they'll warn you when it's time to seek shelter indoors and, God forbid, when lightning may be about to strike you.
    • Why Bank Thermometers Can't Be Trusted Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      When it comes to temperature displays at the entrances of banks and other businesses, take the 'X-Files' approach: Trust No One.
    • Hurricane Tracking Charts Created: Saturday, August 30, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Hurricane tracking charts are used to track the path of a hurricane. Computer generated versions of the hurricane maps are produced daily, but students and teachers can also use these blank maps in...
    • Beware of These 4 Weather Alerts This Summer Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Has one of these alerts been issued for your area? It means that your body is in serious danger of heat stress!
    • Visibility Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Visibility in the atmosphere is used by forecasters and aviation experts to report the ability to see objects within the air.
    • Dew Created: Sunday, October 25, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Dew is defined in the weather glossary.

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