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Tiffany Means

Updated Articles and Resources

By Tiffany Means

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Hailstorms: A Summer Weather Paradox Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      The idea of ice falling from summer skies may sound alien, but this weather phenomenon, known as hail, is actually quite normal.
    • 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.
    • 3 Things You Didn't Know about Tornado Alley Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Think you're a tornado expert? Discover 3 things you never knew about the United States' infamous Tornado Alley region.
    • Wind Scales Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The 3 types of wind scales are defined in the About.com Weather Glossary.
    • Numerical Weather Prediction and Modeling: A History Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Have you ever listened to a weather forecast and heard the meteorologist mention something about "models?" If so, you were probably left wondering just what a weather model is.
    • Weather vs. Climate: What's the Difference? Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Apparently time isn't just money...it's also what separates weather from climate.
    • Yesterday's Weather Created: Saturday, June 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Here's how the weather observations of today will eventually offer us clues about those of tomorrow.
    • What is a Derecho? Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Derecho FAQs including types, associated severe weather, and U.S. occurrences.
    • How to Identify Severe Thunderstorms on Radar Created: Sunday, July 15, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      When storms are in your vicinity, watch for these colors and patterns on the radar screen in able to discern which are less of a threat, and which you may need to seek immediate shelter from.
    • Tropical Wave Created: Monday, September 21, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Tropical wave definition in the weather glossary.
    • Smog Created: Thursday, November 15, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Definition and resources on smog pollution
    • Nitrogen - Gases in the Atmosphere Created: Friday, July 18, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Nitrogen in the atmosphere is defined in the weather glossary. Full definitions include photos and links to key weather articles on the topic. Explore the latest weather news as you browse the mete...
    • What Dreaming of Weather Can Tell You About Your Emotions Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 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).
    • Huracan Created: Monday, September 21, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Huracan is defined in the weather glossary
    • Two Hurricanes Colliding - Can Hurricanes Merge and Become One Big Hurricane? Created: Friday, September 05, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Two hurricanes merging to form one big hurricane is the topic of this interesting reader question. The reader wants to know if the storm will form one big hurricane or superhurricane."
    • Ozone - Not All Ozone Is Good for Earth Created: Sunday, September 03, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Ozone in the Atmosphere - Don't ignore the warnings about ozone. Ozone depletion in the upper atmosphere is bad, but we have an even bigger problem with ground level ozone. Find out what you can do...
    • Dust Devil Created: Friday, August 08, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      A dust devil is not a true tornado but rather an atmospheric disturbance caused by convective processes.
    • Heat Stroke - Weather Definition Created: Thursday, June 22, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      Heat stroke definition including related heat stress illnesses in a full indexed weather photo glossary.
    • Fog Created: Sunday, April 11, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      Fog definition in the weather glossary.
    • Climate Change and the Ozone Layer: A Two-Way Link Created: Sunday, October 17, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      A report on the link between climate change and the depletion of the ozone layer." itemprop="description">