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Weather Tidbits: Orographic Lifting

This Weather Tidbits breaks down the role of mountains and precipitation. Orographic lifting occurs when moist, warm air hits the mountain and is forced upwards, which cools. The cooling air will cause…

Weather Tidbits: Pink Moon

The April full moon takes center stage in this Weather Tidbits. It's called the Pink Moon due to the wild ground phlox which is plant that blooms during this time of the…

Weather Tidbits: Earth Day

It's all Earth Day on this Weather Tidbits. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd to celebrate the planet's environment and promote its concern. The idea was created by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord…

Weather Tidbits: Lyrid Meteor Shower

The Lyrids are known to begin the meteor shower system dominating the night skies in April. The Lyrids are known to produce 10-15 meteors per hour; but at rare times throughout…

Weather Tidbits: Microburst

Microbursts are checked out in this Weather Tidbits. It begins begins with dry air near the cloud and evaporative cooling inside the cloud; which falls and accelerates. This downward air is forced outward…

Weather Tidbits: Lightning Formation & Types

Lightning is explored in this Weather Tidbits. It begins with electrons or negative charges zigzagging downward known as a "stepped leader"; which draws positive charges upward as the leader nears…

Weather Tidbits: Storm Ready

This Weather Tidbits explains how you can be storm ready. Being storm ready consists of asking yourself some simple questions. The 1st question involves will my home provide a good location to…

Weather Tidbits: Tornado Safety

This Weather Tidbits focuses on how to stay safe during a tornado. The main thing to remember in your home is to avoid windows, doors & outside walls; because once these are…

Weather Tidbits: Tornado Terminology

This Weather Tidbits explains the types of tornado terminology or alerts. They are 3 types of alerts issued with tornadoes: a watch, a warning and an emergency. A tornado watch means conditions…

Weather Tidbits: Tornado Formation

We dive in this Weather Tidbits, into how a tornado is formed. A tornado forms from a column of rotating air between the surface & upper level winds. An updraft from a…

Weather Tidbits: Worm Moon

The Worm Moon takes center stage in this Weather Tidbits. The March full moon is known as the worm moon; due to worms specifically earthworms beginning to appear in the soil. The…

Weather Tidbits: The Seasons

It's all about the seasons on this Weather Tidbits. Earth has 4 seasons which consist of the vernal equinox (spring), the summer solstice, the autumnal equinox (fall) & the winter solstice. Spring…

Weather Tidbits: Power of Wind

Let's talk about the power of wind in this Weather Tidbits. The power or speed of wind can be determined; by using a formula involving the weight and area of the…

Weather Tidbits: Long Range Forecasting

Long range forecasting is explored in this Weather Tidbits. Long range forecasting involves forecasting out a week or more. The forecast at this point is somewhat unreliable; as the forecast could…

Weather Tidbits: The Weight of Snow

This Weather Tidbits explores the weight of snow. The amount of weight of snow is determined by the water content which is associated with the temperature. Fluffy or dry snow will…

Weather Tidbits: Snow Squall

It's all about the snow squall on this Weather Tidbits. A snow squall is a sudden onset that brings intense bursts of snow and wind that can begin in just seconds. They…

Weather Tidbits: Ice Thickness

Ice thickness is the main headline in this Weather Tidbits. The ice thickness guide represents clear ice; while snow or white ice is considered weaker and needs to be doubled in order…

Weather Tidbits: Snow Moon

The February full moon takes center stage in this Weather Tidbits. The full moon in February is known as the Snow Moon. It's called the snow moon due to the frequent snowfall…

Weather Tidbits: Black Ice

This Weather Tidbits explains the topic of black ice. Black ice forms when daytime rain or melted becomes a very thin layer of ice as temperatures fall below freezing mostly at…

Weather Tidbits: Bridges Freeze First

We explain why bridges freeze first on this Weather Tidbits. Bridges freeze first over roads because the ground below is able to keep roads warmer longer. Bridges, on the other hand,…

Weather Tidbits: Types of Snowflakes

The various types of snowflakes are explored in this Weather Tidbits. Most snowflakes will consist of hexagonal or 6-sided shaped that will either be plates or consist of branches. However, as…

Weather Tidbits: Snowflake Classification

This Weather Tidbits discusses the classification of snowflakes. The types of snowflakes are defined mostly by temperature but also humidity. Snowflakes will change from one shape to another; by dropping or increasing…

Weather Tidbits: June Bacon-Bercey

This Weather Tidbits honors June Bacon-Bercey, a pioneer for advocating women & people of color in the field of meteorology. Her many accomplishments and firsts starr with her Bachelor's of Science being…

Weather Tidbits: National Weatherperson's Day

Another holiday is discussed on Weather Tidbits, with National Weatherperson's Day. The holiday is celebrated on February 5th; to commemorate John Jeffries's birth in 1744. He is one of America's 1st…

Weather Tidbits: Groundhog Day

It's all about the groundhog on this Weather Tidbits. Groundhog Day takes place on February 2nd to celebrate the midpoint between the winter solstice & spring equinox. According to legend, if Punxsutawney…

Weather Tidbits: Wolf Moon

The January full moon is known as the Wolf Moon. It's called the wolf moon due to the belief that wolves howled more during this time of the year due to hunger;…

Weather Tidbits: Winter Seasonal Lag

This Weather Tidbits discusses seasonal lag during the winter. Seasonal lag is the phenomenon where the maximum (minimum) air temperature is delayed after the date of maximum (minimum) solar radiation. This…

Weather Tidbits: TLE

This Weather Tidbits dives into the topic of TLE. TLE or Transient Luminous Event, that involve upper atmospheric lightning. These are short-lived electrical phenomenon that occur above thunderstorm clouds. TLE's consists of 3…

Weather Tidbits: ENSO Neutral

This Weather Tidbits wraps up our discussion with ENSO, with an ENSO Neutral. An ENSO Neutral happens when the tropical Pacific is neither warmer or cooler than normal. This leads to a…

Weather Tidbits: Perihelion

The 1st astronomical event of 2021 is the main headline of this Weather Tidbits. The perihelion or the Earth's closest point to the sky occurred on January 2nd, 2021. The Earth is 3…

Weather Tidbits: Cold Moon

The last full moon of 2020 is explored in this Weather Tidbits. The December full moon is known as the Cold Moon. It's called the Cold Moon, due to the cold weather…

Weather Tidbits: El Niño

The ENSO talk continues on this Weather Tidbits with El Niño. El Niño happens when the waters of the central & eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean are warmer than normal. The Pacific jet…

Weather Tidbits: La Niña

This Weather Tidbits dives into La Niña. La Niña is when the waters of the eastern & central Tropical Pacific Ocean are cooler than normal. This creates for dry & mild conditions…

Weather Tidbits: Winter Solstice

The winter solstice takes center stage in this Weather Tidbits. The winter solstice happens in the Northern Hemisphere, when the sun reaches the most south over the Tropic of Capricorn. This leads…

Weather Tidbits: METAR

This Weather Tidbits discusses another way to interpret weather through a METAR. A METAR is international standard code format which displays hourly weather observation. The word METAR is an acronym translated from French.…

Weather Tidbits: Geminid Meteor Shower

This Weather Tidbits discusses the main event of the December's sky, known as the Geminids. This meteor shower is unique in that it originates not from a comet but an asteroid,…

Weather Tidbits: Norwegian Cyclone Model

The life cycle of a extratropical cyclone is checked out in this Weather Tidbits. The life cycle of cyclone, is known as the Norwegian Cyclone Model. This was developed in…

Weather Tidbits: Weather Station Plot

The weather station plot is the main focus on this Weather Tidbits. A station plot is an illustration using symbols to show weather information at a station. The station plot allows…

Weather Tidbits: Numerical Weather Prediction

The 5th & last forecast type or numerical weather prediction is checked out in this Weather Tidbits. NWP is forecasting the weather based upon the solutions of mathematical equations by high…

Weather Tidbits: Beaver Moon

The November's full moon is famously nicknamed as the Beaver Moon. Its name is due to beavers taking shelter in their lodges with sufficient food for the winter ahead, but also settlers…

Weather Tidbits: Analog Forecasting

We dive into the 4th type of forecast known as analog in this Weather Tidbits. An analog forecast is made when finding past situations; with conditions similar to current conditions, and…

Weather Tidbits: Trend Forecasting

The topic of trend forecasting is explored on this Weather Tidbits. A trend or steady-state forecast assumes that systems will move in the same direction & approximately same speed, based on past…

Weather Tidbits: Leonid Meteor Shower

The big meteor shower event of November or the Leonids, is the main focus of this Weather Tidbits. The meteor shower is created as the earth crosses the path of the…

Weather Tidbits: Climatology Forecast

The 2nd type of forecasting or climatology is explored in this Weather Tidbits. A climatology forecast involves the average weather to make a forecast. Climatology works well for long-term (seasonal) forecasting but not…

Weather Tidbits: Persistence Forecasting

This Weather Tidbits starts a miniseries on types of forecasting, with the 1st being persistence. A persistence forecast is a forecast that the future weather condition will be the same as the…

Weather Tidbits: Contour

Contouring takes center stage in this Weather Tidbits. Contouring is the process of drawing isopleths, which are lines of constant or equal values. Any meteorological value can be contoured. This help meteorologists see…

Weather Tidbits: Blue Moon

It's all about the blue moon in this Weather Tidbits. A blue moon is a phenomenon involving the appearance of an extra full moon within a given period of time. They occur…

Weather Tidbits: Hunter's Moon

This Weather Tidbits discusses the Hunter's moon which took place on Halloween. The hunter's moon is named due to animals being fattened and hunted in preparation for winter, with the added light…

Weather Tidbits: Tropical Cyclone

We finish the talk on cyclones with tropical cyclones on this Weather Tidbits. A tropical cyclone is a warm core low that gets its energy from latent heat. These storms form over…

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