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Weather Tidbits: Jupiter's Opposition & Perigee

Tonight's astronomical event of Jupiter's opposition and perigee is the main headline of this Weather Tidbits. Jupiter will be making its closest approach or perigee to Earth in 59 years at 367…

Weather Tidbits: Energy Use vs Temperature

The relationship between energy use and temperature is explored in this Weather Tidbits. Most of your electrical bill is spend on the cooling and heating of your home. Energy usage…

Weather Tidbits: Virga

This Weather Tidbits explains the difference between virga and precipitation. Precipitation is rain that reaches the ground; while virga encounters dry air which makes the rain evaporate before reaching the ground. The one…

Weather Tidbits: Chinook Wind Formation

This Weather Tidbits deals with how a chinook wind develops. A chinook wind is most common east of the Cascades & the Rockies, which are north to south mountain ranges.  The wind…

Weather Tidbits: Santa Ana Wind Formation

This Weather Tidbits focuses on the development of Santa Ana winds. These winds are associated with southern California; but first form as high pressure builds east of the Sierra Nevada. That…

Weather Tidbits: Air Quality Index Scale

The air quality index scale is explored in this Weather Tidbits. The air quality index provides daily air pollution concentrations; which was developed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). The…

Weather Tidbits: UV Index Scale

This Weather Tidbits dives into the UV Index Scale and how to protect yourself from a sunburn while using the scale. The UV index scale represents the daily strength of sunburn-protecting…

Weather Tidbits: Urban Heat Island Effect

This Weather Tidbits describes what is the urban heat island effect. The urban heat island effect is explained through heat emitted from cars, buildings & factories which will bump…

Weather Tidbits: Maritime Polar Air Mass

This Weather Tidbits discusses the maritime polar air mass. The maritime polar air mass or mP is a cool, moist & unstable air mass. It is called Pacific or Atlantic…

Weather Tidbits: Air Mass Classification

This Weather Tidbits deals with what is an air mass and how they are classified. An air mass is a large body of air that has similar horizontal temperature & moisture characteristics.…

Weather Tidbits: Snow Year

This Weather Tidbits explains why snowfall is measured annually from summer to summer instead of a calendar year. The meteorological snow year begins on July 1st & ends on June 30st. The…

Weather Tidbits: Sundog Formation

This Weather Tidbits explores how sundogs are formed. They occur when sunlight is refracted by hexagonal (6 sided) shaped ice crystals from a cirrus or cirrostratus clouds; where the sunlight is bent…

Weather Tidbits: Rainbow Ingredients

This Weather Tidbits explains the four ingredients of how a rainbow forms. First, the viewer must be between the sun and the rain; followed by it must be within a few hours…

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