Weather Tidbits

Weather Tidbits: Distrail

We find out the counterpart to the contrail in this Weather Tidbits, with the distrail. A distrail or dissipation trail is when an aircraft passes through a cloud and disperses the cloud in…

Weather Tidbits: Contrail

This Weather Tidbits dives into the world of contrails. A contrail is a cloud-like streamer frequently seen forming behind an aircraft flying in clear, cold and humid air; which is short for condensation…

Weather Tidbits: Aurora

One of the coolest phenomenons is explained in this Weather Tidbits, which is the aurora. An aurora is a glowing light display in the nighttime sky, caused by excited gases in the upper…

Weather Tidbits: Perseid Meteor Shower

This Weather Tidbits checks out the big meteor shower of August, the Perseids. The meteor shower originates towards the northeast at the Perseus constellation and comes from its parent which is the…

Weather Tidbits: Radiosonde

One of the most important weather instruments is explored in this Weather Tidbits, with the radiosonde. A radiosonde is an instrument that obtains a vertical distribution of temperature, pressure and humidity. It consists…

Weather Tidbits: Tropical Cyclone Naming

How tropical cyclones get their names is answered in this Weather Tidbits. Tropical cyclones are named to avoid confusion with another storm occuring at the same time and to provide…

Weather Tidbits: Wind Instruments

Multiple wind instruments are explored in this Weather Tidbits. The oldest but still reliable instrument is the wind vane; which consists of a long arrow with a tail which moves freely…

Weather Tidbits: Snow Intensity

It's a snowy Weather Tidbits, as we dive into snow intensity. Snowfall intensity is characterized by visibility, just like drizzle. Its intensity is divided into 3 categories, as light, moderate and heavy.…

Weather Tidbits: Rain Intensity

It's gets wet in this Weather Tidbits, as the intensity of rain is checked out. Rainfall intensity is determined by rate of accumulation per hour or a maximum rate in 6 minutes.…

Weather Tidbits: Sturgeon Moon

The sturgeon moon takes center stage in this Weather Tidbits. The sturgeon moon is the nickname for the August full moon. It is called that due to the abundance of sturgeon available…

Weather Tidbits: Fire Weather Alerts

Fire weather alerts take over in this Weather Tidbits. The National Weather Service issues 2 types of fire weather alerts, a fire weather watch and a red flag warning. A fire…

Weather Tidbits: Drizzle

It's just a drizzle for this Weather Tidbits. Drizzle is is liquid precipitation smaller than 0.5 mm (0.02 in) in diameter, anything larger is rain. Drizzle drops are very close together, appear to…

Weather Tidbits: Wind Alerts

It's get very windy in this Weather Tidbits with wind alerts. The National Weather Service issues three types of wind alerts, wind advisory, high wind watch and high wind warning. A wind…

Weather Tidbits: Cloud Cover Terminology

The clouds cover the sky in this Weather Tidbits. Cloud cover describes the average sky condition based on the percentage or fraction of the sky covered by opaque (not transparent clouds).…

Weather Tidbits: Ordinary Cell Thunderstorms

The summertime pop-up storms are checked out in this Weather Tidbits. These storms are known as ordinary cell thunderstorms, that form by local convection within a conditionally unstable air mass such…

Weather Tidbits: Monsoon

We find out about the monsoon of Southern Asia in this Weather Tidbits. The monsoon is a wind system that changes direction seasonally with the most developed reversal of winds in south Asia.…

Weather Tidbits: Tsunami

The powerful force of nature known as a tsunami is explained in this Weather Tidbits. Tsunamis are giant waves that are caused by earthquakes,volcanoes and landslides, but even asteroids. These waves increase in…

Weather Tidbits: Dryline

The dryline is explored in this Weather Tidbits. A dryline is a boundary of sharp moisture or humidity change. They commonly occur over the southern Plains. A dryline happens when three air masses,…

Weather Tidbits: Growing Degree Days

We go agricultural with growing degree days on this Weather Tidbits. Growing degree days are used by farmers as a guide to plant and determine the approximate dates of when a…

Weather Tidbits: Energy Degree Days

The concept of energy in respect to temperature is applied in this Weather Tidbits. They consist of heating and cooling degree days. Both use the base temperature of 65°F. Heating degree…

Weather Tidbits: Drought Monitor

The important Drought Monitor is explored in this Weather Tidbits. The United States Drought Monitor is a map that is updated every Thursday showing the location and intensity of drought across the…

Weather Tidbits: Severe Weather Risk

This Weather Tidbits explains the severe weather risk categories of the Storm Prediction Center. SPC forecasts risk categories 1-3 days out and they consist of 5 categories. Marginal and slight risk…

Weather Tidbits: Scales of Motion

Scales of motion is the hierarchy of atmospheric or wind circulations ranging from tiny gusts to giant storms. They consist of 4 classes or scales. Microscale circulation are eddies, while mesoscale…

Weather Tidbits: Showery vs Steady Precipitation

The difference between showery and steady precipitation is determined mostly by the stability of the atmosphere. Stability is how much resistance a layer of air will have vertically. Steady rain…

Weather Tidbits: Probability of Precipitation

Precipitation chances are explained in this Weather Tidbits. POP (Probability of Precipitation) is the likelihood of occurrence (expressed in a %) of a measurable amount of liquid precipitation, which is 0.01"…

Weather Tidbits: Chinook Winds

It's all about the chinook on this Weather Tidbits. The chinook is a dry and warm wind that descends over the eastern slope of the Rockies. These downslope winds are known for rapid…

Weather Tidbits: UV Index

The UV index is explored on this Weather Tidbits. The UV index is an international standard measurement of the strength of sunburn-protecting ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The index represents the UV intensity…

Weather Tidbits: Beaufort Wind Scale

This Weather Tidbits is about the Beaufort Wind Scale. This scale is an empricial measure that relates wind speed to observed conditions at sea or land. The scale consists of 13 forces…

Weather Tidbits: Fireworks & Weather

Did you know that in order to have a perfect fireworks show, it's more than just a clear night. This Weather Tidbits explains 5 factors that affect fireworks, which are drought,…

Weather Tidbits: Stationary Front

The main topic of this Weather Tidbits is a stationary front. A stationary front is when a cold or warm front moves less than 6 mph or 5 knots, which technically makes…

Weather Tidbits: Distance from the Sun

This Weather Tidbits focuses on the distance of the sun. The 4th of July was not just Independence Day but also Aphelion Day, where the earth is at its farthest…

Weather Tidbits: Heat Dangers

Today's Weather Tidbits explores the dangers of the summer heat. A heat wave on Delmarva is defined as 3 or more days with highs at or above 90°. During the summer, the…

Weather Tidbits: Saharan Dust

It's all about the Saharan Dust on this Weather Tidbits. The Saharan Air Layer (SAL) is a mass of very dry, dusty air that forms over the Saharan Desert during the late summer…

Weather Tidbits: Dust and Sand Storms

Dust and sand storms take over this Weather Tidbits. A dust storm is where strong winds are able to lift and fill the air with particles of fine dust, while a sand storm is…

Weather Tidbits: Waterspouts

This Weather Tidbits explores waterspouts. A waterspout is a rotating column of air over a large body of water. Waterspouts are classified as tornadic or fair weather types. Tornadic waterspouts are associated with…

Weather Tidbits: Dust Devils

Today's Weather Tidbits is about the dust devil. A dust devil is a small but rapidly rotating wind made by dust, sand, and debris it picks up from the surface. They best…

Weather Tidbits: Santa Ana Winds

The Santa Ana winds take over this Weather Tidbits. These winds occur over southern California, which are brought in from the east or northeast; due to a high pressure setting up…

Weather Tidbits: Summer Solstice

This Weather Tidbits focuses on the summer or June solstice. This is when the sun is over the Tropic of Cancer and the Northern Hemisphere experiences the most daylight of the year.…

Weather Tidbits: Highland Climate

The final climate type is explored in this Weather Tidbits. The highland climate is the mountain or alpine climate, where multiple climate types are encountered in a small area. Altitude, sun's exposure,…

Weather Tidbits: Ice Cap Climate

The coldest climate in the world or the ice cap is checked in this Weather Tidbits. The climate is defined by every month averaging below freezing, with temperatures rarely reaching above…

Weather Tidbits: Tundra Climate

The climate of the tundra is explored on this Weather Tidbits. The climate is defined with the warmest month below 50°F, but still reaches above freezing. The tundra is known for  permafrost,…

Weather Tidbits: Subpolar Climate

The chill becomes quite noticeable in this Weather Tidbits, as we dive into the subpolar climate. The subpolar climate is defined as for cool summers where the average temperature is above 50°…

Weather Tidbits: Humid Continental Climate

Today's Weather Tidbits focuses on the humid continental climate. This climate is known for cold winters and cool to warm summers. What makes this climate unique is that its found only…

Weather Tidbits: Mediterranean Climate

The climate that brings you olive oil and wine is check out in this Weather Tidbits, with the Mediterranean climate. This climate is known to having warm to hot, dry summers with…

Weather Tidbits: Marine West Coast Climate

It's gloomy, cool and wet in this Weather Tidbits, as the marine west coast climate is explored. This climate is known for its oceanic influence, which keeps winters milder but…

Weather Tidbits: Humid Subtropical Climate

This Weather Tidbits dives into the humid subtropical climate, which is the climate of Delmarva. Rainfall in this climate is adequate and fairly spread out throughout the year, due to the many…

Weather Tidbits: Semi-arid Climates

This Weather Tidbits dives into a little more precipitation in the semi-arid climate. The semi-arid climate is found on a buffer zone between the arid and humid climates. Precipitation ranges between 8-16…

Weather Tidbits: Arid Climates

Today's Weather Tidbits focuses on the driest climate in the world, which is the arid climate. Arid climates are known for producing the hottest temperatures in the world. Rainfall in this climate…

Weather Tidbits: Moist Tropical Climates

Today's Weather Tidbits focuses on moist tropical climates. These involve two types: tropical wet and tropical monsoon. Both of these are known for a small temperature range through the year, with…

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