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Severe Weather

What is the Difference Between Government and Private Sector Meteorology?

While everyone can get a local forecast or a storm warning from the taxpayer-supported National Weather Service, for some that is not enough. For them, private sector weather companies are the answer. This article explains some of the differences. ...(more)

How Many Types of Tornadoes Exist?

While all tornadoes are dangerous, some tornadoes are capable of causing incredible damage. This article will explain the types of tornadoes and which are the most dangerous. ...(more)

What Causes Freezing Rain?

Freezing rain is infrequent in the United States. This article explains how it forms and how to know if it is time to prepare before an ice storm arrives. ...(more)

Things We Should Have Learned From Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was a highly unusual storm with lessons for meteorologists, politicians, and the public-at-large. ...(more)


Should You Take Shelter From a Tornado Under an Overpass?

There is a misimpression, largely due to the media, that an underpass is a safe shelter during a tornado. This article explains correct tornado safety in a rural area. ...(more)

Winter is Coming: 8 Cold Weather Safety Tips

Freezing temperatures bring all types of challenges and hazards. Here are eight tips to help keep you, and your pets, safe. ...(more)

Winter Weather Travel Tips

Whether traveling by road or by air, winter travel poses challenges. This article provides advice to minimize disruption. ...(more)


How Can Skydiving Be Safe?

Some people enjoy thrills and live for the moment. There are many dangerous sports that can kill the athlete at any given time. Skydiving is something virtually anyone can become a trained professional in. It is very important, though, to take extreme precaution before doing this extreme action....(more)

Air Masses In the United States

There are four different classifications of air masses. Classifications include marine, continental, tropical latitudes, and polar latitudes. From these classes come a variety of air masses, such as the maritime air mass. However, only five air masses affect the United States. These air masses generally consist of a large area of air. The type of air mass is determined by the region and type of air within the mass. Large weather events, such as tornados, generally occur when two or more different air masses meet....(more)

Wind: From Breezes to Hurricanes

Some may wonder what exactly wind is, and while you can indirectly observe it you often don't fully understand it. Wind is the flow of gases on a large scale and it can range from gentle breezes to powerful hurricane strengths. Winds are grouped and classified according to their size, speed, the forces that cause them, the areas in which they are found, and by the damage they cause. Wind occurs on a range of measures. Typically, if they are generated from a passing storm they last only a few minutes, while local breezes, created by the uneven heating of the Earth's surface, can last a few hours. On the other hand, global winds describe more of a yearly pattern....(more)