Under the Weather: Educational Articles

Why is it Dry?

March 16, 2013
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Why is it Dry?

Why is it Dry? If you live in the southwest United States, you may be in an area of infrequent precipitation. For example, Phoenix, Arizona gets less than 8 inches of rain per year. Compare that with New York or Chicago, each of which gets over 30 inches. So you may ask yourself “Why...

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SKYWARN Spotters: Talking on the Radio, Eyes on the Storm

February 21, 2013
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SKYWARN Spotters: Talking on the Radio, Eyes on the Storm

                    This article is a special contribution by journalist Kelly Fetty.   It’s 10 p.m. on a humid spring night in Texas. To the east of highway 78, flashes of lightning reveal glimpses of a massive thunderhead. A car pulls off the highway. Inside, the...

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Driving on Ice: One Truck Driver’s Chilling Experience Over the Holidays

January 26, 2013
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Driving on Ice: One Truck Driver’s Chilling Experience Over the Holidays

An Icy Situation By Gregory R.C. Hasman, Wild West Weather Contributor The wind howled.  Sweat trickled down my left cheek bone.  The vehicle veered softly to the right, but fortunately the hands were able to steer her back on the right path. Minutes later, the pavement grew more slippery, hands turned white, and my...

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Kelvin-Helmholtz Wave Cloud

December 28, 2012
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Kelvin-Helmholtz Wave Cloud

This was an absolutely perfect example of a Kelvin-Hemholtz Wave Cloud, but by the time I found my camera it was falling apart. You can still see the waves, though. I’ve seen better examples out here in New Mexico so I’m sure I’ll post another soon. This particular cloud formation was named after the German...

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Cirrus Clouds: Curl of Hair

December 28, 2012
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Cirrus Clouds: Curl of Hair

    The highest clouds in the sky, composed completely of ice crystals, are also the most ethereal-looking, like wisps of hair. In fact, Cirrus clouds look exactly like the Latin root of the word–curl of hair. This picture shows a variety of cirrus, including a few hooked cirrus clouds called uncinus. The weight...

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Storm moving in on Severance, Colorado. Photo by D.S. Dollman. For the second time in a month Eastern Colorado is tracking a string of...

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