What is the cause of strong winds? Photo: wwwuppertal The wind is simply air in motion, flowing from high atmospheric pressures to low
Will the 2010 volcanic eruption in Iceland lead to a change in global weather patterns? 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull by Sverrir
Sun pillar Sun pillar at sunrise by CaptPiper The other morning, I saw a column of light above the rising sun — what was that? A
Why does snow disappear? ENLARGE Photo: Amanda Graham Sublimation in action. When the snow builds up on my patio, it starts to
What are those beams of light that emerge from clouds?
What are the northern lights? Aurora Borealis over Iceland, by Moyan Brenn The northern lights, also called aurora borealis, are an
When is the severe weather season?
When does tornado season start? June, 2004 tornado near Madison, WI by i am your hero Wisconsin has had tornadoes in every month of the
Is springtime also pothole season? Spring pothole by Jezz Yes. Early spring can be considered pothole season. Many roadways are
Is global warming real? Image: NASA Over the past two decades, the global average surface temperature has increased noticeably. This
How long have satellites been used to study Earth’s weather? NASA image of Explorer VII satellite, 1964 The first successful
Before 1960, the idea that a reasonably accurate two-day weather forecast could be made routinely was a pipe dream – now it’s a routine More
Do tides and seiches occur on lakes? NOAA Tides are changes in water level caused by the gravitational pull on water by the moon and,
How accurate are weather forecasts? Image: NOAA In general, weather forecasts are getting better, due to improvements in computer
Is there a relationship between sun spots and climate? 12th century sunspot drawing, from NASA. Since the invention of the telescope in