What is the cause of strong winds? Photo: wwwuppertal The wind is simply air in motion, flowing from high atmospheric pressures to low pressures. Moving anything requires a force. Strong winds are due to a strong pressure gradient force. A… More
What are the plant hardy zones and how do they relate to climate? USDA If you are involved with gardening, you probably are aware of the hardy zones listed on seed packets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture developed the zones… More
Will the 2010 volcanic eruption in Iceland lead to a change in global weather patterns? 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull by Sverrir Thorolfsson No. While the eruption certainly has had impact on aviation and the weather of the immediate area, the… More
Is there really a “State Tournament Snowstorm”? March in Madison, WI by sarae A persistent anecdotal piece of weather lore around Madison is that the WIAA (Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association) State Basketball Tournament is always accompanied by a snowstorm. With… More
Sleet is translucent balls of ice that are frozen raindrops. The most common forms of precipitation are rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet. In Wisconsin, precipitation usually begins as ice particles in a cloud. The temperature conditions below the cloud base determine if the precipitation ends up as rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet. More
Where does the water come from in Midwestern snow storms? ENLARGE Photo: NOAA/NASA GOES Project Water can travel a long way to dump onto the Midwest as snow. This picture shows the storm system that cause the massive February 2011… More
Do abundant snowstorms suggest global warming is not occurring? ENLARGE Graphic: Rutgers University Global Snow Lab This graphs shows the area of land covered by snow over the past few decades in North America. No. These storms are individual weather… More
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