What does a 60 percent chance of precipitation mean?

What does a 60 percent chance of precipitation mean?

The probability of precipitation (fondly known as PoP) has been part of weather forecasts since the late 1960s, and is the only forecast element that includes a probability. Unfortunately, there is confusion about the exact meaning of a “60 percent chance of precipitation.” More »

How does tornado season vary across the United States?

How does tornado season vary across the United States?

Tornado season begins as early as late February or early March in northern Texas and Oklahoma, the southern portion of Tornado Alley, where the tornado threat remains through most of May. By early June, the greatest threats tend to lie to the north, in Kansas and Nebraska. More »

What do weather conditions have to do with maple syrup harvesting?

What do weather conditions have to do with maple syrup harvesting?

Weather is a crucial factor for a good harvest of maple syrup. Tapping trees occurs in late winter and early spring. In Wisconsin, March is a prime month for tapping sugar maple trees as that is when the sap is sweetest. Only about 2 percent of the sap is sugar, so it needs to be boiled down to remove the water and increase the sugar concentration.
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Can there be a sun-snowshower?

Can there be a sun-snowshower?

Can there be a sun-snowshower? Photo: Zaphod These cumulus clouds are not sunshower material. See a late spring sun-snow shower here! Almost all of us have noticed a summer rainshower that occurs while the sun is shining on us. In… More »

Why is the sky blue?

Why is the sky blue?

When light beams interact with particles suspended in air, the energy can be absorbed or scattered. Scattering causes the light path to change direction. The amount of scattering is a function of the size of the particle relative to the wavelength of the light falling on it. More »

I thought I heard thunder during a snowstorm. Is that possible?

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I thought I heard thunder during a snowstorm. Is that possible? Yes. A storm that includes any occurrence of thunder with snow is called a thundersnow event or thunder snowstorm. Lightning and thunder go together; you can’t have one without… More »

Why does snow sometimes sparkle?

Why does snow sometimes sparkle?

Why does snow sometimes sparkle? Photo of snow in west Sierra Nevada by Itrovert Sometimes on a sunny day, freshly fallen snow may appear to sparkle or glitter. This happens because when light hits an object light, it can be… More »