Seeming how the weather has been a little crazy around my neck of the woods lately, I decided to write about the weather on this week’s blog.
Just in the past two weeks, there have been at least five tornadoes in my home state of New York, 3 within the same day. My village was struck with a microburst that caused extensive damage. Fortunately, our trees fell last year and the year before.
Today we will discuss the tamest form of weather that we have, which are rainstorms and snowstorms. These occur daily all over the world, and are essential to life on our planet. Rain and snow determine how much our crops will grow in the spring. Too much rain can cause destruction of crops, too little rain or runoff from snow can cause droughts.
Here are a few links that explain the process of rain and snow, and why they are essential for life on Earth:
Today we’ll discuss sleet, freezing rain, and hail and their causes. Sleet is a form of rain, but it’s usually when it is just below the freezing mark as it comes down. Freezing rain is when it rains, and freezes upon impact. Hail is when the rain is repeatedly lifted and cooled by winds until it turns into solid pellets, and usually associated with severe weather.
When I was driving through Earlville, NY July 3rd, I had the opportunity to see first hand how big hail can get. My car was pelted by nickel sized hail. Sometimes it can get as big as a grapefruit!
Freezing rain can be equally dangerous, causing deadly accidents on the highways. Two years ago there was a massive pileup in North Carolina which killed several people.
We don’t often think about precipitation on such terms, but it does effect the way we live. Below are some links that talk about the three and their impact:
Today we will discuss thunderstorms and the winds and lightning associated with them. When water evaporates to form clouds, it sometimes builds up such a saturation that it creates intense rain and hail.
Thunderstorms occur most often in the Midwest where warm moist gulf air moves North, and cold dry air moves south, and the air is pushed together east of the Rockies, causing an unstable air mass.
High winds can often accompany these storms, causing downdraft straight-line winds and what is called a DelRecho to form. Many people mistake these for tornadoes because they can sometimes even more destructive than a tornado.
Recently we had one right here in my village of East Syracuse, and they are still cleaning up from it. Below are some explanations of these processes,and what to do if a severe thunderstorm comes your way:
Tornadoes are extensions of super cell thunderstorms that create a swirling wind effect that can reach up to 300 mph. They are most common in the Midwest, but can
happen anywhere in the world if the conditions are right.
The Midwest is unique because of the warm moist gulf air meeting the cool dry air from the North and west. This causes an effect which is perfect for tornadoes.
They are usually rated on a scale from EF-0 to EF5, move in a northeast pattern, and can be one of the most destructive forces on the planet.
There have been several in my home state of New York within the past month, but the most powerful was an EF-2.
I am just thankful I do not live in Kansas. Not that I’m knocking it, it’s probably a wonderful state, but I’d rather live without your troubles down there with them.
Anyways, here are today’s links for information on the subject, and above are some really awesome pictures:
Lately I’ve been busy with writing my new novel, and a final revision of the last novel, which will be available in September. I had to put the weather series on hold also because of some family issues as well.
So here is the final installment, which deals with the most destructive force on Earth next to Earthquakes and volcanoes-the hurricane, or Typhoon as it’s called in the Southern hemisphere.
Hurricanes generally form near the eastern coast of Africa, when warm moist air from the tropics forms tropical depressions. These tropical depressions intensify as they gather moisture and heat from the Atlantic ocean. Winds on the backside of the storm can be as high as 200 mph. Tornadoes are common on the edge of the storm due to the differences in pressure.
Typhoons are similar but form in the middle of the southern Pacific usually. The most deadly part of either of these storms can be the storm surge itself. Waves that move in destroy property and cost lives. Below are some links that explain how they work, and their destructive nature: