Snow can greatly reduce visibility during big storms, but blizzard conditions, believe it or not, can occur without snow actually falling.
When most think of a blizzard they associate it with a big, strong storm system and heavy snow precipitation, but that doesn't necessarily have to be the case.
By definition a blizzard contains sustained winds of 35 mph or greater for 3 straight hours or longer, along with heavy falling OR blowing of snow that reduces the visibility to under a 1/4 mile.
No where in that definition, however, does it say that it actually has to be snowing. In fact, sometimes blizzards occur long after the snow has stopped falling.
The strongest winds often come on the back side of a storm system. These winds can be strong enough to pick up snow that's already on the ground, leading to blizzard conditions. This is known as a "ground blizzard."
Weather plays a bigger role than you may think when it comes to seasonal outdoor allergies.
Why can different types of precipitation be seen on Earth while temperatures remain constant?
Dangerous flash flooding is captured as an arroyo becomes filled with water in Carson Valley, Nevada.
The RealFeel Temperature uses an equation to determine how it actually feels outside.
Knowing what the different advisories, watches, and warnings mean will lead to more informed decision making when a winter storm threatens a particular area.
How can you determine if and when the ice is thick enough for safely going out on?
Seeking shelter in the event of a tornado could save your life, but is there really any safe place to hide?
Driving on a 90-degree angle away from the tornado is a good strategy to follow in order to distance yourself from the tornado.
Supercell thunderstorms have been responsible for major tornadoes that have demolished parts of the U.S.
After a cold, clear winter night without much wind, the ground and nearby tree branches may be covered by tiny, white ice crystals.
New York, NY (1992)
No 90-degree readings during June; the first June without any 90-degree heat since 1985.
Vernon Hill, UT (1994)
Wind gust to 84 mph.
Boston, MA (1999)
No measurable rain the entire month of June (normal is 3.09").