Do you find yourself getting shocked more often in the past weeks? This is not a coincidence, you are in fact much more likely to get shocked in the winter months than the summer.
Atoms are made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons, and it is through electrons that we receive a nasty shock. As you brush up against objects, such as rubbing your feet while wearing socks on a carpet, or take off a wool coat while wearing a sweater, you will gather extra electrons on your person. This creates an imbalance, and when you touch a conductor, such as a metal object, that imbalance will right itself through the shock you feel (and sometimes even see!).
In the winter, especially in the north, arctic air-masses move southward into the US. These air masses tend to be bone dry. On the other hand, in the spring and summer, the jet stream swings northward and moisture laden air masses push northward out of the tropics. This moisture in the air will help to grab some of the extra electrons, and hence lower the chances of being shocked.
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.
A major cause of post-snow flooding are ice jams in waterways.
Colorado Springs, CO (1978)
Hail 6 inches deep.
Rochester, MN (1979)
2.73 inches of rain fell in 50 minutes making this the wettest August on record. (9.52 inches of rain so far this month). The heavy downpour flooded the streets of Rochester, stranding about 1,500 cars.
A five-state tornado outbreak in Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Iowa and Missouri occurred on this date. In all, 20 tornadoes were reported. Nine were in Iowa. One near Farragut, IA, in the extreme SW corner of the state, caused several fatalities and numerous injuries.