Fresh snow can reflect over 90 percent of UV rays from the sun back into your eyes. This may result in "snow blindness" when you spend time outside on a sunny day after a snowfall. The sun's reflection off of the snow can be incredibly powerful. An increase in elevation can make painful snow blindness even worse.
While snow blindness will usually go away on its own within 24 hours, it may cause permanent eye damage. Wearing sun glasses when you go outside or tinted goggles when participating in snow sports can help reduce the risk of damage.
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.
Brownsville, TX (1933)
Hurricane caused $12 million damage; 40 dead.
Flint, MI (1985)
Major flooding occurred in four counties surrounding Flint when a foot of rain fell. Twelve lives were lost, and 63 dollars worth of property was damaged.
Yellowstone Nat'l Park, WY (1988)
Forest fires due to prolonged drought. 1.6 million acres were torched.