Category: Weather 101

Supercell Composite Parameter

Multiple variables are important to consider when it comes to supercell thunderstorm development. The Supercell Composite Parameter (SCP) was created to factor three important ingredients to determine how favorable an environment is to produce supercells. SCP...

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U.S. Tornado Days Per Year

The United States has a greater frequency of tornadoes than most other counties. For many factors, the vast majority of tornadoes occur east of the Rocky Mountains across the continental U.S. Although the central...

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Connecticut’s Tornado Season

I decided to take a look back and see where the average “tornado season” falls for this area. Where frequency is the running 10-day daily frequency of a tornado between 1950-2013 The months with...

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What is a Heat Wave?

What exactly is a heat wave and why can it be dangerous? In the United States, to be considered an official heat wave… The air temperature must reach 90°+ at a location for three...

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RadarScope App

The app costs $9.99, but it is definitely worth it. I was a bit skeptical at first to dish out that kind of money. Honestly, I’ve never bought any app, period, and most apps are...

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Striking Lightning Facts

What comes first, lightning or thunder? The lightning itself actually causes thunder, so they occur at the same time. Since the speed of sound is slower than the speed of light, we usually do...

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Dangers of Forecasting with MOS

In a nutshell, MOS is a model that gives at-a-glance forecasts for specific locations. Although it’s an easy way to make a forecast, MOS has many known biases and issues. Bullet points… MOS has...

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What is a Severe Thunderstorm?

Most know what a thunderstorm is, but what exactly is a severe thunderstorm? Thunderstorms are often accompanied by heavy rain, lightning, strong winds and even hail or tornadoes on occasion. Once a thunderstorm becomes strong enough,...

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