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The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's intensity. It is used to estimate a hurricane’s potential impact on coastal areas, including property damage and flooding. Wind speed, measured using a 1-minute average, is the determining factor in the scale. Category 1: wind speeds 74-95 mph Category 2: wind speeds 96-110 mph Category 3: wind speeds 111-130 mph Category 4: wind speeds 131-155 mph Category 5: wind speeds over 155 mph

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    Moonrise/Moonset

    The Moon’s rising above or descending below the horizon.

    Dewpoint temperature

    The temperature to which a given parcel of air must be cooled before it becomes saturated; the temperature of an object when dew first forms on it.

    Phenology

    The study of natural periodic events in the life-cycle of plants (and animals).

    Span

    9 inches; derived from the distance between the end of the thumb and the end of the little finger when both are outstretched.

    July

    Named to honor Roman dictator Julius Caesar (100-44B.C.). In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar, with the help of Sosigenes, developed the Julian calendar, the precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today.

    Entomophobia

    Fear of insects

    Solar eclipse

    Earth enters the shadow of the new Moon, which cuts off all or part of the Sun’s light. Total: Earth passes through the umbra (central dark part) of the Moon’s shadow, resulting in totality for observers within a narrow band on Earth. Annular: The Moon appears silhouetted against the Sun, with a ring of sunlight showing around it. Partial: The Moon blocks only part of the Sun.


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