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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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    Fear of extreme cold, frost, or ice

    Spring Tide

    A tide of increased range that occurs at times of syzygy each month. Named not for the season of spring but from the German springen ("to leap up"), a spring tide also brings a lower low water.


    The name Florida comes from a Spanish phrase meaning "Feast of Flowers."

    Cumulus cloud

    Fair-weather cloud with flat base and domeshaped top.


    To deceive by trickery; to cajole by confusing the senses; to hoax; to mystify; to humbug.

    Plough Monday

    The first Monday after Epiphany and Plough Sunday was so called because it was the day that men returned to their plough, or daily work, at the end of the Christmas holiday. It was customary for farm laborers to draw a plough through the village, soliciting money for a "plough-light," which was kept burning in the parish church all year. In some areas, the custom of blessing the plough is maintained.

    What is the origin of the word "blizzard"?

    It may have come from the German word blitzartig, meaning "lightninglike." The first documented use of the word "blizzard" as a reference to weather appeared in an Iowa newspaper in 1870. The article referred to a fierce snowstorm that had stared on March 14 of that year.

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