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Weather Conditions Articles
Can You Smell Rain Coming?
Have you ever wondered why we can smell the rain coming? My grandfather could even track squirrels...
A Costly Year: The Damaging Weather of 2017
With wildfires, hurricanes, drought, and natural disasters, this year has been by far the costliest...
The Cooling Effect of the Sun
As Earth continues to warm, lower solar radiation may ease the heat’s impact—temporarily. Let’s...
Winter Outlook 2017–2018: Colder Than Last Year
Overall, the long range winter forecast for 2017–2018 shows generally colder temperatures than last...
Frost Dates Chart for United States
What are the frost dates for spring and fall in your area? See our U.S. frost dates chart, below,...
Frost Dates Chart for Canada
What are the frost dates for spring and fall in your area? See our Canadian frost dates chart,...
Phoning in New Clouds: Part 3 – Meet the Newest Clouds
As I’ve mentioned before, twelve new cloud types were announced this past year. Some of the most...
Phoning in New Clouds: Part 2 – Meet the Newest Clouds
My last post celebrated cloud lovers and how they shook the science world with their cell phones....
Phoning in New Clouds: Part 1
Reach into your pocket and you will find the newest weather instrument—your cell phone. Thanks to...
St. Patrick's Day and Double Rainbows
It’s time to celebrate being Irish (or pseudo-Irish) and look for that pot of gold waiting for you...
Winter Weather Terms
Know your winter weather terms. Sometimes meteorological terms can be hard to decipher, so find out...
Signs of a Cold Winter 2016–2017
For winter 2016–2017, the Almanac has predicted colder-than-normal temperatures for most of the...
Signs of a Cold Winter 2017
For winter 2017, the Almanac has predicted colder-than-normal temperatures for most of the United...
The Coldest Day of the Year?
It’s December—time for the longest night of the year. With so little warming sunlight, it will be...
2016-2017 long range weather Forecast for U.S. and Canada
The 2016-2017 long range weather weather forecast summary for the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of The...
Mushroom Cloud of Doom?
Does this cloud look like a mushroom in the sky? It appeared over Russia last month and had locals...
Low Solar Activity and Other Weather Factors
Low solar activity usually leads to cooler weather, but other historical trends and factors like El...
Shifting Clouds: Retreating Toward the Poles
Recent satellite data shows that clouds have been retreating toward the poles, and that they’re...
A Wintery Summer: Snow In July
You might not believe it, but it snowed in four states this July! While summer snow in Alaska is...
Summer Heat Wave of 1936
Eighty years ago as of July 2016, a blistering heat wave hit the eastern seaboard. We may complain...
How to Boil a Continent
What does it take to boil an egg? Submerge it in hot water. What does it take to boil a continent?...
Praying for a Miracle March
Be careful what you wish for. Californians have been praying for rain and have been blasted by a...
Household Uses for Winter Snow and Ice
It’s winter! In central New Hampshire where I live, snow from the first big storm of the season is...
Double Roar! The Monsoon with Attitude Clobbers California
Last week I blogged about the Southwestern Monsoon. It started early and was running strong. The...
ROAR! The Monsoon with an Attitude!
July is the time of desert miracles. From Southern California to Western Texas, the wet season...
Red, White and Blue: Antarctic Ice!
When you think of Red, White and Blue you normally think of the flag and the Fourth of July. If you...
It's Raining Critters
I’ve recently blogged about “blood rain” and have blogged about raining “cats and dogs”. Now it’s...
The "Shocking" Secrets of Lightning
If you’ve ever been close to a lightning strike, you know just how powerful a stroke of lightning ...
Hot Water and Weird Weather
In the West the California rainy season just ended. It was dry with several grim records for ...
Under the Weather: Weather and Illness
It’s the ultimate irony. I love to write about weather but today it is hard because I’m under the ...
Ice Flash! Looking at the Great Lakes
Remember last winter? (Shiver!) Ninety-two percent of the Great Lakes were covered with ice, the...
Goodbye Triple R, Hello Pineapple Express
Ever heard of the Pineapple Express? California collects weather patterns with odd names. Does it...
Cloud Shapes 5: What Do You See?
For the past four months, we’ve shown you photos of clouds that might remind you of a certain...
Cloud Shapes 4: What Do You See?
It’s amazing how invisible water vapor can condense into tiny water droplets or ice particles,...
Cutting Cold: The Sword is Back!
Do you hear the swish of the Sword of Damocles overhead? Last winter I wrote about that ancient...
Early Snow—Cold Winter?
Chicago, the windy—errr, snowy—city, was hit by snow during the first week of October. That’s the...
Cloud Shapes 3: What Do You See?
Clouds are always changing shape. Occasionally, they’ll morph into a familiar form, such as an...
Cloud Shapes 2: What Do You See?
If you like to look for familiar shapes in clouds, you’ve come to the right spot. Every few weeks,...
When Is Your Summer Heat Going to Hit?
It’s the middle of summer. Are you hot yet? NOAA has released a map showing when you can normally...
When Jet Streams Wiggle
It’s a bird; it’s a plane—no—it’s a polar vortex! AAAAAGH! The jet stream wiggled far to the...
Mother’s Day and Other Ridiculously Late Snowstorms
Mother’s Day is supposed to the perfect time for flowers and family outings! Except this year, moms...
Frozen: The Great Lake Story
♫ “The cold never bothered me anyway.” ♫ If you live near the Great Lakes, “Frozen” is not just...