Category Archives: Severe Weather

Can Pacific hurricanes influence our weather in North America?

Super Typhoon Meranti, the strongest storm of the year, delivered a devastating blow to Taiwan on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The word “typhoon,” used commonly in the west Pacific, is a synonym for “hurricane.” The storm, which intensified from a category 1 to a category 5 hurricane in 24 hours, had estimated sustained winds of 190 mph for nearly a day after reaching that incredible strength. Continue reading

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How does Hurricane Hermine measure up?

On Friday Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida, making it the first to make landfall in the state in more than a decade.

Hermine, which weakened to a tropical storm shortly after landfall as is commonly the case with weak hurricanes, was poised to redevelop and pose a threat to the Mid-Atlantic states and possibly southern New England into the middle of the week. Continue reading

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What forces are in play when high winds knock down objects?

Wind is air moving from areas of high atmospheric pressure to low pressure. Violent destructive winds, as well as gentle summer breezes, result from a complex interplay of different forces.

One of these forces results from a pressure gradient, or how fast pressure changes over distance. Continue reading

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What is the prediction for this year’s hurricane season?

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean basin runs from June through November.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting 10 to 16 named storms this season. Continue reading

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What can be learned from the recurrence of extreme weather events?

In 2004, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years and their loyal fans were ecstatic. In the very next year, the Chicago White Sox won their first World Series title in 88 years.

Never in the long history of baseball had two teams that had been denied championships for so long won those long-coveted titles in successive years. This circumstance was at least partially a function of the changes in baseball brought about by free agency — a fundamental change to the rules. Continue reading

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