Monday, October 13, 2014

How The Earth Sings, Whistles and Talks to Us



Aurora borealis in Norway / Frank Olsen
The Earth sings whistles and talks to us all the time. And scientists are still trying to understand everything the Earth is saying to us. Not only does the Earth sing and whistle to us but also puts on beautiful light shows for us at the same time.



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Five Types of Lightning



There are actually numerous types of lightning.  There is the familiar lightning and then there are amazing types of lightning like sprites that flashes upwards into space and the ominous and mysterious ball lightning that floats through walls. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

La Niña and Our Weather



Pretty winter day
Many times, the weatherman will mention that our storms or lack of storms is because of La Niña or El Niño. These are weather patterns that can affect the weather around the world including the United States. Both La Niña and El Niño occur when there are certain changes in the temperature of the Pacific Ocean along the equator.


Understanding these different weather patterns and looking back, weatherman can forecast possible severe weather, storms and droughts for the next year. This helps farmers and ranchers and everyone else anticipate how the next season might be. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Wild Weather of Colorado


Colorado severe weather warnings map from NWS
Colorado has several distinct climates, each with their own type of weather. The western slope is usually milder and the Rocky Mountains have their share of wild weather and being so high, they influence much of the weather in eastern Colorado. The High Plains of eastern Colorado is where most of the wild weather occurs, including the city of Denver.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Mysterious Marfa Lights


The mysterious Marfa lights only occur at night in a remote area of southwest Texas near the town of Marfa. They don’t occur every night or every month, but sporadically people will see balls of light floating off of the ground. Scientist have even camped out to see if they can find out what causes them. Some skeptics say they are just a form of mirage and others say that the Earth forms them.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Year of Severe Weather



One of the worst years for severe weather was 2011, which saw some of the most severe weather that the United States has seen in decades. The severe weather ranged from a Midwest blizzard to some of the deadliest tornadoes in US history to devastating droughts, heat and wildfires.