Tag: weather storm

Large weather disaster
February 27

Weather and Climate Disasters Are Increasing Across the U.S.

Many days the news headlines sound like a movie trailer for The Apocalypse. For many years I’ve wondered if media and social media are merely doing a better/faster job of reporting weather extremes that have been fairly constant over time, or is a warmer, wetter, more volatile atmosphere loading the dice in favor of more meteorological mayhem? Billion-dollar weather disasters have roughly tripled since 1980. Don’t believe me? Compare a recent insurance bill from something you paid 20 or 30 years ago. All of us are paying a price for an uptick in extreme weather. Is this a cosmic coincidence?...

Lightning strike onto horizon
May 31

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”

The title of this post is a quote by Mark Twain. Most of us have had a close call with lightning, and no wonder. Cloud to ground lightning strikes the United States 25 million times every year. According to NOAA, an average of 47 Americans are struck and killed by lightning annually – deadlier than tornadoes and hurricanes many years. Lightning is terrifying and vaguely mysterious – scientists don’t begin to have all the answers. But it serves a purpose in nature. These crackling electrostatic discharges strike Earth approximately 50 times a second – roughly 1.4 billion flashes every year...