A downpour or a drizzle: What causes the difference?
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Some rainstorms drench you in a second, while others drop rain in a nice peaceful drizzle. A meteorologist explains how rainstorms can be so different.
A derecho moves across central Kansas on July 3, 2005.
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Hurricane and tornado winds spin in circles, but there’s another, equally dangerous storm type where winds barrel straight ahead. They’re called derechos, and are most common in summer.
Icy hailstones can do major damage, depending where they land.
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The future climate that scientists predict for the middle of the United States is one that will foster more hail events with bigger hailstones.
One one thousand, two one thousand….
When you see a bolt of lightning, do you immediately start counting to see how far off a storm is? An atmospheric scientist parses the practice.
Scientists have finally been able to prove that thunder and lightning drive nuclear reactions.
A supercell thunderstorm in the US state of Oklahoma.
The amount of atmospheric energy available to thunderstorms will increase in response to climate change, putting the tropics and subtropics at risk of being lashed with more intense storms.
A large thunderstorm rolls over Sydney in 2015.
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Severe storms bring a complex mixture of weather conditions, often in a very localised area. This unpredictability can make them very damaging, and very hard to study too.
The higher the plume, the bigger the problem.
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When a bushfire rages so high it creates its own thunderstorm, it becomes a ‘firestorm’ - and makes life much more difficult for firefighters. We still have a lot to learn about what triggers them.
Clumps of thunderstorms are driving increases in rain over tropical oceans.
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For a long time climate models have forecast increasing rainfall in tropics. Now we know part of the reason: clumpy thunderstorms.
Could climate change be making flying more unsafe?
On December 28, AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed into the sea between Indonesia and Singapore. Shortly before the crash, the pilots requested an alteration to the flight route due to severe weather. While…
‘Plates of the Outback’ - A supercell thunderstorm near Urana, NSW drifts over the landscape.
The supercell that hit Brisbane on November 27 this year caused more than A$500 million worth of damage, produced hail up to 7.5 cm in diameter, and lashed the city with winds of more than 140 km an hour…
Thunderstorms can produce unexpected turbulence more than 100km away from storm cells. It is likely that many reports of…