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Weather Word of the Day

April 18, 2024

St. Elmo's fire - A bright electric discharge that is projected from objects when they are in a strong electric field, such as occurs during a thunderstorm. This discharge can cause a ship's mast or airplane wings to have a greenish or bluish glow.

April 17, 2024

Climate - The average weather conditions for a specific location during a year or for many years. This can be thought of as the prevailing weather conditions that occur for a certain location in general, or over a long period of time.

April 16, 2024

Thermosphere - The atmospheric shell extending from the top of the mesosphere to outer space. It is a region of more or less steadily increasing temperature with height, starting at around 50 miles above the surface. This layer is around 320 miles thick and temperatures in this layer can reach 4,500 F. The International Space Station orbits the Earth in this region of the atmosphere!

April 15, 2024

Bow-Echo - The radar representation of a microburst or downburst, seen as a line of storms morphing from a straight line to an outwardly curved arc. Bow echoes mark the leading edge of damaging straight-line winds which can gust to over 100 mph in some cases.

April 14, 2024

Freezing Drizzle - A drizzle that falls as a liquid but then freezes into a light glaze or rime upon contact with the cold ground. Freezing drizzle is different than freezing rain because it accumulates at a much slower rate. Freezing drizzle tends to be localized and not widespread, which makes it more difficult to predict.

April 13, 2024

Anomalies - Departures of temperature, precipitation, or other weather elements from long-term averages. Any abnormal trend in the weather can be called an anomaly.

April 12, 2024

Black ice - A thin coating of clear ice that can form on roadways. It is most common during the winter season and is called black ice because the dark road surface can be seen through it.