Weather Word of the Day
December 3, 2021
Stationary Front -
A nearly stationary narrow zone that marks the transition between contrasting air masses. These boundaries demarcate cool and warm air masses. Stationary fronts tend to lead to persistent bands of precipitation in their vicinity.
December 2, 2021
Colorado Low -
A low pressure system that forms in eastern Colorado or northeastern New Mexico. These types of lows typically track northeastward across the central Plains of the U.S. over a period of several days. Some of the strongest blizzards that occur during the winter season are oftentimes the result of a Colorado low.
December 1, 2021
A large mass of mud falling down a hillside or slope. Mudslides are most likely when heavy rains occur after a prolonged dry period.
November 30, 2021
Cloud Modification -
The introduction of foreign particles by humans into a cloud to gain a desired effect. This is oftentimes called cloud seeding. Silver iodide is a common substance that has been used in cloud seeding.
The desired impact is to increase the amount of precipitation and/or reduce the threat for hail that falls from the cloud. It is not known how effective cloud modification has been since it was first introduced in the late 1940s.
November 29, 2021
Black Blizzard -
The name commonly given to dust storms that occurred in the Great Plains of North America during the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. At times these black blizzards would originate in an area such as western Kansas and then travel all the way to the east coast.
November 28, 2021
Used to be referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), after Greenwich, England, where the 0 degrees longitude is found. This is a method that the military devised to give a universal coordinated time that can be used anywhere across the globe. Meteorology uses Z time to coordinate weather balloon launches around the globe at the same moment. This data is then used in weather prediction.
November 27, 2021
Gulf Stream -
A warm, swift, and narrow ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and then heads north along the east coast of the U.S. The Gulf Stream eventually makes it all the way to western Europe. Without the Gulf Stream, western Europe would be subjected to much colder winters.