Scud Season Is Upon Us

With a warm, soupy air mass in place this time of year, conditions become ripe for rogue, “pop up” thunderstorm development. With summer creeping up, it’s safe to say, scud season is upon us. What’s Scud? The official definition for scud, taken from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, is as follows: Scud (or Fractus) […]


A microburst is defined by the National Weather Service as follows: A convective downdraft with an affected outflow area of less than 2½ miles wide and peak winds lasting less than 5 minutes. Microbursts may induce dangerous horizontal/vertical wind shears, which can adversely affect aircraft performance and cause property damage. When it comes to understanding […]

An Explanation of Wind Chill

We’ve all been hearing the term “wind chill” lately, but what does that really mean? Our bodies naturally produce heat. However, when the conditions turn cold, our body’s heat escapes us and is absorbed by the surrounding air. The surrounding air will create a nice, thin layer of warmth on the surface of our skin. […]

What’s An Alberta Clipper?

Alberta Clipper weather events are defined by the National Weather Service as follows: A storm system during the winter months that originates from the Canadian Province of Alberta (or close by–sometimes the system can originate from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or even Montana).  The term “clipper” originates from the clipper sailing ships because of their quick speeds.  Thus, […]

Warm Sector

The warm sector of a mid-latitude cyclone is defined by the American Meteorological Society as follows: That area, within the circulation of a wave cyclone, where the warm air is found.  Traditionally, it lies between the cold front and warm front of the storm; in the typical case, the warm sector continually diminishes in size and ultimately disappears (at the surface) as the […]