When running in the rain, would you get wet faster if the rain were falling diagonally or straight down?


Mythbusters did a segment in which they compared walking in the rain to running in the rain; it turns out that you would get wetter by running in the rain.  They’d probably be interested in doing this experiment as well, but since they haven’t I guess I’ll have to take my best guess at this. […]

Does lightining come from the ground up?


  The short answer is from the ground to the cloud, but it’s a complicated process. When too much negative charge builds up in a cloud, a bundle of charge moves from the cloud toward the ground in the form of a “stepped leader.” As a stepped leader nears the ground, it attracts a surge […]

Is the weather in France the same as the weather in Canada all year long?


The weather in France is actually very varied, depending on where it is.  Northern France is very much like England, wet and cool, but not cold like it gets in Canadian winters.  The reason Britain has the warmer winters (as well as northern France) is due to the Atlantic Gulf Steam.  This Gulf Stream brings […]

What’s the difference between a hurricane, cyclone and a typhoon?


Both a hurricane and a typhoon are tropical cyclones.  The only difference between them is that a hurricane originates in the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea , and a typhoon originates in the western Pacific or Indian oceans.

How does a cyclone work?


Less is known about these storms that we would like but we do have a rough idea.  Hurricanes form in tropical regions where there is warm water (at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit / 27 degrees Celsius), moist air, and converging equatorial winds. Most Atlantic hurricanes begin off the west coast of Africa, starting as thunderstorms that […]

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