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Meteorological vs Astronomical Spring

Meteorological Spring and Astronomical Spring are two ways of defining the start of spring, but they are based on different criteria. Meteorological Spring refers to the three calendar months of March, April, and May in the Northern Hemisphere (or September, October, and November in the Southern Hemisphere). These months are considered to be spring because they generally have milder temperatures and more rainfall than the preceding winter months, and the days start to become longer.

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How is Storm Naming in Europe Different from the USA?

Europe: History & System: The practice of naming storms in Europe is relatively recent compared to the USA. It began in the 1950s for the North Atlantic storms and was more widely adopted in the 21st century. Various national meteorological agencies across Europe are responsible for naming storms. For instance, the UK’s Met Office, Ireland’s Met Éireann, and the Netherlands' Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute collaborate to name storms that impact their regions.

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Have You Seen Polar Lights?

Polar lights are one of the most beautiful natural phenomena on Earth If we were to rank the most beautiful atmospheric phenomena, we would definitely give one of the highest places to polar lights. The ideal time for them is clear frosty nights from September to March at latitudes of about 67–70°.

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Understanding Hurricane Formation

Introduction When Mother Nature stirs up the sea, hurricanes are born - but what exactly sparks this awe-inspiring process? This guide intends to unravel the mystery behind the formation of these formidable storms. By understanding the initial conditions that set the stage for a hurricane’s birth, we can better anticipate their impact and prepare for their arrival.

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Meteorological vs Astronomical Winter - What's the Difference?

While many associate the winter season with cold weather, snowy landscapes and the holiday season, there is more than one way to define the beginning and end of winter. Meteorologists and astronomers use two different systems to delineate the seasons - meteorological winter and astronomical winter. Let’s explore the key differences between these two definitions of winter.

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What is a Katabatic Wind?

Katabatic winds are like chilly mountain slides for air! When the air at the top of mountains or high places gets cold, it becomes heavy. Like a slide in a playground, these high places let the cold, heavy air slide down to the ground. As it slides down, it can go really fast and bring cold weather along with it, like a natural chilly breeze.

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