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How Much Do You Know About Meteorology?

Here's what's happening in your neck of the woods.

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    The really fluffy clouds

    Cumulus clouds are usually flat on the bottom, and super fluffy on top. Just like cotton candy!

    The really fluffy clouds
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  2. What does this spiky blue line signify?

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    Low air pressure
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    An ice storm
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    A cold front
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    Alien attack
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    A cold front

    When the arrows are red, they represent a warm front!

    A cold front
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    A storm along the east coast of North America with winds blowing from the northeast.
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    A storm along the east coast of North American with winds blowing toward the northeast.
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    A hurricane originating in the Arctic.
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    A New England blizzard.
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    A storm along the east coast of North America with winds blowing from the northeast.

    People from the east coast of North America are really familiar with these doozies. They can occur any time during the year, and they bring very heavy precipitation in the form of rain or snow.

    A storm along the east coast of North America with winds blowing from the northeast.
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    Stratosphere
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    Thermosphere
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    Troposphere
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    Mesosphere
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    Troposphere

    The troposphere is the lowest, and the exosphere is the highest!

    Troposphere
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    When a funnel cloud has been spotted.
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    When conditions are favorable for storms capable of producing tornadoes.
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    When a tornado has touched the ground.
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    When storms have formed that are capable of producing tornadoes.
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    When conditions are favorable for storms capable of producing tornadoes.

    A tornado warning means that a tornado is forming or imminent.

    When conditions are favorable for storms capable of producing tornadoes.
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    A sudden drop in temperature.
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    A sudden decrease in air pressure.
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    A collision of clouds.
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    Lightning.
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    Lightning

    The air around lightning is very hot. This hot air expands rapidly, then as the air cools it's quickly compressed, creating the cracking sound we know as thunder.

    Lightning
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    Troposphere
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    Mesosphere
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    Exosphere
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    Smoochosphere
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    Troposphere

    Not only is it the lowest level of the atmosphere, but it's the place where most of our weather takes place!

    Troposphere
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    The rotation of the earth.
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    Ocean currents.
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    Differences in atmospheric pressure.
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    Storms.
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    Differences in atmospheric pressure.

    Atmospheric pressure is essentially the weight of the air pressing down on the earth. Air tries to rise or sink to balance out the differences in air pressure, and that creates wind!

    Differences in atmospheric pressure.
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    A transition zone where warm air replaces cold air.
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    A transition zone where cold air replaces warm air.
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    The conditions required for a snowstorm.
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    A mass of cold air moving in from northeast.
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    A transition zone where cold air replaces warm air.

    Yup, that's pretty much all there is to it. Cold fronts don't necessarily mean cold weather, though.

    A transition zone where cold air replaces warm air.
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    Category 1
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    Category 5

    A Category 1 hurricane has winds of 74-95 mph versus a Category 5 hurricane, which has winds of 130-156 mph.

    Category 5
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    A hurricane is formed in lower temperatures.
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    A hurricane creates lower air pressure.
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    A hurricane has faster winds.
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    A hurricane is composed of several tropical storms.
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    A hurricane has faster winds.

    A tropical storm is upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane when its winds reach at least 74 mph.

    A hurricane has faster winds.
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    Snow
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    Sleet
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    Hail
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    Freezing Rain
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    Sleet

    Hail and snow form in the clouds, while freezing rain freezes when it makes contact with the ground.

    Sleet
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