The Breakdown

  Breakdown: Why it’s going to be so cold in the Mid-South

Temperatures will be like a roller coaster the next few days.By the end of the weekend, we take a big dip in temperatures.

  Breakdown: Why the sky is blue

Breakdown: Why Mississippi River levels are elevated

Breakdown: Why you see your breath when it’s cold

Breakdown: Why there is frost on your windshield

Breakdown: How airplanes can sustain a lightning strike

Breakdown: Why clouds appear gray

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  Breakdown: A rare winter trio

Breakdown: Why it’s faster to fly east than west

Breakdown: Why there’s so much static in the winter

Breakdown: This is how frost forms

Breakdown: Why a Mackerel Sky occurs

Breakdown: Why airplane turbulence is on the rise

  Breakdown: Why your skin dries out in the winter

Dry, chapped skin is pretty common in the cold months, in late fall and winter.

Breakdown: Why does it get windy

Breakdown on why winds blow strong.

  Breakdown: Why lightning can strike the same place twice

Lightning can strike the same place twice and sometimes even multiple times.

Breakdown: Why it feels so cold when it’s windy

Wind chill is how the wind makes the body feel when the wind is blowing on a cold day.

  Breakdown: Why your car thermometer is usually inaccurate

Breakdown: Why weather can make you feel achy

Breakdown: Why Thanksgiving weather varies so much

Breakdown: Is it ever ‘too cold’ to snow?

Breakdown: What’s fog and why does it form?

Breakdown: Why the flu is more likely in winter

  Breakdown: Why Snow Is Hard To Forecast In The Mid-South

Breakdown:Why Forecasting Snow Is Difficult in the Mid-South

Breakdown: Why raindrops are not actually tear-drop shaped

You have probably seen them in paintings, drops of rain falling from clouds in the shape of teardrops. What if I told you that is not entirely accurate? In this episode of the Breakdown, we will explain the science as to why raindrops are not in the shape of a teardrop.

Breakdown: Why your mood could change during the cold months

The cold weather months can really affect your mood.

Breakdown: Why is there ground clutter on the radar?

You may have noticed green on the radar, even when it is completely dry outside. This is what we call anomalous propagation or better known as ground clutter.

Breakdown: How an upside down rainbow forms

This is called a circumzenithal arc or a circumzenith arc. It also has been called an upside-down rainbow or the Bravaris arc. It is referred to as a smile in the sky.

Breakdown: Why there could be more major hurricanes

With the number of hurricanes impacting the coast fluctuating each year, the question has been asked, “Are there more hurricanes happening now than what we saw in the past?”

  Breakdown: Why the threat for severe weather Monday

Monday is a First Alert Weather Day and it is because we have the potential for seeing strong to severe thunderstorms. You may wonder why this potential is so high, I will explain in this breakdown.

Breakdown: Why do we fall back?

Have you ever wondered why we fall back? The reason behind the extra hour is to adjust the daylight hours to be more usable when most of us are awake. It is meant to increase the amount of daylight we see in the morning.

Breakdown: Why hurricanes spawn tornadoes

While tornadoes and hurricanes seem very similar the formation of the two are pretty different.

Breakdown: Can Persimmons really predict the winter?

There is an old folklore, saying that you can predict the weather with a persimmon seed, just by cutting a seed open and looking for a certain shape on the inside of the seed.

Breakdown: The layer that gives us shooting stars

In previous breakdowns, we talked about the Stratosphere and the Troposphere, in this installment we are going to breakdown the Middle Layer, or the Mesosphere.

Breakdown: Why Does Fall Bring A Second Peak in Severe Weather

Most of us think of severe weather as more of a spring-time event and while we do see plenty of severe weather in the spring, there is a secondary season in the fall.

Breakdown: Why Seattle is not actually the rainiest city

Seattle, Washington, is known by many as the rainiest city in the United States, but it actually does not even come close to the top of the list.

Breakdown: How a fallstreak cloud forms

These unique looking clouds are formed when the water temperature in these clouds are below freezing.

Breakdown: Why Uranus is visible without binoculars

On most nights Uranus is hard to see even with a telescope but for the rest of the month, you may be able to spot it without one or with binoculars according to NASA.

Breakdown: How the Stratosphere protects the Earth

In a previous Breakdown we talked about the troposphere and in this new Breakdown we are going to talk about the next level of the atmosphere, the Stratosphere.

Breakdown: The Mid-South could be the new tornado alley

The Great Plains is typically referred to as tornado alley, but researchers are finding evidence that tornado alley is shifting away from the plains and into the Southeast, putting a bullseye on the Mid-South.

Breakdown: Why cold weather drops tire pressure

As temperatures start to drop, it’s good to know how to adjust your tire pressure so that your car can operate at maximum performance. This breakdown will be about how temperatures affect tire pressure.

Breakdown: Why wind shear is necessary for tornado development

During severe weather coverage, you may hear the term wind shear. Wind shear is the fast changes in wind speed or wind direction in a short period of time or distance.

Breakdown: Why hurricanes names are retired

A look at who creates hurricane names and why some get retired

Breakdown: Why the troposphere is so important

This layer of the atmosphere rises between 10 miles up at the equator and only 5 miles up at the north and south pole.

Breakdown: Why hurricanes weaken when moving across land

The Breakdown: Why hurricanes weaken when moving across land.

  Breakdown: How does wind shear impact hurricanes?

During severe weather coverage or when there is talk about hurricanes, you may hear the term wind shear.

BREAKDOWN: Why birds migrate

Geese winding their way south in a v-shaped flock is the classic picture of migration, the annual, large-scale movement of birds between their breeding (summer) homes and their non-breeding (winter) homes.

Breakdown: How to get best view of Draconid meteor shower

When you think October, you may think orange, Halloween, falling leaves, cool temperatures and now you can add the Draconid meteor shower which comes annually around Oct 8. The meteor shower will peak this evening and has a history of producing a cool display.

BREAKDOWN: Why lightning delays outdoor sporting events

According to the National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI), Lightning is the most frequent weather hazard impacting athletic events.

Breakdown: How the jet stream controls our weather

The upper level winds, known as the jet stream, can bring in cool air from the north or push warm air from the south into our area. The jet stream sits 6-9 miles above the surface of the earth, but it impacts our weather all the way down at the surface.

Breakdown: Why leaves change color

As we transition into the fall season, the leaves of green will start to turn various shades of browns, yellow, purple, oranges and red. When seeing this transition have you ever wondered, why does this happen?

Breakdown: How cold fronts differ from other fronts

This week, my breakdown will be all about cold fronts. In this breakdown, I am going to not just be talking about what they are but also how they can influence our weather and sometimes, it can be in a severe way.

Breakdown: Why Tsunamis are devastating to coastal towns

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi on September 28th. The rather strong earthquake triggered a tsunami. The earthquake and tsunami resulted in hundreds of deaths as the water pounded the coast of Indonesia.

Breakdown: This is why we have seasons

The 2018 Fall Equinox starts September 22, which means a cooler weather pattern is on the way.

Breakdown: What is the strongest side of the hurricane

During hurricane season you may hear talk about the different sides of a hurricane or as we as meteorologist like to refer to the different sections of hurricanes as quadrants.

BREAKDOWN: Why storm surge can be devastating

Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane.

BREAKDOWN: This is what the tropical track actually means

With the tropics becoming more active, we breakdown what the cone of uncertainty is and how it shows the potential path of an impending tropical system.

Breakdown: What is a waterspout?

When at the beach, sometimes you will see a rotating column of air moving across the ocean. While it looks like a tornado we see on land, this cone of cloud-filled wind is called a Waterspout.

Breakdown: Why September is the peak of hurricane season

Although tropical systems can technically form any time of year, they are most likely during the Atlantic hurricane season from June 1 to November 30. The peak month for hurricane development is September with 87% of category 1 or 2 hurricanes and 96% of category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes forming during

Breakdown: How clouds actually form

Clouds, they occur in our skies all the time, but have you ever wondered how they formed in the sky?

Breakdown: Why does rain have a smell?

Have you ever noticed how sometimes when it's about to rain or just after it rains, there is this earthy but pleasant smell in the air?

  Breakdown: Why it has been 26 years since a hurricane hit Hawaii

Although Hawaii is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it surprisingly does not receive many hurricanes. Meteorologist Brittney Bryant explains why this happens and how things could be different with Hurricane Lane.

Breakdown: Why it sometimes rains when the sun is shining

Have you ever wondered why the sun is shining while it's raining?  As a meteorologist, I have heard some strange answers to the reason why.

Breakdown: How weather balloons help forecasters

It's a bird, now it's a plane, wait it's a weather balloon?

Breakdown: How NASA’s new spaceship can withstand 1 million degree temps

NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe for an unprecedented mission to the sun. So how does the Parker Probe withstand the extreme heat of the sun without melting?  Meteorologist Brittney Bryant explains.

Breakdown:The difference between typhoons, hurricanes, and cyclones

Hurricane, cyclone, typhoon, they are all the same, officially known as tropical cyclones.

Breakdown: Why more tornadoes occur in the U.S than any other country

The United States has more tornadoes than any other country in the world.

Breakdown: How ASOS stations help meteorologist forecast the weather

When watching the WMC Action News 5 or looking at the First Alert Weather app on your phone, you are usually seeing temperatures, maybe dew points, also cloud cover or even visibility, but have you ever wondered how we are getting these readings?

Breakdown: What the hail - how it forms and why

This summer, much of the Mid-South has endured strong thunderstorms that have not only had a lot of lightning but also had more than their fair share of hail.

Breakdown: The science behind sunsets

Have you ever wondered why sometimes you see an amazing sunset and other times it is totally underwhelming? There's actually science behind that mix of red and oranges in your evening sky.  Meteorologist Brittney Bryant explains.

Breakdown: How weather and climate differ

You may hear the terms, "weather" and "climate" a lot in the media and in everyday life, but do you know the difference between the two terms?

Breakdown: Beware the ‘Bolt from the Blue’

We have had several rounds of thunderstorms this summer across the Mid-South and hundreds of lightning strikes with each complex of storms.

Breakdown: How clothing color can affect your body temperature

It's summer and the heat are on across the Mid-South, but did you realize that just a simple change in clothing color could make you feel cooler when outside in the summer sun?

Breakdown: How the air you breathe can become dangerous

In the summer months, air quality alerts get issued more than any other time of the year. Meteorologist Brittney Bryant explains why.

Breakdown: Why you need to keep an eye on the UV Index

The month of July is UV Safety Month, but what is a UV index and why should you care? Everyone is exposed to Ultraviolet radiation from the sun and many people are exposed to artificial sources used in various industries such as commerce and recreation. UV rays from the sun travel down to the surface of the Earth and can cause major damage to our skin. There are two main types of UV rays, that is UVA and UVB. UVA rays are longer and can cause sun damage that result in aging and wri...

Breakdown: How rare rainbow clouds form

A rare phenomenon called an iridescent or rainbow cloud was spotted in Georgia this week.

BREAKDOWN: Why smoke lingers long after the fireworks end

Every year on the 4th of July, we often experience a lot of smoke lingering in the air from the fireworks.

Breakdown: Everything you need to know about a Mesoscale Convective System

A series of big storms have impacted the Central Plains and the Mid-South recently.

BREAKDOWN: Why you should still wear sunscreen when it’s cloudy

The sun's UV rays travel down to the surface of earth and can cause major damage to our skin. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself.