The Breakdown

  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.