The Breakdown

  Breakdown: Why you need to know where to go during a storm

  Breakdown: Seeking shelter? Why an obvious spot isn’t the safest

Breakdown: Why you should pay attention to colors in severe weather season

  Breakdown: Why a March snow is rare but not impossible

  Breakdown: Time’s up! Why you lose sleep this weekend

  Breakdown: Why there’s a difference in flood warnings

Continued Coverage

  Breakdown: Hoar Frost - Why the name

  Breakdown: Why we have a leap year

  Breakdown: Graupel, Why it’s like Mother Nature’s Dippin’ Dots

  Breakdown: Why landslides happen more in the US than anywhere else in the world

  Breakdown: Why Florida is the hot spot for rocket launches

  Breakdown: Why the cold air can do a number on your skin

  Breakdown: Why damage determines strength of tornadoes

The National Weather Service uses a scale from zero to five to rate a tornado, all done after assessing the damage inflicted by the twister.

  Breakdown: Why clouds are like fluffy blankets

A thick deck of cloud cover can keep the warmth from escaping. Usually that warmth will radiate from the Earth and is bounced back to the surface all thanks to the clouds.

  Breakdown: Why your aches & pains really can predict the weather

Studies have found that its all about the barometric pressure.

  Breakdown: Sinkholes, why the bottom can fall out at any time

In order to understand sinkholes we need to first start with erosion because it plays a major role in how sinkholes develop.

  Breakdown: No weather dome here! Why the river won’t stop a tornado

  Breakdown: Why you don’t need to panic about the big quake here

  Breakdown: Why it used to feel colder ‘back in my day’

  Breakdown: Why the world’s metric and we’re not

  Breakdown: Why warmer winters could mean more critters

Breakdown: Happy Groundhog Day! Why he’s wrong, more than right

  Breakdown: Why instability is to blame for thunderstorms

Sometimes you may hear meteorologist talk about unstable air and you may have wondered, what is unstable air and how did it get that way. Let’s examine.

  Breakdown: EWWW! Why the Mississippi River water is brown

Breakdown: Why the Mississippi River is brown

  Breakdown: That’s not right! Why your backyard temperature gauge is not very accurate

Let’s face it, we all see the temperature scrolling across a blank sign, or maybe you have your own backyard thermometer. Well those readings always seem a lot warmer than the actual temperature outside. What causes that?

  Breakdown: Dodging potholes lately? Here’s why they form

Here in the Mid-South the ever-changing weather and the big swings in temperature mean more and more potholes across the region.

  Breakdown: I can see your halo, halo! Why it forms around the sun?

Sometimes, water drops and ice crystals can act as a prism. This allows us to see unique colors and cool displays like sun or moon halos, sundogs and sun pillars.

  Breakdown: Why isolated showers differ from scattered showers

In this episode of the Breakdown, we will explain the difference between isolated and scattered showers.

  Breakdown: Why seeing a fogbow is not that uncommon

Breakdown: Why a fogbow is not that uncommon.

  Breakdown: Why the moon can have a halo around it

Breakdown: Why the moon can have a halo around it

  Breakdown: Why tire pressure changes in cold temperatures

In this Breakdown, we will discuss the effects cold temperature can have on your tires and tips that will hopefully help your tires operate at maximum performance.

  Breakdown: Why car batteries can die in cold weather

Cold weather is often blamed when car batteries die but warmer temperatures actually do the most harm.

  Breakdown: Why 2020 could start with one of the strongest meteor showers

Why the first meteor shower of 2020 could be active

  Breakdown: Why a white Christmas is rare in the Mid-South

Records date back to 1889 and it reveals that Memphis has had measurable snow on Christmas only once in 130 years!

  Breakdown: Why a solstice marks the start to winter

Breakdown: Why the winter solstice marks the start to winter

  Breakdown: Why cold weather phenomena causes traffic problems in the Mid-South

Breakdown: Why cold weather phenomenon causes multiple accidents in the Mid-South

  Breakdown: Why the Geminid meteor shower is the best

The show will peak Dec. 13 and 14.

  Breakdown: Why temperature is key in frost formation

This breakdown will be about why frost forms and how we can keep it off of our windshields.

  Breakdown: Why you shouldn’t always trust your car thermometer

Breakdown: Why you shouldn’t always trust your car thermometer

  Breakdown: Why tropical activity may have been low in the Gulf of Mexico this season

One thing you may have noticed is the lack of tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. There are no complaints here but you may be wondering why the lull?

  Breakdown: Why wind chill can make it feel colder

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

  Breakdown: Why tornado sirens shouldn’t be your only resource

Tornado sirens believe it or not are really meant for people who are outside. Tornado sirens are actually known as outdoor warning sirens.

  Breakdown: Why leaves get heavier when they are wet

Leaves, they are falling of Mid-South trees in a rapid pace. As the leaves fall, rakes come out and people begin to rake them up.

  Breakdown: How crickets can determine the temperature

Did you know a crickets chirp could determine the air temperature?

  Breakdown: Why forecast accuracy decreases beyond 7 days

When you forecast beyond seven days and try to get into specific things like rainfall totals or an exact temperature for a certain hour, it’s close to impossible.

  Breakdown: Why leaves can be as slick as ice

When leaves collect on roads and become wet, it can be similar to driving on ice.

  Breakdown: Why there could be more sparkle in the sky

In this episode of the breakdown, we tell you why the night sky will have a bit more sparkle thanks to the Leonid meteor shower.

  Breakdown: Why winter precipitation means more than just snow

Cold fronts, they bring us rain and sometimes winter weather. As we slide into the winter months, we will more than likely have several chances to see some frozen precipitation. Have you ever wondered what it takes to get winter precipitation?

  Breakdown: Why weather can make your joints ache

Does your grandmother know when a storm is coming because her knees starts to ache? Or have you felt your joints ache when temperature take a dip?

  Breakdown: Why colder, drier air can be so shocking

You may wonder why you get shocked by touching a door knob, a person, the car door, etc. It can be so uncomfortable but there may be things you can do to reduce the shock.

  Breakdown: Why we turn back time this weekend

Have you ever wondered why we fall back? What is the big reasoning behind it? In this episode of the breakdown. We tell you why this practice was enacted.

  Breakdown: Why the start of November usually brings frost

We have had plenty of ups and downs when it comes to temperatures but as we get into November, this month is usually where we start to get some pretty cold temperatures.

  Breakdown: Weather folklore and why you shouldn’t trust a caterpillar to predict winter

Let’s face it, there is a lot of folklore in the world of weather that says you can predict how the seasons will turn out.

  Breakdown: Why fall brings a secondary severe weather season

Most of us are familiar with severe weather in the spring and summer, but there is a secondary severe weather season in the fall mostly across the southeast.

  Breakdown: Why weather can worsen fall allergies

Most of us attribute allergies to the spring, but did you know that fall can also create big problems for allergy sufferers?

  Breakdown: Why weather balloons are important

Breakdown: Why weather balloons are still used

  Breakdown: Why it is more foggy in fall

Now that the days are getting shorter and the air is much cooler, you may notice more foggy mornings.

  Breakdown: Can a fruit 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: Why the same temperature can feel colder in different seasons

Breakdown: Why the same temperature can feel colder in different seasons

  Breakdown: Why burn bans are issued

As we transition from summer to fall, dry vegetation and low humidity can increase wildfire activity across the Mid-South.

  Breakdown: Why weather can have impact on the flu virus

Flu season is already in full swing and you may be surprised to know that weather can play a big role in the strength of the virus.

  Breakdown: Why summer seems to be lasting longer

You may have noticed that the summer heat seems to be lasting longer here in the Mid-South, and the cool fall temperatures seem to be arriving a little later. Our friends a Climate Central did some digging into the data and came up with some interesting results.

  Breakdown: Why weather could delay the peak of fall foliage

Fall is known for the cool temperatures and beautiful displays of leaf color but did you know that weather plays a huge part it what we see and when we see the peak of the colors.

  Breakdown: Why seasons change each year

It is the start of a new season! We are moving into fall from summer and now getting one day closer to winter. Have you every really thought about what causes this shift in seasons?

  Breakdown: Why September could be one of the driest on record

We may be in store to break into the top 10 or maybe even the top five driest months on record in Memphis.

  Breakdown: Why September temperatures can vary in the Mid-South

Breakdown: Why September Temperatures Can Vary In The Mid-South

  Breakdown: Can a cup of coffee predict the weather?

In this episode of the Breakdown, we explain why this folklore is not true and you morning cup of joe might not be the best forecaster.

  Breakdown: Why storms are classified as post-tropical

A post-tropical cyclone is a tropical cyclone that was once a tropical system, and no longer has sufficient tropical characteristics to be considered a tropical cyclone.

  Breakdown: Why August fog could predict winter snowfall

Can the amount of fog we saw in August be used to predict the snowfall this winter?According to the old folklore, it really can.

  Breakdown: Why air quality alerts matter

In the summer months, air quality alerts get issued more than any other time of the year. In this episode of the Breakdown, we will explain why air quality alerts matter and how they get issued.

  Breakdown: History of Shelby County tornadoes

Tornadoes have occurred in every state in the U.S. and have been observed on every continent except Antarctica.

  Breakdown: Why hurricane hunters are important

Breakdown: Why Hurricane Hunters Are Important

  Breakdown: Meteorological vs Astronomical Seasons

The natural rotation of the Earth around the sun forms the basis of our astronomical calendar, in which we define seasons with two solstices and two equinoxes.

  Breakdown: Why heat records keep increasing

The past five years have been the warmest on record globally, leading to unprecedented heat that is projected to intensify as the climate warms.

  Breakdown: Why tornado movement is more subtle than you think

Tornadoes can move in all different directions but most do move from the southwest to the northeast.

  Breakdown: Why mist and drizzle differ

Mist and drizzle, those must be the same things, right? Well in reality they do differ, but there are only a few slight differences. In this episode of the breakdown, we will describe the different between the two forms of droplets and explain how you could tell the difference between them.

  Breakdown: Why are they called ‘the dog days of summer’

Let’s face it, you hear this team a lot during the summer months, but do you know how it got its name and why it’s called “the dog days of summer?" In this episode of the Breakdown, we will explain everything you need to know.

  Breakdown: Why tropical activity usually peaks in late summer

This eight-week period is often called the most active and dangerous time for tropical cyclone activity.

  Breakdown: Why your glasses can get foggy

Breakdown: Why Glasses Can Get Foggy

  Breakdown: Why location determines tropical systems name

Breakdown: Why location determines tropical systems name