The Breakdown

  Breakdown: Why a space cemetery exists in the Pacific Ocean

Satellites are vital resources, but what happens to them when they stop working? We explain in the Breakdown.

  Breakdown: Why the allergy season is getting longer

  Why you should look up: A mysterious light

  Breakdown: Why a car is a dangerous place to be during a tornado

  Breakdown: Why a big winter snowmelt could mean more mosquitoes

  Breakdown: Why there are craters on the moon

  Breakdown: Why nighttime tornadoes fatalities are increasing

Continued Coverage

  Breakdown: Why the Earth shakes when there is an earthquake

  Breakdown: Why the moon has different phases

  Do this now to prepare for Wednesday’s severe weather

  Breakdown: Why hurricane season could start earlier

  Breakdown: Time’s up! Why you lose an hour of sleep every year

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

  Breakdown: Why storms need these three things to form

Thunderstorms cannot form without three main ingredients.

  Breakdown: Why weather may be to blame for aches & pains

Weather could be the culprit for aches and pains especially on cold & rainy days

  Breakdown: Why air pollution can be worse in winter

Air pollution can happen all year round but did you know it can be worse in winter

  Breakdown: Why humidity is typically higher in the morning

Relative humidity is usually higher in the morning. We explain why in the Breakdown.

  Breakdown: Why snow melt can cause flooding

  Breakdown: Why it’s brighter at night after it snows

  Breakdown: Why snow melt can be a long process

  Breakdown: Why pipes can burst when it’s cold

  Breakdown: Freezing fog-how it forms & why it can be dangerous

  Breakdown: Why it sounds quiet after it snows

  Breakdown: Why thunder can be louder & longer in winter

Breakdown-Why thunder be louder and last longer

  Breakdown: Why more rain this winter could mean worse allergies

Why more rain this winter could mean worse allergies

  Breakdown: Why meteors aren’t typically dangerous for Earth

Rocks and debris from space make it through Earth's atmosphere frequently, but there's a reason why they don't cause issues for us on Earth.

  Breakdown: Why different clouds have ‘names’

In 1802, Luke Howard presented a paper that named the clouds and finally gave meteorologists a way to categorize what they were seeing in the sky.

  Breakdown: Why the winter season can cause more potholes

Why winter can mean more potholes

  Breakdown: Why you still need sunscreen when it’s cloudy

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays travel down to the surface of Earth and can cause major damage to our skin.

  Breakdown: It’s snowing! Why all precipitation starts off as snow

As we slide into the winter months, we will have several chances to see some frozen precipitation. Have you ever wondered what it takes to get snow, sleet and freezing rain?

  Breakdown: Why the winter season can make you SAD

Breakdown: Why winter can make you SAD

  Breakdown: Why cold temperatures can impact tire pressure

Breakdown: Why cold temperatures can impact tire pressure

  Breakdown: Why humidity can make you feel sick

Meteorologists frequently discuss how the humidity outside can be detrimental, especially in the Summer when it causes dangerously high heat index values. However, the humidity inside your house can actually have a bigger impact on your health.

  Breakdown: Why a Mackerel Sky can mean changing weather

Breakdown-Mackerel Sky

  Breakdown: Why balloons are important weather tools

The National Weather Service releases balloons into the atmosphere that deliver important weather data to meteorologists.

  Breakdown: A ring around the moon-why it happens

Breakdown: Why the moon can have a ring around it

  Breakdown: How lake effect snow forms & why it’s so common

Lake effect snow is most common in the Great Lakes region and can result in snowfall totals over 20 inches.

  Quadrantids Meteor Shower-why you should look up

Quadrantids Meteor Shower-why you should look up

  Breakdown: Why smoke can linger after fireworks

Breakdown: Why smoke can linger after fireworks

  Breakdown: Black ice- why it forms on bridges & overpasses

When driving over a bridge you might notice a bright yellow sign with black letters. Usually it says, “Bridge Ices Before Road”. Have you ever wondered why this is the case, why will a bridge freeze before the road the rest of the road?

  Breakdown: Why clouds impact temperatures

Many things impact temperatures, such as wind, amount of solar radiation and sun angle. However, clouds can have the biggest impact on daily forecasted high and low temperatures.

  Breakdown: Why snowflake shapes are so unique

Snowflakes can be many different shapes and sizes.

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

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

  Breakdown: Why the days are shorter in Winter

Breakdown: Why the days are shorter in winter

  Breakdown: Why Jupiter & Saturn will look extra special in the night sky

Jupiter and Saturn will be close together on Monday, December 21 and could look like one bright star in the night sky.

  Breakdown: Why raindrops can be different shapes and sizes

Breakdown: Why raindrops can be different shapes and sizes

  Breakdown: Geminid Meteor Shower-why it is one of the brightest

Breakdown: Geminid Meteor Shower-why it is one of the brightest

  Breakdown: Why you can see the moon during the day

Breakdown: Why we can see the moon during the day

  Breakdown: Ball lightning- What it is & why it’s so rare

Ball lightning is a rare type of lightning where a glowing orb appears in the sky and moves horizontally for several seconds before disappearing.

  Breakdown: Why hurricanes can form outside of the season

Breakdown: Why hurricanes can form outside of the season

  Breakdown: Why the hole in the ozone layer is shrinking

After a spike in ozone levels and a growing ozone hole in the stratosphere in 2000, there has been a slow decrease in size over the past ten years.

  Breakdown: Why a Bermuda Triangle exists in space

Since the 19th century, stories have circulated of ships disappearing in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Although spaceships aren’t completely vanishing, there is an area in space where major issues occur.

  Breakdown: Why the Eclipse on November 30th will be faint

The lunar eclipse on November 30th will be subtle and faint

  Breakdown: Why the moon isn’t always visible

Breakdown: Why the moon isn't always visible

  Breakdown: Why Thanksgiving weather can vary in the Mid-South

Thanksgiving weather in the Mid-South

  Breakdown: Why the temperature impacts winds

Wind is a normal occurrence, but why does it happen?

  Breakdown: Why crickets can tell you the temperature

While the chirping sound of male crickets are usually used to attract mates, scare off other males, or warn of danger, did you know it can also be used to help determine the temperature outside?

  Breakdown: Why a sun dog is different than a rainbow

Although sun dogs form often, many people confuse them for rainbows.

  Breakdown: Leonid Meteor Shower-why it could be worth looking up

Breakdown: Leonid Meteor Shower-why it could be worth looking up

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this weekend

Breakdown: Why you should look up this weekend

  Breakdown: Why temperatures don’t have to be freezing for frost

Breakdown: Why temperatures don’t have to be freezing for frost

  Breakdown: Why lightning can get hotter than the sun

The temperature of lightning can actually get hotter than the sun. Meteorologist Brittney Bryant explains why.

  Breakdown: Why winter could be warmer than normal

After a mild Fall, temperatures are expected to be above average for the winter months. We are also anticipating many areas being drier than normal November through January.

  Breakdown: Why this NASA ship has been in space for 43 years

This NASA spacecraft was launched in 1974 and continues to send back data from space today.

  Breakdown: Why we turn back time each year

Breakdown: Why we turn back time each year

  Breakdown: Why a full moon on Halloween is so rare

A full moon will rise in the sky on Halloween night. Although the full moon is common in Halloween movies and books, it actually doesn’t occur that often.

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

  Breakdown: Why fall can bring a second round of severe weather

Breakdown: Why fall can bring a second round of severe weather

  Breakdown: What 40% chance of rain means & why it’s confusing

The rainfall percentage is one of the most widely used terms, but many people do not understand what it means.

  Why you should look up this week

Breakdown: Why you need to look up this week

  Breakdown: Why clouds can be different colors

Although many people think of clouds as being white, they can actually be many different colors.

  Breakdown: Why fog forms early in the morning

Foggy mornings are common in the Fall and winter in the Mid-South. There are several reasons why fog typically develops early in the morning.

Breakown: Static Electricity-why we get shocked

Static electricity-why we get shocked

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

Why you should look up this week

  Breakdown: Why trees can help you breathe better

The benefits of trees range from reducing energy to improving air quality. Thankfully, the Mid-South is blessed with a high concentration of trees and one of the better air quality levels for a large city.

  Breakdown: Why leaves change & when colors peak

During the early Fall months, leaves change from green to rich colors of red, orange and yellow.

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

Why you should look up this week

  Breakdown: "Zombie storm” why Paulette died & came back

"Zombie storm" why tropical systems can sometimes regenerate

  Breakdown: October Hurricanes-why we can’t let our guard down

October hurricanes why they are few but can be devastating

  Breakdown: Why a warmer climate causes more intense hurricanes

Global temperatures continue to rise, climate scientists have found that hurricanes are intensifying faster and producing more rain.

  Breakdown: Why wild weather swings can make flu season worse

Why wild swings in weather could play a big role in flu season.