The Breakdown

  Breakdown: Why a Mackerel Sky can mean changing weather

  Breakdown: Why balloons are important weather tools

  Breakdown: A ring around the moon-why it happens

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

  Quadrantids Meteor Shower-why you should look up

  Breakdown: Why smoke can linger after fireworks

Continued Coverage

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

  Breakdown: Why clouds impact temperatures

  Breakdown: Why snowflake shapes are so unique

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

  Breakdown: Why the days are shorter in Winter

  Breakdown: Why Jupiter & Saturn will look extra special 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 the hole in the ozone layer is shrinking

  Breakdown: Why a Bermuda Triangle exists in space

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

  Breakdown: Why the moon isn’t always visible

  Breakdown: Why Thanksgiving weather can vary 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.

  Breakdown: Smack! Why mosquitoes will live for a few more weeks

s temperatures and humidity drop, Mid-Southerners finally have an opportunity to comfortably spend time outdoors. Unfortunately, mosquitoes linger even after the first official day of Fall.

  Breakdown: Why people fly into hurricanes

The 2020 hurricane season has been one of the most active in recent history. With many named storms, this means more missions and people are flying into hurricanes this year over years past. In this episode of The Breakdown, we explain why people fly into hurricanes.

  Breakdown: Sniffles? Why fall allergies could be worse

Breakdown: Sniffles? Why fall allergies could be the worst

Breakdown: Fall is here! Why we’re changing seasons again.

Have you ever really thought about what causes this shift in seasons? Well in the episode of the breakdown, we will explain the science behind Earth’s seasons.

  Breakdown: Why this tropical season is breaking records

This tropical season has broken several records so far and there is so much season to go. See how this season compares.

  Breakdown: Sea Breeze, why it makes the waterfront feel cooler

In this episode of the Breakdown, we explain what a sea breeze is and why it can make you feel cooler along a waterfront.

  Breakdown: Why we are watching an asteroid closely

Why astrobiologist are watching an asteroid that will pass by the earth around Election Day.

  Breakdown: Storm Surge, Why it can be worse than a Hurricane

In this episode of the Breakdown, we will explain what Storm Surge is and why it can be worse than the hurricane itself.

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

  Breakdown: Why you can catch a rare display of Neptune

Neptune will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long.

  Breakdown: Why do we have Meteorological Seasons

It’s a new month and as we welcome in September we welcome in the start of Meteorological fall. You might notice that the start of this time is Sept.1. While the start to astronomical season of fall is Sept. 22. Why is there a Meteorological fall in the first place? We break it down.

  Breakdown: Why summer heat seems to be lasting longer

According to data analyzed by Climate Central, autumn temperatures have changed in many locations over the past half-century, a finding that shows the fall season has warmed an average of 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit across the nation since 1970.

  Breakdown: Why water temperatures in the Atlantic are warmer than normal

Breakdown: Why water temperatures in the Atlantic are warmer than normal

  Breakdown: Why a hornets nest could indicate the winter season

The ole folklore says, “See how high the hornet’s nest; ’Twill tell how high the snow will rest.” Indicating that if you see a hornets nets built high off the ground that is how high the snow will fall in the winter, but is the old wise-tail true?

  Breakdown: Why the heat is adding more fuel to the wildfires

Wildfires, we keep hearing more and more about them every year. Well some scientist believe that the hotter days are adding more fuel to the wildfires. In this episode of the breakdown, we will explain more about their findings.

  Breakdown: Why 2020 will be one of the hottest years on record

2020 will likely rank among the top 5 for hottest years on record

  Breakdown: Why one hurricane can change the path of another

Breakdown: Why one hurricane can change the path of another

  Breakdown: Urban Heat Island Effect, why it’s hotter in the city

Breakdown: Urban heat island effect, why its hotter in the city

  Breakdown: Why the Atlantic hurricane season is shifting into high gear

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has already started at a recored pace. As we approach the middle of the season, several factors will line up to help aid in tropical formation. In this episode of the Breakdown, we explain why the hurricane season is about to shift into high gear.

  Breakdown: Firenadoes-why & how they form

Breakdown: Firenadoes are is a unique phenomenon that are not as rare as you may think

  Breakdown: Why Death Valley became the hottest place on Earth

Breakdown: Why Death Valley became the hottest place on Earth

  Breakdown: Why stationary fronts can complicate a forecast

Will it rain or won’t it rain? Will it be hot or cold? Where is the sun, why is it cloudy? A meteorologist we hear it all the time, some locations see one thing while others see the opposite. In this episode of the Breakdown, we explain how stationary fronts can complicate a forecast

  Breakdown: Derecho, What is it and why it causes major damage

On August 10th, 2020, a complex of storms rolled across the Midwest and Great Lakes region. This complex system was considered a derecho. In this episode of the Breakdown, we will explain what a derecho is and why it can cause major damage.

  Breakdown: Outflow Boundaries: What they are & why so cool

Outflow boundaries are the cool gust of wind you may feel before storms arrive. See why they can also help create additional storms

  440 mile long lightning bolt, why it was possible!

Breakdown on a record breaking 440 mile lightning bolt

  Breakdown: Why rain has a unique 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?

  Why you should look up: Perseid Meteor Shower

Breakdown: Why you should look up: Perseid Meteor Shower

  Breakdown: Why you should wear sunscreen even when it’s cloudy

Here's what you need to know to protect yourself from the sun's damaging rays.

  Why COVID has impacted weather forecast

Why COVID has impacted weather forecast

  Breakdown: Why heat lightning isn’t a thing

Breakdown: Why heat lightning isn’t a thing

Breakdown: Bursting the bubble on the weather dome

When thunderstorms split or tend to end right before hitting your neighborhood you may think you live under that “weather dome” or “bubble”. While that invisible place that almost every city, town and street talks about across the country, isn’t actually there.

  Breakdown: Seeing double? Why double rainbows aren’t so rare

Breakdown: Seeing double? Why double rainbows aren’t so rare