The Breakdown

  Breakdown: Wildfires: Why they spread so fast?

  Breakdown: Why scientist are working hard to make it rain

  Breakdown: Why your family needs a disaster kit

  Breakdown: It’s Muggy! Why Dewpoint matters more than Relative Humidity

  Breakdown: Don’t burn! Why you should keep a check on the UV Index?

  Breakdown: Why COVID-19 may have improved global air quality

Continued Coverage

  Breakdown: Microbust: Summer Storms, why it can do damage?

  Breakdown: Saharan Dust-What is it & why it inhibits Hurricanes

  Breakdown: Summer is here! Why seasons change?

  Breakdown: Summer is coming…Why your car becomes an oven?

  Breakdown: Why hurricanes produce waterspouts

  Breakdown: Why weather patterns are stalling

  Breakdown: Why a typically active May wasn’t

Breakdown: Why a typically active May wasn’t

  Breakdown: Why damaging wind storms are more likely in June

While the tornado threat goes down during the summer months, the damaging wind threat tends to stay present, but why is that?

Breakdown: Why the bluffs don’t stop storms

Why the river & bluffs don’t stop storms

  Breakdown: Why hurricane season could be the busiest in years

Both Colorado State University ant the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have predicted an ‘above average’ year for tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean, but why is this expected to be one of the most active years in recent memory?

  Breakdown: Mid-South tornadoes. Why there are fewer in June.

  Breakdown: Welcome to Hurricane Season. Why wind speeds matter

  Breakdown: When thunder rolls, why the boom is louder at times

  Breakdown: Flash! Boom! Why lightning leads to thunder

  Breakdown: Why green skies don’t always mean severe storms

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

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

In this Breakdown we are explaining why it is not a good idea to take shelter under a highway overpass. In fact, that location might be the worst place to find shelter in a storm.

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

Breakdown: Why your plan of action needs to change with categories

  Breakdown: Why a March snow is rare but not impossible

Breakdown: Why a March snow is rare but not impossible

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

In this episode of the Breakdown, we will showcase why we spring forward every year and how it could affect you when we slide forward one hour.

  Breakdown: Why there’s a difference in flood warnings

Flooding occurs in every U.S. state and territory and is a threat experienced anywhere in the world that receives rain.

  Breakdown: Hoar Frost - Why the name

We are used to scraping frost off our cars, or seeing it glisten on a cold morning across a grassy surface, but have you ever seen a very intense form of frost that looks like nothing you have seen before?

  Breakdown: Why we have a leap year

In this episode of the breakdown, we will explain why the 29th is added to the calendar every 4 years.

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

We all know, precipitation can take various forms depending on the temperature outside. All precipitation throughout the year will start as snowflakes high in the sky.

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

In the U.S., landslides cause about $3.5 billion in damage and kill between 25 and 50 people each year.

  Breakdown: Why Florida is the hot spot for rocket launches

For over 70 years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations or NASA, has launched rockets from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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

You may be thinking, acne and pimples happen in all seasons but studies show that acne affects more people in the winter.

  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

Contrary to poplar belief, a city can still be affected by a tornado even if it is along a river.

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

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

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

Growing up, you may remember enduing wind chills that were a lot colder than what we normally feel on any given winter’s day. You are not wrong in thinking about this, in this episode of the Breakdown, we explain why it “felt” colder prior to 2001.

  Breakdown: Why warmer winters could mean more critters

Breakdown: Why warmer winters could mean more critters

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

For 120 plus years records have been kept and according to Stormfax Almanac, Phil’s six-week prognostications have been correct only around 39 percent of the time!

  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.