In this episode of the Breakdown, we are going to explain how upper level winds are pushing Saharan Dust and smoke from Arizona wild fires into the region giving us the gorgeous sunsets the past few days.
A series of big storms have impacted the Central Plains and the Mid-South recently. These storms have produced flash flooding, produced gusty winds and severe storms, caused significant damage in some areas.
Summer is officially here and we are already talking about heat index values. You see us talk about heat index values on television, but do you know what it really measures and why it can be an important tool for your health?
Out with Spring and in with Summer! The summer solstice occurred today at 12:54 p.m. on June 21, marking the beginning of astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere. Meteorological summer, which includes the three hottest months of the year, started on June 1.
A heatwave impacted the Southeast and it continued through most of the month of May. States like Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama are seeing highs in the 90s with some locations in the 100s for more than a week.
The high risk of severe weather category is so rare. In the U.S. we don’t see it very often and it is even more rare here in the Mid-South. The last one issued was May 20, 2019 across the southern Plains and before that it hadn’t been issued since 2017.
As the Beale Street Music Festival draws closer this upcoming weekend along with so many other outdoor festivities, the forecast becomes a big player in it all. It seems like the first weekend in May every year is always rain in the forecast.
Let’s face it, you look at the First Alert 7-Day forecast and see rain percentages on some days, or during the summer every day, but when you traverse through the day, you end up not seeing any rain. You may think, what gives?
In this episode of the Breakdown, we are going to explain the science behind the different “colors” a radar shows on a map and why some colors can be different but most of the colors used are the same.
According to experts, when trees are uprooted, the roots are to blame. A tree’s root system serves several purposes. The two main important jobs are to absorb water and nutrients from the soil, and to anchor the tree, which will keep the tree straight and stable.
Spring time is here across the Mid-South. As we move deeper into the new season more and more storm systems roll across the region. Some of those storms can produce tornadoes, but do you know how a tornado forms in our atmosphere?
The Great Plains is typically referred to as tornado alley, but researchers are finding evidence that tornado alley is shifting away from the plains and into the Southeast, putting a bull's-eye on the Mid-South.
When driving your car during the winter months you might notice that the gas gauge is going down faster than during the summer. Did you know that the cold weather actually affects the fuel economy of your car?
Severe weather, it is a common occurrence in the Mid-South during the four seasons in the Mid-South. When it comes to strong and severe storms, understanding what the colors and text means could better help you prepare for incoming severe weather.
In a way to better obtain weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN with partner organizations. This volunteer program has between 350,000 and 400,000 trained service weather spotters that help keep local communities safe by providing reports of severe weather to th
Flooding is one of the deadliest naturally occurring disasters in the country. When flooding occurs, knowing the difference between a flash flood watch and a flash flood warning could mean the difference between life and death.
Do you remember as a kid, folding a piece of paper, cutting the corners, unfolding it and then admiring your snowflake? Well if you do, you will remember that everyone’s paper snowflake looked slightly different as no two cuts were exactly alike.
First Alert Doppler 5. It is an important tool that we here are WMC Action News 5 uses each and everyday to track everything from severe clear to severe storms, but have you wondered how doppler radar works and why it is such an important tool for meteorologist across the country?
On February 5, 2008, there was a huge and deadly tornado outbreak not only for the Mid-South, but also for much of the southern United States. This outbreak is known as the “Super Tuesday Outbreak." That day was the primary election for our country.
Have you ever looked up into the night sky and noticed a ring around the moon? What you were seeing is an optical illusion, caused by reflections of ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. This is called the “halo effect,” or a Lunar Halo, and it is caused by light rays diffracting around the moon.
Water pipes burst because the water inside them expands as it gets close to freezing. When it freezes it also causes the pressure inside the pipe to increase. When the pressure gets too high, the pipe can burst.
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 attached to the ground?