The Breakdown

  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 COVID has impacted weather forecast

  Breakdown: Why heat lightning isn’t a thing

Breakdown: Bursting the bubble on the weather dome

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

  Breakdown: What is a “potential” tropical cyclone

  Breakdown: Billion dollar disasters. Why 2020 is going to be costly.

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  Breakdown: Why the heat index can be higher down on the farm

  Breakdown: Why you need to protect your pets paws in the summer

  Breakdown: Comets & Meteor showers. Why you should look up

  Breakdown: Why summer storms could leave your car spinning

  Breakdown: Why extreme heat & humidity may become the norm

Breakdown: Why you should look up in the sky this week

  Breakdown: Why bad air quality could affect your health

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: Siberia: Why the frozen Tundra is burning

Breakdown: Siberia-Why the frozen tundra is burning

  Breakdown: Heat stroke, how & why it can happen so quickly

Breakdown: Heat illness: why you need to know the signs

Breakdown: Why our bodies sweat in the heat and humidity

You go outside and bam! Instantly start sweating… but why does this body process even take place? In this episode of The Breakdown, we explain why our bodies sweat in the heat and humidity.

  Breakdown: When thunder roars, go indoors. Here is why.

  Breakdown: Why the southpole isn’t as cold lately

  Breakdown: How satellites have made a difference in forecasting

  Breakdown: Albedo, what is it and why it matters?

  Breakdown: Why flooding is one of the most deadly natural disasters

  Breakdown: Wildfires: Why they spread so fast?

  Breakdown: Why scientist are working hard to make it rain

Breakdown: Why scientist are working hard to make it rain

  Breakdown: Why your family needs a disaster kit

Breakdown: Why your family needs a disaster kit

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

When talking about the mugginess of the air, meteorologist almost always point to the dewpoint rather than the relative humidity, but why is that? In this episode of The Breakdown, we explain why dewpoint matters more than relative humidity when describing how hot it feels outside on a given day.

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

Everyone is exposed to Ultraviolet radiation from the sun and many people are exposed to artificial sources used in various industries such as commerce and recreation.

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

Why COVID-19 may have improved global air quality

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

In this episode of The Breakdown, we explain the phenomena known as Microbursts and why these summer storms can do so much damage.

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

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

  Breakdown: Summer is here! Why seasons change?

Out with Spring and in with Summer! The summer solstice occurs Saturday, June 20th at 4:44 p.m.

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

We have all been there, climbing inside a car on a hot summer day. The temperature feels excessively hotter inside the vehicle than it does on the outside. Why is it? What causes the temperature to climb so high inside a vehicle?

  Breakdown: Why hurricanes produce waterspouts

Breakdown: Why hurricanes produce waterspouts

  Breakdown: Why weather patterns are stalling

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.

April, May and June are the most active nationwide. We see a drop in tornadoes in June in the Mid-South, thanks to a shift in the jet stream.

  Breakdown: Welcome to Hurricane Season. Why wind speeds matter

Breakdown: Welcome to Hurricane Season. Why wind speeds matter?

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

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

  Breakdown: Flash! Boom! Why lightning leads to thunder

In this episode of the breakdown, we will explain why you can’t have that iconic thundering sound without a strike of lightning.

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

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

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

Tornadoes can be a devastating and deadly weather phenomenon that impacts the Mid-South and largely the whole country.

  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