The Breakdown

  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: Why this tropical season is breaking records

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

  Breakdown: Why we are watching an asteroid closely

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

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

  Breakdown: Why you can catch a rare display of Neptune

Continued Coverage

  Breakdown: Why do we have Meteorological Seasons

  Breakdown: Why summer heat seems to be lasting longer

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

  Breakdown: Why a hornets nest could indicate the winter season

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

  Breakdown: Why 2020 will be one of the 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 stationary fronts can complicate a forecast

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

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

  440 mile long lightning bolt, why it was possible!

  Breakdown: Why rain has a unique smell

  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

  Breakdown: What is a “potential” tropical cyclone

In this episode of The Breakdown, we explain what a “potential” tropical cyclone actually is and why the NHC calls a storm by this term.

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

Why 2020 is already setting records for cost in weather damage

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

Have you ever been a corn field or soybean field and wonder why it feels so much hotter outside than in town? In this episode of the breakdown, we will explain why the heat index can in fact be higher on a farm than in a town.

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

Sunshine can heat up the ground quickly, from the grass to the asphalt. Those soaring temperatures can be dangerous for our four legged friends. In the episode of The Breakdown, we explain why you should protect your pets paws in the summer sun.

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

Two active meteor showers will peak in the next few days and Comet Neowise is still visible.

  Breakdown: Why summer storms could leave your car spinning

Rain is one of the leading causes of accidents in the US. It can cause you to hydroplane. We explain the risks and what to do if you find your car spinning.

  Breakdown: Why extreme heat & humidity may become the norm

Researches have determined that as climate warms, the frequency of extreme heat and humidity could become the new normal across the United States. In this episode of the breakdown, we dive into the research done to show the rise in heat and humidity through the years.

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

Breakdown video on two planets that will be visible and a comet that you may be able to see.

  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.

While it can be a beauty to behold from a distance, in this episode of the breakdown we are going to dive in deeper about how lightning forms, the some safety tips to keep in mind and a new world record that was set just a few year ago.

  Breakdown: Why the southpole isn’t as cold lately

Breakdown: Why the South Pole isn't as cold lately

  Breakdown: How satellites have made a difference in forecasting

Breakdown: How satellites have made a difference in forecasting

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

It’s summer and the heat is on across the Mid-South, but did you realize that just a simple change in clothing color could make you feel cooler when outside in the summer sun?

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

When looking at the top weather fatalities in the United States. In the past 10 years there have been nearly 100 flooding deaths, over a span of 30 years that number is around 87 deaths. That makes flooding the second deadliest natural disaster on average right behind the heat.

  Breakdown: Wildfires: Why they spread so fast?

Do you know why and how wildfires occur? Also, why do they spread so quickly across the ground? In this episode of The Breakdown, we will dive deeper into why wildfires 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.