The Breakdown

  Breakdown: Why September could be one of the driest on record

We may be in store to break into the top 10 or maybe even the top five driest months on record in Memphis.

  Breakdown: Why storms are classified as post-tropical

  Breakdown: Why August fog could predict winter snowfall

  Breakdown: Why air quality alerts matter

  Breakdown: History of Shelby County tornadoes

  Breakdown: Why hurricane hunters are important

  Breakdown: Meteorological vs Astronomical Seasons

Continued Coverage

  Breakdown: Why heat records keep increasing

  Breakdown: Why tornado movement is more subtle than you think

  Breakdown: Why mist and drizzle differ

  Breakdown: Why are they called ‘the dog days of summer’

  Breakdown: Why tropical activity usually peaks in late summer

  Breakdown: Why your glasses can get foggy

  Breakdown: Why location determines tropical systems name

Breakdown: Why location determines tropical systems name

  Breakdown: Why clothing color choice matters in summer

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 heat alerts are important

Why Heat Alerts Are Important

  Breakdown: Why ‘roll clouds’ are unique formations

Rounds of rain and storms have impacted the Mid-South the past few days. In the wake of these storms, we have been receiving pictures that look like UFOs in the sky.While the clouds look ominous, in reality a process in the sky is occurring creating what is known as a “roll cloud.”

  Breakdown: Why stagnant air can cause breathing issues, eye irritation

  Breakdown: What are the different types of hurricanes and why does their origin matter?

  Breakdown: Why you should keep a check on the UV index

  Breakdown: Why are outflow boundaries so cool?

  Breakdown: Why more hurricanes form in Gulf Coast in August

  Breakdown: How to get a great view of a meteor shower

  Breakdown: Why asteroids, comets and meteors can be hard to identify

There are so many cool displays when it comes to stars and all the cosmic coolness but how can we tell what is what?

  Breakdown: Why you need to look out for Anvil Clouds

Anvil Clouds: Why You Need To Lookout

  Breakdown: Why wind determines where tropical systems travel

In this Breakdown, we will discuss what elements play a role in where 'canes go and why.

  Breakdown: Why tropical funnels aren’t as scary as they seem

Breakdown: Why Tropical Funnels Form

  Breakdown: How warm water can form hurricanes

Hurricanes: Why Warm Water Is The Key To Formation

  Breakdown: Myths and facts about lightning

In this episode of the Breakdown, we'll dive into some myths and facts about lightning.

  Breakdown: Why fireworks can make air quality unsafe

In this breakdown we will discuss why fireworks can make air quality unsafe.

  Breakdown: Why smoke and dust create beautiful sunsets

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.

  Breakdown: How a cluster of storms form in the atmosphere

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.

  Breakdown: How Hot It Get’s In Your Car & Why It Can Be Deadly

The hottest months on record are July and August. August is the hottest month in the Mid-South but July is right behind with average temperatures in the low 90s.

  Allergies driving you crazy? Why your problem may be inside your home

When it comes to allergies, we mostly think about the outdoors and what plant or tree outside maybe making one feel so crummy. Did you

  Breakdown: Why heat index values are vital

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?

  Breakdown: Why we change seasons each year

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.

  Breakdown: Why Stationary Fronts Happen

Breakdown: Why Stationary Fronts Happen

  Why sundogs resemble rainbows

Breakdown: Why sundogs resemble rainbows

  Breakdown: How sea breeze impacts the coastline

When visiting the beach or coastlines you might wonder why it feels a bit cooler along the beach? Or maybe why do thunderstorms always pop-up in the afternoon along the coast?

  Breakdown: Why you need sunscreen when it’s cloudy

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

  Breakdown: Why Jupiter will be close

Why Jupiter Is More Visible

  Breakdown: Why severe weather season isn’t over

Why Severe Weather Season Isn't Over

  Breakdown: Why storm clouds usually appear dark

Often times when we look at the clouds they are white but before a storm you may notice that the clouds will get darker or more gray and dreary.

  Breakdown: Why the “Ring of Fire” caused lots of severe weather

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.

  Breakdown: How to survive a dangerous rip current

Rip currents cause around 150 deaths per year in the United States. In the state of Florida, the currents kill more people annually than thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes combined!

  Breakdown: What derechos are and why they can be dangerous

What is a derecho and why was it so damaging? In this episode of the breakdown we will explain how this weather phenomenon forms in the atmosphere.

  Breakdown: Why 5G cell phone wavelengths could impact forecast data

Many of us want information and we want it as fast as possible. There is a newer faster phone, but it could cost us some delayed information when it comes to getting the weather forecast.

  Breakdown: Why NOAA predicts near normal hurricane season

The hurricane season officially extends from June 1 to Nov. 30.

  Breakdown: Why high risk days rarely occur in the Mid-South

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.

  Breakdown: Why the upcoming ”Blue” Moon is so rare


  Breakdown: Why There Are More Tornadoes In The Southeast

Why There Are More Tornadoes In The Southeast

  Breakdown: Where you are on a map and why it is important for you to know

Where are you on a map and why it is important for you to know

  Breakdown: A look back at Mississippi River flood of May 2011

8 Years ago, the Mississippi River rose past its banks and flooded parts of the Mid-South. Becoming one of the largest and most damaging recorded floods along the river in the past century.

  Breakdown: Why the grass looks greener after it rains

Why Grass Looks Greener After Rain

  Breakdown: Why you may be able to see “shooting stars” tonight

Sunday night skies will be mostly clear, which will be a great set-up for viewing the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower.

  Breakdown: Why it always seems to rain the 1st weekend in May

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.

  Rain vs Showers: What is the difference?

Showers vs Rain: What is the Difference?

  Breakdown: Why April 27, 2011 was so deadly

The tornado outbreak from April 25 to April 28 in 2011 was one of the deadliest and costliest events on record in the United States

  Breakdown: What does rain percentage really mean for you?

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?

  Breakdown: Why sunsets appear reddish

When it comes to visible light, red light waves are scattered the least due to atmospheric gas molecules.

  Breakdown: The science behind how airplanes fly in the sky

In this episode of The Breakdown, we go in detail on how airplanes actually fly and what forces them to lift off the ground.

  Breakdown: The science behind doppler radar ‘colors’

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.

  Breakdown: Why soggy ground can bring trees down

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.

  Breakdown: How tornadoes form in the atmosphere

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?

  Breakdown: Why positive lightning strikes are more dangerous than negative

While all lightning strikes are dangerous, in this episode of the breakdown we will explain why positive strikes are considered even more dangerous and deadly than negative lightning strikes.

  Breakdown: What is pollen and where does it come from?

What is pollen and where does it come from

  Breakdown: Why rain doesn’t always wash away pollen

You may think that all rain will wash away pollen, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, certain types of rain can make pollen levels increase.

  Breakdown: Why some trees haven’t bloomed yet

Typically the trees here in the south start as early as mid-March and are usually full of leaves by the end of April.

  Breakdown: How weather affects pollen levels

Spring is finally here in the Mid-South but along with the new season comes increased pollen counts.

  Breakdown: Why we may not have seen the last frost yet

Spring! It is finally here in the Mid-South. With it comes warmer temperatures, more sunshine and spring allergies. Those with a green thumb might start to plan to plant their spring garden.

  Breakdown: The Mid-South could be the new Tornado Alley

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.

  Breakdown: Why the seasons change

Breakdown: Why Spring & a supermoon will coincide

  Breakdown: Super Worm Moon welcomes spring

Spring begins March 20 at 4:58 PM CDT and for the first time in almost 20 years a Super Worm Moon shine over the northern hemisphere. This will be the third and final super moon of 2019.

  Breakdown: Why weather can determine the intensity of the pollen season

Pollen & Weather

  Breakdown: Why snow is still possible

Why Snow Is Still Possible

  Breakdown: Why we spring forward each year

Love it or hate it, the second weekend in March we go to bed Saturday night, just to lose an hour of sleep as we wake up on Sunday morning.

  Breakdown: Why multiple forms of alerts are important in bad weather

In this episode of the Breakdown, we explain why weather radios and weather apps for your phone can be lifesaving tools when severe weather strikes.

  Breakdown: Why cold weather can affect cars fuel economy

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?

  Breakdown: Why understanding severe weather risks is important

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.

  Breakdown: How you play an important role during 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

  Breakdown: How to stay safe during lightning

Lightning Safety a