The Breakdown

  Breakdown: Why a sun dog is different than a rainbow

  Breakdown: Leonid Meteor Shower-why it could be worth looking up

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this weekend

  Breakdown: Why temperatures don’t have to be freezing for frost

  Breakdown: Why lightning can get hotter than the sun

  Breakdown: Why winter could be warmer than normal

Continued Coverage

  Breakdown: Why this NASA ship has been in space for 43 years

  Breakdown: Why we turn back time each year

  Breakdown: Why a full moon on Halloween is so rare

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

  Breakdown: Why fall can bring a second round of severe weather

  Breakdown: What 40% chance of rain means & why it’s confusing

  Why you should look up this week

Breakdown: Why you need to look up this week

  Breakdown: Why clouds can be different colors

Although many people think of clouds as being white, they can actually be many different colors.

  Breakdown: Why fog forms early in the morning

Foggy mornings are common in the Fall and winter in the Mid-South. There are several reasons why fog typically develops early in the morning.

Breakown: Static Electricity-why we get shocked

Static electricity-why we get shocked

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

  Breakdown: Why trees can help you breathe better

  Breakdown: Why leaves change & when colors peak

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

  Breakdown: "Zombie storm” why Paulette died & came back

  Breakdown: October Hurricanes-why we can’t let our guard down

  Breakdown: Why a warmer climate causes more intense hurricanes

Global temperatures continue to rise, climate scientists have found that hurricanes are intensifying faster and producing more rain.

  Breakdown: Why wild weather swings can make flu season worse

Why wild swings in weather could play a big role in flu season.

  Breakdown: Smack! Why mosquitoes will live for a few more weeks

s temperatures and humidity drop, Mid-Southerners finally have an opportunity to comfortably spend time outdoors. Unfortunately, mosquitoes linger even after the first official day of Fall.

  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: Sniffles? Why fall allergies could be worse

Breakdown: Sniffles? Why fall allergies could be the worst

Breakdown: Fall is here! Why we’re changing seasons again.

Have you ever really thought about what causes this shift in seasons? Well in the episode of the breakdown, we will explain the science behind Earth’s seasons.

  Breakdown: Why this tropical season is breaking records

This tropical season has broken several records so far and there is so much season to go. See how this season compares.

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

In this episode of the Breakdown, we explain what a sea breeze is and why it can make you feel cooler along a waterfront.

  Breakdown: Why we are watching an asteroid closely

Why astrobiologist are watching an asteroid that will pass by the earth around Election Day.

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

In this episode of the Breakdown, we will explain what Storm Surge is and why it can be worse than the hurricane itself.

  Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

Breakdown: Why you should look up this week

  Breakdown: Why you can catch a rare display of Neptune

Neptune will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long.

  Breakdown: Why do we have Meteorological Seasons

It’s a new month and as we welcome in September we welcome in the start of Meteorological fall. You might notice that the start of this time is Sept.1. While the start to astronomical season of fall is Sept. 22. Why is there a Meteorological fall in the first place? We break it down.

  Breakdown: Why summer heat seems to be lasting longer

According to data analyzed by Climate Central, autumn temperatures have changed in many locations over the past half-century, a finding that shows the fall season has warmed an average of 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit across the nation since 1970.

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

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

  Breakdown: Why a hornets nest could indicate the winter season

The ole folklore says, “See how high the hornet’s nest; ’Twill tell how high the snow will rest.” Indicating that if you see a hornets nets built high off the ground that is how high the snow will fall in the winter, but is the old wise-tail true?

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

Wildfires, we keep hearing more and more about them every year. Well some scientist believe that the hotter days are adding more fuel to the wildfires. In this episode of the breakdown, we will explain more about their findings.

  Breakdown: Why 2020 will be one of the hottest years on record

2020 will likely rank among the top 5 for 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 Death Valley became the hottest place on Earth

  Breakdown: Why stationary fronts can complicate a forecast

Will it rain or won’t it rain? Will it be hot or cold? Where is the sun, why is it cloudy? A meteorologist we hear it all the time, some locations see one thing while others see the opposite. In this episode of the Breakdown, we explain how stationary fronts can complicate a forecast

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

On August 10th, 2020, a complex of storms rolled across the Midwest and Great Lakes region. This complex system was considered a derecho. In this episode of the Breakdown, we will explain what a derecho is and why it can cause major damage.

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

Outflow boundaries are the cool gust of wind you may feel before storms arrive. See why they can also help create additional storms

  440 mile long lightning bolt, why it was possible!

Breakdown on a record breaking 440 mile lightning bolt

  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 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.