The Breakdown

  Breakdown: Why car batteries can die in cold weather

  Breakdown: Why 2020 could start with one of the strongest meteor showers

  Breakdown: Why a white Christmas is rare in the Mid-South

  Breakdown: Why a solstice marks the start to winter

  Breakdown: Why cold weather phenomena causes traffic problems in the Mid-South

  Breakdown: Why the Geminid meteor shower is the best

Continued Coverage

  Breakdown: Why temperature is key in frost formation

  Breakdown: Why you shouldn’t always trust your car thermometer

  Breakdown: Why tropical activity may have been low in the Gulf of Mexico this season

  Breakdown: Why wind chill can make it feel colder

  Breakdown: Why tornado sirens shouldn’t be your only resource

  Breakdown: Why leaves get heavier when they are wet

  Breakdown: How crickets can determine the temperature

Did you know a crickets chirp could determine the air temperature?

  Breakdown: Why forecast accuracy decreases beyond 7 days

When you forecast beyond seven days and try to get into specific things like rainfall totals or an exact temperature for a certain hour, it’s close to impossible.

  Breakdown: Why leaves can be as slick as ice

When leaves collect on roads and become wet, it can be similar to driving on ice.

  Breakdown: Why there could be more sparkle in the sky

In this episode of the breakdown, we tell you why the night sky will have a bit more sparkle thanks to the Leonid meteor shower.

  Breakdown: Why winter precipitation means more than just snow

  Breakdown: Why weather can make your joints ache

  Breakdown: Why colder, drier air can be so shocking

  Breakdown: Why we turn back time this weekend

  Breakdown: Why the start of November usually brings frost

  Breakdown: Weather folklore and why you shouldn’t trust a caterpillar to predict winter

  Breakdown: Why fall brings a secondary severe weather season

Most of us are familiar with severe weather in the spring and summer, but there is a secondary severe weather season in the fall mostly across the southeast.

  Breakdown: Why weather can worsen fall allergies

Most of us attribute allergies to the spring, but did you know that fall can also create big problems for allergy sufferers?

  Breakdown: Why weather balloons are important

Breakdown: Why weather balloons are still used

  Breakdown: Why it is more foggy in fall

Now that the days are getting shorter and the air is much cooler, you may notice more foggy mornings.

  Breakdown: Can a fruit really predict the winter?

There is an old folklore saying that you can predict the weather with a persimmon seed just by cutting a seed open and looking for a certain shape on the inside of the seed.

  Breakdown: Why the same temperature can feel colder in different seasons

Breakdown: Why the same temperature can feel colder in different seasons

  Breakdown: Why burn bans are issued

As we transition from summer to fall, dry vegetation and low humidity can increase wildfire activity across the Mid-South.

  Breakdown: Why weather can have impact on the flu virus

Flu season is already in full swing and you may be surprised to know that weather can play a big role in the strength of the virus.

  Breakdown: Why summer seems to be lasting longer

You may have noticed that the summer heat seems to be lasting longer here in the Mid-South, and the cool fall temperatures seem to be arriving a little later. Our friends a Climate Central did some digging into the data and came up with some interesting results.

  Breakdown: Why weather could delay the peak of fall foliage

Fall is known for the cool temperatures and beautiful displays of leaf color but did you know that weather plays a huge part it what we see and when we see the peak of the colors.

  Breakdown: Why seasons change each year

It is the start of a new season! We are moving into fall from summer and now getting one day closer to winter. Have you every really thought about what causes this shift in seasons?

  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 September temperatures can vary in the Mid-South

Breakdown: Why September Temperatures Can Vary In The Mid-South

  Breakdown: Can a cup of coffee predict the weather?

In this episode of the Breakdown, we explain why this folklore is not true and you morning cup of joe might not be the best forecaster.

  Breakdown: Why storms are classified as post-tropical

A post-tropical cyclone is a tropical cyclone that was once a tropical system, and no longer has sufficient tropical characteristics to be considered a tropical cyclone.

  Breakdown: Why August fog could predict winter snowfall

Can the amount of fog we saw in August be used to predict the snowfall this winter?According to the old folklore, it really can.

  Breakdown: Why air quality alerts matter

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: History of Shelby County tornadoes

Tornadoes have occurred in every state in the U.S. and have been observed on every continent except Antarctica.

  Breakdown: Why hurricane hunters are important

Breakdown: Why Hurricane Hunters Are Important

  Breakdown: Meteorological vs Astronomical Seasons

The natural rotation of the Earth around the sun forms the basis of our astronomical calendar, in which we define seasons with two solstices and two equinoxes.

  Breakdown: Why heat records keep increasing

The past five years have been the warmest on record globally, leading to unprecedented heat that is projected to intensify as the climate warms.

  Breakdown: Why tornado movement is more subtle than you think

Tornadoes can move in all different directions but most do move from the southwest to the northeast.

  Breakdown: Why mist and drizzle differ

Mist and drizzle, those must be the same things, right? Well in reality they do differ, but there are only a few slight differences. In this episode of the breakdown, we will describe the different between the two forms of droplets and explain how you could tell the difference between them.

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

Let’s face it, you hear this team a lot during the summer months, but do you know how it got its name and why it’s called “the dog days of summer?" In this episode of the Breakdown, we will explain everything you need to know.

  Breakdown: Why tropical activity usually peaks in late summer

This eight-week period is often called the most active and dangerous time for tropical cyclone activity.

  Breakdown: Why your glasses can get foggy

Breakdown: Why 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

In this episode of the Breakdown, we will explain how this stagnant air could cause issues for some groups when outside.

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

During hurricane season you probably hear a lot of talk about subtropical and extratropical systems, what does it all mean? Well it’s all about where the strength and origin of a system derives. These characteristics determine a system’s tropical characteristics.

  Breakdown: 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 are outflow boundaries so cool?

Why Outflow Boundaries Are So Cool

  Breakdown: Why more hurricanes form in Gulf Coast in August

Hurricanes: Why August could mean more systems in the Gulf of Mexico

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

Delta Aquarids: Why You Should Look Up

  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!