Author: Eric DeRoche

CompuWeather Meteorologist
The Important Difference Between Sleet and Freezing Rain

The Important Difference Between Sleet and Freezing Rain

Sleet and freezing rain are forms of precipitation that occur when layers of cold and warm air overlap. More specifically, sleet and freezing rain occur when warm moist air aloft overruns a layer of freezing cold air at the surface. The precipitation initially falls as rain through the mild air aloft. Once the raindrops begin…

Spinning Weather Phenomena

Spinning Weather Phenomena

As the Earth spins, so do many weather phenomena. A comparative look at weather features that rotate; from small dust devils to massive superstorms. The spin of the Earth helps generate many of our planet’s natural phenomena from global ocean currents to atmospheric wind flow and weather patterns. Many types of weather are associated with…

Do Hurricanes Ever Hit the West Coast of the U.S.?

Do Hurricanes Ever Hit the West Coast of the U.S.?

The Atlantic tropical season runs from June 1st to November 30th each year, when tropical storms and hurricanes are most prone to developing over the northern Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or greater. In an average year, there are 6 hurricanes…

The Important Difference Between Wet Snow and Dry Snow

The Important Difference Between Wet Snow and Dry Snow

Snow forms when water vapor in the atmosphere freezes directly into ice crystals and falls to the ground as precipitation.  When it falls heavily or for long periods, it can accumulate to several inches and become a travel hazard on roads and walkways.  This is common knowledge to people who experience cold winter seasons.  However,…

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