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Does snow enrich the soil?

June 4, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Weather

That snow fertilizes the soil is an old belief that has some scientific foundation. Many farmers expect good crops after a winter of heavy snowfall. An old English rhyme runs: Year of snow Fruit will grow. In 1729 William Byrd of Westover wrote as follows of southern Virginia: ”The Soil wou’d also want the advantages of Frost, …

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What are equinoctial storms?

March 25, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Weather

Equinoctial storms are storms popularly supposed to occur at the time of the spring and fall equinoxes. Equinox is derived from Latin and signifies “equal night.” It is a time of the year when the days and nights are equal in length. That storms are more frequent and severe at such times is merely a …

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Why does it rain harder after a flash of lightning?

March 12, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Weather

That it often rains harder after a vivid flash of lightning and heavy peal of thunder is a fact well known to meteorologists. Strictly speaking, however, the rain gush, as weather experts call it, is caused by neither the lightning nor the thunder. According to the United States Weather Bureau, a cloud is electrified when …

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Why is there more lightning in summer?

January 18, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Weather

Electrical storms are generated by sudden and decided changes in atmospheric temperature. The upper atmosphere is always cold and such changes are much less frequent in the winter time, when the temperature near the earth is also low. Hence thunder and lightning occur more often in summer than in winter.

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How big were the largest hailstones on record?

December 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Weather

The maximum size of hailstones is not known positively for the simple reason that trained observers are not often on the spot to measure them when they fall. Human beings have a weakness for exaggerating the size of the hailstones they see fall as well as the fish they catch, and the difficulty lies in …

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