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At the same speed, is a tornado as dangerous as straight wind?

If we have a place with wind at a given speed, and a tornado at the same speed, are they equally dangerous, or the tornado is more powerful?
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Why do hurricanes hitting the US East Coast seem to go north once hitting land?

Question says it all really. It appears that every hurricane hitting the US East Coast directs itself north once on land. Hurricane Florence is predicted to hit North Carolina then turn toward Canada ...
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Are hurricane storm surges smaller when the storms strike small islands?

My understanding of a storm surge is that it is caused by the hurricane "pushing" water towards the land. When a hurricane makes landfall, this water washes up on the short generating a storm surge. ...
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Is there a conventional name for when wind speed increases as a result of a large descending air mass?

I remember reading a long time ago in a meteorology book that certain dust storms were caused by a rapid descent of a large air mass. As the air is pressed against the ground, it is forced to spread ...
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What's the difference between these most basic, first-order models for estimating runoff?

There are a lot of variations of basic, first-order hydrology models to estimate runoff from rainfall with a few other parameters. From what I can tell, most very basic rainfall-runoff models use one ...
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Why does hot air sink in the eye of a tropical cyclone?

We know that warm air rises in the atmosphere due to the reduced density of the parcel itself. But in the eye of a tropical cyclone the warm air sinks down and does not reach the surface, but gets ...
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How stormy (wave height) does Lake Baikal get?

I'm trying to find info on the storminess of Lake Baikal. I want to compare wave heights in a storm on this lake to wave heights in a storm on the ocean. All I could find was very general information ...
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Why is wind sporadic in a Boston northeaster?

We are having a tough little northeaster in Boston, USA, right now and one oddity that I notice is the wind pattern. There will be complete calm for 3-5 minutes, then the wind will blow hard in gusts ...
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Severe storm predictions: What meteorological considerations go into hazard assessments? [closed]

In the United States the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) now has 5 categories for the threat of severe storms. These five categories replaced the previous three ...
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How does wind cause large waves?

I was just wondering about the large waves associated with storms. It seems a little counter-intuitive that large masses of water can be put into motion by moving air (which is much lighter than water)...
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Are there ways stormwater attenuation can be quantified for comparison between different systems or conditions?

Various sources agree land cover changes impact the attenuation of stormwater. E.g. forest areas generally slow the rainfall-runoff response and moderate it, reducing peaks in hydrographs, as compared ...
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What was the storm surge height from Hurricane Harvey?

The numbers bandied about have been 3.6 m (12 feet) and even 4.6 m (15 feet), but something told me that was unlikely. As a guy who could "almost" slam dunk a basketball, the idea of a 3 m (10 feet) ...
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Why are storms relatively short on Earth?

From reading articles and the such it is clear that other planets such as Jupiter have storms that lasts months over months. However on Earth, storms last much shorter. In fact, the longest storm was ...
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What is the best way to stay safe while photographing lightning storms?

Occasionally, I go out with my camera and tripod and capture cumulonimbus clouds from distance. Sometimes I am worried when I hear thunder that I could be hit by a lightning bolt. I have seen several "...
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What kind of storm tracks produce snow in the eastern United States?

What storm tracks are favorable for snow in the eastern United States? Articles like this one on a winter storm in the Northeast in 2011 indicate that storm tracks are important in snowfall amounts. ...
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Snow thunderstorms

So why are snow thunderstorms so rare? I researched a bit and it said that it is because there is less moisture in the air. But the percentage of thunderstorms while raining seems much higher than the ...
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Is it typically colder after a storm?

I've heard that it's colder after a storm. I think this is an interesting question, not least because of the implicit comparison: colder than what? A few different comparisons come to mind, and still ...
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Are extratropical cyclones the same as baroclinic waves?

Are extratropical cyclones the same as baroclinic waves? I'm aware of the fact that extratropical cyclones form in 'baroclinic zones' and that they start of as waves. But are these what are referred ...
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Using Acummulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) for non-tropical cyclones

Accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) is used to measure and compare the activity of individual hurricanes and entire tropical cyclone seasons. It is calculated as an integral of the squares of hurricane ...
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Is there a buildup of static electricity in a sandstorm?

In a sandstorm, is there a buildup of static electricity? If so, does that produce lightning strikes? Also if you were to be inside the storm what would the build of that level of static feel like?
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Are the storm cones introduced by Robert Fitzroy still in use?

In 1860 or so, following the tragic wreck of the Royal Charter with the loss of over 400 lives, storm cones were installed in many UK ports, under the direction of Admiral Fitzroy, head of the ...
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Explanation for growing circular echo on weather radar?

Does anybody have an explanation for the growing ring/growing circular echo that I occasionally see on weather radar? Attached is a gif of a NEXRAD loop showing areas around Denver, CO, Aug. 2, 2015 3:...
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How could humans alter storm intensity or direction other than cloud seeding?

I am familiar with the concept of cloud seeding, where precipitation can be induced with aerosols, thereby altering storm intensity further downwind. Are there methods that could be used to ...
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Why is there no middle ground between tornadoes and hurricanes?

A tornado has an effective area of destruction about the size of a city block. A hurricane spans several hundred kilometers. However, there doesn't seem to be a continuum between the two. Why are ...
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Can large (and wet) storms really trigger large magnitude Earthquakes?

At the 2011 AGU Fall meeting, this poster claimed that the water erosion from Taiwan's wettest storms could prematurely trigger large magnitude earthquakes , $ M \ge 6.0 $. If this was true, this ...
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What is the most powerful natural catastrophic event on record?

Natural catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and meteor impacts releases vast amount of energy. What is the most powerful single event of such nature ever recorded ...
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Does a green or yellow sky actually indicate a tornado?

It seems to be a fairly widely held belief that if the sky is green or yellow, a tornado may be developing/approaching. But is there any truth to it? Could the color of the sky actually be associated ...
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Are sandstorms like regular storms?

What's the difference between sandstorms and regular storms? Are they more than just strong wind within deserts?
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Have there been any attempts to measure profiles through deep convective systems using dropsondes?

In-situ measurements in deep convective systems, tropical cyclones, etc., are difficult to perform. Few if any people would like to fly a small aircraft close to its core, and radiosondes or larger ...