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The latest blogs from The Weather Station Experts’ team of writers, covering weather gadgets, weather and climate news, and more.

What is a Tornado Watch?

Johnathan Orellana

Most common in the U.S. in the Great Plains and the Southeast, tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent weather events. Since thunderstorms always precede tornadoes, thunderstorms are prevalent in the same regions as tornadoes.

What’s the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

TWSE Explains

When most people think about the weather, they're thinking about conditions in the short term—the current temperature, what it's like outside, and whether or not it looks like it's going to rain. On the other hand, climate refers to average weather conditions in a particular area over time.

What is a Flash Flood Watch?

Johnathan Orellana

Areas that experience heavy rainfall, snowmelt, and tropical storms are susceptible to flash floods. If weather conditions are favorable for a flash flood in your area, the National Weather Service issues a flash flood watch to give you time to prepare.

Buying a Cheap Weather Station?

Ed Oswald

Weather watching is a fascinating hobby, but it's certainly not a cheap one. Most weather stations can easily run into the hundreds of dollars, which prices out a significant number of us. If budget is a concern for you, a cheap weather station is probably your best bet.

What is a Blizzard Warning?

Johnathan Orellana

Although blizzards are most common in the Great Plains, the upper Midwest, and the Northeastern U.S., blizzards can occur just about anywhere where snow falls in winter.

What is an Atmospheric River?

TWSE Explains

Our atmosphere is constantly in motion. Weather systems are transported around the globe by this motion, with a narrow band of stronger winds called the ‘jet stream‘ providing much of this motion, which lies between cold and warm air masses.

What is a High Wind Warning?

Ed Oswald

The National Weather Service issues various wind warnings to warn the public of dangerous wind conditions. Wind warnings are issued when sustained wind speeds are expected to reach or exceed a certain speed for a certain amount of time.

What is an Ice Storm Warning?

Johnathan Orellana

In the Northeastern US, ice storms are dangerous winter weather events that can cause extensive damage due to severe ice accumulation. Severe ice storms are commonplace in states like Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey during cold winters but have also occurred in states further south and west.

The Top 10 Warmest US Cities

TWSE Explains

As winter approaches, many people prepare for the cold weather and freezing temperatures. However, some towns don't have to worry about dragging out the winter clothing from storage as the year ends. These locations have some of the best weather in the US if you're into the heat.

What is Sleet?

TWSE Explains

In the average winter, most of us will have to deal with frozen precipitation, not just snow. One of these types is sleet, and we'll explain how it forms and the difference between it and a hailstone.