2020 Weather Wisdom and Wonder

2020 Weather Wisdom and Wonder

Posted by Janice Stillman on 27th Aug 2019

Weather has fascinated humans for millennia. But if you really want to know the truth behind the folklore, open up this year’s Weather Watcher’s Calendar from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Club.

Dear Atmospheric Observer,

If you’ve never had the opportunity to see any of the Great Lakes in person, it can be difficult to imagine their enormity. In particular, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world, measuring 31,700 square miles. At its deepest point, the lake reaches down 1,276 feet. It’s long enough to stretch from Boston to Washington, D.C., and it’s 160 miles wide.

That’s why, on November 10, 1975, the ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald was in big trouble when a “November Witch” formed, bringing with it 86-mile-per-hour wind gusts and 25-foot-high waves. The Edmund Fitzgerald was no match for the storm. The ship and its crew of 29 were lost.

A “November Witch” is a powerful storm that often occurs on the Great Lakes in late fall. It forms when cold, Arctic air pulled from northern Canada mixes with warm, moist air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. Strong, damaging winds and lots of rain or snow are common.

In November 1913, another “November Witch”—called the Great White Hurricane—sank nine large ships, killing more than 200 sailors. Wave heights were estimated to be 36 feet. Sound like a rare event? It is, but it hasn’t been that long since the last one!

Legendary Lights

Not all weather events are so terrifying or deadly. While not exactly weather, the northern lights are the atmosphere’s legendary light show that has inspired tales for generations. But what causes the colors of the northern lights?

The Sun emits solar wind in the form of high-energy charged particles that travel to Earth. When a strong solar wind gust enters Earth’s magnetic field and its particles collide with gases in the upper atmosphere, the gases begin to glow. Nitrogen commonly produces a purplish tint of blue at the lower edges and red at the higher edges. Oxygen produces a greenish-yellow hue.

Glorious Glaciers

Another color that we love is the brilliant blue of glacial ice. When water freezes, it is filled with small air bubbles, which reflect the full spectrum of white light. But as ice becomes denser when compressed in a glacier or buried below other ice, the bubbles become even smaller. Eventually, many are squeezed out. The crystalline structure of the ice changes, too. As a result, the ice begins to absorb red and yellow light and reflect only the blue part of the spectrum. The older and denser the ice, the bluer its color.

Dates and Data

You can learn more about weather and atmospheric phenomena in our 2020 Weather Watcher’s Calendar, but we’ve also filled the pages with some fun trivia. For instance, do you know why San Francisco experiences so much fog? On the calendar pages of June, we’ll tell you why.

And since we’re talking about the weather, have you ever wondered if all tornadoes spin in the same direction? You’ll have to turn to the month of September to find out.

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Janice Stillman


The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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