Have you been experiencing strange weather in your part of the country?
How would you like to deal with these strange weather phenomena?
Hair hygrometer: An instrument that uses strands of human or horse hair to monitor relative humidity. The instrument measures changes in the length of hair that accompany humidity variations.
Outgassing: Release of gases into the atmosphere from hot, molten rock during volcanic activity; thought to be the origin of most atmospheric gases.
Barber pole: A slang term used by storm spotters to describe a thunderstorm updraft with a striking visual appearance: cloud striations that are curved similar to the stripes of a barber pole.
Texas/Pandhandle hooker: No, it’s not what you think. It’s actually an infrequent storm system that originates in the Panhandle region of Texas and Oklahoma, initially moves east and then “hooks” or re-curves more northeast toward the upper Midwest or Great Lakes region.
Anvil zits: A slang term for frequent, localized lightning discharges that occur within a thunderstorm anvil (the flat spreading top of a thunderstorm).
Bombogenesis: A mid-latitude cyclone that drops in surface pressure by 24 or more millibars (the units of pressure that meteorologists use) in a 24-hour period. Typically, bombogenesis occurs during the cool season, from October to March.
Makes you wonder about the people who come up with these terms, doesn’t it?