A clipper system is a fast-moving, low-pressure system sliding along a track that separates cold air to the north and northeast from warmer air in the south and southwest. Clippers can lower temperatures by as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 12 hours or less.
In North America, clipper systems usually originate in Alberta and move across the Great Plains into the U.S. Midwest and the Great Lakes regions. The Alberta clipper gets its name from the Canadian province of Alberta, and the clipper ship of the 19th century. Clipper systems can also bring snow, as well as winds of up to 45 miles per hour, dropping wind-chill values to dangerous levels.Learn More
Some of the tools hurricane centers use to track and forecast storms include satellites, reconnaissance aircraft, ships, buoys and radar systems. Satellites are used in remotely measuring the intensity and track of the hurricane as the tropical cyclone travels over the ocean.Full Answer >
According to the Weather Channel, the primary methods of tracking hurricanes include satellite imaging, Doppler radar and aircraft overflights. In addition, weather stations that measure wind speed and direction as well as rainfall, and report that data wirelessly, can prove extremely useful for determining a hurricane's effects. Most of these stations are placed on land, but buoys throughout the hurricane-producing regions of the ocean provide an early warning system.Full Answer >
Meteorologists track blizzards with sophisticated computer models that receive data from satellites, according to Almanac.com. These computer models provide tracking data on the intensity and direction of a blizzard. The accuracy of computer blizzard predictions is approximately 85 percent.Full Answer >
Stormy weather is associated with heavy rain, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, hail, sleet, tropical cyclones and general thunderstorms. Atmospheric instability is one of the causes of stormy weather, as well as high pressure zones moving in from certain directions. For example, a high pressure zone from the north causes colder weather as winter approaches and a high pressure zone from the south brings warm weather.Full Answer >