Welcome to WEATHERDUDES.COM...
We are currently focused on weather and climate of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and the East Coast, as well as other significant national and global weather events that occur. The intent of this site is not to be just another weather website with five day forecasts featuring happy suns and sad clouds It is to provide various interesting and personalized features, which provide the visitor with a view of the weather from a different perspective.
Currently we have:
Dave's Weather Discussion Page, providing an insight to the local weather conditions and patterns, and the reasons behind the weather.
Tropical Weather, A collection of tropical storm and hurricane resources.
Recent Weather, Weather conditions for the past 10 days for the mid-Atlantic area.
Weather Glossary, Providing weather definitions from A to Z.
Links to Weather Sites, providing a growing collection of links to weather sites.
Weather Facts, A collection of interesting weather facts.
We will be adding more features on a regular basis. Feel free to look around, and let us know what you think. Check back often for new content...
AN ARCTIC BLAST IS ON ITS WAY... A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING RAIN TO THE REGION SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING... THE BITTER COLD WON'T LAST AS MILDER WEATHER MOVES IN NEXT WEEK
Lightning - Things you may not know about this deadly and damaging phenomenon
Many people do not realize how truly dangerous lightning is and how mysterious this weather phenomenon can be. Here are some general facts about lightning: Lightning kills more people on average than flooding, hurricanes and tornadoes. Lightning is also extremely hot. It is roughly six times hotter than the surface of the sun. That is why it can result in a fire when it hits a structure, such as a house. Years ago, when there was more metal in the plumbing of the average home, the metal pipes were able to carry the charge harmlessly into the ground. Homes are now built with more PVC piping, which is basically plastic, so there is less metal in our homes to carry the charge into the ground. The lightning capital of the continental U.S. is Florida. Almost every day during the late spring and summer, there are thunderstorms occurring somewhere in the stateÖ. Lightning requires there to be ice in the clouds, so that is why it could rain very heavy with no lightning at all. Tropical Cyclones normally donít have a great deal of lightning due to the fact that they are warm-core systems... Your hair may stand on end just prior to a lightning strike. Lightning can and does strike the same place twice and actually it strikes some things many times. Tall buildings get struck numerous times... Also, see my weather fact on heat lightning.