Your Helpful Guide to Weather Terms and Kestrel Performance
The world of weather is a whirlwind of an adventure. Along with its dramatic variations comes a long list of weather terms---and even more questions about the weather itself. Kestrel Weather Meter is one of the most accurate weather tracking devices on the market, logging many of the most recognized weather terms in the industry. It helps us explore the world of weather, providing us a better understanding of how it works in every climate.
In this guide, you'll learn about some common and unique weather occurrences and learn a few things about Kestrel along the way.
Questions about Inclement Weather
Inclement weather is in reference to conditions that are abnormal for a specific climate. This includes hail, cold, high winds, extreme temperatures, and a number of other elements.
What is Thundersnow?
Although it's uncommon, sometimes thunder and lightning will occur when it's snowing. Otherwise known as thundersnow, this is found when there are relatively strong instability and moisture above the surface.
What is a Nor'easter?
A Nor'easter is a very strong low pressure system that impacts the eastern and mid-Atlantic area of the United States. These storms produce large and heavy amounts of snow and rain. Those living in the New England states on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean will find additional disturbances since Nor'easters can cause massive waves in the water.
What Causes Hail?
Hail is large ice particles that fall from the sky, much like rain or snow. It can happen during any time of the year. Hailstorms are typically the result of an unstable air mass that produces large updraft speeds up to 60 MPH or higher. During the hailstorm, particles of water turn to small ice particles with a hard shell that freezes. From there, it becomes too heavy for the updraft to carry and it falls to the earth.
What is a Microburst?
This is a localized column of sinking air within a thunderstorm. It's typically around 2.5 miles in diameter and causes extensive damage to the area---and they're sometimes life-threatening. There are dry and wet microbursts, with the latter including significant precipitation. They are common during the summer months in the southeastern United States. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 MPH, which is equivalent to a tornado.
Questions about Weather Forecasts
How difficult is it to track and predict the weather? Let's discuss.
Why is my Local Weather Forecast Sometimes Inaccurate?
You'll check your local station, claiming it will rain that day. You even canceled outdoor plans. Instead, you don't see a drop of rain at any point.
There are a variety of reasons why the weather doesn't pan out as planned. Air pressure, temperature, mountain ranges, and ocean currents can all throw off a predicted weather forecast. By the time these changes are detected, it might be too late to update the forecast minute-by-minute on your local news weather station.
However, instruments such as the Kestrel weather meter can alert you of immediate changes in weather right at your location. This even includes quick variations in wind direction and wind speed, which may change on a dime.
Read Why Weather Meters Outperform Weather Apps for Accuracy Measurements to see why environmental measurements and data can vary greatly from weather apps or the TV weather report.
Can we Improve Weather Forecasting?
Technology is becoming more advanced when it comes to weather tracking. Instruments such as Kestrel Weather meters are game-changers in terms of how we track and predict weather patterns.
Kestrel serves as a small stand-alone weather station. Depending on the model, Kestrel can track the following:
- Wind speed
- Wind direction
- Wind chill
- Dew point
- And More
Kestrel also makes it easy to wirelessly transfer information wirelessly via Bluetooth. It stores thousands of data points that serve as an excellent source of reference for future weather patterns and predictions.
Kestrel weather devices are also excellent for observing weather in micro-climates, which can display their own weather patterns in a small localized area. This is yet another reason why local weather forecasts are sometimes inaccurate because they are often reporting from an airport weather station and not a local micro-climate.
Explore Our Weather Glossary
There are countless weather-related terms to learn and review. If you want the full scope of these terms, be sure to explore our A-Z weather glossary. You will learn countless types of terms about the weather including common and lesser-known elements.
Whether you are a professional meteorologist or you simply have a love for the weather, learning and exploring with Kestrel meters can make our world a more exciting--and sometimes more predictable--place to live.