First Alert Weather Academy

  First Alert Weather Academy: The eye of the storm

The center of circulation, area of lowest pressure, the “center” and the eye. All of these terms can be used to describe the area of lowest pressure within a tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane.

  First Alert Weather Academy: Understanding the ‘smell’ of rain

  First Alert Weather Academy: Saharan Dust

  First Alert Weather Academy: Lightning Safety

  First Alert Weather Academy: Hot sand at the beach

  First Alert Weather Academy: Why is my temperature different?

  First Alert Weather Academy: Raindrops

Continued Coverage

  First Alert Weather Academy: Beach Warning Flags

  First Alert Weather Academy: Weather Myths

  First Alert Weather Academy: Tornadoes

  First Alert Weather Academy: Weather impact on rocket launches

  First Alert Weather Academy: Summer Beach Safety Tips

  First Alert Weather Academy: Heat safety

  First Alert Weather Academy: Make your own snow

It’s difficult to forecast winter precipitation because there are several layers of the atmosphere.

  First Alert Weather Academy: Droughts

We hear about tornadoes, hurricanes and severe thunderstorms on the news. But there is another form of weather that can, at times, have longer lasting further reaching impacts: droughts.

  First Alert Weather Academy: How tornadoes are rated

Fifty years ago this week a devastating tornado in Lubbock, Texas led to the creation of a tornado rating system.

  First Alert Weather Academy: Tropical Terminology

We’ve all seen the impacts of what tropical systems can do on our area, from Hurricane Matthew to Irma. That’s why it’s always good to understand what kind of impacts could affect our area.

  First Alert Weather Academy: Sunset colors

  First Alert Weather Academy: How does sea breeze affect our local weather?

  First Alert Weather Academy: Severe Thunderstorm Warnings

  First Alert Weather Academy: Why do we have seasons?

  First Alert Weather Academy: Homemade Hygrometer

  First Alert Weather Academy: DIY Thermometer

  First Alert Weather Academy: Radars

We talk about radars all the time while on TV, but did you know its actually an acronym?

  Weather Academy: What makes the wind blow?

Wind is defined as the horizontal movement of air past a certain point.

  First Alert Weather Academy: Anatomy of Lightning

A typical cloud to ground lightning strike initiates inside the storm.

  First Alert Weather Academy: How hail forms

We’re no stranger to severe weather across the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry - some communities have already seen nasty storms this spring season.

  Making a tornado in a bottle

Within the past week, we have seen destructive tornadoes across the Southeast and Midwest. On this week's First Alert Weather Academy, Meteorologist Andrew Gorton explains how tornadoes form and how you can make your own in a jar at home.

  How do hurricanes form?

We all know that living along the coast, we need to be concerned about hurricanes. But do you know how and why they form?

  How to make a cloud in a jar using hairspray

Join the First Alert Weather Team every Tuesday and Thursday for a science lesson or experiment.

  First Alert Weather Academy: Water Cycle

Rain, snow, clouds - all forms of weather. Forms of weather that impact us every day and all form through a lot of the same processes: the water cycle.