Atmosphere: The envelope of air that surrounds the Earth.
Barometer: An instrument that measures air pressure by reacting to changes in increased or decreased pressure.
Blizzard: Sustained or gusty winds of 35 mph or more and falling or blowing snow creating visibility's at or below a quarter of a mile. These conditions should last for at least three hours.
Blowing and Drifting Snow Advisory: Issued when blowing snow will restrict visibility to an eighth of a mile or less and cause significant drifting snow.
Dense Fog Advisory: issued when fog will reduce visibility to 1/8 of a mile or less.
Doppler Radar: Radar used to measure which direction and how fast something is moving, such as the wind.
Freezing Rain: Rain that freezes upon contact with a cold object.
Freezing Rain Advisory: issued when ice buildup is expected to cause hazardous driving conditions, small branches to break or power lines to fall.
Freezing Rain Warning: issued when an 1/4 inch or more or ice is expected to accumulate. Widespread damage is likely due to the buildup of ice.
Front: The place where a mass of warm air meets a mass of cold air, usually causing a change in weather.
Heavy Snow: Six inches or more of snow in 12 to 24 hours across northern Ohio. Four inches or more in 12 hours, or six inches or more in 24 hours across southern Ohio.
Humidity: The amount of water vapor in the atmosphere.
Lake Snow Warning: issued when lake effect snow is expected to accumulate six inches or more in 12 hours across the snow belt of northeast Ohio.
Meteorology: The science of the atmosphere and weather forecasting.
Nor'easter (also northeaster) is a type of macro-scale storm along the East Coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada, so named because the winds come from the northeast, especially in the coastal areas of the Northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada.
Precipitation: Water that falls as rain, snow, sleet, or hail.
Relative Humidity: The percentage of water vapor actually in the air compared to the amount the air can hold at the temperature and pressure.
Severe Thunderstorm: A thunderstorm with winds greater than 57 mph or hailstones at least 3/4' in diameter or larger.
Sleet: solid grains of ice formed as rain freezes before reaching the ground.
Snow Advisory: Issued when 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected to fall, within 12 hours, over a large part of northern Ohio. When 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected to fall, within 12 hours, over a large part of southern Ohio.
Snow Shower: A brief period of snowfall in which intensity can be variable and may change rapidly.
Updraft: A strong air current, moving upward.
Water Vapor: Water in its gas form.
Wind Chill Advisory: Issued when wind chill temperatures are expected to be lower than 30 degrees below zero.
Winter Storm Outlook: alerts the public of the possibility of severe weather in the 48 plus hour time frame.
Winter Storm Watch: Alerts the public of the possible occurrence of blizzard conditions, heavy snow, freezing rain or heavy sleet. Watches are usually issued 12 to 36 hours before the beginning of the winter storm event.
Winter Storm Warning : Issued when heavy snow, heavy freezing rain or sleet is expected OT occur. Winter storm warnings are usually issued 6 to 12 hours before the event is expected to begin.
Winter Weather Advisory : Issued when any two or more advisory conditions are expected to occur at the same time