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Any questions (except private) answered from the 1st grade level on up pertaining to any aspect of Weather. I am a 20 year member of the American Meteorological society and a long time forecaster of eastern United States snow storms and Hurricanes.

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Recent Answers from Donald Rosenfeld

2017-01-03 clarification re: lightning and thunder:

Hi Bobbi    I would say that a threat for harm from a thunderstorm would be that thunder would be near but  a strike from overhead would result in thunder heard simultaneously or slightly after the stroke

2017-01-01 lightning and thunder:

Hi Bobbi    Light and lightning is faster than sound. So, it would be likely that a cloud to ground lightning strike directly above you could not be heard prior to the lightning hitting the ground.   

2016-12-25 Inconsistencies on weather page:

Hi Richard    Typically the lowest temperature for a 24 hour day occurs around 4 to 5 am (an hour before sunrise); however, if a weather system , high or low pressure, cold /warm fronts, are in the area

2016-11-18 dust devil rotation:

Hi Terry    Small vortices, tornadoes and especially dust devils, are less likely to obey the coriolis effect and, on some small percentage, will rotate clockwise.    The general population does not notice

2016-11-17 Lightning in Maracaibo:

Hi Edwin    "Catatumbo" lightning is caused by the local terrain configuration. For more info, see below:


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