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Debunking the tire myth

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It's a beautiful afternoon, and you're outside in the park. Then, a powerful thunderstorm moves in within minutes. There are no nearby structures or buildings for shelter, but your car is nearby so you make a run for it. After all, the tires will protect you from lightning strikes, right?  Wrong. It's an idea that was first thought of in the late 1800s, on bicycles. 

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Monsoon Links: Stay safe during severe weather

Find out how you can get the latest severe weather alerts to your mobile phone and e-mail, along with links to rain totals in your backyard, safety tips for when floods, thunderstorms, and dust storms hit, plus where to send you own pictures and video of the monsoon.

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  • Hot air settles out west, cold air settles out east

    Hot air settles out west, cold air settles out east

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:37:41 GMT
    The east coast is thinking it is still spring or now autumn as some cold air is gripping a third of the nation. This past Wednesday folks along the eastern seaboard woke up to record cold temperatures.
    The east coast is thinking it is still spring or now autumn as some cold air is gripping a third of the nation. This past Wednesday folks along the eastern seaboard woke up to record cold temperatures.
  • Drop in western U.S. groundwater seen from space, Arizona one of the worst hit

    Drop in western U.S. groundwater seen from space, Arizona one of the worst hit

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:18:36 GMT
    Drought continues to grip Arizona. Even after impressive July monsoon rain totals for parts of the state, nearly 98% of Arizona is experiencing some level of drought. Moderate, Severe, and Extreme Drought cover parts of Pima County where the Tucson Metropolitan area is located. Arizona isn't the only state experiencing drought. 
    Drought continues to grip Arizona. Even after impressive July monsoon rain totals for parts of the state, nearly 98% of Arizona is experiencing some level of drought. Moderate, Severe, and Extreme Drought cover parts of Pima County where the Tucson Metropolitan area is located. Arizona isn't the only state experiencing drought. 
  • Meteors and Supermoons

    Meteors and Supermoons

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:14:45 GMT
    Photo by Malcom Park in Chile July 28, 2014Photo by Malcom Park in Chile July 28, 2014
    The peak of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower is winding down, but you still can potentially see 15 to 20 meteors in the southern night sky tonight. The best chance to view them will between Midnight and 5:00am.The Delta Aquarids are particularly impressive, with more faint meteors than other showers. However, because we just had a new moon on July 26th, sky conditions are near perfect for viewing.We are entering into a much more impressive meteor shower, the annual Perseids. Debris from Comet ...
    The peak of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower is winding down, but you still can potentially see 15 to 20 meteors in the southern night sky tonight. The best chance to view them will between Midnight and 5:00am.The Delta Aquarids are particularly impressive, with more faint meteors than other showers. However, because we just had a new moon on July 26th, sky conditions are near perfect for viewing.We are entering into a much more impressive meteor shower, the annual Perseids. Debris from Comet ...
  • There are massive sinkholes in Russia. How did they get there?

    There are massive sinkholes in Russia. How did they get there?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:39:24 GMT
    Three large sinkholes have suddenly surprised the country of Russia the past few weeks and their appearances have surprised many experts.
    Three large sinkholes have suddenly surprised the country of Russia the past few weeks and their appearances have surprised many experts.
  • Nearly halfway done with the monsoon. How are we doing?

    Nearly halfway done with the monsoon. How are we doing?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:53 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:53:49 GMT
    Provided by the NWSProvided by the NWS
    The Monsoon is halfway through for the year and some areas still need some major rains to fill those buckets for the year.
    The Monsoon is halfway through for the year and some areas still need some major rains to fill those buckets for the year.
  • Shortage in Lake Mead looming, UA podcasts explore what that means for Arizona

    Shortage in Lake Mead looming, UA podcasts explore what that means for Arizona

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:21:22 GMT
    If Lake Mead water levels drop 6 more feet, shortage conditions could mean cutbacks in water supplied to Arizona, Nevada, California, and Mexico.
    If Lake Mead water levels drop 6 more feet, shortage conditions could mean cutbacks in water supplied to Arizona, Nevada, California, and Mexico.
  • Lake Mead dealing with record water levels

    Lake Mead dealing with record water levels

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:49:17 GMT
    The Southwest has remained in the grips of an everlasting drought for the past 14 years, forcing water in Lake Mead down more than 130 feet since a high-water mark was last reached in 2000.
    The Southwest has remained in the grips of an everlasting drought for the past 14 years, forcing water in Lake Mead down more than 130 feet since a high-water mark was last reached in 2000.
  • 45 years since moon landing, documentary explores UA involvement

    45 years since moon landing, documentary explores UA involvement

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-07-22 09:45:03 GMT
    Sunday July 20, 2014 marks 45 years since man first stepped on the moon. This was made possible in-part by work done at the University of Arizona. A new documentary showing at the Flandrau Science Center on campus explores how U of A helped land man on the moon
    Sunday July 20, 2014 marks 45 years since man first stepped on the moon. This was made possible in-part by work done at the University of Arizona. A new documentary showing at the Flandrau Science Center on campus explores how U of A helped land man on the moon
  • Record highs outpacing record lows in recent decades

    Record highs outpacing record lows in recent decades

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:08:27 GMT
    But so far this year the trend is opposite. Not for Tucson but for the country as a whole thanks to a powerful Polar Vortex that froze much of the nation earlier this year.
    But so far this year the trend is opposite. Not for Tucson but for the country as a whole thanks to a powerful Polar Vortex that froze much of the nation earlier this year.
  • Arizona Aftershocks

    Arizona Aftershocks

    Saturday, July 12 2014 2:27 AM EDT2014-07-12 06:27:08 GMT
    Another aftershock was felt near Duncan, AZ at 10:33am Friday morning. This is the 14th aftershock above a 2.8 since the initial June 28th 5.2 magnitude earthquake. There have been hundreds of smaller aftershocks recorded.Jeri Young, an AZGS geophysicist, said "The Arizona Geological Survey deployed a temporary array of five portable seismometers around the location of the 5.2 main shock in hopes of learning more about the behavior of the earthquakes and faulting in the region."Senior Geologi...
    Another aftershock was felt near Duncan, AZ at 10:33am Friday morning. This is the 14th aftershock above a 2.8 since the initial June 28th 5.2 magnitude earthquake. There have been hundreds of smaller aftershocks recorded.Jeri Young, an AZGS geophysicist, said "The Arizona Geological Survey deployed a temporary array of five portable seismometers around the location of the 5.2 main shock in hopes of learning more about the behavior of the earthquakes and faulting in the region."Senior Geologi...
  • Tornado season has peaked, in yet another quiet year

    Tornado season has peaked, in yet another quiet year

    Friday, July 11 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-07-11 20:11:44 GMT
    The United States tornado season is practically all year round, but we usually see more tornadoes in Spring than any other season. This year has been slow. Here is a look at how slow it has been.
    The United States tornado season is practically all year round, but we usually see more tornadoes in Spring than any other season. This year has been slow. Here is a look at how slow it has been.
  • Cell phone warnings could save lives

    Cell phone warnings could save lives

    Thursday, June 12 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-06-12 14:48:51 GMT
    During the monsoon, storms can form in a matter of minutes and dangerous conditions can come out of seemingly no where. Radio and Television has traditionally been the source of most weather warnings,
    Cell phones are now giving you life-saving information during severe weather.
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  • Drop in western U.S. groundwater seen from space, Arizona one of the worst hit

    Drop in western U.S. groundwater seen from space, Arizona one of the worst hit

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:18:36 GMT
    Drought continues to grip Arizona. Even after impressive July monsoon rain totals for parts of the state, nearly 98% of Arizona is experiencing some level of drought. Moderate, Severe, and Extreme Drought cover parts of Pima County where the Tucson Metropolitan area is located. Arizona isn't the only state experiencing drought. 
    Drought continues to grip Arizona. Even after impressive July monsoon rain totals for parts of the state, nearly 98% of Arizona is experiencing some level of drought. Moderate, Severe, and Extreme Drought cover parts of Pima County where the Tucson Metropolitan area is located. Arizona isn't the only state experiencing drought. 
  • There are massive sinkholes in Russia. How did they get there?

    There are massive sinkholes in Russia. How did they get there?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:39:24 GMT
    Three large sinkholes have suddenly surprised the country of Russia the past few weeks and their appearances have surprised many experts.
    Three large sinkholes have suddenly surprised the country of Russia the past few weeks and their appearances have surprised many experts.
  • Lake Mead dealing with record water levels

    Lake Mead dealing with record water levels

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:49:17 GMT
    The Southwest has remained in the grips of an everlasting drought for the past 14 years, forcing water in Lake Mead down more than 130 feet since a high-water mark was last reached in 2000.
    The Southwest has remained in the grips of an everlasting drought for the past 14 years, forcing water in Lake Mead down more than 130 feet since a high-water mark was last reached in 2000.
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