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Weather Talk: Nothing peculiar about storm movement

The dry conditions this summer are likely to get worse rather than better.

There have been fewer storms this year. It rains here and there, but general rainfall has been rare. Many people have remarked that “the storms always go around us,” and some have asked why this is.

Actually, it isn’t. At least, there is nothing peculiar about any location that is causing storms to go elsewhere. Storms have a natural tendency to change direction and to change intensity. They can even merge and split. But a non-meteorologist watching Doppler radar on TV or online often sees these storms as moving “right toward them” until, at the last moment, something happens.

In reality, most people only pay close attention to storms near them and fail to recognize that these quirky movements are happening all the time. 

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