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Weather

Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. Most weather phenomena occur in the lowest level of the atmosphere, the troposphere, just below the stratosphere. Weather refers to day-to-day temperature and precipitation activity, whereas climate is the term for the averaging of atmospheric conditions over longer periods of time. When used without qualification, "weather" is generally understood to mean the weather of Earth.

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Iran City Nears World Record for Hottest Heat Index

If you think it's hot here in the US, don't even think about traveling to Iran because in the city of Bandar Mahshahr the air felt like a sweltering 154 degrees Fahrenheit! and that's taking humidity into account. The actual temperature was only 109 degrees! The highest known heat index ever recorded was between 155 and 160 degrees in Saudi Arabia back in 2003. Just about the entire Middle East is suffering under a heat wave.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

This Box Reveals and Simulates Tomorrow's Weather

This is a glass box called "The Tempescope" invented by Ken Kawamoto which you can place on a table at home and watch future predictions unfold before your eyes! The box can show real rain, lightning, sun and clouds and eventually possibly snow and is controlled via a wireless remote that attaches to a PC. The device is compatible with Internet forecasts and weather programs and can simulate tomorrow's as well as the current weather. Kawamoto has revealed the coding and logistics behind the device so that other people can recreate it but for those who aren't tech-savvy he plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign sometime this year at which you can pre-order your own. A video here: www.youtube.com

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

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