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Meteorologist Debunks Weather Myths | WIRED

Chief Meteorologist for WNBC Janice Huff takes a look at some common myths we’ve all heard about the weather and meteorology, and parses out which are fact, and which are pure fiction. Can tornadoes cross water? Can lightning strike the same place twice? Are rainbows only seven colors? ►► Listen to the Get WIRED podcast…

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Chief Meteorologist for WNBC Janice Huff takes a look at some common myths we’ve all heard about the weather and meteorology, and parses out which are fact, and which are pure fiction. Can tornadoes cross water? Can lightning strike the same place twice? Are rainbows only seven colors?

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    Ricky Rodriguez

    January 18, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Interesting, the rainbow encompasses the throne of God in a complete circle ⭕️ . Another interesting point, she says, is that there are seven colors in the bow, God’s number is seven, the number of completion.

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      OhioStorms

      January 18, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      Shut up

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      Adam Porter

      January 18, 2021 at 10:10 pm

      Isn’t the “throne of God” in heaven?

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    t smith

    January 18, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Grade school science for kids who skipped school . Except the kids who didn’t skip will be the ones watching this cause they are even more confused by basic reality

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      Adam Porter

      January 18, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      So skipping school makes one educated?

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    alexakalennon

    January 18, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Language teacher:
    Ok, let’s introduce ourselves and talk about the weather…
    Me:

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    dan buckley

    January 18, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    An outlet in the USA is usually 110 volts. An electric dryer outlet is 220. But the main thing is that volts aren’t a measure of time vs amount of electric.

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    Liam Hamlin

    January 18, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Great episode! Janice clearly felt very confident in her roll speaking to the camera, and was very engaging. I’d love to have more content with her as the host!

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      Kit Coffey

      January 18, 2021 at 8:47 pm

      She’s been on NBC Channel 4 NY for years.

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    C N

    January 18, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    I have seen a triple rainbow shoot out lighting!

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      Noah Sherman

      January 18, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      cool

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    US

    January 18, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    03:50 Raindrops are shaped like Blob emojis

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    Emily Nobbe

    January 18, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Wow she’s so cool! I how passionate and intelligent she is, but it still able to explain things easily

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    11alekon

    January 18, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    The real question is: who names the tornados?

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    Sir Aragon of Enid

    January 18, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    I knew the truth about these myths , except for the 1st one, the 2nd one, oh.. and the 3rd one.
    Oh yeah, I didn’t know the truth about the 4th and 5th one either, but I already knew everything else! 😁

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    Hayden Dunner

    January 18, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Volts does not equal energy!

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    Julia Strasser

    January 18, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    This should be called “weather support”

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    Samir Moorhouse

    January 18, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Need a better thumbnail

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    Saima Akter

    January 18, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Everything is great, but her make up artist did her dirty. And if she did it herself, then idk what to say.

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      Ivan Chagas School of Polymaths

      January 19, 2021 at 1:11 am

      Rupaul: your weather forecast skills left us shiny, but your makeup skills… Made me feel a little bit under the weather.

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    Barnaclebeard

    January 18, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    “The weather is the only thing that affects your life every day.” Whaaaaaaaaaaaa…at?

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      Nathaniel Mitchell

      January 18, 2021 at 11:19 pm

      Ikr … There are lots of things that effect my life every day, madness

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      Barnaclebeard

      January 18, 2021 at 11:35 pm

      @Nathaniel Mitchell Weather does not even affect my life every day!! I was reading some three day old subreddit posts, everyone was like, “Be careful, it’s really slippery out today.” If I had not read those posts, I would never have even known that we had freezing rain.

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    shad0wrune

    January 18, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I envoke bullcrap

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    Andrés Taibo

    January 18, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    I think she’s awesome, how well she explained!

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    less ink

    January 18, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    “How to notice or see if there’s a tornado outside”
    Me (a guy who’s living in Russia and who’ll never witness any tornados in his entire life): *interesting*

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    InevitableVitare

    January 18, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    The only reason the Rainbow is said to have 7 colours is because Isaac Newton wanted it to match up with the musical octave. He originally only had 5, excluding Orange and Indigo.

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    Caesar

    January 19, 2021 at 12:27 am

    3:12 Mine’s 240V

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    zack

    January 19, 2021 at 12:40 am

    queen

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    zack

    January 19, 2021 at 12:46 am

    love her!!

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    zack

    January 19, 2021 at 12:46 am

    love her!!!

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    Stephen Wilson

    January 19, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Well… This was awful

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    Richwell Chan Sim

    January 19, 2021 at 1:15 am

    And here I thought there were six colours in a rainbow

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    Paul Hofreiter

    January 19, 2021 at 2:43 am

    I thought we had tornadoes because god hates the middle of the country though

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    ChemicalTeabag

    January 19, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Excellent presented. She broke it down and made it simple and easy to understand. Really good!

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    TraskForge

    January 19, 2021 at 3:27 am

    2:40 fun fact about Roy Sullivan! He commitef suicide at the age of 71

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      Engi1729

      January 19, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      You have an interesting interpretation of the word “fun”

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    Sir John Michael

    January 19, 2021 at 3:35 am

    I don’t believe in weather

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    Saman Miran

    January 19, 2021 at 4:01 am

    Her tone sounds like she’s speaking to 8 year olds.

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      Rodney Cooper Jr

      January 19, 2021 at 3:06 pm

      She sounds like she explains weather for a living 😉

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      Techalyzer

      January 19, 2021 at 6:54 pm

      Still way too complex for many I’m afraid…

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    The Supreme Encyclopedic Appendages of Insanity

    January 19, 2021 at 5:11 am

    I just can’t take an expert who wears a smart watch seriously.

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    Edgar Gomez

    January 19, 2021 at 9:36 am

    So tornados have hit Hawaii as well?

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    isyoudaddyboi

    January 19, 2021 at 9:47 am

    If you want to break every single thing down to it’s fundamental, all she said was myth

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      Ectaler

      January 20, 2021 at 2:46 am

      What do you mean?

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    BigHalfSteps

    January 19, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    ‘If your forecast is wrong then better watch me*
    Gosh darn, ‘nother those meterologist who think murica is the center of the earth. Honey, I ain’t gonna watch yer doing a forecast in the back of the world while I’m more concerned with the weather on another continent.

    And yes, weather forecast is not always wrong, but it’s not always right either. When it says one thing, there is a chance something else comes. Forecast is not foolproof, so better prepare for everything than just for one thing that isn’t even sure to be.

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    Mridul Sachdeva

    January 19, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    “Forecasts are pretty accurate” – except just don’t use any app but watch wnbc!

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    Charley Edwards

    January 19, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    i love theses episodes, she’s so actually cool

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    Sam T

    January 19, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Que up all the anti LGBTQUOIPE comments

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    Patrick Fabermann

    January 19, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Wait i still don’t understand how rainbows are circles 😐

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    Vanessa Parson

    January 19, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Fascinating!

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    james cagle

    January 19, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    “the weather is the only thing that effects our life everyday” My wife disagrees with this statement

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      Nothing

      January 20, 2021 at 4:16 am

      Thank you! I disagree as well, what an outrageous statement to make, I can’t remember the last time the weather affected what I do in a day. Let alone everyday! Like has she considered every other external factors on a day to day basis?!

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      james cagle

      January 20, 2021 at 4:54 pm

      @Nothing mine was more of a tongue in cheek comment….do you need a hug?

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      Nothing

      January 20, 2021 at 9:47 pm

      @james cagle kinda, I don’t remember the last time I left the house, so hearing that felt reductionist & invalidating

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    Georgia Woolley

    January 19, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    The puzzling destruction spectacularly fold because mark mostly exercise a a true zephyr. cultured, silky cap

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    da0ud

    January 19, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    She is super cool!

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    J. C.

    January 20, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Yeah, people really do forget that the most powerful computer on the planet is still the human brain. A meteorologist’s interpretation of the gathered information is important to get accurate information, and if you doubt that, I can tell you for a fact that only one single person predicted the ’93 blizzard in Georgia, and it was the local weather man.

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      Matt M

      January 21, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      Complex, yes. Powerful, no.

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    StubblyHippo2

    January 20, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Do April showers bring May flowers?

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    Kelsang Gyudzhin

    January 20, 2021 at 3:34 am

    You *notice* the one time when the forecast is wrong.

    You *don’t notice* the hundred times when it’s right.

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    Simpa Luyolo

    January 20, 2021 at 4:20 am

    And she is black? How? I mean how did she lands that job in the first place? In South Africa all the jobs like financial and science are only done by Indians and whites here in South Africa. Indians are classified as black people together with arabs, Chinese Japanese and all other Asian. Even how qualified you are but as a black person she was gonna only do political sports or movie analysing

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    n m

    January 20, 2021 at 8:30 am

    rip double rainbow guy 😞

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    JP H

    January 20, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Wow! I used to watch Janice Huff on KRON-TV in San Francisco more than 25 years ago.

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    Alex

    January 20, 2021 at 9:44 am

    “Incandescent lightbulbs” what is this? The last century?

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    Sabrina Yavari

    January 20, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    This was so interesting!!

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    Fred Vima

    January 21, 2021 at 4:19 am

    biggest myth that needs to be debunked: Climate change isn’t real.

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    SteampunkFireflies Productions

    January 21, 2021 at 7:09 am

    “The weather is the only thing that affects our lives every day.”

    You sure about that? You REALLY sure about that? There’s NOTHING ELSE that happens in reality that affects our lives every day?

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      Landen Industries

      January 22, 2021 at 6:08 am

      Cars?

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    Value ___?

    January 21, 2021 at 7:18 am

    fcc the USA

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    HappyComfort

    January 21, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you for that very interesting video! Great job! 👍 I loved all the info about 🌈 rainbows too!! (Just a side note, your so cute but could use a pop of red lipstick to go with your beautiful red dress. Maybe the kind that doesn’t come off on your teeth. But I realize that’s a choice not a life decision 😂 ) Gotta save this video to show to my granddaughters 😊👏 Thank you again for your expertise !!! 🌺👍

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    toby_belize

    January 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Her voice reminds me of Tiffany Haddish

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    January 22, 2021 at 10:23 am

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    stacia Abner

    January 22, 2021 at 11:16 am

    This woman sounds like Wanda Sikes trying to hide her voice. Like this woman has to have a Wanda Sikes impersonation.

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    King BROSEPH

    January 22, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Y’all didn’t know the rainbow is 7 colours?

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    King BROSEPH

    January 22, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    The action lab music 👀

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    Jacob Misuda

    January 23, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    I live in washington, and to get the actual percentage of rain i just double the number. Works every time

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    Metal Master

    January 24, 2021 at 1:05 am

    rainbows have millions of colors, because there are millions of individual wavelengths of light, even just the ones within our range of vision.
    our eyes can only detect red green and blue. mixtures of light generate all the colors in between.
    now, technically it would be ok to say that the total number of *main* colors we can see are: red, blue, green, cyan, yellow & magenta. the additive and subtractive primary colors.

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    Marshmellow Moon

    January 24, 2021 at 1:44 am

    It does make sense that she is the best presenter of her profession that wired has made a video on because part of her job is to literally present the information she finds.

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    bentleytheyeti

    January 24, 2021 at 1:49 am

    3:58 Janice: We use an s ban high frequency dual polarization weather radar that we call-
    Me: Cerebro.
    Janice: Stormtracker 4.

    Me: Oh.

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    Akhil Aryappatt

    January 24, 2021 at 9:32 am

    When you notice the cloud start rotating:

    RUN

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    Damir Babic

    January 24, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    the very few times I saw a rainbow I usually saw only two or three colors

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      songbanana8

      January 25, 2021 at 3:08 am

      You might be color blind

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    Dory Darkling

    January 24, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    I saw a triple rainbow once while I was visiting family in Washington. It was very faint, and didn’t last long.

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    Bree Barfield

    January 24, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    I really didn’t think the people who did the weather on news channels were actual meteorologists. I just thought they were the mouthpiece for meteorologists. Ope.

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    Kelly NLN

    January 25, 2021 at 1:55 am

    “Raindrops are not shaped like tears.”

    My world is rocked.

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      Stap02

      January 26, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      My childhood died.

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      Colton H

      January 27, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      She rocked my world she knows she did

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    9 dimas catur abimanyu

    January 25, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    What a nice speak

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    Mak Manaman

    January 25, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    please, when using metrics,at least subtitle the IS

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    Crazycube

    January 25, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    I can’t believe people actually think that Tornadoes don’t hit cities. Since when did cities have force fields.

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    Kevin Luo

    January 26, 2021 at 3:00 am

    There are so many more common misconceptions out there about the weather

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    Adlehyde

    January 27, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    That triple rainbow explanation makes sense. I’ve seen a triple rainbow one time. I was in the middle of a lake.

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