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  Behind the Forecast: Plastic rain? Yea... it’s a thing

Plastic precipitation is polluting parts of the United Staes that were once thought to be pristine.

  Behind the Forecast: Worse than heat? How humidity can be dangerous

  Behind the Forecast: Warmer global temperatures leading to stronger hurricanes

  Behind the Forecast: Ground-level ozone’s impact on your health, the environment

  Behind the Forecast: Asperitas clouds - The sky’s rolling waves

  Behind the Forecast: Study finds parts of the US in potential megadrought

  Behind the Forecast: How tornadoes are rated

Continued Coverage

  Behind the Forecast: COVID-19’s unexpected impact on weather forecast accuracy

  Behind the Forecast: COVID-19’s environmental impact

  Behind the Forecast: How climate can influence the spread of disease

  Behind the Forecast: Clear skies to white-out conditions in seconds

  Behind the Forecast: How inversions affect everything from fog to smog

  Behind the Forecast: Dangers of flash and river flooding

  Behind the Forecast: How climate change can impact your glass of wine

A jump in global average temperatures could severely impact wine growing regions across the world.

  Behind the Forecast: How weather could affect the Super Bowl

The weather forecast can be just as important as a team's quarterback during the Super Bowl.

  Behind the Forecast: How cold weather affects air quality

Man-made or natural sources of pollutants can degrade air quality but how does winter weather play a role? Learn more in this Science Behind the Forecast.

  Behind the Forecast: Difference between climate change and global warming

The terms "climate change" and "global warming" are often used interchangeably but they are not the same thing.

  Behind the Forecast: The link between cold weather and common cold

  Behind the Forecast: 7 ways Winter affects your body

  Behind the Forecast: Black Friday, Cyber Monday’s environmental impact

  Behind the Forecast: Winter’s chilling effect on cars

  Behind the Forecast: Does cold weather affect hair growth

  Fire captain warns against space heaters, open ovens inside during frigid weather

  Behind the Forecast: How an icy flight can get dicey

Ice collecting on a plane can reduce lift, which helps keep the plane in the air, and even cause an aerodynamic stall (this is an issue that can lead to a temporary loss of control).

  Behind the Forecast: How cold air affects airplanes

Cold air can actually have a positive effect on aircraft.

Behind the Forecast: How frost forms

On average, Louisville's first fall frost occurs on October 25 while the first fall freeze happens on November 4.

  Behind the Forecast: How weather affects pumpkin crops

Can the weather affect your pumpkin spice latte?

Behind the Forecast: How clouds affect temperatures

Listen to Science Behind the Forecast with Meteorologist Tawana Andrew every Friday on 89.3 WFPL at 7:45 a.m.

  Behind the Forecast: How weather affects Fall colors

Weather plays a role in fall color but only for certain types of trees.

  Behind the Forecast: Why Fall allergies are so bad

Allergies are not just a Spring problem, they wreak havoc in the Fall too.

  Behind the Forecast: Do hotter oceans mean stronger hurricanes

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1st through November 30th with the peak around September 10th.

Behind the Forecast: Amazon’s impact on worldwide weather

The Amazon rainforest pumps tons of water vapor into the atmosphere each day.

  Behind the Forecast: Can schools be tornado-proofed

Kentucky and Indiana on average see around 20 tornadoes per year.

  Behind the Forecast: How weather can trigger migraines

Everything from sunlight to high humidity to dry air can be potential migraine triggers.

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn align in southern sky this weekend

To spot the planets, look just above the southern horizon Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

  Behind the Forecast: Does low pressure trigger labor

Does low-pressure affect labor? Many think so but what does the science say?

  Behind the Forecast: 5G versus accurate forecasting

5G technology would make our phones more reliable and 100 times faster than on current networks, however, it could set back weather forecasting by almost 40 years.

  Behind the Forecast: How the heat index is calculated

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, according to the National Weather Service.

  Behind the Forecast: Summer heat and alcohol don’t mix

The summer heat already poses many health risks but alcohol increases those risks.

  Behind the Forecast: What the UV index really means

Learn about UV rays in this week's Science Behind the Forecast

  Behind the Forecast: Raining cats and dogs

Can it actually rain animals? Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains why the truth may be stranger than fiction.

  Behind the Forecast: Bolts from the blue

Bolts from the blue are not an old wives' tale. Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains the phenomenon during this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Flood covered roads lead to dozens of water rescues in June for Jackson County

With 21 water rescues since June began, many are hoping people drive safely near the flood waters and things around the county dry out.

  Behind the Forecast: Dog days of Summer

Where does the phrase the "dog days of summer" come from? Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Behind the Forecast: The true ‘calm before the storm’

How much scientific truth is in the phrase "the calm before the storm?"

  Behind the Forecast: Protecting pets in the summer heat

As temperatures rise this summer it's important to keep our four-legged friends cool and comfortable.

  Behind the Forecast: Why the Coriolis Effect doesn’t affect your toilet

The rotation of our planet has a big impact on the rotation of the storms that affect us each day.

  Behind the Forecast: Gravity Waves

Ocean-like waves in the sky? It happens. Learn how they form in this week's Science Behind the Forecast

Behind the Forecast: The Kentucky Derby vs. Kentucky weather

It’s horse-racing time and weather can place a pivotal role in the races themselves and even the revelry around the races (as we learned with the deluge on last year’s Kentucky Derby). Some that, of course, is key to all horse races (other than the horses and jockeys) is the track.

  Behind the Forecast: Weathering cellphone trouble

The heat and cold can significantly damage your smartphone. Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains now in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Behind the Forecast: Science behind sunsets

Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains why sunrises and sunsets appear the way they do in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Behind the Forecast: How rain can ruin your TV time

Rain is not the only thing that can ruin your satellite television viewing. Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Behind the Forecast: How weather affects you and your pet’s allergies

Spring means a resurgence of allergies. Learn how the weather can impact your allergies in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Behind the Forecast: Crepuscular rays - Nature’s sunshine spotlight

Listen to Science Behind the Forecast with Meteorologist Tawana Andrew every Friday on 89.3 WFPL at 7:45 a.m.

As the days begin to warm, don’t forget the helmet when going on a bike ride

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a good reminder to wear appropriate protective headgear when riding bicycles, scooters, motorcycles or any open-air vehicle.

  Behind the Forecast: The hair-raising truth about humidity

On humid days sleek hair can seemingly become instantaneously frizzy. Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains why in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Behind the Forecast: Buzz behind weather’s impact on bees

Without bees say goodbye to your morning coffee and avocado toast. Meteorologist Tawana Andrew breaks down how weather and climate affect bees in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Ever wonder what causes potholes? Meteorologist Justin Logan breaks it down

Potholes are caused by the filling of a hole or crack in the road with water, then it freezes. Then the process repeats, causing a pothole to form.

  Behind the Forecast: The striking interaction between lightning and planes

With millions of planes flying and hundreds of thousands of thunderstorms across the United States every year, what happens when lightning strikes an aircraft? Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Ohio River flooding continues to impact those in WAVE Country

Even though Ohio River flooding isn’t as bad as last year, it’s still making an significant impact in WAVE Country

Governor declares state of emergency due to heavy rainfall across Kentucky

The Governor’s executive order enables the mobilization of state resources to be to be utilized in support of cities and counties as needed.

  Behind the Forecast: The salty situation wrecking roads

Is the salt used to keep our roads safe in the winter damaging them? Meteorologist Tawana Andrew has the answer in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

Belterra, Horseshoe Southern Indiana casinos reopen after flooding

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino is reopen after closing for several days due to flooding concerns.

  Behind the Forecast: Outwitting the weather when baking

Don't let the weather ruin your sweet treats. Learn how to avoid weather impacting your baking in this week's Science Behind the Forecast with Meteorologist Tawana Andrew.

  High waters close Highway 111, Horseshoe Casino

The high water is keeping visitors away from the popular casino and some residents are stuck at home.

  Residents in Riviera Subdivision prepare for flooding

Some homes and restaurants have packed up their important belongings and are being proactive ahead of the flooding.

River Road restaurants go underwater, close until Ohio River receeds

River House Restaurant and Raw Bar and Levee at the River House previously said they would remain open until they couldn't. On Tuesday, both restaurants announced they would be closed until the river goes down, starting on Wednesday.

Henry County roadway closed due to mudslide

It will be several days before crews will be able to clean up the road and stabilize the mudslide.

Louisville officials explain dangers of driving through high waters as list of road closures grow

Louisville officials can't stress it enough: "Turn around, don't drown" when it comes to high water in roadways.

  Restaurants along River Road brace for flooding

Some restaurants along River Road are packing up and evacuating ahead of this weeks flooding, while others say they're going to wait and see what happens.

  Behind the Forecast: When cold makes the ground shake

When temperatures drop quickly, sometimes it can cause the ground to rupture. Learn more in this week's Science Behind the Forecast with Meteorologist Tawana Andrew

  Feeling a little under the weather? You could be suffering from winter allergies

We typically associate allergies with spring and summer, but there are allergens that can cause problems during the winter too.

  Behind the Forecast: Planes, power plants and precipitation

Are power plants increasing snowfall? It happens all the time. Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains the phenomenon in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Behind the Forecast: When freezing fog leads to snow

Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains how freezing fog forms and how it can cause snow in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Wednesday marks 25 years since 1994 winter storm paralyzed city

In January 1994, Louisville, and much of Kentucky saw one of the worst winter weather events in its history.

  Behind the Forecast: Climate vs Chocolate

Will warmer temperatures eat away at our chocolate supply? Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains how the warmth affects cacao trees in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Behind the Forecast: Behind the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service provides vital weather information important to the protection of lives and property across the country.

  Behind the Forecast: Flake News: How snow-to-liquid ratios impact snow type, totals

Just like snowflakes are unique, so are snowstorms. Meteorologist Tawana Andrew explains how snow-to-liquid ratios impact snow totals in this week's Science Behind the Forecast.

  Behind the Forecast: The truth about nature’s UFOs

While often mistaken for UFOs, lenticular clouds are definitely of this world and a unique weather phenomenon.

  Behind the Forecast: Brutal cold means boozy tendencies, study finds

Find yourself reaching for an extra glass of wine during the winter? A recent study says the colder weather may be driving your urge to drink.

  Behind the Forecast: Waffles and Weather - Disaster preparedness at its best

#scatteredsmotheredandrecover is more than a hashtag to Waffle House, it's proof of their dedication to disaster preparedness and the communities they serve. Learn about the Waffle House Index on this week's Science Behind the Forecast.