Brittney Bowman, WJHL

Brittney Bowman

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Johnson City, TN, United States

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Ask Storm Team 11: What is the difference between a Heat Advisory and an Excessive Heat Watch or Warning?

Well it is summer-time in the Tri-Cities. While our highest average high temperature over the summer is 86 degrees, we all know it can get much hotter than that. In today’s Ask Storm Team 11 we break down the difference between a Heat Advisory, Watch, and Warning.  It is important to know the difference between […] → Read More

Ask Storm Team 11: How long does a single thunderstorm usually last?

Tuesday’s Ask Storm Team 11 question was: “How long does a single thunderstorm usually last? Summertime is almost synonymous for at least pop-up thunderstorms. Usually this all happens in 45 minutes to an hour’s time. There are 3 stages of a basic thunderstorm: The Cumulus Stage occurs when those cumulus clouds (they look like cotton balls) get […] → Read More

Storm Team 11: How fireworks get their vibrant colors

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Every year on the Fourth of July, the country lights up with bright and colorful fireworks in the sky. How do these fireworks get their colors? The answer is chemistry! There are two main ways fireworks get their colors: incandescence and luminescence. Incandescence is light produced by heat. Luminescence is light produced by […] → Read More

Ask Storm Team 11: How does dust from the Sahara Desert impact hurricanes?

How does dust from the Sahara Desert impact hurricanes? It’s hard to believe, but tiny dust particles all the way from Africa make their way towards the United States every year, and especially during the first few months of hurricane season. These plumes of Saharan Dust can be a good and bad thing. Bad in […] → Read More

17-year cicadas are back, up to millions expected to emerge

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Summer may sound a little louder this year. The 17-year cicadas are expected to emerge from underground. Eric Day from the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech explains that they come out every 17 years in massive numbers since predators do not know they are coming. Southwest Virginia has a […] → Read More

Storm Team 11: How hail forms

Ice falling from the sky in the summer? It happens quite frequently! News Channel 11 Meteorologist Brittney Bowman shows how hail forms in this week’s science experiment. You will need: Ping pong ball Blow dryer Click here to view more science experiments. → Read More

Storm Team 11: Make your own thermometer with Meteorologist Brittney Bowman

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – As it heats up, you may find yourself asking what the temperature is… Storm Team 11’s Brittney Bowman can help you figure that out with your very own homemade thermometer. For this experiment, you’ll need: Clear Plastic Bottle & Straw Water Rubbing Alcohol Clay Food Coloring Follow along with Brittney […] → Read More

Storm Team 11: Meteorologist Brittney Bowman moves molecules in new at-home experiment

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Ever wondered how molecules move differently or how to speed them up? Storm Team 11’s Brittney Bowman shows you the difference in how molecules move based on temperature. You’ll need the following materials: 2 Clear Glasses Red Food Coloring Blue Food Coloring Hot Water Cold Water Follow along with Brittney […] → Read More

Ask Storm Team 11: When is the summer solstice?

Today’s Ask Storm Team 11 question is, “When is the summer solstice?”. This year, the summer solstice occurs on June 20, 2020 at exactly 5:43 pm EDT. When Earth’s axis points towards the sun, or when the north pole looks towards the sun, it is summer in the northern hemisphere, and winter in the southern […] → Read More

Starwatch Blog: Spot the Summer Triangle this week

Starwatch Blog for the week of June 15 – 21, 2020 We are watching the largest star in our solar system for this week’s Starwatch, the sun! We are approaching the summer solstice. This gives us the longest sunsets of the year. By longest sunset, I mean the time it takes for the sun to […] → Read More

Ask Storm Team 11: Is wind shear good or bad?

Today’s Ask Storm Team 11 question is “Is wind shear good or bad?”. The answer is actually, both! As you go up into the atmosphere, winds are moving in different directions and speeds in different layers. Vertical wind shear is a change in wind direction or speed with height. Wind shear is GOOD for thunderstorms […] → Read More

Starwatch Blog: Strawberry Moon this week and last few weeks to see Mercury

Starwatch Blog for the week of Monday, June 1st – 7th. Mercury as been hanging out in our early evening sky since early May, but it won’t be here for much longer. Right now, Mercury appears low in the sky after sunset towards the west northwest. It may be already hard to see with the […] → Read More

Storm Team 11: Bright and beautiful today, rain returns later in week

Storm Team 11Monday, June 1, 2020 Happy first day of June! We start off the month with lots of sunshine today. Temperatures will be nice and comfortable, near 79 degrees this afternoon. Winds light around 5 mph from the northeast. Overnight, passing clouds are possible with a low temperature near 52 degrees. The sunshine continues […] → Read More

June 1: First day of 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and meteorological summer

Every year, June 1st marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season as well as meteorological summer. The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st and last through November 30th. The National Hurricane Center reports 97% of tropical activity in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea occurs during this time period. The […] → Read More

Ask Storm Team 11: What is a subtropical storm?

What is a subtropical storm? The main difference between a tropical system or cyclone, and a subtropical storm is what makes the storm, a storm! Lets first talk about synoptic, or big, weather systems. We have high and low pressure moving all around the globe everyday. Low pressure systems are what actually brings weather changes […] → Read More

Storm Team 11: Scattered afternoon storms today, nice weekend in store

Storm Team 11Friday, May 29, 2020 Good morning! Today there is a 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Otherwise, expect a mixture of sunshine and clouds today. High temperatures will near 83 degrees. Tonight, a few showers and storms are possible. Mostly cloudy skies will be around overnight. Low temperatures will […] → Read More

Ask Storm Team: When does hurricane season start?

Ask Storm Team 11 As summer approaches, the tropics begin to heat up. Today’s Ask Storm Team 11 question is “When does hurricane season start?”. Every year, the Atlantic Basin hurricane season begins on June 1st and last through November 30th. This is the typical time period for tropical systems to form in the Atlantic […] → Read More

Storm Team 11: Flash Flood Watches in effect for parts of our area, heavy rain potential continues

Storm Team 11Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Good afternoon! Another soggy day is on tap today. There is an 80% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms today. Expect on and off again rain with a high near 69 degrees. Winds will be breezy around 10-15 mph from the southeast today. A Wind Advisory is in effect for Johnson, […] → Read More

Starwatch Blog: Mercury and Venus pair very closely this week

Starwatch Blog for the week of May 18th, 2020 Mercury and Venus will be pairing closely this week in the evening sky. Just after sunset on May 21st, look in the west sky for the two planets. They will only be about one degree apart! One degree is about the length of your finger at […] → Read More

Storm Team 11: Meteorologist Brittney Bowman uses experiment to explain why the sky is blue

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Storm Team 11’s Brittney Bowman is back with another at-home experiment. This time Brittney is using her experiment to explain the time-old question: Why is the sky blue? For this experiment, you’ll need the following items: Water Milk Flashlight 2-liter bottle Follow Brittney’s instructions as she explains how the light […] → Read More