The Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw can “back and ram” its way through walls of ice as high as 10 feet.

The Lake Effect in Michigan

The Great Lakes ‘lake effect’ hugely impacts Michigan weather. Learn how this in turn effects tourism, notably skiing, swimming, & pre-season preparations.

Parque Nacional Conguillío, Chile.

Visit Parque Nacional Conguillío in the Chilean Lakes District

Directly east of Temuco, 3,125-meter Volcán Llaima’s smoldering crater is Conguillío’s most eye-catching feature. Since colonial times, Chile’s second most active volcano has recorded dozens of violent eruptions. Plan a visit to this UNESCO biosphere reserve that abounds with dozens of other lava flows, secondary cones, alpine lakes, river canyons, and the Araucaria forest that it was created to protect.

The Na Pali coast in Hawaii.

The Climate of the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii has comfortable weather year-round. Learn how the weather on the islands is moderated by trade winds, how leeward and windward mountainsides determine rainfall, and about the few severe occurrences common in Hawaii: tsunamis, hurricanes, and kona storms.

Clear turquoise water on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Turkey’s Regional Climates

Turkey’s four western and central regions all have different climates. Year-round there’s some variation as well, so to help plan when and where you’d like to visit, here’s what to expect in the Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean, and Anatolian areas.

Clouds drift beneath green mountain peaks where a hanging stone teeters at the edge of a cliff.

The Geography and Weather of South Korea

Located on a peninsula bordered to the north by the tightly sealed Demilitarized Zone, South Korea is effectively an island itself. Author Jonathan Hopfner talks about the lay of the land and the seasons of South Korea.