Dear Tom,What do isobars represent on weather maps?—Mal Wallis, LyonsDear Mal,A bar is a metric unit of pressure and isobars are lines on a weather map that connect points of equal air pressure. Because variations in air pressure drive atmospheric winds, isobars give meteorologists an easy way to assess wind direction and speed.Closely spaced isobars indicate large pressure changes over a small area and suggest strong winds. Widely spaced isobars portray a weak pressure gradient typical of light wind situations.Isobars also determine wind direction. Winds in the Northern Hemisphere blow clockwise around highs and counterclockwise around lows. Frictional effects at ground level cause winds to blow across isobars at about a 30 degree angle toward lower air pressure.

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Walmart scrapping layaway, offering ‘buy now, pay later’ program instead

by Cris Belle, Nexstar Media Wire / Sep 25, 2021

(WJW) — Planning your holiday shopping and how you"ll finance it?

Walmart recently announced that the company is scrapping its layaway plan just before the holiday shopping season, and instead switching to a "buy now, pay later" program in partnership with lending company Affirm.


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Man charged with hate crime after threatening US Olympic athlete training in California park

by KTLA Digital Staff, Nexstar Media Wire / Sep 25, 2021
(KTLA) — A man suspected of yelling threats and spitting at a U.S. Olympic karate athlete in a Southern California park earlier this year has been charged with a hate crime, the Orange County District Attorney"s Office said Friday.

Michael Orlando Vivona, 26, already faces multiple hate crime charges in a separate case where he allegedly punched an older Asian couple while they were out for a walk, prosecutors stated in a news release.


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10 things you shouldn’t do when visiting Hawaii

by Chelsee Yee, Mariya Parkhomchuk, Nexstar Media Wire / Sep 25, 2021
HONOLULU (KHON) -- Being a tourist means being mindful of the place you"re visiting and to the people who call it home. Rules and common courtesy still apply during your vacation in Hawaii, a place that carries a history that should be respected. With simple care and attention, you can do your part to be a good visitor.

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Here are 10 things you shouldn"t do when visiting the islands.



Salmonella outbreak from unidentified source expands to 29 states; CDC says strain found in takeout container


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Salmonella outbreak from unidentified source expands to 29 states; CDC says strain found in takeout container


CDC: Salmonella outbreak from unidentified food source sickens people in 25 states including Illinois