Pronbably to no one's surprise, Southern California leads the nation in the number of pleasant days per year (mean temperature between 55° F and 75° F, no precipitation). How does your city stack up?
“You know a storm is going to be bad, people in Oklahoma will tell you, when Gary England removes his jacket.”
At Oklahoma City's Channel 9
, Gary England
is on the tail end of a legendary 40-year meteorology career
featuring some of the most intense
commercials ever) in the midst of Tornado Alley. Following in his Mizuno-clad footsteps (the choice of marathon standers
) are the competition: Channel 4, featuring former reality star Reed Timmer
of Storm Chasers
, rising star Emily Sutton
(just trying to get his attention... yeesh...) and, yes, The Dominator. Previously. [more inside]
On June 11th, 2013, in the wee hours of an early summer night in Nebraska, the temperature shot from 73°F to 99°F in the space of minutes
, accompanied by 50MPH winds. The cause of this weather oddity was the poorly understood Heat Burst
, a phenomenon that sometimes occurs as thunderstorms die out
, usually late at night. The temprature rise can be so extreme that it has been imaged from space
, and there are unconfirmed stories
of heat so extreme that crops were cooked in the fields where they grew, and paint blistered on houses and vehicles. Once believed to be a very rare
event, with the advent of personal weather stations, science may find they are more frequent than was previously believed.
Is climate change causing our recent extreme weather events?
(pdf). A panel of eminent climate scientists lays out the current state of what we know, and what we don't know yet, in this forthcoming paper. Jason Samenow (of the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang blog) nicely summarizes
the key points. [more inside]
A Message from a Republican on Climate Change:
I'm going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I'm a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. I'm a Penn State meteorologist, and the weather maps I'm staring at are making me very uncomfortable.
W i l c o (MLYT +Colbertnation)
frontman Jeff Tweedy does the Chicago weather report(:30, OPENS W/ AD). [more inside]
I've been greatly enjoying the NZ MetService weather blog
for a while now. There are posts about cloud formations
, weather pioneers
, and all kinds of other weather geekery
. It does have an NZ slant in places but everyone has weather, and the technical information included is fascinating whatever your location. [more inside]
The author of the "Forecast Center" column from Weatherwise magazine
to place Forecast Center articles online. So if you want to sharpen your analysis skills, there's a mountain of Forecast Center installments going back to 2001 in full resolution
. There is a permanent embargo on all articles newer than 12 months old, so the first issue of 2010 is as far forward as the articles go, but they go back as far as July/August 2001. For example, Hone your hand analysis skills and get your forecast on for the upcoming severe storm season on the Plains
translates scientific data related to meteorology
into woven sculptures
and musical scores
. She discusses her work in an interview
with the Peabody Essex Museum. (via Mira y Calla)
the strange and marvelous looking Morning Glory
. This film shows at 2:07 an animation of how the cloud is formed
. [more inside]
Mount Washington gust record gone with the wind. Mount Washington
had been the
home of the surface wind speed record since April
12, 1934 with a
231 miles per hour
wind; but during cyclone
(with only 10 minor injuries) on April 10, 1996, a wind gust of
408 km/h (253 mph) in Austrailia
was only just now noticed and confirmed by the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The Mount Washington Observatory has accepted the record in their offical
more personal blog posts they are a bit more skeptical
The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang posted a Farewell
to Mt. Washington's wind record
from two former employees of the
Observatory, lovingly referring to the record wind as "Gale." (And via Capital
On March 7, 2009, TornadoVideos.net
(TVN) launched the beta version of their Live Streaming
system. It's an interactive map that tracks each member of the TVN team as they criss-cross the country chasing storms, complete with live video. You can sign up
(main page, top left: "Chase notifications") to be alerted when a chase is in progress. [more inside]
The Digital Snow Museum
has all kinds of photographs and images of snow around the world. With an assortment of forecasting tools, weather maps
, travel reports, info for skiers and snowboarders, a library
and art gallery
. Let It Snow
. For those in the northern hemisphere, December 21st is the Winter Solstice
, also known as Yule, the darkest day of the year. From this day until that of Midsummer, the days grow longer. Previously
. [more inside]
Weather History Offers Insight Into Global Warming. Weather History Offers Insight Into Global Warming. The problems that often haunt other weather records — the station is moved, buildings are constructed nearby or observers record data inconsistently — have not arisen here because so much of this place has been frozen in time. The weather has been taken
(at Mohonk House, [map]
) in exactly the same place, in precisely the same way, by just a handful of the same dedicated people since Grover Cleveland was president... That extremely limited number of observers greatly enhances the reliability, and therefore the value, of the data. [more inside]
The Weather World 2010
project at UIUC began as a comprehensive meteorology tutorial
designed for a high school/undergraduate level. It has since expanded to include guides to remote sensing
and reading weather maps
. (Some highlights include optical effects
, severe storms
, and the basics of weather forecasting
.) For folks in the US, it also has current surface
imagery for a number of different atmospheric properties.
Mysterious ice circles
are large rotating ice disks on ice covered rivers
or other bodies of water. Their origin and nature is controversial
. Perhaps they are related to UFO's
or something more prosaic, like pancake ice
CycloneFilter : Super Cyclone Gonu prepares to slam into Oman.
Cyclones this far north in the gulf are rare
; doubly so for one so powerful. Latest readings
have Gonu at Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Some are worried
about what this will do to oil prices.
It was a cold day
on Mount Washington in New Hampshire today, where the weather can really suck
. With a temperature of -37F and a peak wind gust of 117mph, it was cold enough
to turn boiling water to snow
(youtube). Also, previously
A god-like view of current hurricane activity.
The Cloud Harp.
The transposition of a natural phenomenon into music. The melodies and sounds
are determined by factors such as cloud height, density, structure, luminosity, and meteorological conditions.
is a blog written by nine working climatologists from around the world (all experts in their field), focusing on explaining climate science, providing context to current reports in the mainstream media, and rebutting the fallacious arguments of carbon lobby hacks. (via World Changing
So how cold is it on New Hampshire's Mount Washington, where hurricane force winds blow 104 days out of the year? Really freaking cold.
The Observatory's website
is a great resource for weather-geeks, and the interns have their own blog.
China is drying up and blowing to California.
Right now, tonight. Sorry, no 2008 Beijing Olympics, east Asia n'exist plus
. Here's satellite pix of some of the 20 Chinese megastorms that have already occurred this baby century from NASA
and NASA again
and a Google search
returning zillions of other links, for fellow regressives who wouldn't ordinarily hang out at CommonDreams.org. (initial link from robotwisdom
It's big, it's bad, and it's coming your way. Beware Bonnie! No, no, wait. Hide from Hanna! Hmm, nope. Run from Rene! Geez, this naming thing
isn't easy. How do you name a tropical storm
? Should the name be masculine or feminine? Should it roll off the tongue with ease or be a mouthful? Are there some names you can't use
? If a tropical storm was closing in on your neighborhood, what would you
More than you ever wanted to know about snow
, from the physics of formation to just priddy pictures.
[Link via CuriousLee
Weatherman faces up to six months.
Rio de Janeiro Mayor Cesar Maya has asked prosecutors to seek charges against Luiz Carlos Austin, claiming his weather forecast was irresponsible. The city's acting chief prosecutor, said he would likely charge Austin with sounding a false alarm, which is punishable by up to six months in prison.
Was it really irresponsible to report that the storm could hit?
And who listens to weathermen anyway? I say if you want to find out what the weathers going to be like, stick your head out the window. Major storm warnings are the only things I want
to hear about.
In looking for a Hurricane Andrew image to illustrate a point on the ham radio thread, I came across evidence that the weather geeks may be the geekiest of all
. Cool pull quote inside.