Jack-o'-lanterns and Pumpkin Pie

October 26, 2016 / General / Daphne Thompson

Late October, it's the time of the year for jack-o'-lanterns and pumpkin pie. Last year, there was a shortage of canned pumpkins as well as other pumpkin sourced products due to poor weather conditions in areas where the giant squash grows. Does this year look better? What type of weather is best for pumpkins anyhow?

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The Cubs, the World Series and the Weather

October 25, 2016 / General / Charles Sayre

For the first time in 71 years, the Chicago Cubs will compete in the World Series as they look to win the title for the first time since 1908. While most people like to look at what historical events have occurred since the last time the Cubs won a World Series, or have been to a World Series, this article will take a look back at the weather that was experienced in Chicago during the 1908 and 1945 World Series. It should be noted that these games took place about 2 weeks earlier in the year than the current series, so it will not be an apples-to-apples comparison.

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WDT Assists the Abu Dhabi International Airport

October 24, 2016 / General / Daphne Thompson

WDT is currently installing a Radar Wind and Thermodynamic Profiling System (RWTPS) for the airport meteorologists at Abu Dhabi International AirportThe Abu Dhabi airport is undergoing a major expansion – a multi-year project to build a large new terminal building. 

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

October 20, 2016 / General / Charles Sayre

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is defined as a type of depression that is related to the change of the seasons. About 5% of Americans have been diagnosed with SAD with a range from 1.9% in Florida and 9.9% in Alaska. For most people, the SAD symptoms begin to develop from the start of fall and into the winter months. However, SAD can also be found, albeit far less frequently, in the spring and summer.

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Do We Need a New Hurricane Rating Scale That Accounts for Flooding?

October 18, 2016 / General / Daphne Thompson

Do we need a new hurricane rating scale that accounts for flooding? It is a question that the Governor of North Carolina is asking. His concern is raised by the high death toll in his state caused by flooding related to Category 1 Hurricane Matthew.

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A Rare Oregon Tornado Struck Today

October 14, 2016 / General / Daphne Thompson

A rare Oregon tornado struck today. When you think of tornadoes, Oregon is not usually the first state that comes to mind. October is not usually the first month that comes to mine either! However, today a damaging tornado struck near the coast. Here's the latest on the severe weather that occurred.

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Flash Droughts

October 13, 2016 / General / Drew McLean

Flash droughts are sudden onsets of warm surface temperatures and anomalously low, rapidly drying soil moisture. The swiftness of flash droughts is what separates them from others. Their speed is related to negative feedback mechanisms wherein evapotranspiration - plants wicking soil moisture into the atmosphere - leads to higher temperatures and even drier conditions. Deforestation, for example, leads to increased surface temperatures because the once ambient moisture worked to absorb some of the ambient infrared energies - the heat.

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The Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

October 12, 2016 / General / Drew McLean

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti is still being established, with new deaths and injuries across eastern North America hot off the wires daily. Also greatly affected have been the Caribbean, eastern Cuba, the Bahamas and the East Coast.

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The Weather Cues that Signal Bird Migration

October 11, 2016 / General / Drew McLean

The weather cues that signal bird migration are widely believed to have originated due to the preservation of behaviors adopted in response to species being forced by hundreds of millions of years of ice ages to stay on the move latitudinally and altitudinally. In some species, the preserved behaviors are believed to be passed on genetically, while others seem to merely react to the changing weather.

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Catastrophic Flooding Continues in Matthews Wake

October 10, 2016 / General / Daphne Thompson

Hurricane Matthew may be gone, but he left catastrophic flooding in his wake. The US death toll currently stands at 20, half of these are from North Carolina. Another five people remain missing in that state. And the water continues to rise.

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