Mild temperatures are hindering Zika-transmitting mosquitoes in the South Central US. The unseasonable weather is great news, because the threat unfortunately arrived in the States this year. The presses have been hot lately with Zika articles, particularly about the afflicted location of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many athletes expressed concerns about contracting the virus during their stays, particularly because of what it’s known to do to developing fetuses. Meanwhile, hundreds of US citizens have been infected this summer, not including at least 41 US military members abroad. Zika is expected to spread to every country in the Western Hemisphere but brisk Canada and dry, continental Chile.
Heavy rain fell for much of the past week across parts of the Gulf Coast, but by far the worst of the deluge was August 11-13 in Louisiana, where rainfall over 12 inches was widespread and some areas near Lafayette and Baton Rouge approached or exceeded 24 inches.
The Time Series feature in the Insight API allows us to easily query data and build charts for locations and assets over periods of time. Let's look at basic example of how we'd build a Daily Precipitation line chart using the Highstock charting library along with jQuery. We're going to compare rainfall between OKC and Jacksonville for June of this year.
You may have noticed a change in your WeatherOps Daily Planners and Weather Checks. On the evening of August 15, a new parameter for assessing your severe weather threat was added. The change should make it easier to understand your risk of experiencing strong to severe thunderstorms.
If you were watching the Olympics and missed the national news this weekend, then you may not have heard of the devastating flooding occuring in Louisiana. Rivers are at record flood stages, major roads are closed, and homes are under water.
It seems odd to have the Summer Olympics in a country that is currently in their winter season. However, Rio's coastline location makes August a nice time to be there. Warm temps, sunny skies, beautiful water are usually expected. As meteorologists know, the weather and Murphy's Law go hand in hand.
Have you ever heard of Last Island, Louisiana? This popular island resort is known for white sand beaches, clear water and continuous breezes. You can stay at the Ocean House Hotel or visit the Last Island Village, where around 100 beach homes are located. The Gulf breeze makes it a perfect spot to escape the heat and humidity of the mainland. At least, that's what people thought in the early 1800s.
Despite what many think, meteorologists do not study meteors. That, however, doesn't mean we don't enjoy watching them! This year, the Perseid meteor shower is set to peak in North America on the night of August 11 into the early morning hours of August 12. Let's take a look at what the weather will be like.