If you haven’t logged into your WeatherOps account for a month and a half, you may not realize that we launched a major redesign and re-architecture of Commander:
Vertically Integrated Liquid (VIL) can be used to identify some features in storms. These features include hail, multicell thunderstorms and downbursts.
Have you been to an outdoor concert or event this summer? Did you think to check the weather first? Many times, people have waited so long for their favorite band to play that they don't think of anything else. When it does start thundering or raining, either people try and wait it out in the elements or go hide under a tent. Neither of these are good choices. Check out these 8 times that extreme winds from thunderstorms affected outdoor events.Topics: WeatherOps | Live Events | Wind | Thunderstorm |
Heat waves are often underestimated weather hazards in terms of safety and damage to both sensitive crops and manmade constructs. Kinks in the jet stream, often called omega blocking or cut-off Highs, periodically allow for heat to flow poleward and linger potentially for days or weeks. High pressure regions and their subsidization of cool air aloft cap the typical vertical transfer of heat from sunbaked surfaces. The air warms through compression while descending and gets hot before reaching the surface. The two sources work together to heat a region like a moving oven.
One of the most common terms we hear during the summer when discussing the weather is Heat Index. While the Heat Index can give you an idea of how dangerous the heat can be, there is another lesser known variable that may give a complete description, known as the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature.Topics: Heat |
While it is July and quite hot across much of the US, HBO is currently advertising the new season of Game of Thrones with a “winter is coming” hashtag, so we might as well talk about US winter temperature trends. Westeros (where the Game of Thrones story takes place) tends to see multiple years pass between winters, but then often sees extremely cold winters when they occur. Winter generally occurs every year across the US, but winter seasons have been growing increasingly variable in recent years.Topics: Frontier |
A velocity couplet seen on a RadarScope weather radar image may indicate the potential for a tornado, leading to tornado warnings being issued. While some cases clearly show the tornado potential, other cases may not be as clear cut.Topics: RadarScope | Tornado |
As both a meteorologist and an amateur astronomer, I know first-hand the impact weather has on both visual observing and astrophotography. Weather will certainly be a major factor for the upcoming August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, particularly cloud cover.Topics: WeatherOps | RadarScope | Frontier |
Spring 2017 continued the warm trends seen in each of the seasons during the last two years. Most of the country averaged warmer than normal, except for New England. The March to May period ranked as the 8th warmest and 11th wettest out of the last 123 years according to NOAA data. The following maps show the average temperature anomalies across the country during the spring season, along with the individual state rankings.Topics: Frontier |