Here in Oklahoma, pleasant spring weather didn’t get going until about April 24th when we finally saw consistent highs over 60F and lows over 40F. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long as we jumped right into the 90s by early May state-wide and have seen many 90s since then. Other areas of the country have seen similar extremes, going from a cold April to a very warm May. The plots below show the differences in temperature anomalies between April and how May is expected to end up.
With automated weather forecasting, monitoring, and alerting getting better each day, do you need a meteorologist to support your event? The short answer is yes - yes you do. While the benefits of accessing a forecaster for your event are vast, many have not secured the expertise of a meteorologist watching over their location. Here are just a few reasons you might consider adding one for your next show.Topics: WeatherOps | Event Safety |
Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner. If you're heading to the central Gulf Coast or Florida for the long holiday weekend, expect heavy rainfall and gusty winds due to a tropical system moving through the region.Topics: WeatherOps |
Since its inception in 2000, WDT has run Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models operationally. In 2004, we began using the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF) as its operational mesoscale model. WDT performs hundreds of WRF runs daily in support of applications including aviation, marine exploration and shipping, renewable energy, and winter weather forecasting.
While Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, the volcano has become more active in recent weeks, spewing both large quantities of lava on the northeastern flank of the volcano into some populated areas, and sending explosive bursts of ash into the atmosphere at the summit. So, will the volcanic activity there have any impact on the weather going forward? The short answer is no, though the reasons why are interesting.Topics: Frontier |
Most tobacco, corn, and soybean growers have either just planted or are planning to plant within the next week. But with the recent heavy rains that have soaked the mid-Atlantic and Southeast US, growers are faced with challenges that could ultimately affect their yields and harvests later this summer and early fall.
WeatherOps is proudly assisting the NCAA Division I Golf Men’s & Women’s Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club, in Stillwater, Oklahoma from May 16-30. Saturday, May 19th provided one of the first opportunities to utilize the new updates from the US National Weather Service (NWS) Lightning Safety Toolkit. Namely, that large venues may continue their activities outside of the standard 30-minute lightning delay if the threat has diminished and they are consulting with a professional meteorologist that has access to real-time lightning data.
While the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season is still two weeks away (June 1), a tropical cyclone threat in the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico may emerge at some point late next week.
On Thursday, May 17, the opening party for the 2018 Hangout Music Festival was forced to evacuate due to unsafe weather conditions. The area experienced dangerous lightning, heavy rain, and strong winds which when combined create the arch nemesis for many outdoor mass gatherings. However, one does not merely see weather coming and call for an evacuation.
On Friday, May 11, 2018, a wildfire in the Texas Panhandle played a role in the development of a thunderstorm. This storm eventually evolved into a supercell thunderstorm that tracked into portions of western Oklahoma.Topics: RadarScope | Wildfire |