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28 November 2012

Midwest Style Tornado Hits Southern Italy

Midwest Style Tornado Hits Southern Italy

\ The storm that flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice with a meter of water today also produced a tornado. A real Great Plains style tornado at that. Here is an image from the Meteosat showing the storm. If the budget cuts do not get it, the U.S. will have an ultra modern weather satellite like this in a few years. The upper level charts show a negative tilted deep …

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26 November 2012

Gravity Waves Are Not Something You Only Hear About On Doctor Who

Gravity Waves Are Not Something You Only Hear About On Doctor Who

We had a nice display of gravity waves over the Mid Atlantic on Saturday. You have likely seen this type of cloud pattern in the sky many times and the view from the Aqua satellite as it passed over Virginia on Saturday shows it well. In many waves this is the atmospheric equivalent of throwing a rock in a pond. Instead of a series of waves emanating from the spot …

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24 November 2012

Two Experiments That Keep Going and Going…

NPR’s All Things Considered had a great story Friday night about two experiments that have lasted for quite sometime. One has been underway since 1879 even. The story is well worth a listen, and the first piece about some surprising insights into evolution is a real eye opener! The audio is here:  

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22 November 2012

NASA Terra Satellite Sees The Fading Fall Colors

This image from around the 21st of October shows crimson reds over the Appalachians.

The image below is from today:

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17 November 2012

NCDC- 5th Warmest October on Record

NCDC- 5th Warmest October on Record

While the USA is on track for its hottest year ever, the world had the 5th warmest October since records began in the 1880′s. Part of North America and Central Asia were chilly, but just about everywhere else was unusually warm. If the El Nino had developed as though a few months ago, it would likely have been even warmer. The first 8 months of 2012 now rank as the 8th warmest on record …

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14 November 2012

Atmospheric Aerosols Make Cool Wall Paper

Atmospheric Aerosols Make Cool Wall Paper

Climate models have come a long way over the last 20 years and the image above is a good example of it.  Here is what NASA says about it: Portrait of Global Aerosols High-resolution global atmospheric modeling run on the Discover supercomputer at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., provides a unique tool to study the role of weather in Earth’s climate system. …

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10 November 2012

Before and After Superstorm Sandy- USGS Releases Amazing pics.

Before and After Superstorm Sandy- USGS Releases Amazing pics.

Sandy DID cut a new inlet on Fire Island NY. USGS image. Barrier Islands are nature’s buffer from storms. New inlets are a natural occurrence during storms and the sands are constantly shifting. Building on them is fraught with risk, but taxpayers all pay for the federal flood insurance that protects property owners there. After Sandy, I suspect there will be a much greater discussion about whether this is a …

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8 November 2012

Records Fall as November Nor’easter Dumps A foot of Snow

Records Fall as November Nor’easter Dumps A foot of Snow

The November Nor’easter is moving out now, but it left behind 5 inches of snow in New York City and up to a foot of snow in New Jersey and Connecticut. Winds gusted to 40 MPH at Lewes in Delaware, and water levels reach 2-3 feet above normal over portions of the Delaware Bay. Higher water levels of over 3.5 feet were recorded near New York City. Here are some of the records: ..RECORD NOVEMBER SINGLE …

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4 November 2012

Odds Increase of Post Election Day Nor’easter In Areas Hardest Hit by Sandy

The European ECM Model is showing a strong Nor'easter Wednesday night. This model handled Sandy the best.

It’s not a certainty..yet, but the risk of a significant Nor’easter bringing wind, rain and snow to the areas hardest hit by Sandy is increasing tonight. If the overnight model runs come up with nearly the same solution then folks up here will need to prepare for winds over 50 mph. Snow is possible on the inland side of the storm as well as cold air flows into the storm. With damaged dunes along the shore, even a …

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2 November 2012

Suomi Night Visible Imagery Shows Power Loss From Sandy

Suomi Night Visible Imagery Shows Power Loss From Sandy

This image courtesy of the CIMMS Satellite Blog at the Univ. of Wisconsin. If you are interested in satellite meteorology that is the place to go to school!

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