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6 December 2016

Another Smoking Gun that the Earth’s Thermostat is Going Haywire

Another Smoking Gun that the Earth's Thermostat is Going Haywire

While those who do not live in the world of facts share fake news stories about the planet’s temperature dropping, the real data is far different. We will almost certainly set a new hottest year on record this year, breaking the previous record, last year, and the current second place holder, the year before that! Meteorologist Guy Walton keeps close track of the number of record highs versus record lows …

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2 December 2016

We’ve Been Waiting for this Whopper, and It Has Arrived!

We've Been Waiting for this Whopper, and It Has Arrived!

We all knew it was coming, and this week it was delivered, just in time for Christmas. It’s the post El Nino, “The globe is cooling and climate change has stopped” myth.  First an explanation: During an El Nino event, very warm water covers much of the Equatorial Pacific, warming the air while cooling the oceans. Because of this, the hottest years globally are almost always El Nino years, and …

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30 November 2016

Suomi Satellite Sees the Gatlinburg Fire through Thick Cloud

Suomi Satellite Sees the Gatlinburg Fire through Thick Cloud

The VIRRS instrument on the Suomi Satellite saw the Gatlinburg fire Monday night very clearly, through a thick deck of clouds. The image below is a day-night channel. We can often see clouds at night, especially when there is a bright Moon. This data is also useful to see growth patterns of cities, and even to estimate population changes in towns and cities.

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The Warm November May Be Setting Us Up For a Cold Winter

The Warm November May Be Setting Us Up For a Cold Winter

The Arctic Sea ice continues to run at record lows, and this has potentially large implications on the winter ahead. Instead of white ice reflecting what little sunlight is available north of 60 degrees, we have ocean water rapidly losing its heat into the atmosphere of the High Arctic. The ice that’s usually there now acts as an insulator to hold in the heat, but not this year! How all …

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26 November 2016

Beyond Help

Beyond Help

Scientific method requires verified data, and this is part of its genius to discern truth, but I suspect those trained in science, easily forget that this understanding is far less common among the rest of the population. Our educational system seems to have left too many people with the inability to understand their own confirmation bias, and to critically judge what they read and hear. We must do a better …

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24 November 2016

What’s Happening in the Arctic is Astonishing

What's Happening in the Arctic is Astonishing

I’ve been busy with the GOES-R launch, but am also following the incredible situation in the High Arctic, where Arctic Sea ice continues to run at record low levels. More like falling of a cliff actually, and the only word I can come up with is astonishing! There is a real temperature dipole showing up between the warm Arctic and the very cold areas of Russia/Asia where the snowfall was …

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19 November 2016

GOES-R Launches at 5:42 PM EST Today. Weather Forecasting Will Enter a New Era

GOES-R Launches at 5:42 PM EST Today. Weather Forecasting Will Enter a New Era

by Meteorologist Dan Satterfield at the Kennedy Space Center The weather looks good and fueling of the Atlas 5 booster is underway here at the Kennedy Space Center. The weather is warm and breezy, with temperatures near 76 degrees. A cold front is approaching, but few if any clouds are expected with it. The launch is set for 5:42 PM EST, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. The vapor …

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18 November 2016

Timelapse of the GOES-R Satellite Rollout to Pad 41 at Kennedy Space Center

Timelapse of the GOES-R Satellite Rollout to Pad 41 at Kennedy Space Center

This video shot for me and my fellow meteorologists here at the Kennedy Space Center by Dan Cohen of Storm Center Comm. Big thanks to him and Dave Jones at Storm Center for it!

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GOES-R is On The Pad. New Era Begins at 5:42 PM EST Saturday.

GOES-R is On The Pad. New Era Begins at 5:42 PM EST Saturday.

Kennedy Space Center in Florida: I’m one of about ten meteorologist who work in TV who were invited by NASA to attend the GOES-R launch tomorrow at 5:42 PM EST. NASA took us out to the coast to watch the roll out at 10 AM, and once the vehicle reached the pad, we were allowed to go as close as 150 yards from the pad (See photo above). The weather …

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17 November 2016

The View from the Top of the VAB at Kennedy Space Center is Amazing!

The View from the Top of the VAB at Kennedy Space Center is Amazing!

All looks good for the launch of the GOES-R Weather Satellite Saturday evening at 5:42 PM. I am at the Kennedy Space Center as an invited guest to watch the launch, and today we had the rare opportunity to see the famous VAB building. The video below is from the roof, what an amazing view! I chatted with one of the Air Force weather meteorologists and they see no issues …

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