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20 July 2018

A Space and History Lesson on the 49th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

It was 49 years ago today that Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, and while I remember it vividly, I often think about those who were born after that event. Can they truly imagine the wonder of it? If you’re under 50, you grew up in a world where people walking on the Moon was a part of our history and I know you appreciate the event, but likely not …

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13 July 2018

What’s New in Climate Science? Here’s a Good Summary

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe at Texas Tech is one smart scientist, and she’s also an incredibly good science communicator. I know a lot of people who are one or the other, but vey few who are both. Any meteorologist who works in broadcast meteorology can appreciate how difficult achieving both these skills can be, so when she says something, I share it widely. Believe me, I get how difficult it is …

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10 July 2018

Think Humans Can’t Control the Earth’s Weather?? Don’t be Silly.

The new GOES-16 satellite produces stunning images every day of weather phenomena, but this is something that surprised me! The NWS at Grand Forks in North Dakota posted the image below on Twitter today. Note the yellow speckles in the upper part of the image. That’s Canola. The bright yellow is visible from space using the true color GOES-16 images. With the increased reflectivity (albedo) of the ground, I wondered how …

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8 July 2018

Seems The Sun Has Melted Southern California

Well, apologies to Albert Hammond (Google it young people) but I’ve been searching for words to describe the heat event in Southern California yesterday. Fritz Coleman, KNBC’s meteorologist called it astonishing, and I used astounding. Trust me, words fail to describe the magnitude of this heat event. Van Nuys set an all-time record high of 117ºF which broke their daily record by 18 degrees!! So did Burbank and UCLA (NWA …

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22 June 2018

#Mets Unite to Share An Image Worth a Thousand Words

  When Climate Scientist Ed Hawkins in the UK shared one of is unique images a few weeks back, it got a lot of attention from my fellow meteorologists. It’s a simple image based on real science, the data it is based on has been independently confirmed by multiple groups of scientists. I’m talking groups like NASA, NOAA, and researchers at the Uni. California at Berkeley in addition to the Hadley …

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20 June 2018

You are About to See This Image Everywhere

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, people will notice it. When you make one about science, I can assure you that meteorologists who work in TV will definitely notice because there are few things we value more than an image that can tell a story well.  Enter Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading in the UK. Ed has made some cool visuals before, but when …

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Seeing the World With New Eyes

I want to share with you the kind of satellite imagery forecasters like me are using on a daily basis now, and show you how incredible it is. Thanks to GOES-R we are seeing things we never saw before, but one type of imagery, in particular, is my new favorite. So much so, that I have a running loop up every day on the monitors in our forecast center. It takes some explaining though, …

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13 June 2018

Stunning Data From The Bottom of the World: Antarctic Ice Loss Triples

A group of over 80 researchers published some stunning data in Nature today, and it shows the ice loss in Antarctica has tripled since 1992. The loss of ice rose sea levels worldwide an average of 7.6 mm and rate of ice loss in West Antarctica has tripled since 1992! The paper was one of several in this issue of Nature and it’s worth grabbing a copy of the entire …

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11 June 2018

Ridiculously Wet Weather Across the Eastern U.S. Is Not Really A Surprise

The entire Mid-Atlantic has had a very wet last 30 days. Look at the map below and note that some areas of had 400% of normal rainfall in the last month! Now look at the Southeast U.S. and Florida: We’ve seen some incredible downpours in the last 30 days from Ellicott City and Ocean City here in Maryland to Philadelphia last night! This is already causing alarm for farmers as …

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28 May 2018

Don’t Blame Mother Nature for the Devastating Flood in Ellicott City, Maryland Sunday.

Just last summer the Baltimore Sun had this story about the historic clock on Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland. It was rededicated after the devastating “1000-year” flood of July 30,2016 that made national news. That clock was swept away this evening during the second 1000-year flood in two years in the city. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency and rescues are still underway as I write this.  …

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