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14 January 2019

Weather Satellites are Far More Vital Than You Think

I’ve written a lot here about weather satellites here, and how a decent forecast beyond three days would be impossible without them.  They are indispensable to everyone from forecasters to firefighters to pilots.   While you mainly see GOES (geostationary satellites) images on TV, I just finished a weathercast showing the image above from a satellite in Polar Orbit. I used it to show where the snow fell this weekend, but …

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4 January 2019

Government Shutdown Impacts Biggest U.S. Atmospheric Science Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society starts Sunday in Phoenix. It’s the biggest meeting of the atmospheric science community in the U.S. and one of the biggest worldwide. In a normal year, thousands of meteorologists from NOAA (and other government agencies), many universities, and the private sector (including meteorologists in broadcasting like me) will share knowledge and listen to presentations from recent research. Most importantly, students who are …

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23 December 2018

Guy Walton Proves You can Teach Climate Change to 4th Graders In A Whole Different Way!

Meteorologists start out with a fascination of weather like snowstorms and tornadoes and hurricanes, but by the time you finish a degree in atmospheric science you end up falling in love with the physics behind it all! We still love all the other weather but I still remember my fascination as I learned the physics and how we can  predict the travels and the temperature and velocity of a blob …

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21 December 2018

History’s Most Famous and World Changing Picture Was Taken 50 Years Ago Monday.

The “Earth Rise” image, taken as Apollo 8 entered orbit around the Moon, is considered to be the one image that changed the way we see our planet. Before that photo, all but a few looked at the wilderness and nature in general as something to be tamed, but the stunning photo of Earth rising above the desolation of the Moon changed that. It’s hard to overstate the impact of …

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12 December 2018

NOAA’s Says The Polar Freezer is In Defrost Mode

NOAA’s Arctic Report Card came out today but with all the news (that’s barely fit to print) these days, it was easy to miss. Here’s a summary of the major points and an excellent video from NOAA that summarises it. Too bad I’ve not seen it linked on any major news sites. You can read the whole report here. Report Card Highlights from NOAA Surface air temperatures in the Arctic continued to …

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4 December 2018

Why Those Snow Forecasts Online are Likely Wrong

I go weak in the knees when I see a science info-graphic that explains something really well in one picture. The image above from the NWS Kansas City is a really good one about long-range weather forecasts. Many forecasters in the Mid-Atlantic region and the Midwest are dealing with a possible winter storm beginning this weekend. We cannot say much more than that right now,  and it’s tough to explain to the public …

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29 November 2018

You heard about The National Climate Assessment, but did you read any of it??

You really should. For those of us who read the journal articles, there is really no surprises here. Climate change is not something in the future anymore, it is happening now and in most cases, the predictions made twenty years ago were too conservative. In short, it’s worse than expected. The changes we have seen with a rise of under a degree C are frankly alarming. So start by taking …

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20 November 2018

406 Months in A Row

While there are a lot of folks who think the Earth is flat and that the planet is cooling, those who live in the real world can add another statistic to the bad news: October was the 406th month in a row with temperatures above the 20th-century average. It was also the second warmest on the instrument record. Some more tidbits: The top ten warmest October’s on record have all …

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13 November 2018

The Cloud That Appears on Top of The Most Dangerous Storms

We meteorologists knew that the new GOES satellites would be revolutionary, and a new paper presented at an AMS conference on severe storms is a good example of just that. It’s about a cloud signature visible on high- resolution imagery that can lead to more lead time on severe weather warnings and fewer false alarms. It’s called an AACP: Above Anvil Cirrus Cloud, and when a forecaster sees one on …

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8 November 2018

Deadly Smog Covers Much of India This Morning.

The smog in Delhi has reached near toxic levels this morning. Current air quality readings have reached a level labeled “Extremely Hazardous. This smog is being greatly aggravated by the autumn burning of fields and fireworks from the Diwali festival. The BBC reports that efforts to get residents to not set off the gunpowder failed. The results are clearly visible from space. This will be a killer smog event. A visual picture of …

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