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18 January 2018

2017 Was Another Year of Amazing Heat. It’s not Natural, and It IS the Greenhouse Gases

NASA and NOAA both announced their global temperature results for 2017 today. NASA says it was the second warmest year on record and NOAA which does the analysis slightly differently came up with the 3rd hottest. Interestingly, if you remove the impacts of El Nino and La Nina, 2017 was THE hottest on record (see below). Forest Vs. Trees There are only three things that affect Earth’s temperature: Incoming radiation …

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17 January 2018

GOES-16 Lightning Detector Spots Michigan Meteor

My friend and superb meteorologist Paul Gross at WDIV has just posted some new info on the meteor last night in lower Michigan. It was loud, it rocked seismograms and it was even seen by an instrument on the GOES-16 weather satellite! Paul has a piece just posted with some cool info about this. My first thought last night was if the Geostationary Lightning Mapper on the GOES-16 might have spotted it, …

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15 January 2018

What Science Really Knows About The Asteroid That Took Out T-Rex and his Friends.

NOTE: I had the wrong video posted. Fixed now. Every time I watch a TV show about a science field other than atmospheric science I have to remind myself that I’m being given a very simplified version. Sometimes too simplified, and I know it because when I watch a show on atmospheric science, I often cringe. This is true even on programs like NOVA because you can read the script for …

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13 January 2018

It’s a New World; You Can Attend A Great Science Conference from Home

I’m just back from the AMS Annual Meeting, and like the much larger AGU meeting, it’s impossible to make every talk. That’s ok because it’s 2018 and (thanks to scientific discoveries) you just go online and watch what you missed! I did not make the AGU in New Orleans this year, but many of those talks are now online, and I plan on sharing some of my favorites here over the next …

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11 January 2018

Dr. Richard Alley’s Amazing Talk at the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society is a Must Watch

I’ve been at the AMS Annual Meeting all week and as always it was an adventure in learning in so many ways. My highlight was seeing two good friends become Fellows of the Society. Those in the Detroit area are lucky to have Paul Gross (at  WDIV) and those in Columbia are lucky to have Jim Gandy (at WLTX). They are two of the finest broadcast meteorologists in the country. …

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5 January 2018

Thoughts and Images of The Great Blizzard of 2018

Working on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, you might imagine I have been rather busy over the last few days and that is beyond an understatement. I was brought to work today in a four-wheel drive jeep and I have 11″ of snow on my sidewalk! This was a memorable storm and perhaps what makes it more so is how fast the pressure in the storm dropped. The pressure in the …

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1 January 2018

Stopping by The Woods on A Snowy Morning.

Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.   My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year.   He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some …

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28 December 2017

Using GOES-16 to Detect and Forecast Cold Temperatures

Just where was the coldest spot in New York state this morning? With weather stations, you could get close, but with the new GOES-16 satellite, you can find the exact spot. Just southeast of Philadelphia NY. The bright green in northern New York is a ground temp. of 234K which is around -39 C. Philadelphia NY, in that area had a low of -39.5C. There are some spots nearby showing -40C (F) …

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21 December 2017

Rare Cloud Display Across Ohio and Indiana Thursday

You see those strange holes in the clouds across Indiana and Ohio? These are fallstreak holes or “hole punch” clouds, and they happen when aircraft fly through clouds of supercooled water. These clouds are well below 0° C, but the cloud droplets are still liquid (water will not always freeze into crystals of ice until the temperature reaches about -40° F/-40° C). If a few ice crystals are introduced, then a rapid …

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The Cosmos Lost Carl Sagan 21 Years Ago Today

His books live on. They inspire new generations of scientists and will for decades to come. If you have not read Demon-Haunted World, then buy it. Buy two more copies and give them to a smart young student for Christmas. Just doing that may change their world. It just might change everyone’s world.

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