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12 February 2015

The Best Tip for Keeping Warm In A Deep Freeze

With the coldest air in sometime arriving tonight over the Northeast U.S. and lingering through much of the next 7 days, I thought I might pass on my best tip for keeping warm in really cold weather. Yes, you already know to dress in layers, but many times when doing this, people make themselves even colder by wearing tight-fitting clothes. So, here is the most important tip to keep warm: wear …

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11 February 2015

2011 DC Area Quake May Have Been Felt By More People Than Any U.S. Quake In History.

The 2011 Washington DC earthquake may have been felt by more people than any other U.S. quake in history. The USGS issued a press release today about the quake, and the newly discovered fault that it likely occurred on. Quakes in the eastern portions of North America tend to be felt across a larger area, probably because the rocks here are old and cold compared to those in the West …

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Coldest Air of The Winter Headed For the NE U.S. and Midwest

A true outbreak of Polar air is headed for the northeastern quarter of the U.S. beginning Thursday. It will actually come in at least two and maybe 3 waves. The first wave will bring snow showers and plunging temps on Thursday to the East Coast from Virginia to Maine, and another surge will arrive Saturday evening with even colder air. A true Polar air mass often brings a dusting of …

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9 February 2015

One of The Most Amazing Cloud Photos Ever

I just spotted this over the weekend, but its been out there for a week or so. It was taken by Astronaut Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) on the ISS. It’s a shot of lightning illuminating the eye-wall of Cyclone Bansi in the Indian Ocean. More from NASA HERE and another view below:

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6 February 2015

City Lights On A Cold Winter Night

Here is an amazing shot from the International Space Station of the U.S. East Coast, from where I live on the Delmarva Peninsula, all the way to Boston.  It was taken a couple of days ago. You can see the Aurora to the north and the approaching sunrise to the east! An even better time-lapse video is linked below: https://vine.co/v/OF6W2K7uDwv

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The Peak Of Anti-Science?

Just when you think that basic denial of science could not get any more ridiculous, we have a week when a U.S. Senator questions hand washing laws in restaurants, and life saving vaccinations becomes a campaign issue among presidential candidates. We can only hope that this era of anti-science is at its peak and will get better soon. I’ve been interested in the psychology of this type of behavior for …

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2 February 2015

The Funny Side of A Missed Forecast

I made an appearance on our local talk show Delmarva Life last Friday with Mike Lichniak our weekend meteorologist, and we talked about the funny side of a missed forecast. Our morning meteorologist Brian Keane also chimed in with some of the messages from social media. I also talked about how we forecasters can communicate a difficult forecast in a better way. Note: Skip to about 20 secs into the …

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