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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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