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30 June 2012

Midwest and DC Rocked by Derecho

Many people now know a term that only meteorologists and weather geeks usually know. Derecho. (It’s pronounced “da ray show”) A derecho is a fast-moving cluster of thunderstorms that produces very high winds, and moves very rapidly. They like to form in June and July, and they favor certain areas of the country like the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Mid-Atlantic/Pennsylvania. They also tend to form on the north side of …


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6 April 2012

There Really Is A Tornado Alley- Three Actually

Any meteorologist gets the same question over and over: Where exactly is tornado alley?? The answer (until now) has been that there is no scientifically defined alley, but that the Great Plains from Kansas to Texas is the best answer. Enter Michael Frates at the University of Akron. He decided it was high time to delineate the tornado alley’s of America and he did it based on historical data beginning …


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27 May 2005

Hydro ID off of ARMOR

27 May, 2005 I showed some of our first echo id data on air at 10pm Thursday.(See the last blog) Using ARMOR and it’s dual polarimetric capability, a computer program can be run to analyze the radar echoes using different variables like differential reflectivity and specific differential phase etc. (I have a link at the end that will explain these) This program can then estimate whether the echo is rain..sleet …


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