November 30, 2017 - No Comments!

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends As the Costliest in U.S. History

2017 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity

It's official. This year's U.S. Atlantic hurricane season is the most expensive on record, which caused nearly $202.6 BILLION in damages! Unreal... The season totaled 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes and 6 MAJOR hurricanes. Keep in mind that the 30-year average for an Atlantic season is 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. The image below shows all the storms and their paths.

6 Major Hurricanes in 2017

Thanks to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Lee, Maria and Ophelia the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season was an active one. All 6 of the storms listed above were considered Major Hurricane (winds sustained at 111mph or higher). The strongest of those was Irma, which had sustained winds of nearly 185mph - unreal! Thanks to @philklotzbach who is a Meteorologist at Colorado State University specializing in Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts for the information … Continue Reading

November 23, 2017 - No Comments!

HealthCast: Pollution Can (and Does) Kill

"The world doesn't care enough about pollution. We think of pollution as an environmental issue. We do not think of pollution as a health issue." -Karti Sandilya, Senior Advisor, Pure Earth

A staggering 9 million premature deaths in 2015 can be attributed directly to pollution, according to new comprehensive study on pollution and health from The Lancet Commision. This report is the first of its kind to collect data on disease and death caused by all forms of pollution worldwide.

9 million premature deaths - one out of every six - are attributed to disease from unhealthy toxins in the water, air and soil. This is more than a high-sodium diet, obesity, alcohol, traffic accidents, or malnutrition. The number of pollution-related deaths each year is even more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria...combined! Even crazier, pollution kills 15 times more than all the world's current war and violence.

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November 19, 2017 - No Comments!

La Niña coming to a winter near you

(YouTube - casanever85)

NO, Chris Farley! It's not El Niño time. The ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) is pointing to the other one this season... La Niña... and that means much of the northern United States is in for a cooler winter this go-around.


What's Brewing Now?

La Niña is underway, with a 65-75% chance it will continue at least thru the 2017-18 winter. Similar to last winter, the event is predicted to be relatively weak. During a weak event, the typical U.S. impacts associated with La Niña are still possible, but they become less likely.

(Climate.gov)


What To Expect

The reliable cycle that is ENSO swings El Niños and La Niñas in the Pacific all the time. That has a major impact on what type of weather many locations across the planet will have during a typical winter season and beyond. This winter... it's time for our newest La … Continue Reading

November 15, 2017 - No Comments!

Winter Driving

The key to driving safely on the roads is to be proactive. Not reactive. In all actuality, there is little you can do when you actually lose control on the road--you are at the mercy of your vehicle! Stating the obvious, the best thing to do is to simply avoid driving in dangerous winter weather, but sometimes it’s inevitable.

Follow these general rules to avoid getting in trouble:

  1. Avoid driving in inclement weather
  2. SLOW DOWN! Your speed should never be above 45 mph if the roads are covered in snow and/or ice.
  3. Keep your distance! Braking can take twice as long and extra space can also give you more time to avoid an accident.
  4. Keep both hands on the wheel and drive carefully.
Winter Driving

Image Credit: NOAA

Your Car is Important!

Tires. Tires really do matter. For adequate snow traction, you need at least 6/32-inch tread. Consider this thought via Continue Reading

November 6, 2017 - No Comments!

D.J.’s PraeDigits: Wet And Warm October 2017

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser).

Over a dozen locations – mainly in the eastern United States – saw their warmest October on record during October 2017. Meanwhile, many areas of the eastern U.S. also saw soaking weather, while the Southwest was dry. In this edition of D.J.'s PraeDigits, we take a look back at October 2017 across the nation.

Eastern, Southwestern Heat In October 2017

The pattern across the nation in October helped keep heat trapped over the eastern United States, leading to many locations seeing a top ten warmest October on record.

We also saw record heat in parts of the Southwest, where temperatures in Los Angeles soared into the 100s on both the 23rd (102) and 24th (104). This was the second latest on record they have ever had a high in the 100s. On the 24th, … Continue Reading

October 30, 2017 - No Comments!

One Month Left of an Already Busy 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

2017 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity

Thanks to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Lee, Maria and Ophelia the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been an active one. All 6 of the storms listed above were considered Major Hurricane (winds sustained at 111mph or higher). The strongest of those was Irma, which had sustained winds of nearly 185mph - unreal! Thanks to @philklotzbach who is a Meteorologist at Colorado State University specializing in Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts for the information below regarding each of the 16 named storms that the Atlantic Basin has seen so far this year.

Here's more great info from @philklotzbach, which shows how this season has stacked up to average and and against All-Time Records. Note that while 2017 has seen 16 named storms, the record was a staggering 28 set in the year 2005! The All-Time Record for number of hurricanes in a season is 15, also … Continue Reading

October 17, 2017 - No Comments!

D.J.’s PraeDigits: Irma Brought Heavy Rain In September 2017

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser).

Hurricane Irma helped bring heavy rain to parts of the Southeastern U.S. during September 2017, but numerous areas to the north and west of that area saw one of their driest Septembers on record. We also saw pockets of heat spread out across the nation. In this edition of D.J.'s PraeDigits, we take a look back at September 2017 across the nation.

Irma Helps Bring Heavy Rain In September 2017

Some of the heaviest precipitation in September 2017 fell across parts of Florida, which was battered by Hurricane Irma during the second weekend of the month (and early into the next week). A COOP station in Ft. Pierce, FL, ended up with 25.71" during the month, most of that falling within a three day stretch surrounding Irma. Because of this, Ft. Pierce saw their … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017 - No Comments!

Cassini is Gone But Not Forgotten

The Cassini–Huygens mission, commonly called Cassini, came to an official and rather destructive end on September 15th, 2017 when it flew right into the planet's atmosphere.  The nearly 20-year long mission (WHOA!) was a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) to study Saturn, its rings, and satellites.

 


The Grand Finale

Again, the mission officially came to that exciting end on September 15th 2017. Before that, the final orbits around the ringed planet started on April 22nd.  Each of these last 22 orbits took about six and a half days to complete. When Cassini was nearest to Saturn during each orbit, the spacecraft’s speed was anywhere from 75,000 and 78,000 miles per hour (121,000 and 126,000 kilometers per hour)!

 


Photos Good enough to stick in an album (photo names credit: NASA JPL)

 

In Saturn's Shadow

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Space

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September 21, 2017 - 1 comment.

A Memorable 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season So Far & Not Over Yet

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been very active so far and incredibly, we still have another 10 weeks until the season officially ends on November 30th! With that said, Harvey, Irma, and now Maria have made this season already very memorable.

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey will go down as the first major hurricane to make landfall with the U.S. of the 2017 season and the first since Wilma in 2005. Harvey made landfall near Rockport, TX on August 25th with sustained winds of 130mph. While significant wind damages were reported due to strong winds, the storm will be most memorable for the significant amounts of rain it produced in and around Houston, TX with many locations seeing up to 40". The maximum rainfall reported was 51.88", which becomes the  record for the highest precipitation total observed with a tropical cyclone in the contiguous United States! Flooding was reported across … Continue Reading

June 1, 2017 - 1 comment.

Official Start To The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Early Start to 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Happy June 1st! Today not only marks the beginning of Meteorological Summer in the northern hemisphere, but it also marks the beginning of the Atlantic Tropical Season. Interestingly, we've already had our first named storm; Arlene, which developed on April 20th and became only the 2nd tropical storm to develop in the month of April.

With that said, we're off to an early start to what could be an busy 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. NOAA recently released their tropical outlook, which calls for a 45% chance of an above average season with 11-17 named storms and 5-9 total hurricanes, 2-4 of which will be major hurricanes with wind speeds in excess of 110mph. Experts their believe that "weak or non-existent El Nino, near or above-average sea surface temperatures across the Atlantic, and average or weaker-than-average vertical winds shear" could help to produce more … Continue Reading