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March 17, 2015

It was so-o-o easy. Scientists would predict an El Niño. Boom—three months later, the El Niño would arrive. In North America, it brought cozy warm winters, rainy days in California, few hurricanes and excellent crop conditions. Summers were cooler, food cheaper and good times were had by most Americans. It used to be easy to predict El Niños that would bring California lots of rain. Source NOAA Sigh! Those were the days. Now scientists say that we are experiencing El Niño conditions and will... more

March 10, 2015

It’s the ultimate irony. I love to write about weather but today it is hard because I’m under the weather. A storm front is passing through and my head is doing an excellent imitation of an exploding nuclear warhead. During the few pathetic moments that I can think, I wonder why. Why do weather fronts make some people feel so bad? Sometimes the changing air pressure and temperatures from passing weather fronts make people feel awful. Why? People have known about the weather connection since... more

March 3, 2015

Dreaming of a garden? Here is a chance to have totally unique flowers and plants. You can now buy seeds that have been exposed to space weather. Imagine a garden with flowers that came from the edge of space and experienced space weather. Source: NASA Welcome to the world of Earth to Sky Calculus, a project by a group of high school science enthusiasts from Bishop, CA. For more than 3 years the students have been launching balloons into the stratosphere, trying to gain a deeper knowledge of... more

February 28, 2015

Are you tired of the cold? Do your arms ache just thinking of shoveling snow? Have I got a vacation escape for you! It’s a brand new tropical island—barely a month old. It’s toasty warm, fresh from a volcano! The baby island is so new that it doesn’t even have a name, but it’s in the Polynesian nation of Tonga. Think of blue oceans and warm sands, really, really warm sands. Tonga: Doesn’t this look better than another snowstorm? Source: Wikipedia You better hurry, this isn’t the first time... more

February 7, 2015

It rained on the grateful West Coast! Then people noticed something very weird.  The rain was filthy! Yuck! in early February the West Coast was hit with really dirty rain! Source: National Weather Service USA Today kindly called it “mystery milky rain”. Whatever you called it—the raindrops were filled with crud! Of course, that isn’t the only problem the West Coast was having with rain. The Pineapple Express, a strong stream of tropical water was hosing Washington, Oregon and Northern... more

January 25, 2015

Late in January, two winter storms are tag-teaming to flatten the East Coast. Ugh! Ironically, this cold miserable weather will be brought to you by hot water! Three late January storms—two blizzards in the East and El Niño moisture in the West. Further west, another cold wet storm will pound the US. However, drought-stricken California and Texas will welcome the rain and mountain snow. This welcome rainfall is also brought to you by hot water. Whether you are talking about the blizzards in... more

January 22, 2015

Remember last winter? (Shiver!) Ninety-two percent of the Great Lakes were covered with ice, the greatest amount since 1979. The last ice didn’t melt until June! It acted like an ice box, cooling off the Midwestern spring. It reduced 7 million tons of vital Great Lakes shipping, costing the industry and consumers more than $705 million. Fortunately experts say there will be only a normal amount of ice this year. And experts are always right. Right? They might be wrong. The Lakes have begun... more

January 18, 2015

Zip! This January, a passenger jet broke all records for crossing “The Pond”. A British Airlines flight reached speeds as high as 745 mph as it surfed the jet stream crossing the Atlantic. It arrived in England only 5 hours 16 minutes after it started, cutting a full hour and a half off the normal flight time. The key to fast airplane travel: Ride the jet stream. Source: NOAA So how does this relate to warm weather? It’s all in the jet stream, the narrow band of extremely fast winds in the... more

December 18, 2014

Ever heard of the Pineapple Express? California collects weather patterns with odd names. Does it have a drought? Blame the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge (Triple R). Did it just get super heavy rainfall? That's the fault of the Pineapple Express. Fortunately for the drought stricken state, the Triple R has faded and it has huge, wet Pineapples in its future. Triple R: the high pressure area that blocked California rainfall for two years. The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge was the name weathermen... more

December 13, 2014

It’s time to make a list of wishes for gift-buying relatives and elves. What do you give a hopeless weather watcher? If you are like me, there are weather events you would love to see, but it is a bit hard for a present-giver to wrap up a thundersnow. For a moment, ignore reality. What are three weather gifts you wish you could get this holiday season? Chasing tornadoes. Insane but what a rush! SOURCE: NOAA Wish 3:A storm-chaser trip. Yes, I know that chasing tornadoes is dangerous, even when... more


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