Weather Blogs

April 19, 2015

It’s nice to get a lift—but for two students in Oregon, it got pretty scary! They were in the parking lot at Lane Community College when a tornado hit. It tossed around some cars and then sucked up the Jeep they were in. They were lifted about 5 feet in the air and then—thankfully—dropped. Aside from the scare of their lives, neither student was hurt. Another car next to them was dropped on its roof and flattened and a blue Toyota Corolla was tossed on top of a red Durango SUV. Several people... more

April 13, 2015

It’s enough to make a superstitious person hide under a blanket for the rest of the year. A week after a “blood moon” came a “blood rain”. All of this occurred within 3 weeks of a total solar eclipse. If you don’t know the science, then all you know is that the sun disappeared, the moon turned red and then bloody-looking red rain fell from the skies. Yikes! Sometimes the weather is scary! Most people understand eclipses. The solar eclipse was the moon passing between the earth and the sun. The... more

April 2, 2015

California is in a horrible drought. Everyone was relieved last winter when they were told that there might be an El Niño. El Niños, warm conditions in the Tropical Pacific, bring heavy rainfall to California. Right? A Standard El Niño would bring rainfall to California. Source: The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) Errrrr—not always. Sometimes you get “peek-a-boo” El Niños! Now it rains, now it’s dry. According to global satellite observations, we have had El Niño... more

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


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