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The Fight for Fall
The US and Canada are in for a real battle this autumn. Think of it as a battle of the heavyweights...
Blame Those Troublemaking MJOs
Are you already tired of the Atlantic hurricane season? Now that we have some El Niño conditions in...
Steering Hurricanes: The Mysterious Bermuda High
The Bermuda High—it is as mysterious as the Bermuda Triangle. In summer, it can steer tropical heat...
It Came From Outer Space
Some things only happen in summer. One of these is an eerie electric blue cloud, made from meteor...
Dreaming of El Niño Winter
I promised several readers last week that I would write about winter. There is nothing like a heat...
An August El Niño?
Today’s blog will be short and sweet. Do you want cooler temperatures and more rain? It may be ...
Magic in the Skies: The Real Sprites, Elves, and Trolls
Ever heard of lightning’s stranger cousins—red sprites, blue jets, elves, trolls, and gnomes? No,...
Steamy, Stormy Summer
What happens when you take North America and simmer it in hot water? You produce a record-breaking...
The Freaky Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2012
Every hurricane season has its own personality. The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season is already...
Wildfires, Smokey Bear, and the Deep Blue Pacific
This week, the largest wildfire in its history is scorching New Mexico. Nine Western states,...
El Nino to the Rescue?
For the first time on record, both the Atlantic and the East Pacific have had tropical storms form...
Tropical Storms in May?
It’s official – the Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1.So why did a number of weather blogs...
Early Birds and Bears and Whales And . . .
“Early to bed and early to rise, Makes a bear … HUNGRY!” Look out! That clanking sound you hear may...
Snow? Sputter, Sputter, Snow!
After a warm and relatively dry winter and early spring, April brought snow! A huge April Nor’...
A Tornado Season on Steroids
Welcome to the extreme tornado season of 2012—a tornado season on steriods. Have you seen the storm...
The Vanishing La Niña
Here is the good news. The La Niña is vanishing. One of the major factors that shaped the autumn...
It's Spring! It's Allergy Season!
March 20 (sniffle) was the first official day of spring. It was the day of the spring equinox. (...
The Volcano That Blasted This Winter
First Grímsvötn volcano erupted through a glacier. Then it exploded through the air. Finally, its...
The NAO: The Crossing Guard of the Atlantic
If you think this winter has been weird, blame the North Atlantic Oscillation. If you find the term...
A Cozy, Old-Fashioned Valentine's Day
If you are basking in unusually warm weather this February 14, you may be enjoying an old-fashioned...
What An Extreme Year 2011 Was!
Did you think last year’s weather was weird? Now it’s official. You were right! Last December it...
A Blast From the Sun
It came from Outer Space! Yes, that’s the title of an old Sci-Fi movie, but it’s also the solar...
Snow With a Side of Chili
Welcome to New Mexico, the land of sunshine, delicious chili and snow. Snow! SNOW! According to the...
The Extremely Weird La Niña
Despite a cool La Niña shaping global weather, here in North America the weather has been amazingly...
Look out, Santa! According to some reports, Good St. Nick not only has to worry about delivering a...
California Blowing on Such a Winter's Day
Hurricane force winds slammed the coast! On December 2, fierce winds toppled trees, ripped up power...
Tropical, Extratropical, and Subtropical Storms: What's the Difference?
The official 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season is over, which brings us into a most confusing period—a...
The Glow of Space Weather
It’s time for some pretty weather. With the drought in Texas, last week’s Halloween Nor’easter,...
Halloween's Trick−The October Nor'easter
BOO! It’s snowing! It’s October, 2011. You’ve seen the headlines. Northeast was hit by a Nor’easter...
Knowing the Weather and Saving Money
I am fascinated by the weather – it is my hobby, my job and my passion. I love to save money,...
Balloons Going Up! Snow Coming Down.
It’s autumn! It’s time for leaves to turn and, if you are in New Mexico, balloons to float....
La Niña: Good or Bad?
Here’s the news – La Niña, that cool pool of water in the Tropical Pacific, is back. It’s...
Hurricanes: Does Size Really Matter?
Hurricane Irene was huge! But are the big storms more harmful? You might be surprised to find the...
When Irish Skies are Raining--A Visit From Hurricane Katia
When we are lucky enough that a hurricane doesn’t hit us, we seldom ask where it went. We are...
Weather Recipe: How to Make a Hurricane
So you want to cook up a hurricane in the Atlantic—reach into your cupboard and take out: 1. ...
Hurricanes and the Deadly Ripple
It didn’t seem deadly in the early days. Back in the 1970s—the era of shaggy hair and bad shirts—...
The Return of La Niña???!!!
La Niña might return. The huge Pacific weather event that shaped last winter and this year’s...
Roadtrip through the Texas Drought
OK—the only thing higher than July’s temperatures is the price of gasoline. So why am I on a road...
The Heat Dome that Fried the U.S.A.
The heat wave that is baking America is being called a “heat dome”. A better name would be “Hadley’...
Basic Meteorological Terms, Concepts, and Phenomena
Confused by weather forecasts? Here are some of the more common and basic meteorological terms,...
Here Comes the Tropical Trio
Are you ready for the Tropical Trio—heat waves, monsoon storms and hurricanes? Ready or not, it’s...
Another One Bites The Dust
My young friend from Arizona was not happy. He had served in Iraq and learned to hate haboobs. The...
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