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Three Radars Are Better Than One Field Campaign Demonstrates

Three Radars Are Better Than One: Field Campaign Demonstrates Two New Instruments

Ellen Gray, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely...

Latest atmospheric electricity Stories

2014-06-25 23:05:50

Sunday, June 22, through Saturday, June 28, is Lightning Safety Awareness Week. LINCOLN, R.I. (PRWEB) June 25, 2014 Sunday, June 22, through Saturday, June 28, is Lightning Safety Awareness Week, and Amica Insurance has answers to common lightning questions. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there are approximately 50 deaths a year from lightning strikes. Amica is sharing information from the NWS to help promote safety during lightning storms: Q: Is heat lightning...

NASA FireStation Understanding Thunderstorms
2013-11-04 15:33:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s FireStation instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is helping scientists learn more about the party taking place inside a thunderstorm. The Space Test Program-Houston 4-FireStation is an instrument attached to the outside of the space station that is sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The instrument collects data as it flies over thunderstorms, helping scientists answer questions about...

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2013-10-30 04:00:58

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 29: No severe weather reported was reported yesterday, however, the winter side of the storm brought snowfall totals that ranged from 2-4 inches in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Utah. 2-5 inches of snow fell in parts of Nevada. New Hampshire also received around 1-2 inches in the higher elevations. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 30: Surface Map 11AM: High pressure off the Mid-Atlantic coast...

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2013-10-18 04:00:18

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 17: No severe weather was reported over the past 24 hours. There was, however, some sharp cold air marching into the Plains and extending southward towards Western Texas behind the frontal boundary. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 18: Surface Map: A weak upper level disturbance and the cold air associated with the high pressure will bring a line of showers and thunderstorms from the Northeast to the...

Climate Models Help Researchers Understand Atmospheric Electricity
2013-10-04 08:51:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A detectable electrification of the air is caused by electrical currents born from thunderstorms. These currents flow through the atmosphere around the globe, even in places with no thunderstorm activity. Until recently, however, science has not had a good explanation for how conductivity varies throughout the atmosphere and how that may affect the path of the electrical currents. A new study led by the University of Colorado...

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2013-10-02 04:00:47

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 1: No severe weather reported yesterday, however snowfall was reported over the Northern Rockies with places in Wyoming and Montana seeing around 1-3 inches and some places even more. Breezy conditions also set up over the Northern Plains with wind gusts over 50mph in Western North Dakota. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 2: Surface Map: High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will bring partly cloudy...

Global Warming Driving Severe Thunderstorms
2013-09-24 09:36:10

[ Watch the Video: Thunderstorms Could Become More Severe In The US ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The risk of severe thunderstorms capable of producing extreme amounts of precipitation and tornadoes is expected to increase in frequency in the US, according to new research published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Weather disasters, including severe thunderstorms, caused more than $1 billion worth of economic...

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2013-09-24 04:00:53

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 23: The country saw a tranquil day yesterday from a severe weather aspect with no reported severe weather. Cold air started to take shape with many places in the Northeast falling to or just below freezing. Rainfall was mostly light around the country with the heaviest being over the Pacific Northwest. Big Story Weather Discussion for September 24: Surface Map: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring...

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2013-09-23 04:00:50

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 20-22: The biggest story of this past weekend was the landfall of Typhoon Usagi which brought flooding rains to Southeastern China including Hong Kong. Winds were over 100mph at landfall. Severe weather over the US was also found this weekend. Friday was a bad day for Mississippi with five reported tornados ranging from EF-0 to EF-2 and wind gusts in the 90-100mph. Saturday was a limited severe weather day with one...

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2013-09-20 04:00:53

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 19: Yesterday was a very cold day for many places throughout the Northern Rockies with some snow falling in the higher elevations. Severe weather occurred along the frontal boundary with one tornado in Texas. The largest hail was recorded in Minnesota at 2 inches. The strongest winds occurred in Minnesota and Iowa with gusts in between 70-80mph. The cold air was also responsible for the first frost of the season in...


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Weather Education - Air Mass Thunderstorms
2013-01-13 10:30:47

Air mass thunderstorms are found in marine time tropical air. In short they are also known as MT Thunderstorms. Air mass thunderstorms represent what is known as the common three stage thunderstorm development. This means that an air mass thunderstorm goes through the stages of Cumulus which is represented by the updrafts only being present; secondly it moves into the mature stage where it has both updrafts and downdrafts; finally it goes into the dissipating stage where you see only the...

Weather Education - Super-cell Thunderstorms
2013-01-13 09:51:18

In this lesson we are going to take a look at super-cell thunderstorms and what they mean and how they impact our daily lives. First, a super-cell thunderstorm is formed from a cumulus-nimbus cloud.  Super-cell thunderstorms are the most advanced form of thunderstorms known on earth. This is because these types of thunderstorms need so many things to come together in the atmosphere at the same time. The first thing they need is the warm moist air at or near the surface. Secondly, is...

Weather Education - Orographic Thunderstorms
2013-01-13 09:40:16

Orographic thunderstorms are formed when the air is pushed up a mountain side. This type of thunderstorm is found only on the windward side of a mountain range. In the United States we would find these types of thunderstorms on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains and also on the western slopes of the Appalachians. Things that make this thunderstorm important: First of all they only form in certain geographical places on the earth as mentioned above. But they can form anywhere in the...

Daily Weather Summary From July 4, 2012
2012-07-05 08:00:00

The brief reprieve we saw this week in terms of temperatures has run its course as warmer temperatures will be reinforcing itself into the picture for the latter part of this week and weekend. Wednesday brought many 4th of July festivities and celebrations, as well as temperatures that closed into triple digits for places like Chicago in the mid-west. The 4th of July also featured fireworks in the way of thunderstorms in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota, continuing the assault of...

Cumulus-nimbus Clouds
2014-01-11 00:00:00

The image above shows a Cumulus-nimbus cloud that has an anvil top to it. The reason that can be identified is that the cirrus is in place above the center of the storm. The image below does not have an anvil top yet. The anvil top forms on CB clouds after they reach the height in the atmosphere where they begin to feel the upper level winds becoming too strong for them to continue development vertically. The storm on the right has not felt the upper level winds yet, that is why it lacks the...

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