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2014-03-27 11:09:39

Test shows it could have accurately forecasted flooding in NYC during Sandy The water that surged into the intersection of New York City’s Canal and Hudson streets during Hurricane Sandy—to choose just one flood-ravaged locale—was ultimately driven ashore by forces swirling hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic. That simple fact shows not only the scale and power of a tropical cyclone, but the difficulty of modeling and forecasting its potential for coastal flooding on the fine...

2014-03-26 08:20:33

LAS VEGAS, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GeoMetWatch (GMW) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Exelis, a top-tier diversified global aerospace company that builds advanced weather satellite sensors, to design a geostationary hyperspectral sounder. Under the terms of the agreement, Exelis would manufacture sensors to be hosted by GMW partner organizations through a GMW license granted by the Department of Commerce to deploy a constellation of six geostationary...

2014-03-25 23:36:59

In a head-spinning announcement the UN’s World Meteorological Organization issued statements claiming extreme weather events of the past year were consistent with human-induced climate change, directly contradicting the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR5 report issued in September 2013 which states that there is a hiatus in global warming and that there has been no observed global trend in tropical storms, hurricanes, droughts or floods. Friends of Science point to...

2014-03-25 23:23:50

Agricultural Expert Steve Shenk Seeks to Better Prepare Americans for Extreme Weather Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 Nationally renowned agricultural and food supply expert Steve Shenk believes Americans are ill-prepared for when rising fruit, produce, dairy and beef prices hit in full force as a result of the drought in parts of the mid-West and the West Coast. The Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service predicted in January that drought...

2014-03-25 23:05:08

Local independent insurance agency provides tips and information to help spread awareness about flood safety in Michigan. Carleton, MI (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 National Flood Safety Awareness Week was created in order to draw attention to the many hazards associated with floods and to educate residents on proper flood safety practices. Since floods are the most common disaster in the U.S., Schafer Agency is offering information and advice to help prepare local residents and homeowners for...

3D Global Precipitation Measurement
2014-03-25 12:21:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first images captured by the newest Earth-observing satellite operated as a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have been released. The images are from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, which launched on February 27 of this year. The focus of the image set covers precipitation falling inside a cyclone that occurred on March 10 over the northwest Pacific Ocean,...

2014-03-25 08:38:49

EcoSmart Intelligent Energy Management Balances Student Residence Hall Comfort and Energy Savings MILWAUKEE, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Telkonet, Inc. (OTC BB: TKOI), whose complementary business divisions include EcoSmart(TM), an energy management technology platform featuring Recovery Time(TM) technology and EthoStream(®), one of the largest high-speed Internet access ("HSIA") providers in the world, today announced that their EcoSmart system has been selected to manage...

Plankton Make Scents For A Cooler Planet And Seabirds
2014-03-21 08:22:49

University of California, Davis The top predators of the Southern Ocean, far-ranging seabirds, are tied both to the health of the ocean ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to newly published work from the University of California, Davis. When phytoplankton are eaten by grazing crustaceans called krill, they release a chemical signal that calls in krill-eating birds. At the same time, this chemical signal — dimethyl...

radiation belts
2014-03-20 04:40:46

[ Watch the Video: Van Allen Probes See Zebra Stripes ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Data from NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes has led to the discovery of a new, potentially dangerous zebra-striped structure located in Earth’s inner radiation belt, according to new research appearing in Wednesday’s edition of the journal Nature. In the paper, lead author Aleksandr Ukhorskiy of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and his colleagues explain...

GISMOS
2014-03-19 05:05:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online GPS technology has had a profound effect on the world by advancing science and society's ability to pinpoint precise information, from driving directions to tracking ground motions during earthquakes. A new study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography demonstrates a novel technique that stands to improve weather models and hurricane forecasting by detecting precise conditions in the atmosphere through a new GPS system onboard...


Latest Atmospheric sciences Reference Libraries

Urban Heat Island
2013-04-02 15:35:21

An urban heat island (UHI) is a metropolitan area that is drastically warmer than its surrounding rural areas because of human activities. The phenomenon was first looked into and described by Luke Howard during the 1810s, although he wasn’t the one to name the phenomenon. The difference in temperature is normally bigger at night as opposed to during the day, and it most obvious when winds are weak. Seasonally, UHI is seen during the summer and the winter. The key cause of the urban heat...

Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

Climate Change
2013-04-01 11:05:27

Climate change is a substantial and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time ranging from decades to millions of years. It might be a change in the average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions. Climate change is a result of factors that include oceanic processes, biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received buy Earth, volcanic eruptions, and plate tectonics, and human induced alterations...

Weather Model Discussion:  How To Use Surface Dew-points For Weather Forecasting Purposes
2013-01-29 08:53:47

Surface Dew-points can play a huge role in weather forecasting. The first such role is that it helps determine the amount of moisture in the atmosphere for a given point. If we look at the current dew-point map above from January 28, 2013 we can note several things of interest. First, if we look at where the black circle is around the number 70, we can make note that this air right off the coast of Texas is at a dew point of 70F. The temperature outside must be above 70F, because the...

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...

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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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