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2014-05-16 12:23:07

Progress Report Shows Help and Support One Year After Deadly Storms WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross today released a progress report on its work to help people and communities in Oklahoma rebuild and recover since a series of deadly tornadoes hit the state last May. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20090108/RedCrossLOGO The Oklahoma Tornados One-Year Update describes the response of the Red Cross immediately after the storms, its work to support...

Lightning Strikes May Be More Intense Due To Solar Wind Activity
2014-05-16 12:40:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From the ancient Greeks to Benjamin Franklin, man has long been fascinated by lightning. Previous research has found that the electrical bolts are caused by cosmic radiation and a new study has found that streams of high-energy particles from the Sun accelerated by the solar wind also play a role. Published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the new study revealed a considerable raise in lightning rates throughout Europe...

CHIRPS rainfall dataset
2014-05-16 06:16:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite the fact that it has become a widely accepted practice to use modern weather satellites to monitor terrestrial rainfall, establishing a reliable context for relating space-based rainfall observations to current and historical ground-based rainfall data has been difficult. A team of researchers from UC Santa Barbara and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a new dataset that can be used for environmental...

california wildfires
2014-05-16 09:15:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online UPDATE: May 16, 2014 (9:15AM CDT) The ongoing California wildfires have apparently claimed their first victim, as firefighters discovered a badly burned body in a transient encampment in Carlsbad, city officials confirmed on Friday. According to Erik Ortiz and Erin McClam of NBC News, the body was found in the area of Ambrosia and Calliandra. The individual has not yet been identified, and officials said that there were no...

Study Shows Poleward Shift In Tropical Storm Peak Intensity
2014-05-15 11:46:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A new report from a team of American climatologists has found that the latitude at which tropical storms reach their peak intensity is moving toward the poles – suggesting the term ‘tropical storm’ is slowly becoming somewhat of misnomer. Published in the journal Nature, the new report found that the peak intensity of these storms is moving toward the poles at a rate of about 33 to 39 miles per decade. "We've identified...

2014-05-14 23:08:50

Insurance Center of Monroe hopes to help keep residents and families safe during severe storms this summer. Monroe, MI (PRWEB) May 14, 2014 This week, a confirmed funnel cloud was reported in Taylor, followed by a tornado warning for the Wayne, Monroe, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties, according to the Detroit Free Press. In addition to tornados, severe storms this time of year can yield hail, wind, and other potentially damaging weather events. In order to help residents prepare for...

NASA's TRMM Satellite Captures Information About Spring Storms Which Hit The US Great Plains
2014-05-12 03:27:36

[ Watch The Video: TRMM Satellite Sees Thunderstorms In the South ] Hal Pierce, NASA The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite captured rainfall and cloud height information about the powerful thunderstorms and severe weather that affected the Great Plains over May 8 and 9. Severe weather extended from Minnesota to southern Texas on Thursday afternoon, May 8 and Friday morning, May 9. During that time there were three tornadoes reported in Minnesota, two in...

2014-05-10 23:02:33

Join Arizona-based American Cooling and Heating in this study of the economic consequences associated with combating human-triggered climate change. Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) May 10, 2014 Managing Global Warming, Climate Change and the Economic Fallout After enduring over a decade of year-by-year temperature increases averaging nearly two degrees Fahrenheit, Arizona residents don’t tend to argue the validity of global warming or the reality of undesirable climate change. The heat is here. This...

2014-05-09 23:00:38

Bureau of Reclamation released final environmental documents for the proposed annual transfers of up to 7,500 acre-feet of Firebaugh Canal Water District’s Central Valley Project water to the Pacheco, Panoche, San Luis, and Westlands water districts over a period of five years. Fresno, CA (PRWEB) May 09, 2014 The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for the proposed annual transfers of up to 7,500 acre-feet of Firebaugh Canal Water District’s Central...

2014-05-09 13:54:05

BMJ-British Medical Journal Death toll may be higher because of exodus of displaced persons to other locales Hurricanes Katrina and Rita may have been responsible for up to half of all recorded stillbirths in the worst hit areas, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. And the true fetal death toll may even be higher, because of the displacement of people whose homes and way of life were destroyed, suggest the authors. Hurricane...


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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