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Wildfires Burning Western US Are More Frequent And Bigger

Wildfires Burning Western US Are More Frequent And Bigger

American Geophysical Union Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years – a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more...

Latest Meteorology Stories

2014-04-17 12:21:13

New Sensor Will Analyze and Predict Severe Space Weather PALO ALTO, Calif., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] has delivered a new solar analysis payload that will help scientists measure and forecast space weather, which can damage satellites, electrical grids and communications systems on Earth. The Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) instrument was integrated with the first flight vehicle of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA)...

2014-04-16 23:10:27

Bio Logic Aqua Research founder Sharon Kleyne reports on health effects of climate change on skin and eyes, suggests proactive defense. Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 Climate change, drought, and air pollution play havoc with Earth’s atmospheric water vapor - also called “humidity” - reports water and health researcher Sharon Kleyne. Human skin is sensitive to humidity fluctuations, according to Kleyne, because the body relies on the evaporation of water from the skin’s...

2014-04-16 23:03:25

Being prepared can solidify one’s home and make restoration an easier task after a flood. These steps by Rainbow International can help you be better prepared for a flood. Waco, Texas (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 Nothing can completely prepare homeowners for a natural disaster, but being prepared can make dealing with one more manageable. Natural disasters like flooding can be expensive to deal with and lack of preparation can be catastrophic for a homeowner. Being prepared can solidify...

2014-04-16 16:23:08

National nonprofit recognized for raising public awareness about flood risks, evacuation zones and home safety options ORLANDO, Fla., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Hurricane Conference award committee today presented the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) with the Outstanding Achievement Award in the public awareness category for its Peak Hurricane Season campaign. Specifically, FLASH was recognized for its national Satellite Media Tour (SMT). On...

Climate Change Hidden Impacts Detailed In New Moth Study
2014-04-15 09:11:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new climate change study conducted on sub-Arctic moths living in Finland has revealed mixed results: moths seem to be thriving despite a warmer, wetter climate – while an as-yet-unknown force is apparently masking the expected effects of this localized climate change. "You see it getting warmer, you see it getting wetter and you see that the moth populations are either staying the same or going up. So you might think, 'Great. The...

2014-04-15 08:22:29

FLASH cites disturbing survey findings and offers new evacuation safety resources ORLANDO, Fla., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A national Harris Interactive Survey commissioned by the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® has revealed some frightening perceptions regarding hurricane evacuation. The survey found that a vast majority of Americans, 84 percent, mistakenly base their life or death evacuation decisions on the hurricane category and/or wind speed. In...

2014-04-14 23:07:15

With tornado season here, many Oklahoma homeowners are looking for a shelter or safe room to protect their families. Preferred Shelters has some tips to help consumers choose the best option to protect their families. Oklahoma City, Okla. (PRWEB) April 14, 2014 With severe storm season upon us, many Oklahoma homeowners are considering getting some kind of shelter installed to protect their families from future tornado outbreaks. However, with so many choices on the market today, many...

2014-04-14 23:01:53

Rise in Snowpack Feeding Colorado River Minor in Long-Term Drought Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) April 14, 2014 While the snowpack that feeds the Colorado River is expected to produce 5 percent more water this year, noted climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss of the Browning Newsletter says the main event that could bring more serious relief from the Western drought is a potential El Nino brewing in the Pacific. “California is seeing snowpack that is 23 percent of normal and the state’s...

2014-04-11 23:22:59

New features enhance ability to visualize and analyze positioning information. (PRWEB) April 11, 2014 Kitware and Velodyne are pleased to announce the release of VeloView 2.0. The release will occur at the SPAR International 3D Measurement & Imaging Conference, which will be held from April 14 to April 17, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. VeloView is a free open-source application built on ParaView technology. It is designed for the visualization and analysis of point cloud data...

2014-04-11 23:22:23

SPIN Robotic Mapper a Leap Forward for Highly Accurate 2-D and 3-D Building Interior Mapping Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) April 11, 2014 Move over R2-D2! Designed exclusively for indoor mapping applications, the robotic Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN) is a compact, easy-to-use, self-navigating system that generates preregistered spatial data in near real time. SPIN delivers better than 3cm accuracy with a resolution as fine as 1cm as it records more than 200,000 measurements...


Latest Meteorology 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...

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...

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...

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