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2010-12-17 15:19:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 17, 2010/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Based on the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it has lifted drought watch declarations for 21 western counties. Watches were lifted today for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland counties....

2010-12-09 17:33:00

SKOKIE, Ill., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holiday travel season, Rand McNally's editors have pulled together the Top 10 Tips for Safe Winter Road Travel. The arrival of cold and blustery weather in many parts of the country combined with increased traffic on the roads, can make getting "over the river and through the woods" more stressful than at other times of the year. "More than 60% of U.S. leisure travelers take road trips," said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand...

2010-11-10 12:58:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it has removed about two-thirds of the state from drought watch and warning status. DEP lifted the declarations for 46 counties located primarily in central and eastern Pennsylvania. In western Pennsylvania, 21 counties either remain in or were reclassified to drought watch status. "The remnants of Tropical...

2010-11-08 11:35:24

The GOES-13 satellite is watching a flurry of activity in the Atlantic Ocean today as a cold front approaches the remnants of Hurricane Tomas and threatens to swallow it in the next couple of days. Tomas is now a remnant low pressure area is located in the Atlantic near 26 North and 68 West hundreds of miles south-southwest of Bermuda and has a minimum central pressure of 994 millibars today, Nov. 8. A cold front off the U.S. East Coast however, is stalking Tomas' remnants and moving east...

2010-10-26 14:22:41

With big storms ripping across the Midwest, Bob Drost is hoping people are paying attention to the severe weather and tornado warnings. Unfortunately, Drost, a doctoral student at Michigan State University, knows that many times those warnings are ignored, according to his research. "Only 63 percent understood that a warning is the most urgent National Weather Service statement during severe weather," he said. Next week, Drost will present his research findings at the Geological Society of...

2010-10-01 14:38:50

In a "marriage" that U.S. east coast residents would object to, the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole coupled with an upper level low pressure area have dumped record rainfall from the Carolinas to New England on Sept. 30. The GOES-13 Satellite captured that massive "union" of a system as it begins to push off the northeastern U.S. coast today, Oct. 1. At 1401 UTC (10:01 a.m. EDT) on Oct. 1, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite called GOES-13 captured a visible image of the...

2010-09-23 14:54:46

Tropical Depression Lisa has had a struggle, and it appears that she's in for more of the same. Infrared satellite imagery from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite shows that the convection (rapidly rising air that forms thunderstorms that make up a tropical cyclone) is increasing in Lisa. The convection is becoming a little better organized and stronger which is will make for some heavy rainfall over the northwestern Cape Verde Islands. It's also an...

2010-09-19 12:05:00

The nation's ability to detect and forecast tsunamis has improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but current efforts are still not sufficient to meet challenges posed by tsunamis generated near land that leave little time for warning, says a new congressionally requested report from the National Research Council. The report calls for a comprehensive national assessment of tsunami risk and improved communication and coordination among the two federal Tsunami Warning Centers, emergency...

2010-09-02 09:50:00

Record snowfalls that fell in parts of the U.S. and Europe in late 2009 and early 2010 were the result of a once-in-a-century collision of two weather systems, according to a new study recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The study, also the subject of a September 1 article by BBC News reporter Pamela Rutherford, took a look at six decades worth of snowfall measurements and satellite data. Ultimately, the researchers discovered that the record amounts of snow that...

2010-09-02 07:45:00

NASA and NOAA's latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-15, has successfully completed five months of on-orbit testing and has been accepted into service. The satellite has demonstrated operational readiness of its subsystems, spacecraft instruments and communications services. GOES-15 is the third and final spacecraft in the GOES N-P Series of geostationary environmental weather satellites. The GOES fleet help NOAA forecasters track life-threatening weather and solar...

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Weather Pack For July 30, 2012
2012-08-01 12:22:59

Weather Pack is our way to envision what is happening with the weather and create a weather forecast for a certain area of the United States. Today’s focus is on Southwest Mississippi along the Mississippi River. On the left side we have a Skew-T which is used to help us determine what is happening in the upper levels at our forecast location. On the right side is our morning satellite image; both of these features are important to creating an accurate forecast. The Skew-T will show...

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