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NASA Satellite Image Shows California Experiencing Record Drought
2014-02-19 08:13:13

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Much of the American West is suffering from a persistent dry spell with California seeing the worst of it. And the drought is so bad in California that it can be seen from space. Using data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, NASA scientists released an image detailing the severity of the conditions in California. The state’s mountains and vegetation cover...

2014-01-28 09:27:27

The world enters a new era of global weather observing and climate science in February with the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a new international science satellite built by NASA. GPM, a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is scheduled to launch Feb. 27 from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. The observatory will link data from a constellation of current and planned satellites to produce next-generation...

2014-01-27 16:20:16

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world enters a new era of global weather observing and climate science in February with the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a new international science satellite built by NASA. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) GPM, a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is scheduled to launch Feb. 27 from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan....

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2014-01-22 03:30:52

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Weather Forecast for January 22, 2014 11AM: Low pressure will push out to sea allowing the East Coast to begin digging out from all the snow. Another strong cold high pressure will settle in over the Gulf of Mexico bringing more cold weather to the region. There is a second Arctic high moving through the Northern Plains and Rockies bringing with it yet more cold weather along with a few snow showers over Western Montana. 11PM: Low pressure will...

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2014-01-20 03:30:55

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Weather Forecast for January 20, 2014 11AM: A weak upper level trough will slide through the Northern Plains providing some light snowfall for the region. High pressure over the Northern Gulf of Mexico will keep most of the Southeast and Gulf Coast dry along with the Southern Plains. High pressure over Montana will bring another shot of cold air southward into the region. Dry weather and high fire hazards continue in the West as the drought continues....

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2014-01-17 03:30:24

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Weather Forecast for January 17, 2014 11AM: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring some light snowfall and increasing winds to the region. High pressure will dominate the weather from the Gulf Coast to the Southwest. A secondary high pressure will dominate the Western US with partly cloudy skies. 11PM: Another clipper system will slide into the Northern Plains this evening bringing another round of wind and snow to the region. High...

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2014-01-16 03:30:51

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Weather Forecast for January 16, 2014 11AM: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring snow showers to the region. Strong winds on the backside of the cold front will make for another blizzard-like day over the Plains with winds gusting to near 65mph. Strong winds will extend across most of the Plains from North Dakota to Northern Oklahoma. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies and mild weather to the Western US. 11PM: Low...

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2014-01-15 03:30:49

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Weather Forecast for January 15, 2014 11AM: Low pressure pushing through the Eastern Great Lakes will bring a few lake-enhanced snow showers across the Eastern Lakes. A few snow showers will extend southward with the chance of seeing a rain/snow mix over the Southern Appalachians extending into Northern Georgia. Showers will be widespread during the afternoon over Southern Florida. High pressure over Texas will bring some cold air southward to the...

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2014-01-14 03:30:10

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Weather Forecast for January 14, 2014 11AM: Low pressure moving through the Northern Plains will head into the Great Lakes this afternoon. This will bring light snowfall from the Dakotas to the Great Lakes. There will be showers ahead of the cold front from Ohio back into Missouri. High pressure will dominate the weather from the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast back into the West. 11PM: Overnight low pressure will push into Michigan bringing a wide...

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2014-01-09 03:30:52

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Weather Forecast for January 9, 2014 11AM: High pressure will slide into the Northeast today taking the cold air out of the US. This will allow for return flow over the rest of the country setting the stage for the warm-up. Low pressure over Western Oklahoma will be the focus of showers, ice, sleet and some snow as a pocket of moisture sets up over Eastern Oklahoma through Arkansas and parts of Western Tennessee, Northern Mississippi and Alabama....


Latest Precipitation 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...

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...

Rare Snow Visits South Africa August 7, 8 2012
2012-08-08 09:26:03

The area in red in the above image has been experiencing winter weather which is quite rare to the region; also at this time many places are still seeing rain and snow. From the South African Weather Service, they are forecasting for the Eastern Cape “Very Cold with snow heavy at times.” The majority of the regions in red in the image are going to see more rain and snow today, and some places may see heavy snowfall. Looking at forecast models of the region they will continue to see...

Winter Weather Outlook For November-January For Austin Texas
2012-12-29 12:33:08

November 2012:  The area is going to see a warm start to the month as temps will average in the 60-70F range with a few days rising into the 80’s and also a few days in the 50’s possible. Precipitation on the whole will be around 2-4inches for the month; while there will be none in the form of snowfall. There will be a high chance for an overnight freeze during the month. December 2012:  Temps will fall for the month of December as high temps will be in the 50-70F range during the...

Precipitation Record For Spokane WA Area First Six Months Of 2012
2012-07-01 11:32:28

January 2012: Started out dry as the area only received 1.06in of rainfall which is about .76in below normal leading to an annual deficit of .76in. February 2012: Followed in January’s footsteps as being dry again; the area got only .99in of rainfall which lead to the annual deficit becoming 1.01in. March 2012: The area received a nice welcoming 3.29in of rainfall on the month which is about 1.92in above normal and brought the annual amount back to a positive 1.08in. April 2012:...

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