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2012-11-09 04:00:39

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from November 8: The Pacific Northwest and Western Rockies had to deal with valley rains and higher elevation snows. These spread into the Montana area which was hit the hardest yesterday. All of this is associated with our new “Winter Storm System” that is moving into the Rockies today. The Plains and Gulf Coast enjoyed high pressure,...

India’s Vital Summer Monsoons May Decline In The Face Of Global Warming
2012-11-06 09:35:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online India´s monsoons are a godsend for the country´s vital agricultural sector, providing life for crops which more than a billion people rely on. But a grim forecast for the future may spell doom for the nation´s food production and economy, as summer rains will be more sparse over the next few hundred years due to global warming. A new study by researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and...

Future Rainfall Uncertain In South Pacific
2012-10-29 04:17:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two different competing climatic effects -- increasing temperatures and changes in atmospheric water transport -- will determine how much (or how little) rainfall the South Pacific islands will receive in the future, claims a new study published in Sunday's online issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. According to the study, which was written by Matthew Widlansky and Axel Timmermann of the International Pacific Research...

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2012-10-24 04:00:56

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 23: The West Coast was hit with strong storms through Northern California. There was plenty of snowfall in the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges also. This snow also began pushing eastward into the Northern Rockies towards places like Boise, Idaho. The next low created showers through the Northern Plains and even reports of light snow mixing in and even some accumulations in the Black Hills of South Dakota....

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2012-10-23 04:00:23

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 22: Severe weather hit the West Coast yesterday. A combination of heavy snowfall along with severe storms was found in California. This system was also responsible for producing tornadoes which hit in the Northern portion of California. One possibly hit in or near Sacramento. A few stronger storms produced hail in Central Texas and Southern Illinois. Snowfall amounts have varied from a few inches at the basins of the...

Hawaiian Northeast Trade Winds Are Decreasing
2012-10-15 05:11:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) researchers have noticed an increased frequency of the eastern trade winds and a decrease in frequency of the north east trade winds over the last 40 years. The study, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, analyzed 37 years of wind speed and direction, and sea level pressure data from land-based weather stations, buoys and reanalysis data. For example, the northeast trade winds occurred...

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2012-10-10 04:00:12

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 9: The big chill continued as it pushed south and east overnight into the Midwest and also the Tennessee River Valley. Behind it strong winds were in the range of 15-30mph over the Dakota´s pushing that colder air into the region. There were no major severe weather events on the day as most of the country was dry and cold. Weather Outlook for October 10: Frontal boundary moving through the Eastern Great...

Southern Hemisphere Becoming Drier
2012-10-04 21:07:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research reported in the journal Scientific Reports claims that the southern hemisphere is becoming drier. The researchers wrote that a decline in April-May rainfall over southeast Australia is associated with a southward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone. The scientists were looking to explore why autumn rainfall has been in decline across southeastern Australia since the 1970s, which is a period that included the...


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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