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2012-07-03 10:28:50

Tree ring and oxygen isotope data from the U.S. Pacific Northwest do not provide the same information on past precipitation, but rather than causing a problem, the differing results are a good thing, according to a team of geologists. The researchers are trying to understand the larger spatial patterns and timing of drought in the arid and semiarid areas of the American West. "We generally understand that the Medieval Climate Anomaly, a warm period in much of the northern hemisphere...

Big Uncertainties For The Global Water Budget
2012-06-13 16:31:13

Results of Latest Models for Regional Precipitation and Temperature Distribution Deviate Strongly / Number of Measurement Stations Worldwide Is Decreasing Dramatically No life without water. Catastrophes like droughts or strong rains reflect our dependence on the water cycle and climate system. Hence, it is important to understand details of the water cycle among the atmosphere, oceans, and land. A study in the Journal of Hydrometeorology now outlines significant differences of global...

2012-05-18 11:15:02

UC Riverside-led team identifies black carbon and tropospheric ozone as most likely drivers of large-scale atmospheric circulation change in the Northern hemisphere tropics Black carbon aerosols and tropospheric ozone, both manmade pollutants emitted predominantly in the Northern Hemisphere's low- to mid-latitudes, are most likely pushing the boundary of the tropics further poleward in that hemisphere, new research by a team of scientists shows. While stratospheric ozone depletion has...

Heavy Rains, Extreme Flooding Doubled In Midwest Over 50 Years
2012-05-17 09:58:35

The Midwest has experienced an increase in extreme rainfall and severe flooding over the last half century and authorities need to take steps now to minimize the impact of these events, two environmental groups said in a report released Wednesday. The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in their report -- Doubled Trouble: More Midwestern Extreme Storms -- said severe storms that led to devastating and costly flooding in many Midwestern...

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2012-05-14 03:00:12

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from May 11-13, 2012: Saturday was fairly quiet. However, we did see a waterspout off the coast of Florida which made its way on shore causing some damage in the panhandle. On Sunday, the severe weather shifted back into Western Texas and New Mexico with one reported tornado in New Mexico and multiple damaging wind reports in New Mexico and Western Texas. Big Story Weather Outlook for May 14: Low pressure moving into the...

2012-05-03 16:04:00

UD's long-term monitoring shows 60 percent reduction in acidity of Delaware rain Several decades ago, precipitation in Delaware was among the most acidic in the country. Pollutants in the air reacted with rainwater to sprinkle sulfuric, nitric and carbonic acids onto the ground below, affecting crops and ecosystems statewide. The scientific consensus is that pollution controls enacted through the Clean Air Act Amendments in the 1990s and other measures have helped decrease the acidity...

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2012-04-19 04:00:02

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from April 18, 2012: A few snow showers fell over the western portion of Wyoming yesterday. Also, heavier showers along the Mid-Atlantic region highlighted yesterday´s weather. Big Story Weather News for April 19, 2012: High pressure over eastern Canada will influence the Northeast with mostly cloudy skies and cooler temps. Low pressure moving off the southeast coast will provide an area of showers in the Carolinas and also...


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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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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