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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...

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2012-04-17 04:00:51

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from April 16, 2012: Yesterday saw snow flying in Northern Minnesota and I am afraid that is not the end of the snow yet, possibly more to come for some Northern Cities. A few strong t-storms around the Texas Gulf Coast led to hail and strong winds. Big Story Weather News for April 17, 2012: Mostly cloudy skies will be found for the majority of the Eastern seaboard today with temps in the 70´s south and upper 50´s...

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2012-04-12 04:00:10

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from April 11, 2012: The major weather stories of last night happened to be again in western Texas and Oklahoma. There were reports in Texas of 2-4 inches of hail covering the road, forcing the officials to close the roads for a period of time. Also a few tornadoes were spawned in western Texas. In the north it was the cold air that had settled in creating a frosty evening for many from the Plains eastward into the Northeast....

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2012-04-10 04:00:28

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from April 9, 2012: Overnight we saw a few reports of severe weather extending from the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. Other than that, is was a quiet day across the country. Big Story Weather News for April 10, 2012: Frontal boundary extending across the country  this morning is going to be the target for some active weather this afternoon. Look for isolated thunderstorms to stretch from Arkansas westward back into the...

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2012-04-09 06:49:34

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly In this lesson we are going to look at special features which are found on weather maps. The map we are going to look at is from 500mb. That is roughly about 18,000ft above the ground. So to understand this map we need to go over the lines first. The solid black lines that are going from west-east are known as isoheights which are lines of equal height. At 500mb we label these lines using three digits. For example if you look over by Seattle WA,...

2012-04-08 23:00:44

NewsWatch recently aired a story about a cutting-edge forecast system that can accurately predict within minutes when precipitation will reach the user's exact location, up to 3 hours in advance. It´s called RainAware, and it is an application that is currently available for the iPhone and iPad. Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) April 08, 2012 NewsWatch recently aired a story about a cutting-edge forecast system that can accurately predict within minutes when precipitation will reach the user's...

Big Story Weather – March 28, 2012
2012-03-28 08:23:30

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story news from March 27, 2012: There were some isolated severe weather reports from the Dakota´s southward into Texas yesterday, but overall it was fairly tranquil day. Out west another storm system was making its way onshore through the Pacific Northwest providing more coastal rains and also moderate mountain snows to the Cascades and Northern California. Big Story news outlook for March 28, 2012:  Strong low pressure center that is...

Image 1 - Weather Education Episode #3 - How Latitude Can Create Misleading Weather Forecasts
2012-03-27 06:06:05

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly In the past two chapters we saw how water topography impact the weather. For today's lesson we are going to look at how latittude also plays an important role in weather forecasting. Let´s take a look at Seattle, Washington, which happens to be our farthest north example here. Seattle is north so it should be the coldest of all our spots based on its latittude right? No. In this case Seattle´s latitude has little impact on its weather....

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2012-03-24 08:04:17

Red Orbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly The importance of water and how it affects the weather and forecasting, as well as climate impacts Region 1–West Coast/Pacific Ocean:  The Pacific Ocean brings cool waters along Washington, Oregon and California, which helps to keep summers mostly cool and winters relatively warm. A big area of high pressure is found in the Pacific which forces weather patterns to move toward Washington and Oregon, bringing above average rainfall...


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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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