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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...

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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,...


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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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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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