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2013-09-10 04:00:10

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 9: Yesterday was another hot day over the middle of the United States with temps soaring into the upper 90’s and heat index values near 105F. Flooding rains were also a big concern as places in the Rockies saw well over 3-5 inches of rainfall leading to large flash flooding events. Cold weather was a big impact as well with some places in the Northeast getting into the lower 30’s last night. Severe weather...

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2013-09-09 04:00:05

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 6-8: A very wet weekend with multiple areas of flooding rains that pushed from Montana into the Dakotas. There was also another round of frost over the Northeast over the weekend. Friday’s severe weather included 1.75 inch hail over North Dakota and Montana along with 75-85mph wind gusts in Wyoming. Saturday’s severe weather included 2.5 inch hail in South Dakota and wind gusts of 70-80mph also in South Dakota....

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2013-09-06 04:00:03

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 5: The heat continued over the Plains again with many places getting into the 90’s with heat index values near 105F. Severe weather was limited. The largest hail was 2.75 inches in South Dakota. The strongest winds came from storms over Oregon and Idaho with gusts around 60-70mph. The coldest evening lows occurred over Northern Minnesota and portions of the Eastern Lakes as temps fell into the 30’s. Tropical...

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2013-09-05 04:00:07

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 4: The heat continued to dominate a good portion of the Plains region. Cooler air began to slide in with the high pressure over the Great Lakes, the Eastern Plains, and the Northeast. Severe weather was limited to 2.0 inch hail over South Dakota along with 60-70mph wind gusts in Southern California. Big Story Weather Discussion for September 5: Surface Map: High pressure moving into the Great Lakes...

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2013-09-04 04:00:47

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 3: The heat returned to the Plains again yesterday. Severe weather was limited with no tornadoes reported. The largest hail was 1.75 inches in Maine. The strongest winds came from Utah with gusts around 60-65mph. There were also strong thunderstorms yesterday along the Gulf Coast. Big Story Weather Discussion for September 4: Surface Map: High pressure over the Mid-Mississippi Valley will keep the...

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2013-09-03 04:00:32

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 2: The heat continued yesterday over parts of Texas and the Northern Rockies where temps soared into the upper 90’s. Severe weather was limited with no tornadoes reported. The largest hail came from New York at the size of 2 inches and the strongest wind gusts also came from New York at 60-70mph. Big Story Weather Discussion for September 3: Surface Map: High pressure over the Ohio River Valley will...

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2013-09-02 04:00:56

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from August 30- September 1: The heat finally maxed out and has been replaced by cooler air over the Northern Plains, while the Southern Plains continued to bake. Severe weather was pretty widespread this weekend. On Friday two tornadoes were recorded - one in South Dakota and the other in North Dakota. The largest hail of the day was 3.0 inches which occurred in North Dakota. The strongest wind gusts at 75mph were reported in...

Understanding Desert Plant Migration
2013-08-30 13:24:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research shows that greater plant density allows more water to seep into the ground. This means that people living in dry climates where water is a limited resource could do well to plant dense patches of vegetation to allow more water into the ground. This research also explains why plants in semiarid and dry climates often grow in tight clusters and long bands across the soil. In his paper, which was published last month in...

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2013-08-30 04:00:35

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from August 29: The heat continued to bake the Plains yesterday from Dallas to North Dakota with temps in the 90’s and 100’s along with heat index values near 110. Severe weather was limited, however there were two tornadoes both in Minnesota. The largest hail was reported in Minnesota as well at 1.75 inches. The strongest wind gusts came from Montana and Utah in the 70-80mph range. Big Story Weather Discussion for August...

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2013-08-29 03:50:04

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from August 28: The heat impacted large areas of the Plains again yesterday with temps soaring over 100F and heat index values near 110. Severe weather was limited, however there were reports of hail around 1.75 inches in South Dakota along with wind gusts near 70-80mph in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Utah. Big Story Weather Discussion for August 29: Surface Map: High pressure over Eastern Texas will bring extensive...


Latest Rain 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 - Air Mass Thunderstorms
2013-01-13 10:30:47

Air mass thunderstorms are found in marine time tropical air. In short they are also known as MT Thunderstorms. Air mass thunderstorms represent what is known as the common three stage thunderstorm development. This means that an air mass thunderstorm goes through the stages of Cumulus which is represented by the updrafts only being present; secondly it moves into the mature stage where it has both updrafts and downdrafts; finally it goes into the dissipating stage where you see only the...

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...

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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