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2013-10-30 04:00:58

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 29: No severe weather reported was reported yesterday, however, the winter side of the storm brought snowfall totals that ranged from 2-4 inches in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Utah. 2-5 inches of snow fell in parts of Nevada. New Hampshire also received around 1-2 inches in the higher elevations. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 30: Surface Map 11AM: High pressure off the Mid-Atlantic coast...

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2013-10-29 04:00:44

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 28: Severe weather was limited to wind gusts over Wyoming in the 60-70mph range along with a large hail report from Oklahoma at 1.75 inch. Winter weather made a big impact yesterday with many places getting heavy snowfall over the Rockies and into portions of the Northern Plains. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 29: Surface Map 11AM: High pressure over Southeast Canada will bring partly cloudy skies...

Pacific Ocean Temperatures Could Predict Where Tornadoes May Strike
2013-10-18 14:14:05

[WATCH VIDEO: Predicting Tornadoes] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When and where a tornado will strike is extremely hard to predict, but weather researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia have found temperatures in the Pacific Ocean could be used to predict where tornado-causing storms might strike. According to the research team of Laurel McCoy, a graduate student researcher, and Tony Lupo, a meteorology professor and chair of atmospheric science in...

2013-10-18 10:06:18

Due to rising sea levels, smaller storms could produce significant flooding Almost a year after Hurricane Sandy, parts of New York and New Jersey are still recovering from billions of dollars in flood damage. Tufts University geologist Andrew Kemp sees the possibility of damage from storms smaller than Sandy in the future. "Rising sea levels exacerbate flooding," says Kemp. "As sea level rises, smaller and weaker storms will cause flood damage." An assistant professor in Tufts'...

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2013-10-18 04:00:18

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 17: No severe weather was reported over the past 24 hours. There was, however, some sharp cold air marching into the Plains and extending southward towards Western Texas behind the frontal boundary. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 18: Surface Map: A weak upper level disturbance and the cold air associated with the high pressure will bring a line of showers and thunderstorms from the Northeast to the...

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2013-10-07 04:00:44

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 4-6: Tropical Storm Karen fizzled out before making landfall near Southern LA allowing for a few locations along the coast to get around 2-3 inches of rainfall with winds of less than 40mph. The system has been absorbed into the cold front. Severe weather was huge this past weekend. There were multiple strong tornados over Nebraska and Iowa with a few on the higher end of the scale on Friday night. Tornadoes were also...

Climate Models Help Researchers Understand Atmospheric Electricity
2013-10-04 08:51:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A detectable electrification of the air is caused by electrical currents born from thunderstorms. These currents flow through the atmosphere around the globe, even in places with no thunderstorm activity. Until recently, however, science has not had a good explanation for how conductivity varies throughout the atmosphere and how that may affect the path of the electrical currents. A new study led by the University of Colorado...

2013-10-03 23:28:41

Using a low profile Federal program called Qualified Zone Academy Bonds or QZAB states have millions of dollars still available in QZAB funds. NEF offers $100 million in matching grants for schools using QZAB for tornado “safe rooms”. (PRWEB) October 03, 2013 Moore Public Schools in Oklahoma has been hit twice in the last decade by “killer tornadoes” which devastated school buildings and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Besides several deaths of school children, many other...

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2013-10-02 04:00:47

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 1: No severe weather reported yesterday, however snowfall was reported over the Northern Rockies with places in Wyoming and Montana seeing around 1-3 inches and some places even more. Breezy conditions also set up over the Northern Plains with wind gusts over 50mph in Western North Dakota. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 2: Surface Map: High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will bring partly cloudy...

Global Warming Driving Severe Thunderstorms
2013-09-24 09:36:10

[ Watch the Video: Thunderstorms Could Become More Severe In The US ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The risk of severe thunderstorms capable of producing extreme amounts of precipitation and tornadoes is expected to increase in frequency in the US, according to new research published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Weather disasters, including severe thunderstorms, caused more than $1 billion worth of economic...


Latest Storm Reference Libraries

Geo Tracker
2014-04-13 08:16:40

Geo was a brand of small cars produced by General Motors as a subdivision of Chevrolet from 1989 to 1997. The company was formed by GM to compete in the small import market of the mid 1980s. After the 1997 model year the remaining Geo models were given the Chevrolet name. Fading sales during the 1990s resulted in the last vehicle of the former Geo line, the Tracker, to be discontinued in 2004. Geo models were manufactured by GM but in partnership with three Japanese automakers. The Prizm...

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 - Super-cell Thunderstorms
2013-01-13 09:51:18

In this lesson we are going to take a look at super-cell thunderstorms and what they mean and how they impact our daily lives. First, a super-cell thunderstorm is formed from a cumulus-nimbus cloud.  Super-cell thunderstorms are the most advanced form of thunderstorms known on earth. This is because these types of thunderstorms need so many things to come together in the atmosphere at the same time. The first thing they need is the warm moist air at or near the surface. Secondly, is...

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...

ENSO Impacts on Baltimore Tornado Count
2012-12-29 12:12:03

ENSO has an impact on the severe weather across the United States.  As we look at the above graph we see that the area of Baltimore is impacted by ENSO and its tornado count. The stats are for the described years to the left of each bar. During a La-Nina the tornado count picks up for the region; within 50 miles of the city up to 9 tornadoes occurred during the 2000 event. The 2010 EL-Nino set into the region and the tornado count dropped to around 4 tornadoes within 50 miles of the...

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