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Wild Weather In 2012 Makes For Second Costliest Year In History
2013-06-13 15:49:09

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) has crunched the numbers and has a final figure. According to the data, a year of wild weather made 2012 the second costliest year since 1980, incurring overall damages in the billions. A total of 11 weather and climate disasters hit the US hard last year, resulting in 377 deaths and $110 billion in damages. 2005´s hurricane heavy weather (four hurricanes, including Katrina, made...

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2013-06-13 04:00:19

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from June 12: A strong line of storms moved from Iowa all the way into the Ohio River Valley. This line of storms was responsible for a large swath of severe weather from large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes. The heat continued in the Southwest and also the Southern Plains, also pushing into the Southeast with many places in the 90-115F...

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2013-06-12 04:00:42

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from June 10-11: Severe weather impacted a good portion of the Mid-Atlantic region with tornadoes, heavy rain and also hail along with flooding rains. Severe weather also hit the Northern Rockies through the Northern Plains with large hail, heavy rains and isolated tornadoes. The heat wave continued to impact the Southwest with places soaring...

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2013-06-10 04:00:27

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from Jun 7-9: Severe weather was again over portion of the Plains this past weekend with a few tornadoes, more wind damage and large hail being reported. The second big impact from the weekend was the tropical storm that made landfall in Florida and moved up the East Coast bringing copious amounts of rainfall which lead to flooding and small...

Pollution, Storms And Climate: NASA Mission Investigates How They Interact
2013-06-07 11:09:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online To investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate, NASA´s DC-8 and ER-2 science aircraft will take flight over the southern US this summer. This will be the most complex NASA airborne science campaign of the year drawing together coordinated observations from NASA satellites, aircraft and an array of ground sites. The...

2013-06-06 23:20:45

Wildfires are a growing scourge in southern California, and Filmmaker Eric Williams is working overtime to educate and raise awareness of fire-proof and stormproof homes already built and withstanding nature´s wrath with his documentary, “The Safest House”, Part 1. HOLLYWOOD, California (PRWEB) June 06, 2013 As Andrea, the first named tropical storm of 2013, forms in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 2,100 firefighters in southern California battle a 30,000-acre blaze in...

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2013-05-31 04:00:50

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from May 30: Another active severe weather day with around 16 tornadoes spread across Oklahoma, Arkansas and an isolated one in Illinois. Oklahoma saw five and Arkansas ten. Hail was a huge problem again with these storms. The largest recorded hail of the day comes out of Oklahoma with the size of 4.25 inches - equivalent to the size of a...

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2013-05-30 04:00:13

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from May 29: A very busy day yesterday. 23 tornados were reported with Nebraska having the most, while Kansas had four and OK, WI, IA, TX all having one each. Large hail again dominated the severe sector with the largest reported hail at 2.75 inches which occurred in Oklahoma. Damaging winds occurred all through this region with the strongest report...

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2013-05-29 04:00:01

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from May 28: Yesterday was another busy severe weather day with 18-20 reported tornadoes covering the states of Texas, Kansas, Michigan and Nebraska. Large hail was also a problem with Kansas coming in with hail around 4 inches, while Amarillo TX also saw hail around 2.75 inches. Damaging winds hit as well. The first report comes from Kansas with...

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2013-05-28 04:00:26

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from May 27: Another day of severe weather over the Plains region with large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes over Kansas especially. Cooler weather dominated the Northeast, while warm and muggy weather hit the Southeast and Gulf Coast. Big Story Weather Discussion for May 28: High pressure along the Southeast will bring nice...


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Weather Model Discussion:  How To Use Surface Dew-points For Weather Forecasting Purposes
2013-01-29 08:53:47

Surface Dew-points can play a huge role in weather forecasting. The first such role is that it helps determine the amount of moisture in the atmosphere for a given point. If we look at the current dew-point map above from January 28, 2013 we can note several things of interest. First, if we look at where the black circle is around the number 70, we can make note that this air right off the coast of Texas is at a dew point of 70F. The temperature outside must be above 70F, because the...

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...

Post Weather Report From September 5, 2012
2012-09-06 08:00:50

September 5: The southwest was encompassed in the monsoon rains yesterday bringing areas of flash flooding to portions of Arizona. Another smaller but large flooding event occurred along the Mississippi Gulf Coast where places in Jackson County received 7inches of rainfall in 2 1/2hours which lead to large flooding problems of already saturated grounds from Isaac-1. The heat persisted in Eastern Texas and into Louisiana and northward into Arkansas as some places felt temps hit the100’s with...

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