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2012-11-23 04:00:46

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from November 22: Most of the United States enjoyed Thanksgiving Day with tranquil weather and plenty of sunshine, however some places around the Great Lakes dealt with some thick fog and many travel headaches. The Northern Plains saw some moisture in the form of snowfall over the region and the Pacific Northwest dealt with more showers and...

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2012-11-06 04:00:02

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from November 5: Yesterday the Pacific Northwest saw a cold front move on shore, providing for light rain west of the Cascades. The Southwest through the Southern Plains saw high pressure and mild temperatures, with light rain and a dusting of snow in the Northern Plains and Northern Rockies. The Central Plains experienced high pressure building in...

California No Stranger To Severe Weather
2012-11-02 11:06:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, climatologists from the University of California at Merced are warning that the West Coast could be in line for a superstorm of its own. “We can see very big storms, and there are a couple of issues related to climate change to think about,” said Roger Bales, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced. “Most of our biggest storms are snow storms, which builds up...

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2012-10-25 04:00:49

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 24: Severe weather was limited to one isolated report in Southwest Minnesota yesterday. Winter weather was in full steam with some total snowfall reports around 1-2 inches in the Black Hills of South Dakota along with 2-5 inches throughout the Sierra Nevada´s and also the Cascades. High pressure brought nice weather to the Southeast and also the Gulf Coast region. Weather Outlook for October 25: High pressure...

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2012-10-23 04:00:23

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 22: Severe weather hit the West Coast yesterday. A combination of heavy snowfall along with severe storms was found in California. This system was also responsible for producing tornadoes which hit in the Northern portion of California. One possibly hit in or near Sacramento. A few stronger storms produced hail in Central Texas and Southern Illinois. Snowfall amounts have varied from a few inches at the basins of the...

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2012-10-18 12:33:41

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly A potent weather system has been impacting regions from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Seaboard. Where did this thing start and why was it so strong? The first thing we will look at is the 300mb level upper level wind flow chart analysis which shows us the winds associated with the Polar Front Jet. The reason it is important to look at this chart is because we need to evaluate the strength of the cold air being pushed southward. (Image...

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2012-10-12 04:00:03

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 11: The upper level low that was over California brought some rain to the area for the first time in a while. Elsewhere a high pressure center over the East brought some of the coldest air of the year to the region. Tropical Storm Patty developed overnight and should continue to track southwestward over the next 24hrs. Weather Outlook for October 12: The continued development of the Southwestern Low will bring...

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2012-10-10 04:00:12

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 9: The big chill continued as it pushed south and east overnight into the Midwest and also the Tennessee River Valley. Behind it strong winds were in the range of 15-30mph over the Dakota´s pushing that colder air into the region. There were no major severe weather events on the day as most of the country was dry and cold. Weather Outlook for October 10: Frontal boundary moving through the Eastern Great...

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2012-10-08 04:00:31

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 5-7: The big story from the past three days has been the arrival of cold polar air into the United States. We are slowly going to see this modify before the next shot comes in later this week. Frost and freeze warnings have been expanded down into the Southern Plains and eastward across a good portion of the Ohio River Valley. Severe weather was very limited this past weekend due to all the colder air in place,...

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2012-09-28 04:00:44

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 27: Severe weather hit the frontal boundary hard yesterday as there were reports of tornadoes in both Colorado and PA. The hail was the big story as many places got hit hard with hail in Colorado. In some place there were reports of hail in depth on the ground making it look like snow. Weather Outlook for September 28: Stationary boundary will again extend from the Mid-Atlantic region all the way back...


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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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Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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