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2012-08-02 12:00:14

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Afternoon Tropical Update for Aug 2, 2012: Good Afternoon, as we continue through this hurricane season we have seen things really quiet over the months of June and July. However, August looks like it´s going to bring changes. The images below depict the current satellite imagery and also the spaghetti plot models of our Tropical Depression. It is important to remember that this system is still early in its developing stages. The storm is forecasted...

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2012-07-31 03:00:59

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 30: The heat was found in the Southeast and Gulf Coast region yesterday. Many places got into the upper 90´s to low 100´s with heat index values near 108-112. Along with the humidity, this made for really slow going Monday. Overnight a huge mesoscale convective system (MCS) developed on the eastern side of the ridge and began moving southward into the AL/GA area overnight bringing with it heavy rain and damaging...

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2012-07-30 13:00:03

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly TROPICAL UPDATE: 1:00PM CDT Tropical Update This afternoon as we look across the Western Pacific we continue to see Typhoon Saola turn its way just off the coast of Taiwan and make its way slowly northwest towards mainland China. The northwest section of Taiwan to include the city of Taipei can expect to continue seeing heavy rain along with strong winds as the estimated winds are around 65kts with higher gust. Tropical Storm Damrey continues...

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2012-07-27 04:00:41

Big Story Weather from July 26: The frontal boundary shifted a tad bit further east and was responsible for plenty of severe weather yesterday, as we had tornado reports in Southern New York along with hail reports from New York southward back into Ohio. Also a few hail reports also came out of Iowa. The major impact from this frontal boundary was the winds which extended from New York all the way south back into Texas and Oklahoma. A second area of strong winds developed into Georgia and...

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2012-07-26 03:00:09

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 25: The frontal boundary that extended from Michigan back towards Texas was responsible for strong wind damage across the entire region. A second area of strong wind was found with a cluster of storms that occurred in Southwest Georgia and Northern Florida. The heat continued to bake the drought stricken area and also the Southeast part of the United States as temps soared over 100 again. Big Story Weather Outlook...

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2012-07-24 03:00:02

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 23: The heat was on in the middle part of the United States as many places saw temps reach into the triple digits along with heat index values over 105. The majority of the severe weather was found in the Northeast yesterday extending down into the Mid-Atlantic. Along the frontal boundary, hail and wind damage were the primary reports.  Many hail reports came in over 1.5 inches and larger. Heavy tropical rains were...

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2012-07-23 03:00:44

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 20-22: Friday proved to be a fairly active day for severe weather with well over 80 damaging wind reports along with 30+ hail reports. The strongest winds were found in the Montana region. The largest hail was found in Western Oregon, Washington and parts of Idaho. Saturday brought one single tornado report in the far northwest portion of North Dakota along with many wind damage reports in Eastern Texas and more isolated...

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2012-07-19 03:00:33

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 18: The day provided for plenty of severe weather from tornadoes to large hail. A few sites are being evaluated by the NWS for potential tornado damage. As of this morning there were 2 tornadoes reported along the Southeast Coast of Georgia and in the Northwest region of Nebraska, with the NWS evaluating today this list may grow. Hail reports were numbered in the 80 plus range with the largest hail reported in the Northeast....

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2012-07-18 03:00:12

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 17: There was plenty of severe weather yesterday. A land spout (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landspout) was spotted in Western Kansas. Also, there were over 100 wind damage reports resulting in trees being uprooted and parts of house siding being taken off. The wind damage was found in Southeast Alabama eastward into the Florida Panhandle and then northward into Georgia and South Carolina. A second pocket of wind damage was...

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2012-07-17 03:00:43

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 16: Yesterday we saw damaging winds and storms spread through Virginia and the Carolina´s along with a pocket of storms back in the Northwest portion of South Dakota. Also, a few isolated wind and hail reports were found in the Southwest portion of the United States. The largest hail was recorded in Arizona and the strongest winds came from South Dakota. The heat hit the middle section of the country with multiple places...


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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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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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