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2012-07-11 05:37:43

Number of flash floods and forest fires could increase with temperature, says TAU researcher Researchers are working to identify exactly how a changing climate will impact specific elements of weather, such as clouds, rainfall, and lightning. A Tel Aviv University researcher has predicted that for every one degree Celsius of warming, there will be approximately a 10 percent increase in lightning activity. This could have negative consequences in the form of flash floods, wild fires, or...

2012-07-10 10:22:20

Shining light between drops makes thunderstorm seem like a drizzle Drivers can struggle to see when driving at night in a rainstorm or snowstorm, but a smart headlight system invented by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute can improve visibility by constantly redirecting light to shine between particles of precipitation. The system, demonstrated in laboratory tests, prevents the distracting and sometimes dangerous glare that occurs when headlight beams are...

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2012-07-09 03:00:50

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 6-8: A frontal boundary began to start moving through the Northern Plains finally bringing some relief from the heat to places like Chicago and Minneapolis. The front was also responsible for storms that brought hail and strong winds from the Northern Plains extending into the Mid-Atlantic back into the Southeast this past weekend. Big Story Weather Outlook: Partly cloudy skies and cooler weather will extend from the...

2012-07-06 23:02:35

Severe weather is usually described through any number of terms, some of which may be confusing. A water damage restoration expert provides insight into severe weather terminology. (PRWEB) July 06, 2012 Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration service in the country, is offering tips to property owners on how to better understand much of the terminology that is used by local meteorologists when it comes to severe weather reporting. Many times,...

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2012-07-06 03:00:00

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 5: The heat continued to impact many from the Plains eastward and also into the Southeast, where many places saw temps rise above the 100F mark and heat index values around 105-115F. The severe weather was found from the Mid-Atlantic all the way back into the Southeast and along the Gulf States with reports of wind and hail damage. Big Story Weather Outlook: The Northeast will still see a few lingering...

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2012-07-05 03:00:24

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 4, 2012: The heat was around in full force yesterday from the Plains all the way into the Southeast as temps again soared well into the upper 90´s with heat index values in the 100-110F range. The biggest severe weather threat yesterday was the winds with over 200 wind damage reports extending from Minnesota down southward into the Southeast. The strongest winds were concentrated in the Southeast portion of the United...

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2012-07-04 03:00:00

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 3, 2012: Yesterday´s big story was again the heat that spread from the Northern Plains all the way eastward into the power-less places like Maryland and West Virginia. Also, the heat spread further back into the Southeast for another day where heat index values topped 105F. The other side to the story was the severe weather which also occurred in the Southeast. The main threat was from wind damage, with places from...

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2012-07-03 03:00:27

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 2: Yesterday's weather consisted of a major squall line going through Northern Minnesota bringing with it a large area of wind damage. Other areas that saw wind damage were Tennessee and Kentucky.  A third area was associated with thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast and Northern Florida. The majority of the hail reports came from Minnesota with the size ranging from 1.0in to 1.75in based on National Weather Service...

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2012-07-02 03:00:32

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from June 29-July 1: The major story of the weekend was the heat that continued to affect well over 2/3 of the country from the Plains all the way east and south. This weekend´s temps were record breaking for many places as they topped out above 105F. A few places that did have the record heat were Memphis TN, St. Louis MO. Both of these places cleared well over 100F. Another major huge story from the weekend was the Derecho that...

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2012-06-29 03:00:39

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from June 28: The heat again was the big story with many places hitting the century mark, while others were dealing with Heat Index values well over 110. Severe weather was limited to the Chicago area and also over into Pittsburg with the primary storm reports being wind and hail damage. Big Story Weather Outlook for June 29: Low pressure will bring a few lingering thunderstorms to Northern Maine throughout the day. Otherwise,...


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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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