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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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2012-06-28 03:00:05

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from June 27: The heat that encompassed three fourths of the country from the Rockies into the Ohio River Valley was the big story of the day. Temps yesterday hit 110+ in a few places in Kansas. Along with that we saw Heat Index values near 115F for many other places. Another major story was the dry weather that has plagued the Western Rockies and Northern Plains leading to large forest fires that are having large impacts....

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2012-06-26 03:00:02

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from June 25: Three major events over the last 24hrs dominated the weather over the United States. First, Tropical Storm Debby continues to wreak havoc on Florida. Pretty much the entire state is dealing with massive flooding, strong winds and high seas. Secondly, was the severe weather over the Northern Rockies which brought multiple warnings overnight for the region. The third impact is the heat that is building up over the...

Lightning Safety Awareness Week
2012-06-26 06:33:07

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly The week of June 24-June 30 is noted as “Lightning Safety Week”. So what are some things that you can do when you hear the first crackle of thunder? One of the first things to do is take cover inside a shelter such as a house, garage or even patio. The next thing you can do to help prevent injury is not run for cover under a tree or object outside that can easily be attracted to lightning. A third thing is try to avoid using appliances and...

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2012-06-18 03:00:06

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from June 15-17: On Friday there was a tornado reported in Eastern Colorado. There were also multiple hail reports, with the largest report coming from the Miami, Florida area at an estimated 3 inches in size. The strongest wind report was estimated at 82 mph near the station of KQMG in New Mexico. As for Saturday ,the tornado count was estimated at one in Southeast Colorado northeast of Pritchett. The largest hail stones on the day...

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2012-06-15 03:00:07

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from June 14: A few tornadoes were reported in Kansas and Colorado yesterday. There was significant wind damage all the way from Minnesota southwestward back into Oklahoma and Texas. A second area of strong thunderstorms developed along the Northern Gulf Coast from Florida and traveled all the way over into Louisiana. The storms in Alabama did significant damage to homes and trees. The largest hail report came from Nebraska with hail...

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2012-06-14 03:00:17

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from June 13: The big story from Italy is the tornado that hit Venice on the 12th of June. Also yesterday we saw no tornadoes in the US, however there was plenty of wind and hail reports through the Carolina´s and also back in Western Louisiana and Eastern Texas and then into the Northern Plains in places like South Dakota and North Dakota. Big Story Weather Outlook for June 14: Partly to mostly cloudy skies expand from...


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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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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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