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Hurricanes Become Less Threatening To US Coast, Based On Climate Models
2013-09-03 11:22:55

[ Watch the Video: Climate Change Could Push Hurricanes Away From The East Coast ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Recent studies have painted a pretty grim picture for future hurricane seasons, with more frequent and intense storms occurring in the Northeast due to a changing climate. Last year’s superstorm Hurricane Sandy was labeled as evidence of such climatic storms impacting the US Atlantic coast. However, a new study by researchers from Columbia...

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2013-08-30 04:00:35

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from August 29: The heat continued to bake the Plains yesterday from Dallas to North Dakota with temps in the 90’s and 100’s along with heat index values near 110. Severe weather was limited, however there were two tornadoes both in Minnesota. The largest hail was reported in Minnesota as well at 1.75 inches. The strongest wind gusts came from Montana and Utah in the 70-80mph range. Big Story Weather Discussion for August...

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2013-08-29 03:50:04

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from August 28: The heat impacted large areas of the Plains again yesterday with temps soaring over 100F and heat index values near 110. Severe weather was limited, however there were reports of hail around 1.75 inches in South Dakota along with wind gusts near 70-80mph in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Utah. Big Story Weather Discussion for August 29: Surface Map: High pressure over Eastern Texas will bring extensive...

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2013-08-28 04:00:23

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from August 27: The heat continued to hit the Northern Plains hard with many places seeing temps in the 98-103F range along with heat index values near 112F. Severe weather was limited to the largest hail at 1.75 inches in South Dakota and also 70-80mph wind gusts in Central South Dakota. Big Story Weather Discussion for August 28: Surface Map: The cold front will be pushing through the Great Lakes today bringing a few...

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2013-08-27 04:00:32

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from August 26: The heat continued across the High Plains with temps soaring into the 97-103F range along with heat index values near 110F. Severe weather was limited yesterday, however we did have very large hail in Minnesota at 3.75 inches in diameter. The strongest straight line winds came from North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona were all places saw gusts in the 60-65mph range. Warm weather continued out West along with dry...

NASA Sees Tropical Storm Kong-Rey Forming In Northwestern Pacific
2013-08-26 15:16:53

NASA The northwestern Pacific has generated its fourteenth tropical cyclone and NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the eastern side of the storm early on Aug. 26. Tropical Storm Kong-Rey formed from low pressure System 91W. It is located east of the northeast Philippines and bringing the region gusty winds, rains and rough seas today, Aug 26. Aqua passed over Tropical Storm Kong-Rey on Aug. 26 at 0432 UTC/12:32 a.m. EDT as it was strengthening from a tropical depression into a tropical...

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2013-08-26 04:00:02

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from August 23-25: A heat wave hit the Northern Plains hard over the weekend with many temps in the 95-100F range along with heat index values near 115. The Southwest picked up nice rainfall from Tropical Depression Ivo that moved across the Baja. A new tropical formed in the Southwest Gulf of Mexico and will make landfall in Mexico. Severe weather was fairly limited with no tornadoes over the weekend. The largest hail on Friday was...

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2013-08-22 04:00:14

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly. redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from August 21: The heat continued over the Western Plains and into the Rockies and the West Coast with many places around 5-15 degrees above normal. The severe weather was again limited. No tornadoes were reported. The largest hail came from Nebraska at 2.75 inches in diameter. The strongest winds also came out of Nebraska with gusts around...

2013-08-20 09:50:50

When enough raindrops fall over land instead of the ocean, they begin to add up. New research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that when three atmospheric patterns came together over the Indian and Pacific oceans, they drove so much precipitation over Australia in 2010 and 2011 that the world’s ocean levels dropped measurably. Unlike other continents, the soils and topography of Australia prevent almost all of its precipitation from running off into the...

Tropical Storm Unala Developed And Weakened Quickly
2013-08-19 15:07:01

NASA NASA's Aqua satellite has been busy capturing temperature data from developing tropical cyclones around the world. Aqua captured an image of Tropical Storm Unala in the central Pacific Ocean where it formed early today, Aug. 19. Over several hours, Unala moved into the northwestern Pacific where it quickly weakened to a depression. NASA's Aqua satellite caught Unala in the same image as Typhoon Storm Pewa, which is responsible for Unala's quick weakening. The two tropical cyclones...

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Tropical Storm Alberto Timeline
2012-05-24 08:26:54

Tropical Storm Alberto was named the first tropical storm of the Atlantic 2012 Hurricane Season on May 20th at 1200PM CDT. The location of the storm at this time was just to the southeast of South Carolina. The winds were estimated at 40kts gusting to 50kts. On May 20th at 0600PM CDT Tropical Storm Alberto had winds estimated at 45kts with gust to near 55kts. At this time the storm was just to the east of Savannah Georgia and was moving towards the southwest. May 21st at 0600PM CDT...

Weather Educartion: Impacts Of The Canadian High Pressure Center
2012-12-29 11:43:39

The Canadian High pressure center shifts into the United States throughout the year and has a major impact on the weather from season to season. In the summer when this high pressure moves in, the temps usually cool off by about 10-15 degrees. For example:  if the temp was 91F in Fargo, it would cool down into the 70s once this high moved in. The high also creates drier weather. In winter when this system moves in the weather pattern is the same in that the temps will drop and the air...

Polar Watch For Aug 29- Sept 4
2012-09-05 08:00:17

A look at the temps from the 4th show that another colder pocket of air is moving into the region. Aug 29: The max temps warmed to 1C, while the overnight lows dropped to 0C. Aug 30: A burst of colder air was over the polar cap as high temps only made it to -3C, and the overnight lows dropped to -6C. Aug 31: Brought a touch of warmer air back into the region as high temps rose back to 1C, while the overnight lows hit -2C. September 1: High temps again rose to 1C, while overnight lows...

Weather Pack For September 6, 2012
2012-09-06 08:00:38

Today on Weather Pack we are going to examine the surface wind around a mature low pressure system, which means that the low pressure has an occluded front associated with it. Yellow Star: The forecasted surface winds would be out of the Northwest as the flow behind the low is counter-clockwise. Green Star: Anyone that is forecasting for the green star would be looking at the winds coming from the South-Southeast just right ahead of the warm front of the low pressure system. Red...

Upper Air Map Identification for July 6, 2012.
2012-07-06 12:00:10

Looking at the upper air map for the entire region from Alaska to the Atlantic Ocean we can identify a few significant features. The first is the deep low height center over Alaska, this is telling us that at 30,000ft the air is rising upwards allowing for the surface low to still be gaining strength. Also if you look to the west of that closed low you will see what is referred to as a jet max getting ready to enter the base of the low height center. This will further amplify the low...

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