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NASA Sees Wide-eyed Tropical Cyclone Bruce
2013-12-20 14:06:51

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tropical Cyclone Bruce was still maintaining hurricane-force in the Southern Indian Ocean when NASA's Terra satellite passed over the eye of the storm. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument known as MODIS takes amazing visible and infrared images of tropical cyclones, among other things, and captured a good look into the eye of Bruce on Dec. 19 at 03:41 UTC. Although Bruce's eye seemed to have some high clouds, the eye was still...

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2013-12-20 04:00:11

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from December 19: A powerful storm system developed over the Rockies and left a good swath of snowfall over the Dakotas along with very cold temps that were well below zero overnight. Big Story Weather Discussion for December 20: Surface Map 11AM: Low pressure pushing into the Great Lakes is going to be the focus of a wide array of weather today. Snow showers will extend from Maine through Southeast Canada and back into...

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2013-12-19 04:00:40

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from December 18: Significant snow fell over the Rockies yesterday with some places getting over 6 inches. Cold air settled in over the Southeast US as frost and freeze watches/warnings were posted for parts of Florida and Georgia. Big Story Weather Discussion for December 19: Surface Map 11AM: High pressure pushing off the East Coast will bring another nice day to most of the Eastern US, while the next storm system...

NASA Sees Tropical Cyclone Amara's Stretched Out Eye
2013-12-18 15:02:18

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tropical Cyclone Amara's eye appeared elongated on satellite imagery from NASA on December 18. Tropical Cyclone Amara is spinning in the Southern Indian Ocean along with Tropical Cyclone Bruce, and both share elongated shapes. Even Amara's 10 nautical-mile-wide eye appeared stretched out. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument took a visible picture of the storm on December 18 at 09:05 UTC/4:05 a.m. EST that showed that the...

Tropical Cyclone Bruce Develops Near Cocos Island
2013-12-18 14:57:31

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center NASA's Aqua satellite flew overhead as the fourth tropical cyclone of the Southern Indian Ocean cyclone season developed today, December 18, while it was passing to the northwest of Cocos Island, Australia. The MODIS or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured Tropical Cyclone Bruce's developing eye in a visible image taken on Dec. 18 at 07:30 UTC/2:30 a.m. EST. Animated multispectral...

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2013-12-18 04:00:33

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from December 17: The Great Lakes and the Northeast dealt with another day of heavy snowfall and a new storm entered into the Northern Rockies. Big Story Weather Discussion for December 18: Surface Map 11AM: High pressure will slide into the Southeast US allowing for the slow return of southerly flow along the Gulf Coast which will warm temps back up today. Low pressure will begin to develop in the Rockies this afternoon...

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2013-12-16 04:00:29

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from December 13-15: This past weekend saw significant snows over the Northeast and the Eastern Great Lakes. Minimal severe weather took place in Northern Florida. Warmth returned to the Northern Plains as places finally rose above the freezing mark for the first time in over a week. Big Story Weather Discussion for December 16: Surface Map 11AM: An Alberta clipper system will push across the Northern Plains this...

Arctic Cyclones 40 Percent More Active Than Previously Believed
2013-12-12 08:58:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Approximately 1,900 Arctic cyclones occurred between 2000 and 2010 – 40 percent more than previously thought, according to research presented Thursday at the 2013 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California. The discovery that these storms are more common than previously believed could be important to those living anywhere in the region north of 55 degrees latitude, including the northern parts of...

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2013-12-11 04:00:22

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from December 10: More wintry weather was felt along the East Coast into the Northeast over the last 24 hours. Arctic air continued to pound a large portion of the country yesterday. However, the state of Florida looked and felt like summer while the rest of the country was freezing. Big Story Weather Discussion for December 11: Surface Map 11AM: A trailing cold front will push through the Northeast and the Eastern Lakes....

NASA Sees Tropical Cyclone Madi's Rainfall
2013-12-10 09:11:57

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tropical Cyclone Madi is headed for a landfall in southeastern India, and NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's TRMM satellite found that rainfall was heaviest north of the storm's center. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite known as TRMM captured data on Tropical Cyclone Madi's rainfall on Dec. 8 at 1144 UTC/6:44 a.m. EST. TRMM saw the bulk of the storm's rainfall was occurring north of the center of circulation and falling at...


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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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