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2013-10-25 04:00:19

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 24: One of the big stories from yesterday was the lake effect snow that occurred downwind of the Eastern Great Lakes. Secondly, cold air has begun its plunge into the United States with many places seeing their first frost/freeze of the season. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 25: Surface Map 11AM: High pressure will dominate the weather from the Northern Plains to the Southeast and Gulf Coast along...

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2013-10-24 04:00:51

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 23: A few snow showers moved through the Northern Plains and the Great Lakes yesterday. The biggest story of the day, however, was the cold air that plunged into the Southeast and also portions of the Gulf Coast. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 24: Surface Map 11AM: A clipper system will move through the Great Lakes bringing light snowfall to the region. High pressure will build in over the Plains...

Big Story Weather – October 23, 2013
2013-10-23 04:00:27

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 22: No severe weather events were reported yesterday. The biggest news was the onset of cold air over a good portion of the United States from the Plains to the Gulf Coast as temps are beginning to fall to below average. Light snow was also recorded over the Plains and a pocket of lake effect snow setup over Michigan. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 23: Surface Map 11AM: Low pressure moving through...

Big Story Weather – October 22, 2013
2013-10-22 04:00:44

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 21: No major severe weather events were reported yesterday. There were a few snow showers over the Northern Plains with very little accumulation. The winds were very strong across the Great Lakes with gusts over 45mph. Frost and freeze conditions settled in overnight in portions of the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 21: Surface Map 11AM: Low pressure moving into the...

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2013-10-21 04:00:44

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 18-20: Severe weather was very limited over this weekend. There was some snow in the Northern Rockies. There were also some frost/freeze reports all the way down into the northern part of Alabama and Mississippi. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 21: Surface Map: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring rain showers to places like Chicago and around the lakes. Behind it a brisk area of...

Ocean Currents Responsible For Wetter Northern Hemisphere
2013-10-21 04:29:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Ocean circulation is responsible for causing more tropical rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere than in the southern part of the world, according to new research published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. Scientists have long known that the Northern Hemisphere receives the majority of this type of precipitation. For example, the researchers note that Palmyra Atoll, located at 6 degrees north, receives 175 inches of rain...

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2013-10-16 04:00:58

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 15: Heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours led to flooding over large portions of the Dakotas and portions of Western Texas. Snowfall continued over the Black Hills at around 1-3 inches. Colder air started to plunge into the Dakotas as well behind the cold front. No severe weather was reported yesterday. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 16: Surface Map: Low pressure over Southeast Canada along with the...

Vortices In Nature Affected By Earth's Rotation
2013-10-15 13:59:58

[ Watch The Video: Radiative Instability of a Geophysical Vortex ] American Institute of Physics French researchers develop sophisticated mathematical model to study the behavior of earthly vortices, like hurricanes and ocean currents What do smoke rings, tornadoes and the Great Red Spot of Jupiter have in common? They are all examples of vortices, regions within a fluid (liquid, gas or plasma) where the flow spins around an imaginary straight or curved axis. Understanding how...

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2013-10-15 04:00:35

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 14: Heavy snows fell overnight across portions of Eastern Wyoming and the Black Hills of South Dakota. Showers and thunderstorms fell over the Plains along the boundary with multiple flooding reports from the Dakotas to Texas. Severe weather was fairly limited to 1.25 inch hail in Nebraska along with 60-70mph wind gusts in Nebraska along with Kansas. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 15: Surface Map:...

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2013-10-14 04:00:01

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 11-13: This past weekend we saw yet another winter storm take shape which brought moderate snowfall to the Rockies. Severe weather on Friday was limited to a tornado over Western Minnesota. On Saturday a landspout formed over Texas along with 1-inch hail in Louisiana and wind gusts of 60-70mph over Texas. On Sunday found more damaging winds were found over Texas at around 60-70mph along with heavy snowfall over the...

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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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