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2013-10-04 04:00:55

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 3: Yesterday was a very active day from the perspective of severe weather and also winter weather. Severe weather consisted of 9 tornadoes over Eastern Nebraska along with hail the size of 2.75 inches and wind gusts around 60-70mph. Winter weather consisted of snowfall in excess of 1ft for parts of Wyoming. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 4: Surface Map: High pressure along the Mid-Atlantic coast...

Big Story Weather – October 1, 2013
2013-10-01 04:00:16

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 30: Another day of higher elevation snows, strong winds, heavy coastal rains and flooding for the Pacific Northwest. Severe weather was limited, however there was a rare tornado touchdown around the Seattle area. There were also damaging winds in western South Dakota between 60-85mph. Big Story Weather Discussion for October 1: Surface Map: High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will keep the region nice for...

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2013-09-30 04:00:50

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 27-29: A powerful fall storm slammed into the Pacific Northwest bringing gale force winds, damaging winds, heavy rainfall, flooding, and snowfall to the region. Severe weather was fairly limited over this past weekend with the 27th finding 1-inch hail in Kansas and wind gusts of 70-80mph in Nebraska. On Saturday, severe weather was limited to wind gusts of 50-60mph in Washington and Oregon. Sunday was a non-severe day...

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2013-09-27 04:00:28

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 26: The snow continued to fly over the Northern Rockies with some places seeing an additional foot of snow. Rainfall was heavy along the Pacific Northwest leading to flood watches as well. A cool, dry pattern was in place over most of the East, while Florida also began to dry out. Severe weather was very limited with no major events. Big Story Weather Discussion for September 27: Surface Map: High pressure...

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2013-09-26 04:00:33

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 25: The first significant snowfall of the season took shape over the Northern Rockies yesterday with places seeing more than six inches over Northwest Wyoming. Severe weather was very limited to a few reports the largest hail was in Western South Dakota at 1.75 inches, while the strongest wind gusts occurred over Florida at 50-60mph. Cold weather continued to hit the Northern tier states as the transition has begun....

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2013-09-25 04:00:12

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 24: The cold air began to filter in over the Northern Rockies as the snow began to fly overnight in some locations in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Expect more of that today. Severe weather was limited, however we did see 1.0-inch hail in Florida along with 60-70mph wind gusts in Montana. The cold air was prevalent over the Northeast as well with many places seeing frost and freezing conditions along with breezy weather...

Earth's Ocean Eddies Are Mathematically Similar To Black Holes In Space
2013-09-23 14:42:00

[ Watch the Video: Common Thread Between Black Holes And Ocean Eddies ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule and University of Miami found that some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are quite similar to the mysterious black holes of space. An ocean eddy is the swirling of a fluid and the reverse current created when the fluid flows past an obstacle. Our climate has influenced huge ocean eddies over 90-miles in...

Super-rapid Intensification Of Supertyphoon Usagi
2013-09-20 11:22:06

NASA The radar on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite captured an image of Supertyphoon Usagi near the end of a 24-hour period in which Usagi intensified by 65 knots. This is more than twice the commonly used 30-knot threshold for defining rapid intensification. The TRMM data was used to create a 3-D image. The data was collected at 1035 UTC/6:35 a.m. EDT on Thursday, September 19, 2013, when Usagi was at category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane intensity scale. ...

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2013-09-19 04:00:37

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 18: Yesterday we saw more heavy rainfall over portions of the Southwest US where flood warnings are in effect right now. There was also an increase in severe weather over the Northern Plains with many places in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota dealing with localized flooding this morning. Severe weather yesterday included 2-inch hail in both South Dakota and North Dakota. There were multiple wind damage reports...

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2013-09-18 04:00:46

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 17: High pressure over the East Coast brought a very cold night to the region as temps fell to the freezing point. Rainfall was heavy over the Southwest. We saw two tornadoes in Idaho, two inch hail in Utah, and damaging winds in Montana with gusts around 80-85mph. Big Story Weather Discussion for September 18: Surface Map: High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic region will bring cool temps and partly cloudy...

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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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