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Storm Damage In Northeast South Dakota
2012-06-18 19:17:29

On June 17, 2012 a line of strong storms began to develop around 5pm CDT. These storms started forming multiple funnel clouds with one confirmed tornado that hit near a small town called PeeverSD. The size of the tornado has not been confirmed yet. There is one report of damage of a pickup truck and trailer thrown into the ditch off the I-29 interstate. Also multiple houses have loss portions...

Difference Between Onshore And Offshore Flow
2012-07-16 11:34:51

Onshore flow describes the movement of any weather feature moving towards the shore. The most common weather features that are affiliated with onshore flow are Hurricanes and the daily sea breeze. What happens with a hurricane is the Northeast side of the storm will produce winds out of the Southeast to South which will force the ocean water (Storm Surge) towards the coast along with all the...

Polar Front Jet on the Water Vapor Image
2012-07-10 17:35:31

Water vapor satellite is used to identify moisture in the atmosphere. We can also use it to help us identify the Polar front Jetstream. The Jetstream is outlined in the above image with a red line. As you can see it travels through an area of black or what we refer to as dry air. The reason the polar front jet travels through dry air is that the winds associated with this jet can exceed...

Tornado hits Perth Australia
2012-07-10 16:50:37

June 7, 2012: Perth Australia was hit by a tornado. Tornadoes occur anywhere in the world when the conditions are right and this is a great example of hitting in a unique location. When we think of tornadoes Australia is not the first place that comes to most of our minds. However, it is not uncommon for tornadoes to hit in Australia, they just don’t hit as often as in the United States....

Marine Time Tropical Air Mass
2012-07-05 11:07:28

Marine time tropical air mass is made up of moist and warm conditions. The warm air from the tropics and the moisture source of the ocean create this type of air mass. This air mass is responsible for creating a very moist and uncomfortable feeling during the summer months along the Gulf Coast of the United States. This air mass is at its strongest during the summer months. Marine time...

A Cold Front On The Weather Map
2012-06-18 21:09:52

Looking at our weather map above we can see a cold front moving through the states of Oklahoma and Kansas. The major thing about a cold front is the weather it can bring with it. The eastern side of the cold front provides two chances to receive precipitation. The first one is known as a squall line which usually forms some 50-150 miles ahead of the cold front. The squall line can be...

A Warm Front On The Weather Map
2012-06-18 16:42:53

If you look at our weather map above you see a warm front extending from Iowa into the Great Lakes region. What a warm front does is separate warm air from cool air. On the north side of the front the temps will be about 15-20 degrees cooler than on the south side of the front. The warm front is depicted on a weather map as having red half circles. The reason for using half circles it...

Weather Terminology
2012-06-05 12:02:27

Here are a few basic weather terms that you may have heard and don't know what they mean. Convection: Convection means that an area of t-storms has developed in an unstable part of the atmosphere. Zonal flow: This Term is used when talking about the jet stream. Zonal means that the strong winds at about 20-30,000ft are blowing west to east. This is important in weather because these types...

Components Of A Super Cell Thunderstorm
2012-05-21 08:09:58

So what makes a super cell thunderstorm so special? It is the way that they are made and what it takes for them occur. It takes three types of air coming together to form these monster cells. The first is the warm moist air rising in from the Gulf of Mexico. Second is the drier air moving in from the desert southwest and the third is the cold air coming in from the Rockies. When all three of...

Basic Understanding Of A Weather Map
2012-05-10 09:20:01

Weather maps can hand drawn or computerized. Weather products are distributed to the public for their awareness.. A blue H on a weather map stands for high pressure. If your location is on the eastern side of this blue H you can expect to see partly cloudy skies and light winds. If you are on the western side of the blue H it is possible to see mostly cloudy skies along with precipitation and...