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Putting Earth’s Water Into Perspective

Putting Earth’s Water Into Perspective

| May 20, 2018 @ 4:30 am

DISCUSSION: Many people living around the world are consistently humbled by Earth’s oceans and their massive coverage area.  However, what is not readily apparent to many people is the fact that Earth’s oceans are actually relatively shallower with respect to the size and mass of the planet Earth itself.  In fact, as shown to scale in the image above (courtesy of research scientists from both the United States Geologic Survey and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration) […]

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Four Nor’easters Recently Wreaked Havoc on the East Coast of the United States

Four Nor’easters Recently Wreaked Havoc on the East Coast of the United States

| May 19, 2018 @ 4:30 am

DISCUSSION: Now that spring has officially begun, many in the northeast corridor of the United States are recuperating from the major snow storms to have battered the area. These storms are referred to as “nor’easters”. If you live anywhere else in the United States, or anywhere in the world for that matter, you may ask yourself, “what exactly is a nor’easter?” A nor’easter is a strong area of low pressure that often progresses along the Eastern Seaboar […]

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Relationship between Ocean Temperatures, Shear, and Tropical Cyclones

Relationship between Ocean Temperatures, Shear, and Tropical Cyclones

| May 18, 2018 @ 6:00 am

DISCUSSION: There is no question that as we approach the 2018 tropical Atlantic hurricane season, a primary thought for many millions of people living along the coastlines of the United States is whether they will be impacted the season by a landfalling tropical cyclone.  This is often a very difficult question to answer since it can often be very challenging to pinpoint the exact location of a given landfall at a given time during the tropical Atlantic hurricane season before t […]

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The Power of Changing the Little Things in Life

The Power of Changing the Little Things in Life

| May 17, 2018 @ 6:00 am

There is no question that as we had further into the 21st century, there will be an increasing need for mankind to develop even more sophisticated ways in which we can minimize our collective carbon footprint.  Having said that, it is worth noting that some of the biggest changes anyone can make in their personal lifestyle to make the biggest impact on the planet’s ultimate longevity and health are often relatively easy to make happen.  That is why, as opposed to constantl […]

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Importance of Hurricane Awareness/Preparedness

Importance of Hurricane Awareness/Preparedness

| May 16, 2018 @ 6:00 am

DISCUSSION: As the Northern Hemisphere gets closer and closer to the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, it is imperative to know that it only takes one storm to forever change your life, your family, and your community. On that note there are several things that a person can do well ahead of the impacts of any given tropical cyclone.  Before stating any of the preparation measures one can take, it is imperative to recognize the fact that no one is ever helpless whe […]

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So, How Does New Land Form Anyhow?

So, How Does New Land Form Anyhow?

| May 15, 2018 @ 5:36 am

Wanna see how a new island is made? Check out this fantastic show Mother Nature has put on in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in the Solomon Islands.

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Hail, No? Thunderstorms… in Juneau?

Hail, No? Thunderstorms… in Juneau?

| May 13, 2018 @ 6:00 am

A thunderstorm viewed from north Douglas Island, looking east towards Juneau on June 17, 2013. While the Great Plain states are gearing up for prime storm chasing season, Juneau skies remain quiet. While thunderstorms aren’t completely unheard of in southeast Alaska, they aren’t a common occurrence either. A case study on thunderstorm climatology performed by the National Weather Service office in Juneau found that between 1970 and 2011, Juneau observed 16 thunderstorms (or […]

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Understanding the Importance of the Dry Line in Severe Weather Threats (credit: Andrew Pritchard)

Understanding the Importance of the Dry Line in Severe Weather Threats (credit: Andrew Pritchard)

| May 12, 2018 @ 12:53 pm

The ebb and flow of the dryline as severe weather season finally begins on the American Great Plains. pic.twitter.com/Qba8N1QJ40— Andrew Pritchard (@skydrama) April 30, 2018DISCUSSION: As we get into the heart of the climatological severe weather season across the Central Plains region of the United States, many people get more and more engaged with the details pertaining to severe weather forecasts.  Of the many parameters and details which control the timing and magnitude of severe weat […]

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