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  • West Virginia meteorologist accused of shoving news anchor, fracturing her skull in fight

    08/31/2018 9:50:03 AM PDT · by Morgana · 114 replies
    FOX ^ | August 31, 2018 | Kathleen Joyce | Fox News
    A meteorologist who works at a West Virginia television station was accused of shoving a news anchor on Sunday and fracturing her skull. WSAZ-TV weather forecaster Chelsea Ambriz, 26, of Huntington, was charged with misdemeanor battery after she allegedly shoved station anchor Erica Bivens, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. Bivens suffered a ruptured eardrum and skull fracture after she was allegedly shoved down by Ambriz, the newspaper reported, citing a criminal complaint. It doesn’t say what caused the dispute or where it occurred.
  • Why Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?

    01/04/2018 5:38:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Slate ^ | JAN. 3 2018 | Geoff Fox
    We’ve gotten better, but there are still a lot of calculations at play.How much is it going to snow Thursday? As a meteorologist, the bane of my existence is predicting snow. It is the most difficult forecast I make with dozens of different ways it can go wrong. More troubling, it’s probably the forecast most scrutinized before and after the fact. But why? What is it about snow that makes it so tough to pin down? Though temperatures at ground level are important, the critical numbers for assessing snowfall are much higher up in the atmosphere. We’re looking for ice...
  • Why Modern Meteorologists Use a 19th-Century Crystal Ball

    04/22/2016 12:04:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | April 19, 2016 | Ella Morton
    Crystal balls at the South Pole. (Photo: Eli Duke/CC BY-SA 2.0)It sounds like the premise for a riddle: At the South Pole are two crystal balls that provides unfailingly accurate information—not about the future, but about the past. This is no trick. It's just meteorology. The dual glass spheres at the South Pole are Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorders, orbs that capture the number of hours of direct sunlight each day, as well as its intensity.Sunshine recorders first came about in the 1850s, thanks to John Francis Campbell—the Campbell in Campbell-Stokes. Around 1853, Campbell, a Scottish author who focused on Celtic folklore, developed a desire to quantify...
  • 'Dr. George' Fischbeck dies at 92; popular weatherman at KABC-TV

    03/25/2015 3:12:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 25, 2015 | Valerie J. Nelson
    George Fischbeck, a science teacher turned weatherman who joined KABC-TV in 1972 and spent nearly two decades exuberantly delivering the local forecast, has died. He was 92. Fischbeck, who was known as "Dr. George," died of natural causes early Wednesday morning at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills, his daughter, Nancy Fischbeck, said. A trained meteorologist, George Fischbeck was so enthusiastic about his subject that he sometimes forgot to talk about the next day's weather.
  • NASA Admits That Winters are Going to Get Colder…Much Colder

    03/03/2015 9:48:29 AM PST · by Perseverando · 67 replies
    D.C. Clothesline ^ | November 18, 2014 | Chris Carrington
    The Maunder Minimum (also known as the prolonged sunspot minimum) is the name used for the period roughly spanning 1645 to 1715 when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time. Like the Dalton Minimum and Spörer Minimum, the Maunder Minimum coincided with a period of lower-than-average global temperatures. During one 30-year period within the Maunder Minimum, astronomers observed only about 50 sunspots, as opposed to a more typical 40,000-50,000 spots. (Source) Climatologist John Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, thinks that last year’s winter, described by USA Today as “one of...
  • A US Navy satellite used to provide real-time weather reports has exploded in space.

    03/02/2015 7:56:18 PM PST · by CMB_polarization · 110 replies
    Sky News ^ | 2 march 2015 | sky news
    The US Air Force confirmed that the 20-year-old Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 (DMSP-F13) suffered a "catastrophic event". It shattered into 43 pieces following a sudden temperature spike which triggered the loss of its altitude control. The event happened on 3 February but the incident has only just came to light following questions from website Space News.
  • Weather Research Survey: University of Oklahoma?

    02/17/2015 5:57:01 PM PST · by DBCJR · 7 replies
    We are from the School of Meteorology and we invite you to participate in our research project entitled Tornado Warning Communication and Response. This research is being conducted at The University of Oklahoma. You were selected as a possible participant because you received the link to the online survey. What is the purpose of this research? The purpose of this research is to study how different individuals respond to severe weather communication. What will I be asked to do? If you agree to be in this research, you will answer 10 questions regarding severe weather communication, each with multiple parts....
  • What Catastrophe?

    01/07/2014 10:58:46 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 7, 2014 | Ethan Epstein
    When you first meet Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, leading climate “skeptic,” and all-around scourge of James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Al Gore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and sundry other climate “alarmists,” as Lindzen calls them, you may find yourself a bit surprised. If you know Lindzen only from the way his opponents characterize him—variously, a liar, a lunatic, a charlatan, a denier, a shyster, a crazy person, corrupt—you might expect a spittle-flecked, wild-eyed loon. But in person, Lindzen cuts a rather different figure. With his...
  • Birmingham, Huntsville part of nation's highest-risk tornado corridor, study by UAH researcher finds

    09/21/2013 2:05:19 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 28 replies ^ | September 20, 2013 | Paul Gattis
    HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The greatest risk of being impacted by a significant tornado in the United States is in a Deep South corridor that includes Huntsville and Birmingham, not the Great Plains region of Oklahoma and Kansas, according to a study co-authored by a University of Alabama in Huntsville researcher. The research paper was written by Tim Coleman, an adjunct professor and researcher in the Earth Systems Science Center at UAH, and Grady Dixon, an associate professor of meteorology and climatology at Mississippi State University. The paper is scheduled to be published by the American Meteorology Society's Weather and Forecasting,...
  • Huge Texas supercell storm captured in amazing timelapse by photographer ...

    06/18/2013 1:11:32 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 12, 2013 | James Daniel
    Huge Texas supercell storm captured in amazing timelapse by photographer who spent four years chasing phenomenon It doesn't take much to be reminded of the power of mother nature, but even at her most ferocious there can still be beauty. A spectacular video was captured by photographer Mike Olbinski near Booker, Texas, after four years of searching for such a stunning supercell thunderstorm.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Supercell Thunderstorm Over Texas

    06/18/2013 3:22:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | June 18, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Is that a cloud or an alien spaceship? It's an unusual and sometimes dangerous type of thunderstorm cloud called a supercell. Supercells may spawn damaging tornados, hail, downbursts of air, or drenching rain. Or they may just look impressive. A supercell harbors a mesocylone -- a rising column of air surrounded by drafts of falling air. Supercells could occur over many places on Earth but are particularly common in Tornado Alley of the USA. Pictured above are four time lapse sequences of a supercell rotating above and moving across Booker, Texas. Captured in the video are new clouds forming...
  • New Engineering Study Finds No EF5 Damage in Joplin

    06/10/2013 10:11:45 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 14 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | Jun 10, 2013 | AP
    JOPLIN, Mo. — A new engineering study of the damage caused by the May 2011 tornado that struck Joplin found no evidence that it was an EF5, as the National Weather Service found, because the city's homes and businesses weren't built to withstand wind speeds that strong, making such a determination impossible. The study by the American Society of Civil Engineers found that more than 83 percent of the damage on May 22, 2011, was caused by winds of 135 mph or less, which is equal to the maximum wind speed of an EF2 tornado, and that about 13 percent...
  • How did storm chaser Tim Samaras, one of the safest, most cautious chasers, get killed in a tornado?

    06/05/2013 3:45:55 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 39 replies ^ | 6/3/2013 | Kim Nguyen
    DENVER - The news of the deaths of storm chasers Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras, and veteran chasing partner Carl Young have stunned the storm chasing and weather science community and left many questions unanswered. How did this happen to one of the most cautious and safest storm chasers in the country? How did the team find themselves trapped in a tornado? What happened? "He was just caught up in a very unfortunate situation, where he was tracking a tornado and the tornado turned against him and there was no way he could get out from it," Tim's brother,...
  • Busting out all over: Black mob violence

    04/12/2013 4:50:42 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 133 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/12/2013 | Colin Flaherty
    (Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.) Welcome to the new normal: Large-scale black mob violence is busting out in Philadelphia, Chicago, Utica, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Wilmington (Delaware), Greenville (South Carolina),...
  • Mystery 'alien' block of ice found in Milovice forest, Czech Republic

    07/24/2011 8:26:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    Metro UK ^ | July 22nd, 2011 | unattributed
    A mysterious ice ball has appeared in Milovice forest in the Czech Republic, with some reports suggesting it could be an 'alien' object. The giant hailstone measures an impressive 2m in diameter, according to the Examiner, and a witness was able to take a video of the spectacle to pop up on YouTube. This supposed 'alien' ice block was discovered in the Czech Republic (YouTube) Judging by the shakiness of the film, the witness presumably believes it really could be some form of UFO, a view seemingly supported by the news provider, which received a tip-off about it from...
  • Taiwan: Two Suns in the Sky (bad omen?)

    03/05/2011 3:37:05 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 03/05/11
    Footage from Taiwan's CTV. Reportedly seen from Peng-hu Islands. Explained as an instance of sundog. Some fear that this is a bad omen heralding "the end of the world."
  • Mysterious Night-Shining Clouds Getting Brighter

    01/28/2011 9:05:16 AM PST · by The Comedian · 34 replies ^ | 27 January 2011 Time: 06:31 PM ET | OurAmazingPlanet
    After the sun sets on a summer evening and the sky fades to black, you may be lucky enough to see thin, wavy clouds illuminating the night, such as these seen over Billund, Denmark, on July 15, 2010. Clouds bright enough to see at night are not as hard to find as they once were. These so-called night-shining clouds are still rare — rare enough that Matthew DeLand, who has been studying them for 11 years, has seen them only once. But his odds are increasing. [Related: In Images: Reading the Clouds.] These mysterious clouds form between 50 and...
  • Bastardi’s Wager - A former National Weather Service meteorologist has a challenge for climate...

    01/14/2011 9:51:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | January 14, 2011 | Matthew Shaffer
    Bastardi's WagerA former National Weather Service meteorologist has a challenge for climate scientists. Joe Bastardi’s great love is atmospheric science. He says he’s been fascinated by it “since I was a baby. My dad’s a meteorologist, his great-grandfather was the town weatherman in Sicily, and my son wants to be a meteorologist.” And he’s disturbed by how the science, which he values for its own sake, has been infected with politics. According to Bastardi, the intelligentsia see new weather developments as an “incessant stream of confirmations” of global warming: “I just took out the New York Times from ten years...
  • Read the clouds for backcountry weather report

    11/30/2010 5:27:59 PM PST · by thecodont · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Sunday, November 28, 2010 | Tom Stienstra
    A cloud that looked like a spaceship settled on Mount Shasta in the north state Wednesday morning, and then in the next hour spread out with a trailing edge to the south that looked like an exhaust plume. At Lake Tahoe in the central Sierra, after a crystal, cold morning with azure skies, wispy thin clouds, almost unnoticeable at some 30,000 feet, were cast like streamers. In both cases, the clouds predicted the weather to come. Nature has many crystal balls. If you want to know local weather on your adventures, look to the clouds. There are other signs as...
  • Scientists and Weathercasters at Odds on Warming

    03/29/2010 3:04:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies · 675+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2010 | Leslie Kaufman
    The debate over global warming has created predictable adversaries, pitting environmentalists against industry and coal-state Democrats against coastal liberals. But it has also created tensions between two groups that might be expected to agree on the issue: climate scientists and meteorologists — especially those who serve as television weather forecasters. Climatologists, who study weather patterns over time, almost universally endorse the view that the earth is warming and that humans have contributed to climate change. Meteorologists, who predict short-term weather patterns, are not so sure. Joe Bastardi, for example, a senior forecaster and meteorologist with AccuWeather, maintains that it is...