01
Apr
14

Now that the quiet celestial season is nearly over…

Now that temperatures are finally warming up, the skies will be gradually heating up with celestial sites, including a meteor shower peaking April 21-22. They are called the Lyrids. All meteor showers are named based on the constellation that they appear to be originating from. It is a relatively minor shower, producing 10-20 per hour, typically…and are best seen by using your eagle eyes directly overhead (lying down is best), in the early morning hours after Midnight. So now, at this point, you need to watch my forecasts, to see if the weather will cooperate for those, and nearby, dates.
lyrid-meteors-sky-map

13
Mar
14

Wild Boar!

This post really has NOTHING to do with weather. But after 2 and a half years, I’m due for one of these. In fact, you will laugh, and be amazed! Do you recall the wild boar running free in downtown Utica…over a year ago? Well, when I read this story today, I immediately went back in my mind to that. Imagine…just take 30 seconds to sit back in your cubicle or work desk, and imagine…if this were the boar running through the streets then. Incredible!

http://news.yahoo.com/giant-hog-boar-hunter-caught-500-pounds-133815315.html

Utica Boar

13
Mar
14

Mr Nino is coming to dinner

With the west coast in a very long and very bad drought, and the Midwest and Northeast seeing the coldest weather in 20 years, anything that can shake up the atmosphere might be welcomed. Welcome back, El Nino. That’s the warming of ocean waters off the coast of South America. Expected to begin a new this year, it could mean more rain for the West/SW, and for next Winter, a more moderate pace in temperatures. It’s a long way off, and even this will result in bad news SOMEWHERE, you can be sure. But here’s the article for your consideration:

http://ravallirepublic.com/news/national/article_539d9194-a612-11e3-9d40-0019bb2963f4.html

ElNinoMeter

20
Feb
14

An ice age for the Lakes?

What’s that headline about? Well, with such a cold Winter so far, and a month to go, the Great Lakes are near record levels as far as ice surface coverage, about 88% overall. A brief warm up won’t dent it, and in fact, another (one final?) arctic plunge could put the Lakes up close and personal with record ice coverage before February is out.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20140217/great-lakes-nearing-record-ice-more-winter-ahead

And this also goes into the file regarding a late Spring…
We are now within a month of calendar Spring, and while my November forecast stands…(no early Spring……it’ll be cold and even snowy, through much of April)…I thought you might like some numbers on the Winter, so far. December was only 1 degree below mean, and within an inch of average snow, so that’s pretty normal. January, the pendulem swung, temp-wise, ending up a full 4 degrees below average, which is a lot. It didn’t (yet) result in more snow, as we came in at 19″, about 5″ below avg. February so far, is the most of both worlds, with 23″ of snow already (4″ over average, with 10 days to go), and temps WAY below average, at about 16F for the mean, vs the average of about 23F. Even with the warm up underway, it will get just as cold again next week, making the warm up a wash…so to speak…in terms of affecting February towards the positive. So, with March to go, it appears that the best call for Winter 2013-14 was for temps well below average (I forecasted slightly above, esp at night), and snow near average (which was my forecast). I’m happy with my forecast…it was a nearly average start to Winter, the snow will probably be on target, and it won’t be an early Spring, so it appears the only error was on overall temps.

Cold temps

Cold temps

11
Feb
14

Have you ever seen anything like this? (Not around here!)

I subscribe to a bevy of articles on line and on paper, related to weather, because it is both interesting, and provides material for you the viewer. (I probably read 10 articles and only post about one, so most of them are culled out because you would find them valuable only to help you get over insomnia.) Be that as it may, this was really neat. It is the effect of the cold and the Lakes to the west of us, particularly over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I would tell you more, but it will only take away from the pics and the article. I would like to see this for myself…and I suspect after reading this, you will agree for yourself!

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_25043097/lake-superiors-freezing-weather-is-making-amazing-ice

01
Feb
14

Are all snowflakes different?

I get questions about whether they are all different, I get questions on how/why they change shape.
The short answer to those is, with billions of flakes falling, they can’t ALL be different. And for the second, the colder the air, the more conservative the shape…till you get to “needles” or even “grains”. In any case, here’s an article on snowflake shapes…makes for a brief, interesting read.

http://www.redandblack.com/uganews/science_health/she-blinded-me-with-science-are-snowflakes-really-all-different/article_68c0b4fc-7bec-11e3-a3b4-0019bb30f31a.html#.UtUw97YB-sA.twitter

snowflake shapes

17
Jan
14

Here comes the bitter-est cold, again!

All of next week…a return to bitter cold, with daytime highs struggling to get to 10 and night time lows sub-zero, which drew my attention to this article, regarding the cold weather this Winter across the country, and harkens back to the coldest day on record in the US. It’s not too hard to guess the state.
Enjoy!

http://news.yahoo.com/video/whoknew-record-breaking-cold-weather-060000489.html




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