Archive for July, 2013

17
Jul
13

Best Letter to a Weatherman EVER!

I saw this awhile back, someone passed it on to me, because of my notable profession. I think you will enjoy this a lot.
He’s basically a superhero to weather men like myself.
Enjoy!

http://www.happyplace.com/14697/the-most-insane-letter-ever-written-by-a-child-to-a-tv-weatherman

17
Jul
13

Weather around the nation

We know how we’ve had to deal with major flooding locally, but while we are usually so focused on our own lives and plight, we often forget that there’s a whole world out there…and they are dealing with stuff too. I will include links to each story, but check out how in each location around the country, there is a different but equally serious event going on or recent happening.

Flooding: http://washpost.bloomberg.com/Story?docId=1376-MOR1290UQVI901-09QTPIURBVCKTHFNTAMGFSLRH1

“Mega” drought: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/21-7

(All time) record heat: http://www.climatecentral.org/blogs/all-time-heat-records-broken-in-alaska-heat-wave-to-continue-16131

Ice-melt: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/greenlands_great_melt_is_pinned_on_climate_change_20130619/?ln

So, we are suffering, but we are not alone in dealing with recent extreme weather!

17
Jul
13

Severe weather and you

Severe weather is a part of living on terra firma…Earth. It is difficult if not impossible, to avoid, because every area has risk of some kind of severe weather, and if you live long enough, your number eventually comes up. It’s like death…the mortality rate, even after thousands of years, technology, etc, still hovers around 100%! There’s no way around it!
This is a good article dealing with the types of severe weather, the entities involved in preparing you or helping you afterwards, and the psychology of you and I as we endure it.

I think the bottom line is this quote from the article:
Tragedies happen. With the vast, varied landscape of the U.S. there are many different natural disasters that can affect the people who live here. A person may choose not to live near the coast to avoid hurricanes, but they may put them at a greater risk of tornadoes. People may live in mountains to avoid tornadoes, but it increases their risks for snowstorms or mudslides. Unprecedented snow or rain levels can cause houses near streams or rivers to have flooding that they have never seen before, but it may not be feasible for homeowners to relocate as a precaution. With over three million people living in the U.S., the few areas that may be statistically safer cannot possibly fit everyone. Even then, weather cannot be controlled, and areas that are less likely to be faced with a specific type of weather event may still experience one.

People will likely continue to try and find fault in others when a catastrophe occurs, but that only accomplishes a sense of safety for themselves that may often be unrealistic. To actually feel in control of a weather situation, people should have emergency plans for if a disaster should occur.

Here is a link to the article: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/regional-severe-weather/14116205

09
Jul
13

Meteor showers in our future…

We have several weeks before the next ones arrive (Delta Aquarids), and they are not a “big” show, but they precede the biggest one of the year for us, the Perseids. The Perseids are not as big as a January one, but who wants to stand outside looking for shooting stars in 5F degree weather?! So, the Perseids are our best show.

Here is a good link to what you’d want to know about the August Perseids:
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide

Orionids this past weekend

Orionids this past weekend

09
Jul
13

Boilermaker 2013 weather

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News every show every night this week, and I’ll have a site and time specific forecast for the entire event. Good for runners, viewers, and just the curious, to plan around.

09
Jul
13

Chantal…what’s that?

It’s a Tropical Storm, and it’s churning in the Caribbean. It is expected to grow, and begin moving northeast, through the Dominican Republic, and head towards South Carolina, getting close by Sunday. Any hurricane is a dangerous hurricane, and it will take a few days to know if it will have any significant effect on our weather here in CNY. Even if it did, we are talking about another week before it would.
Here’s some specs on it though, for the curious, from the NWS Hurricane Center in Miami:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at3.shtml?5-daynl#contents