Where to Find the Weather Models Meteorologists Use

Hello everyone! In a previous post, I showed you how to read a skew-t diagram like a meteorologist. That post remains the most popular post on Wildcard Weather to this day and I've received a lot of kind feedback on it. Thank you all! This post will be another look into the work of professional …

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Raining Grasshoppers! (Or Fish or Meat or Blood): Strange Rains that sound downright Biblical

I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. Exodus 10:4-5 July, 2019: Is Las Vegas being overrun by a plague of locusts? Is the city of sin being smitten by an angry, vengeful god? ...Well no, mostly because they're actually grasshoppers, …

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European Model vs Old Farmer’s Almanac: Who had the better 2014-2015 Winter Forecast?

Happy (Meteorological) Spring everyone! Back on October 12th I published the post What will this Winter be Like? Two Forecasts for Winter in your Region. I looked at two different long range outlooks from two very different sources: The European Centre of Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. One is …

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Learn to Read a Skew-T Diagram Like a Meteorologist! In Pictures.

When a radiosonde, more commonly known as a weather balloon, is launched, it records a large amount of data. Temperature, dewpoint, and atmospheric pressure are all measured as it rises. It is an upper-air sounding, a way to gather meteorological observations beyond the reach of towers. The National Weather Service (NWS) launches weather balloons from …

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Blocking High Brings Warmth to West, Cold to East, and yes…Boston snow

Hello everyone, Last time I wrote about how above-average ocean temperature's off the coast of New England were contributing to Boston's historic snowfall. Today I'd like to discuss another factor, as well as the reason for this winter's warm temperatures in the western US and colder temperatures in the east. A blocking high, or blocking …

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Above-Average Ocean Temperatures Contributing to Historic Boston Snowfall

Hello everyone, The top weather story this week is still all of the snow in my hometown of Boston. The totals are historic and many records have been broken. The regional transit system, the MBTA, has been crippled by the snow and the roads have not feared much better. The core of the problem is …

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Finding the Jackpot Region, Coastal Fronts in Nor’Easters

The Blizzard of 2015 may have been the blizzard that wasn't for those in NYC, but it was still an impressive storm. Towns in my native Massachusetts received up to 35" of snow, and the pictures made me jealous. https://twitter.com/capitalweather/status/562651895119220736 Okay, okay. Not that jealous. I admit I love storms; watching the models, watching the …

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A Quick Thought about the NWS Mt. Holly Apology for the Blizzard of 2015

The Blizzard of 2015 was a serious blizzard that dropped up to 3 feet of snow on portions of New England; closing roads, cancelling flights, and keeping millions of people stuck in their homes. That being said, the storm was not nearly as serious as expected for many people, including those in New York City. …

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Help NOAA refine its Cloud-Sensing Techniques with the SatCam App

Last week I tweeted out an article from Popular Science. http://www.popsci.com/hows-weather-over-there The article talked about two new iOS apps, SatCam and WxSat. WxSat displays real-time satellite imagery, animated and hi-resolution. More than just visible imagery, WxSat provides infrared and water vapor imagery. Infrared imagery is essential for meteorologists because it can be used at night …

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