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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Two Articles that caught my eye this week; glass rain and weather balloons

Good evening, First of all I'd like to say "Thank you" and "Welcome" Wildcard Weather's new followers. Don't forget to also follow on Twitter @wildcardweather and e-mail me any question at wildcardweather@gmail.com. Two short bits of news from this week. The first I saw on BBC News' Twitter feed under the title Glass rain may …

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UPDATE: El Reno, Union City tornado widest tornado on record

An update on the deadly twister from this past Friday. Just one incredibly large and powerful tornado.

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The National Weather Service has just upgraded the May 31 El Reno, Union City tornado to an EF-5 with a width of 2.6 miles wide, making it the widest tornado ever documented.

EF-5 is the highest possible rating for tornadoes on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

El Reno tornado track May 31 Emily

The upgrade was based on information from OU RaxPol Doppler data or mobile radar data, that measured low level winds of 296 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service said some of the subvortices had a forward movement of up to 180 miles per hour.

This tornado is double the width of the May 20 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

The F-4 Wilber-Hallam, Nebraska, tornado May 22, 2004 was the previous record holder for the widest tornado on record at 2.5 miles wide.

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Radiosondes (Weather balloons) and their role in forecasting

Hello everyone, I wanted to switch gears today and talk forecasting. Now we all know that forecasting is done with weather models, but you can't just press "Start" on a model everyday. You need to enter a great deal of current observation. Across the nation surface observations are taken hourly at airports and NWS forecast …

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Today’s news: Ernesto, Curiosity’s first color photo, and severe weather by week’s end

Good evening everyone, Last night's post was kind of huge, so I'm just going to run through some of the major weather news right now. Once again, please e-mail with with any questions regarding any topic I cover here. Ernesto If you were following the twitter feed (@wildcardweather) today you saw that Ernesto grew to …

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