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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No two alike? Snowflake Shapes and Formation

Good evening everyone, No two snowflakes have the same shape, right? It's almost Christmas so its time for a festive post, and I personally can't think of a more festive topic than snowflakes. Those beautiful, 6-sided symmetrical designs that your mind immediately goes to. But is that really the case? Do they all really look …

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Weather Fan Christmas Gift Ideas from a Real Meteorologist

Hello everyone. It's getting cold, even here in New Mexico. It's also dark before I get home from work, which is a tad depressing. But fear not, because those endless Election Day commercials are about to give way to endless Christmas gift commercials. It's time to start shopping, and if you're here at Wildcard Weather …

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What will this winter be like? Two Forecasts for Winter in your Region

UPDATE: Find out which forecast won HERE. Let's get this out of the way first. This is for winter 2014-2015. Hello everyone, Since last year's post on the winter forecast was so popular, I've decided to do it again. This time, I'm going to look at two totally different winter forecasts; one from the European …

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A Trip through southeastern New Mexico; Roswell, Cavern Weather, and Dust Devils

Welcome back! Living in Albuquerque, New Mexico has felt like living on a different planet. From the altitude to the blazing sun to the bone-dry air, Boston may as well be across the galaxy as it is across the continent. Forecasting here has been quite a challenge too; little microclimates form around the mountains that …

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