Predicting Tornadoes

April 24, 2017 0 Comments
Predicting Tornadoes

Here’s a link to a recent PBS report about computer simulations helping with tornado predict.  The link is under the picture. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/save-lives-supercomputers-dive-hearts-natures-worst-tornadoes/  

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You Can Adopt a Piece of Planet Earth

April 19, 2017 0 Comments
You Can Adopt a Piece of Planet Earth

NASA invites everyone to Adopt the Planet and help us celebrate Earth Day. It doesn’t cost a thing – just visit http://go.nasa.gov/adopt, enter your name & one of 64,000 pieces will be randomly assigned. Each piece is approximately 55 miles wide and features data from NASA’s Earth observing satellites. The goal is to adopt the […]

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Politics and Climate Change

April 18, 2017 0 Comments
Politics and Climate Change

It’s no secret that politics and climate change create much debate.  Below is a link to a New York Times article about proposed budget cuts regarding climate research. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/climate/trump-nasa-satellites-global-warming-data.html?smid=tw-nytimesscience&smtyp=cur&_r=1  

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The Science Behind Hail

April 11, 2017 0 Comments
The Science Behind Hail

Central Illinois had another widespread major hail storm this week as hail size approached 3″ in some areas especially in Fulton county.  Hail forms when water droplets are driven by high acceleration (updrafts) into a thunderstorm.  The droplets freeze and the hail size is determined by how many times the droplet is up drafted into […]

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Severe Weather Myths and Truths

March 29, 2017 0 Comments
Severe Weather Myths and Truths

Tornadoes never hit big cities.  That’s one of many severe weather myths I’ve encountered through the years as a meteorologist.  Sure, tornadoes hit rural areas more than urban areas because there’s more rural areas to hit.  But tornadoes can hit big cities.  They don’t discriminate.  Here’s a graphic showing myths and truths about severe weather. […]

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When Children are Afraid of Storms

March 24, 2017 0 Comments
When Children are Afraid of Storms

Each year, I have parents ask me what they can do to help their children who are afraid of storms.  Below the graphic is a link to a USA Today article about a red Cross weather app designed especially for kids. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/03/15/red-cross-urging-kids-ready-tornadoes/98860994/

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Warm & Rainy Weather Pattern to Begin

March 22, 2017 0 Comments
Warm & Rainy Weather Pattern to Begin

A slow moving storm system will bring much warmer air into the region but will also bring showers & storms late Friday through the weekend and into early next week.  Here are Climate Prediction Center graphics with the trend over the next 8-14 days. It looks like your projects this weekend will have to be […]

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Spring Temperature, Precipitation and Drought Outlook

March 21, 2017 0 Comments
Spring Temperature, Precipitation and Drought Outlook

The National Weather Service has released its spring outlook for temperatures, precipitation and drought.  There’s high risk of flooding in the upper plains but a lower risk into the Midwest including Illinois.  For the complete outlook, click on the link below the graphic. http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/spring-outlook-risk-of-major-flooding-in-north-dakota-moderate-flooding-in-idaho

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March 16th: 75th Anniversary of Tornado Outbreak in Illinois

March 14, 2017 0 Comments
March 16th: 75th Anniversary of Tornado Outbreak in Illinois

Thursday, March 16th is the 75th anniversary of a horrific tornado outbreak in Illinois. In 1942, there were several violent tornadoes that affected many people’s lives. Central Illinois hasn’t seen a F5 strength tornado since that day. Below is a list of states that were affected: (Information from the National Weather Service) Tornadoes are ranked […]

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Central Illinois Tornado Update

March 8, 2017 0 Comments
Central Illinois Tornado Update

Another day of surveying storm damage by the National Weather Service in Lincoln.  The latest survey was damage near the Mason county community of Easton. NWS SURVEY SUMMARY: The tornado touched down in an open field 2.2 miles north-northwest of Easton, and raced to the northeast. It did its greatest damage at a homestead 2.5 […]

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