Category Archives: Weather Curiosities

You Think it’s Quiet, but it’s Actually Unprecedented

We are in uncharted territory with respect to lack of severe weather. This has never happened in the record of SPC watches dating back to 1970.

Seasonal Temperatures – the Math Doesn’t Add Up

What’s normal here is change and often the change is dramatic.

Why the Current California Rain is Not Helping the Drought Enough

What may be the best form of long-term drought relief is what is now falling in the higher elevations of California, even though its benefit may still be months from now: snow.

The prescription for “alert fatigue”

Each year, we coastal dwellers enjoy the long days of summer in the beautiful paradise we call home. We let friends and relatives stay with us, and we beam over their jealousy – I mean their praise – of our proximity to such a wonderful beach locale. Before we allow our egos to swell too […]

GOES 13 Weather Satellite Fails Again: Write Your Own Title

This single unit provides data that is critical in producing not only weather forecasts, but data that goes into producing life and death decisions made to protect millions of people and safeguard billions and billions of dollars worth of property and other resources.

Christmas Tradition: NORAD Santa Tracker Turns 57

3 days, 11 hours, 34 minutes and — as of right now — 19 seconds until the NORAD Santa Tracker becomes active. For more than half a century, the NORAD Santa Tracker has been tracking and disseminating Santa’s exact location as he leaves the North Pole and journeys around the world delivering presents on Christmas […]

You Asked the Meteorologist and Here Are Your Answers

Last week we offered to take any type of weather question from readers and honestly I thought we’d receive more questions along the line of, “I live in D.C. and my birthday is March 21st. Can we have the party outside?” Or “Why do TV weather people use such exaggerated hand gestures?”  In fact, each […]

It’s Time to Play “Ask The Meteorologist”! Ask Us A Weather Question and We’ll Answer It

ImpactWeather hosts a variety of different types of educational webinars for different audiences each week and last week one of the webinars was our monthly winter weather outlook which we host for our clients.  For most webinars regardless of the audience or topics, we solicit questions from attendees both ahead of time and during the […]

Gobsmacked! Miraculous Realities We All Take for Granted

This is not an article about the weather, or the weather-related things I typically write about. Instead this is going to be about how you and I, and the other humans around us, define ourselves. About not only failing to stop and smell the roses, but not even noticing the roses are there.

Red Bull Delays Man’s Highest Sky Dive Due to Weather – For Now

Today was to be the day that Felix Baumgartner jumped into the record books as the man who jumped from the edges of space and higher than any human has ever jumped before. It was not to be, as winds scrubbed the mission more than six years in the making.