Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hurricane Names Igor and Tomas Officially Retired

For those of us in the United States, the retiring of Igor and Tomas may seem a bit curious. After all, no storms struck the U.S. mainland last year and to most the season was considered a quiet one. Yet Igor, at one time a Category 4 storm, became the worst storm to ever hit Newfoundland, while Tomas caused more than $600 million in damage across the Caribbean.

Get Your Green On: Why TV Meteorologists ALWAYS Get Pinched on St. Patty’s Day

If you’re not wearing green, I think I’ll have to pinch you! But wait…I’m not wearing green and I don’t want to get pinched, so I better be nice. However, I do have an excuse for not wearing green.  Every day I’m in front of a chroma key wall for a good part of my […]

Upcoming Near-Space Balloon Launch in Mississippi!

Those of you who know me personally or who’ve been reading YourWeatherBlog for a while now know I have strong ties to Mississippi (I’m a proud Mississippi State Alum). I also have several friends who are school teachers in Mississippi. Recently, I came across this article about students from Olde Towne Middle School in Ridgeland, […]

3.14: Pi Day

I’ll tell you something: I don’t like math. Math was the reason for summer school between 9th and 10th grades and math almost changed my career. So when I heard today is Pi Day on the radio, I didn’t hear “Pi,” I heard “Pie” and immediately visions of coconut, pecans, flaky crusts and whipped toppings took me to my happy place.

When Plates Collide: Earthquakes of Japan

Why is this area so prone to such frequent earthquakes? It’s what amounts to the Perfect Storm of tectonics. Five of Earth’s massive plates meet in this area and grind upon one another.

Why So Much Tsunami Damage From This Particular Quake?

[Geology expert and ImpactWeather StormWatch Manager Fred Schmude guest posts about the terrible events in Japan today.] Last night’s massive earthquake occurred near the northeast coast of Honshu Island in Japan at 0546Z (11:46pm CST) on Friday March 11, 2011. The epicenter of the quake was located at 38.32N and 142.37E or about 81 miles […]

Meteorologists: Packing Heat On A Fairly Cold Day

Last weekend, ImpactWeather fielded two five-man teams at the Marine Technology Society’s annual Sporting Clays Tournament.  We also sponsored one of the mobile beverage carts but instead we distributed cookies I’d ordered designed to look like clay pigeons.  The cookies were a hit because there wasn’t any other dessert and, well, because they looked like […]

Spring Severe Weather Season is Upon Us…But Wait, We Still Have Snow!

Just when I think spring has arrived early this year another cold front moves through and temperatures drop behind it. This is exactly what happened this past weekend across parts of the Deep South as a low pressure system and a front moved through bringing isolated severe storms and heavy rain to parts of the […]

USA Volcano Erupts

Considered not only the most active volcano in the United States, but one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii began erupting Saturday with lava ejected as high as 65 feet from the summit.

A Mix of Winter and Spring across U.S: Snow, Flooding, Severe Storms

Heavy Rain and Severe Weather Risk on Track for the Southeast U.S. Heavy, Wet Snow Risk on Track for the Interior Northeast. Another Major Winter Storm and Severe Weather Threat Next Week