Monthly Archives: January 2012

Arctic Temps Set Record – What Next?

It’s not been this cold in Fairbanks, Alaska for six years. Saturday morning’s low temperature plunged to 50 degrees below zero. The same day was also the first time in three years that the 24-hour max temp did not rise above minus 40. Minus 40, by the way, is the temperature at which the most […]

Winter Along The Gulf Coast? She Is Over

Today I’m borrowing from The Houston Chronicle’s esteemed Science Editor Eric Berger who, earlier this morning, borrowed from ImpactWeather StormWatch Manager Fred Schmude to share the very high probability that the winter of 2011-2012 along the Gulf Coast is pretty much over.  At least as far as the region getting any more substantial freezes and/or […]

Just How Rainy A Downpour? Time-Lapse Video Shows

As this week’s U.S. severe weather event made its way through Houston yesterday, ImpactWeather TropicsWatch Manager Chris Hebert took a few moments every ¼-hour or so to check one of the local bayou cams – the “Harris Gully Box Culvert” cam – and to trap the occasional image.   Here’s a 20-second compilation that spans a […]

A Modest Proposal: Crash Helmets for In-Home Use During a Tornado – Why Not?

Every once in a while an idea comes along and we all wonder why no one thought of it before. Over the last couple of hours the immediate region has been under all manner of watches and warnings for heavy rainfall, lightning, hail, potential straight-line wind damage and tornadoes.  Feeder roads and underpasses have filled […]

Coming Solar Flare Storm: This Wednesday’s Will Be Worst Since 2005

Two songs are going ’round and ’round in my head on this Monday morning. First, “Stormy Monday” (written by T-Bone Walker, performed by The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton and many more). The other one floating around is “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas and the Papas. Specifically, these are the lyrics I can’t shake: “They call […]

U.S. Weather: Bumpy Travel Week, Potential for Business Disruptions

ImpactWeather StormWatch Domestic Supervisor Mike Venske weighs in on what we can expect from Mother Nature. The primary threats this week will be centered over the Gulf Coast, Tennessee Valley and Deep South as a slow-moving area of upper-level low pressure interacts with increasing Gulf moisture producing areas of locally heavy rainfall which will likely […]

This is Your Chance: Orion, Leo, the Milky Way Need Your Help

In the age-old battle of iPad vs. the nighttime sky, the nighttime sky is losing. OK, so maybe it’s not an age-old battle. The seemingly ubiquitous iPad after all, has only been around for barely two years (it debuted in April of 2010). However, astronomers are worried that the current generation (and we assume future […]

Report: If World Economy Breaks, We Only Have A Single Week to Recover?

An alarming report publicized last week by Chatham House, a London-based policy institute for international affairs, declares that the global economy would survive only up to a week if it were the victim of a major disruption as a result of either an attack by terrorists or a sufficient natural disaster.  That’s a jarring but […]

Pacific Northwest to Experience Storm of the Season Tomorrow

Be advised that this is a classic heavy snow pattern for those coastal areas along the Pacific Northwest where the combination of shallow Arctic Air interacts with Pacific moisture to produce heavy wintry weather.

Long-Term U.S. Winter Forecast on Track: Rainy NW, Mild-ish NE, Tepid South

ImpactWeather updates its 30-day outlooks by the 15th of each month. As that was yesterday, YourWeatherBlog asked ImpactWeather’s long-range meteorologist Fred Schmude for his thoughts. The latest long-range data favors a continued elevated (more northerly) flow pattern as we move into February. Additionally, the faster flow pattern will not be on the same scale as […]