Monthly Archives: February 2012

90-Day Outlook: Big Bend Insight Into Big Drought

Having just returned from my annual motorcycle trip to the Big Bend region of Texas (Lajitas, Terlingua, Big Bend National Park and Ft. Davis), I couldn’t help but notice the conditions brought on by the exceptional drought that has been plaguing this area for so many seasons.

Happy 50th Anniversary Mercury Program

50 years ago today, as part of the first manned spaceflight program, John Glenn became the first human to orbit planet Earth as part of the Project Mercury space program. But why was the program named Mercury?

Now is the Best Chance to See Mercury

Starting Monday, we’re entering a three week period when viewing the planet Mercury is the best it’s going to be.

In And Out of Drought – For Now, We’re OUT. Almost. (Next? Severe Springtime Weather . . . and then Hurricane Season)

There’s a difference between saying the drought is done with and saying the drought will stay done with but for now it’s looking pretty good – knock on wood – especially in the areas hardest hit last year.  Current specifics are available here courtesy of Eric Berger, The Houston Chronicle’s SciGuy. Most of south-central/southeast Texas […]

When Winter’s Away, Gulf Storms Play: Severe Weather This Weekend

My Inbox is filling with chatter and I’m not surprised. It looks like a strong low pressure system will be taking shape in the Gulf of Mexico threatening to bring (additional) flooding rains to southeastern Texas then move to the Mid-Atlantic states by Sunday. It has the attention of all the ImpactWeather forecasters within arm’s reach of a keyboard.

Marine Industry Excited About New Hurricane Evasion Techniques for Vessels

ImpactWeather Product Manager and Meteorologist Bob Weinzapfel guest-posts today about activity at last week’s Offshore Symposium in Houston hosted by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). The study described and similar studies have an incalculable, positive impact on preserving lives and assets relevant to severe weather. On Thursday, February 2nd, Dr. Momen […]

The Energy Security Council – An Interesting Non-Profit Group Quietly Doing Vital Work

Today we briefly interrupt our usual flow of weather outlooks, vital preparedness updates and general weather stuff to take a moment to salute the Houston-based Energy Security Council.  Which might not sound like a blockbuster movie but it’s actually pretty interesting stuff when you consider that Houston is the energy capital of the world and […]

Where’s Winter? England, Italy and Denver, That’s Where

Nearly everybody on this side of the Atlantic is wondering where winter is. It’s February and areas that were under significant snow pack this time last year are experiencing snow-free roadways and minimal accumulations. Back in early January I blogged about the New England Pond Hockey Classic to be held this week on my beloved Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire if, I said, there was enough ice. Wishful thinking wasn’t enough as it turned out, and the Classic was moved to another lake. On top of all that, the furry forecaster in north central Pennsylvania saw his shadow yesterday, thereby declaring six more weeks of winter. Over the past 24 hours people from coast to coast are wondering, “Six more weeks of this? This isn’t winter!” Sure enough, winter in many areas of the U.S. seems to be on sabbatical — for now.

Rodent Prognosticator Decrees Six More Weeks of Winter – We Agree

Remember back in late November, December and early January when we saw those fast-moving frontal systems along the U.S./Canadian border? They were strong and cold but they moved so fast that significant snow accumulation was not an issue and the way they were structured prevented the really cold air from sweeping down into (most of) the Lower 48. Now we’re seeing a significantly slower flow pattern during the past few weeks over North America and it looks like this trend will continue into February.

Hey, ABC News! Last Week’s Deadly Tornadoes Were NOT A “Surprise”

Three cheers to WBMA Birmingham, AL Meteorologist James Spann for taking on the big dog of ABC News last week and telling Diane Sawyer to “Get a clue,” after she reported that last Monday’s tornadoes came as a surprise. You can read Spann’s blog and see the ABC News report here. The severe weather outbreak was advertised by meteorologists well in advance — days in advance — of the actual storms, yet Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC News’ ABC World News, declared the tornadoes “…took the South by surprise; no warning.”