Tag Archives: NOAA

El Niño Not To Blame (This Time)

It’s cloudy and unusually cold in Houston at this writing. Not exactly the stuff of La Niña, yet eastern Pacific waters are cooler than normal allowing western Pacific waters to be warmer than normal which, in turn, allows abundant precipitation across Equatorial waters of the western Pacific. Translation? Classic La Niña.

Winter Weather: You’re Not As Ready As You Think You Are

Winter is still over a month away but it felt like it arrived early across the Intermountain West yesterday as 2-6 inches of snow fell across the region. In addition to the snowfall, this weekend into early next week temperatures across portions of Montana and the Dakotas will be 20-35 degrees below average as a […]

Cloud Talk

It seems almost every day science discovers a new level of communication, teamwork and societal hierarchy where none was thought to previously exist. Communication is defined as a message with a sender and an intended recipient; and there must be a communicative commonality. Whales and dolphins come immediately to mind. Wolves and apes have this […]

New Satellite Ready for Action

“What can $500 million and a NASA Delta IV rocket do for you?” That’s not quite as catchy as the no-longer-used motto from United Parcel Service (“What Can Brown Do For You?”), but it’s certainly more direct — and without that unpleasant aftertaste that lead to the demise of that silly mantra. $500 million can […]

Twisters Visit the Bahamas

As a young meteorologist stationed at Homestead Air Force Base in southern Florida, I’m familiar with the tropical weather of the region. Morning funnel clouds just off the coast were nearly as common as the sound of jet turbines spooling up at the first hint of daylight. Viewed from the control tower, distant waterspouts were […]

Flood Safety Awareness Week

Before too many more days get away from me, I wanted to remind you that this week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week, brought to you by NOAA and the National Weather Service. Flood Safety Awareness week is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods and […]

Southern States Cooler and Wetter – and Free of Tornadoes?

[Just as this post was about to be uploaded to YourWeatherBlog an amended storm report surfaced that included a lone, weak tornado in California on February 27. Not wanting the facts to stand in the way of a good severe weather article, we’re posting the article in its original state while at the same time […]

Icebergs on Lake Michigan!

Oh, come on! Icebergs on Lake Michigan? Really? So says the email that landed in my Inbox this morning. The icebergs were big and white and some were even streaked with blue. Quite pretty, but Lake Michigan?? Purported Lake Michigan icebergs. Photo: Who knows? (Snopes actually attributes the photo to Oyvind Tangend, a Norwegian sailor.) […]

Hurricanes, Winter Storms. Common Link?

You’ve been hiding under a rock since the 1940s if you’re unaware airplanes have been flying into hurricanes to send back detailed and otherwise unobtainable information to weather forecasters. One of NOAA’s (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) missions is penetrating hurricanes from their base in Florida. They use jet aircraft for high-altitude research and turbo-props […]

El Niño On the Loose

Thanks to El Niño, the mid-range forecast suggests a big soak should be expected over the US West Coast over the next couple of weeks. Early indications suggest this pattern will break "sooner rather than later," but exactly when remains unknown. The typical El Niño allows sea surface temperatures to rise over the eastern Pacific, […]