Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fog Bank, April 13, 2015

A great cloud photo, taking from an airliner in flight. Thanks to Rob Herrin for RT from Sean
@rherrin828
@SkyDaver pic o the week via @Shwags_wxchaser don't even know if he knows what weather brains is but aviation and wx pic.twitter.com/h6VWUuh4Hw

APOD, with an eclipse picture
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150331.html

ESPOD with an Aurora seen in Northern Michigan
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/03/aurora-observed-over-northern-michigan.html

I ran across a photo on Twitter of a lightning bolt in a rainbow
https://twitter.com/SciencePorn/status/584779777120276480/photo/1

SPC Products Page:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/misc/about.html#Severe

Jason Samenow writing about the new graphic for severe weather risk
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/04/07/weather-service-develops-excellent-new-graphic-for-communicating-severe-weather-risk/

Steve Miller @stevemillerok, took AccuWeather to task for their criticism of the SPC after the March 25 tornado in Moore, OK. Crude language warning.
http://www.stevemillerok.com/2015/03/weather-company-flips-shit-over-its-own.html

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Fog Bank, April 6, 2015

In which Skydaver goes on a rant...

A nice winter sunset photo at ESPOD. JB would have loved this
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/03/glorious-winter-sunset.html

NOAA Weather Partners posted a video of tornado damage from the March 25 storm in Moore, OK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmiIhsGWd8c&feature=em-uploademail

They also have a video on the SPC Day 4-8 Convective Outlook changes that went into effect in December, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX3AWpmD_sc&feature=em-uploademail

The Memphis Weather blog had an interesting post back in February about disappearing snow
http://blog.memphisweather.net/2015/02/weather-mythbusters-disproving-urban.html



Finally, a short apology to Accuweather. Motorola Android phone have a nice widget called Command Center, that includes a weather button. That button, however, is often way out of date, showing sunshine after sunset, or rainy conditions, when it’s sunny out. When you press that button, the widget goes full screen, and that screen shows a tab that reads ‘accuweather.com’ I thought that portion of the widget was by Accuweather, but it isn’t. I apologize for ranting at Accuweather about that widget.

However … The Accuweather app isn’t anything they should be proud of.

First, it uses location services (which is fine) but way off on the address it shows. If they’re going to show an address, they should at least show the margin of error for the location. For me, they’re off by a full four streets, over 400 1000ft, and list an address that doesn’t even exist. Fix that, or just stop.
(2015-04-07 Edited info about location services to correct a mistake.)

Their minute cast is as bogus as their 45 day forecast. This morning, they told me that the rain that wasn’t falling would continue for another 47 minutes. Later on, they told me that rain would come in 75 minutes (which didn’t happen. Right now, I’m being told that rain will start in 97 minutes. This kind of faked accuracy helps no one. If you’re going to fake precision, why not tell me that the rain will start in 97 minutes, 37.45 seconds?

Accuweather, you didn’t deserve my scorn for the Command Central widget, but you deserve double for your crap app. You are damaging your brand.

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out.


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Fog Bank, March 30, 2015



Jim Cantore retweeted some very nice cloud photos on March 30,
https://twitter.com/JimCantore/status/582551671940780032
https://twitter.com/JimCantore/status/582551434459217920

ESPOD with snow crystals from February, in Maryland
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/03/snow-crystals-in-february-snowfalls.html

A short video about Nolan Doeskin, in his role as Colorado’s state climatologist
https://vimeo.com/107757748
He talks about CoCoRaHS in the video

There is, or will be very soon, a CoCoRaHS gauge in the vegetable garden at the White House. I’ve got the press release on my blog
https://m.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/citizen_science_backgrounder_march-23.pdf

Aurora photo, flag shaped aurora seen in Sweden,  from Astronomy Picture of the Day.
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150330.html

There should be a link to the origins of the Fog Bank over on the right hand side of the blog page; I hope you like it.


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Fog Bank, March 23, 2015

Spaceweather.com noted the arrival of a large Coronal Mass Ejection, and the resulting aurora
http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=17&month=03&year=2015

While we still have them, many of my picks will be Aurora photos. This one is from APOD
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150319.html

And another pic, at spaceweather.com, of the St. Patrick’s Day geomagnetic storm.
http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=19&month=03&year=2015

How about a double eclipse of the sun? As the eclipse of March 20 neared totality, a photographer caught the ISS transiting the sun as well. This is at Astronomy Picture of the Day
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150322.html

Spaceweather.com had a link to a nice video of the March 20 eclipse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=418Lf5VRd_Y

National Science Foundation youtube channel with a video about new radar systems that can track tornadoes & other severe weather with higher accuracy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LnSmcrrJxw


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fog Bank, March 16, 2015


The tornado shaped building proposed for Tulsa - looks pretty sketchy & stupid to me
http://www.kwch.com/news/local-news/Tornado-shaped-building-propsed-for-Tulsa-skyline/31495008#.VPZRW28sdXg.twitter

Ice circles on a river, courtesy of ESPOD
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/03/ice-circles-on-the-gunpowder-river-maryland.html

Great Aurora photo at APOD
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150310.html

Yet another Aurora photo - from Space Weather.com, with a tweeted photo from NASA.
https://twitter.com/NASA_Astronauts/status/574964801539018752/photo/1
http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=10&month=03&year=2015
That Spaceweather.com page also had a great photo of M5-class eruption on the sun, captured from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Angela Fritz wrote at The Capital Weather Gang about the groundskeepers at Fenway Park and snow removal. They spread, by hand, two tons of black sand over the snow to help get it to melt faster and avoid damage that plowing or other removal methods might cause.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/03/10/fenway-park-groundskeepers-clear-the-snow-with-black-sand-brilliant/?utm_content=bufferc1fab&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

An interesting cloud photo from ESPOD, a smoke plume above a fog layer
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/03/smoke-plume-and-cloud-deck.html

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fog Bank, March 2, 2015

Hello, Weather Brains listeners; You can find these links at skydaver.blogspot.com

Timeanddate.com has a nice chart to help with identifying all the timezones around the world
http://www.timeanddate.com/time/zones/


NOAA Weather Partners has a new video in their Bite-size Science series: The FACETs Project.
FACET is an acronym for Forecasting A Continuum of Environmental Threats
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDgwYoOLlWc

Spaceweather.com with a fairly unusual Aurora photo
http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=01&month=03&year=2015

A lenticular cloud photobombs the moon, Mars & Venus at APOD
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150302.html

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory picked up a solar flare this morning, and SpaceWeather.com has the photo
http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=02&month=03&year=2015

LLAP


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fog Bank, Feb. 23, 2015

CoCoRaHS will have a webinar Thursday, February 26, on Agricultural Meteorology. You can register for it and listen live, or find it on the CoCoRaHS page later.
http://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=wxtalk

NOAA uses new tech to measure the Washington monument
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/20160211-NOAA-study-uses-latest-technology-to-compute-updated-Washington-Monument-height.html

Mammatus clouds in Argentina
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/02/mammatus-clouds-over-rio-negro-argentina.html

Pileus cloud in Brazil. Does South America get all the cool clouds?
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/02/pileus-cloud-over-itanhaem-brazil.html

Great Aurora photos at speaceweather.com. They also show a photo depicting where the Auroras are appearing
http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=18&month=02&year=2015

Jim Cantore “ThunderSnow autotuned”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzclOi3lGE4#t=22


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