Monday, May 25, 2015

Fog Bank, May 25, 2015

Welcome to the FogBank, keeping Picks of the Week fog horn free for JB.

In early 2011, I got tired of hearing the Fog Horn for JB, and decided to help out. I started sending an email to WeatherBrains with a pick for JB to use. Kevin was email officer at the time, and actually thanked me for the picks once or twice.
In early March of 2011, episode 267 “Pizza in the cold”  he called me out and challenged me to record & send in five picks. I started the Fog Bank, and kept sending in choices to keep the fog horn silent for JB.

I have that history written up now. You can find that, and these picks, at

I’m only going to read out one pick this week, but I have four more at the blog.

The National Hurricane Center has a video about storm surge at their YouTube channel

ESPOD with a double lunar rainbow

ESPOD again, with a viewer’s choice winner, sunrise crepuscular rays at Mt. Rainier for May 17 had a great picture of a solar flare eruption. They also had a very nice photo of red sprite lightning

The Raycom stations in Montgomery, AL, had a blogpost about summer storms

Audio Fog Bank

Fog Bank, May 18, 2015

Hello WeatherBrains listeners. This is David Phillips, @skydaver on Twitter. I was traveling last weekend, attending my son’s wedding.

Many picks this week from ESPOD, starting with a photo of anti crepuscular rays.

Friend of the show Mike Eastwick  @wxMikeD, sent  a story at the BBC about the birth of the weather forecast

From RobH @rherrin828 A link to the NWS Central Illinois Spotter Briefing page

APOD, with an Aurora photo that almost didn’t happen

ESPOD, with a superior mirage on Lake Michigan (see what I did there. Almost Fishel worthy pun)

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out.

Audio Fog Bank

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fog Bank, April 27, 2015

Hello WeatherBrains listeners, this is David Phillips. You can see my links at

From Lifehacker, an article about a new app from the American Red Cross. It lets you monitor weather alerts for multiple cities.

Brad Panovich tweeted a Brian Kuntz photo of an incredible thunderstorm from Texas

Capitol Weather Gang had a set of photos from that same storm

APOD has a video of an aircraft passing through the shadow of the eclipse

ESPOD with a hole punch cloud near Aubrey’s area of the country

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out.

Audio Fog Bank

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
@SkyDaver pic o the week via @Shwags_wxchaser don't even know if he knows what weather brains is but aviation and wx

APOD, with an eclipse picture

ESPOD with an Aurora seen in Northern Michigan

I ran across a photo on Twitter of a lightning bolt in a rainbow

SPC Products Page:

Jason Samenow writing about the new graphic for 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.

Audio Fog Bank

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

NOAA Weather Partners posted a video of tornado damage from the March 25 storm in Moore, OK

They also have a video on the SPC Day 4-8 Convective Outlook changes that went into effect in December, 2014

The Memphis Weather blog had an interesting post back in February about disappearing snow

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 ‘’ 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.

Audio Fog Bank

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fog Bank, March 30, 2015

Jim Cantore retweeted some very nice cloud photos on March 30,

ESPOD with snow crystals from February, in Maryland

A short video about Nolan Doeskin, in his role as Colorado’s state climatologist
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

Aurora photo, flag shaped aurora seen in Sweden,  from Astronomy Picture of the Day.

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.

Audio Fog Bank

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fog Bank, March 23, 2015 noted the arrival of a large Coronal Mass Ejection, and the resulting aurora

While we still have them, many of my picks will be Aurora photos. This one is from APOD

And another pic, at, of the St. Patrick’s Day geomagnetic storm.

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 had a link to a nice video of the March 20 eclipse

National Science Foundation youtube channel with a video about new radar systems that can track tornadoes & other severe weather with higher accuracy

Audio Fog Bank