Monday, June 22, 2015

Fog Bank, June 22, 2015 had a story about twin tornados in one storm, spinning in opposite directions. has a nice photo of noctilucent clouds

HT to Jen Hendersen’s Weather Safety Daily for a link to the LA Times, with a story about the photographer that caught that twin tornado photo

WSD also had a link to the BBC, with a story about England’s tornado alley

Q-tip @newton21989 sent a link to a MentalFloss video on weather misconceptions.
Old  news to most of us, but not too bad.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fog Bank, June 8, 2015

Jen Hendersen’s Weather Safety Daily had a link to FEMA’s Flood Map Service

WSD also linked to Jason Samenow’s post about the sinking of the Chinese ferry on the Yangtze River.

I find it very difficult to believe that a properly designed ship, loaded within its allowable limits, would be capsized by a thunderstorm or even a tornado. I know that it’s far more difficult to determine the strength of a tornado that is over water, but I do know ship’s stability. The few pictures I’ve found of this ship before the capsize show something with a great deal of sail area, and looks a bit top heavy, that is, inadequate stability. Something is amiss.

The weather channel has a story about the 2005 hurricane system

They also have a story about Hurricane Blanca, which might give some badly needed rain to the southwest

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fog Bank, June 1, 2015

Hello WeatherBrains listeners.

Google Earth Blog has a post about NASA’s average cloud cover map & map projections
From that post, you should click through to the article, too.

Space had an entry about the plume from Chile’s Calbuco volcano, which is making some very spectacular sunrises & sunsets in the Southern Hemisphere

HT to Jen Hendersen’s Weather Safety Daily for a link to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, and a news release titled ‘Early warning must make sense.’ The article talks about a need for good impact based warnings.

ESPOD has a photo of a wedge tornado from Rochelle, Illinois, on April 9, 2015

ESPOD, Glaciating in clouds

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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