Monday, March 17, 2014

Fog Bank, March 17, 2014

Hello, Weather Brains listeners, this is David Phillips, from North Carolina, where it's sleeting. In March.

From KOSU, an article about the Oklahoma Tornado Project:Severe Weather & Social Media
I think it points out one of the flaws of social media that have been discussed here as well.

NOAA WP Space Weather 101

NOAA WP Space Weather Affects Power

From Weather Ready Nation: National Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Be an Example

ESPOD with Anticrepuscular Rays

For JB
Earth Science Picture of the Day, with snow rollers in Ohio & New York

Audio Fog Bank

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fog Bank, March 10, 2014

This is Dave Phillips, and you can send me links for the Fog Bank, @skydaver on twitter

First up
Alum of the show, and hopefully still a friend, Ginger Zee, had a user send her a Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud photo from Phoenix:
LOVE KELVIN-HELMHOLTZ  CLOUDS“@IrisABC15: Our viewers take the best pictures. This was from Chico Lopez in Phx:

A new Lightning Imaging Sensor, like the one on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, is going to be sent up to the ISS on a SpaceX supply mission. That will be happening in July 2016. There is an article about it at NASA's website

Kyle Mattingly tweeted a link to a Vimeo animation of mPing reports and radar from the March 1-4 storms.
Really awesome, but he must not be a Weatherbrains listener since he didn't send it to us!
Kyle Mattingly@ksmattingly 5:35 PM
Animation of #mPING reports with radar for the recent winter storm: @NSSL @DrShepherd2013 @JimCantore @weatherchannel

@psrman sent a link from Mashable, with a cyclone near Antarctica


NOAA Weather Partners video os Space Weather affects GPS

For JB (repeat from last week, since he wasn't on)
An image from NASA MODIS satellites showing the Great Ice Rinks, or as they're more commonly known, the Great Lakes

Audio Fog Bank

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fog Bank, March 3, 2014

A dust storm from Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Earth Science Picture of the Day, of course.

Nick Walker, from The Weather Channel, passed on a wonderful Undulatus Asperatus cloud photo

For much of British Columbia, Canada, January was warmer than normal, causing some spectacular fogs.
Earth Science Picture of the Day has a nice photo taken January 24, 2104

Spaceweathergallery has a great photo of the Aurora, taken in Reykjavik. It has very little green in it, and the photographer thought at first he was seeing the effects of a volcano eruption

Halos and ice crystal arcs from Utah, featured at Earth Science Picture of the Day

It is March 3 as I record this. We had snow all over North Carolina. Other people have said this, but…
Go home, Winter. You're drunk.

Finally, a bit of audio about why the Fog Bank is part of Weather Brains. The Origins of the Fog Bank

For JB
An image from NASA MODIS satellites showing the Great Ice Rinks, or as they're more commonly known, the Great Lakes

Audio Fog Bank

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fog Bank, February 24, 2014

Not bad, posting the morning after the show:

This is David Phillips with the Fog Bank. You can find my links at

First up,
Astronomy Picture of the Day has a rainbow pileus cloud photo

ESPOD with green rim & flash

Andrew Freiden of NBC12 in Richmond, VA, has a YouTube video, "Franilla Ice: Ice Ice Freiden"

I'm not sure who brought this to my attention, but the SPC has a short daily web briefing

It's not super easy to find. Go to the outlook page,, click on the Current 1 day outlook, then click on the Public Severe Weather Outlook. Near the top of that page is a link for 'Experimental Multimedia Briefing MP4.' That link seems to change daily, but you can bookmark the Public Severe Weather Outlook, and that is in my blog.
SPC has a new experimental Twitter service,

Thanks for listening, Skydaver Out.

The link sent for JB
How about some beautiful Aurora phones, from Grand Forks, North Dakota

Audio Fog Bank

Monday, February 17, 2014

Fog Bank, Feb 17, 2014

A rare posting of the Fog Bank in advance of the WeatherBrains show!

ESPOD, Wave clouds over Southern Appalachians

The Capital Weather Gang has another home run blog post, on The Love Storm, or Snochi, or even the other name I won't use just cause.

NOAA Weather Partners has been busy. Two picks, "Get Weather Ready: Before a Tornado"

and "Get Weather Ready: After a Tornado"

ESPOD with storm clouds over Essex, UK, where they've been having some terrible weather.

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out.

Link for JB.
East CONUS water vapor loop

Audio Fog Bank, Feb 17, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fog Bank, Feb. 10, 2014

Finally caught up!

My first pick is a letter sent from CoCoRaHS about a drought project in the Carolinas. You might be able to find information at the CoCoRaHS home page, but I'll post the letter in the bottom of this post.

The Capital Weather Gang had an article titled "The drawbacks of the automated weather app and the need for human touch"
Their example of a bad app? The Weather Channel.

This isn't weather, but most weather geeks have at least a slight interest in space, so I bring the Lunar Picture of the Day, with an animation, with audio from the Apollo 8 mission, of the photography of the first Earthrise

There is going to be an app for seeing the Northern Lights, live (I think), from the Poker Flat Research Center in Alaska.
There is also a demo web page. The app should come out in March. I hope it's both iPhone and Android!

NOAA weather Partners has uploaded a new video; Get Weather Ready, during a tornado

Audio Fog Bank, Feb. 10, 2014

The CoCoRaHS letter:

Dear North Carolina CoCoRaHS observers,

We would like to take a moment to share some exciting news with you regarding the ability to report drought impacts through the CoCoRaHS program.

Have you ever considered how the precipitation that you monitor every day affects the plants, animals and people in your community? Would you like to participate in a project that takes a closer look at these effects and makes them part of your role as a CoCoRaHS volunteer?

The Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA) team at the University of South Carolina, in partnership with CoCoRaHS and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), is working to establish a network of CoCoRaHS condition monitoring volunteers in the Carolinas. These volunteers are using CoCoRaHS to track things such as plant and soil conditions, weather impacts to local businesses, water quality and quantity, and wildlife by entering a weekly environmental status report online.

The ultimate goal of this project is to begin developing baseline data of environmental conditions when precipitation levels are ‘normal’ so that changes and impacts caused by a lack of rain during periods of drought are more easily identified.  This information can also help determine when conditions begin to improve once precipitation resumes.

If you would like to learn more about this project and how you can become involved, please join us for an online webinar on Friday, February 21st at 11:00 a.m. Webinars are an easy way to join a meeting or group conversation without ever leaving your home. It is a quick way to connect with your CoCoRaHS colleagues to discuss this new opportunity. You don’t have to commit to the project to join the discussion - information about signing up will be provided during the webinar.

If you would like to participate in the webinar please e-mail your name and CoCoRaHS station number to Amanda Brennan at Amanda can also answer any additional questions you might have about the project.

Take care and stay warm!

David Glenn and Heather Dinon Aldridge
NC State CoCoRaHS Coordinators

Fog Bank, Jan. 27, 2014

The first and second picks come from
Earth Science Picture of the Day, with a photo & explanation of a Sierra Wave

and then with discussion of unusual clouds in the Netherlands

@AlexJLamers Tweeted a link to a youtube video on the science & beauty of Auroras
I don't know if James will watch this; it's from PBS

My fourth pick
An article on CNN Money about the Weather Channel/Direct TV playground brawl

I'll close with a short mention of the WeatherCaster smartphone app. Since I first saw it, it's been improved, and is more stable.
It's available for Android & iPhone, and might be worth a try.

Audio Fog Bank, Jan. 27, 2014