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 skydaver.blogspot.com.

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBa9bVYKLP0

ESPOD with a double lunar rainbow
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/05/double-lunar-moonbow.html

ESPOD again, with a viewer’s choice winner, sunrise crepuscular rays at Mt. Rainier
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/05/encore-mount-rainier-ray-and-sunrise.html

Spaceweather.com for May 17 had a great picture of a solar flare eruption. They also had a very nice photo of red sprite lightning
http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=17&month=05&year=2015

The Raycom stations in Montgomery, AL, had a blogpost about summer storms
http://montgomery.raycomweather.com/2015/05/6-things-you-should-know-about-summertime-storms.html

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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.
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/04/anticrepuscular-ray-over-palau.html

Friend of the show Mike Eastwick  @wxMikeD, sent  a story at the BBC about the birth of the weather forecast
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32483678

From RobH @rherrin828 A link to the NWS Central Illinois Spotter Briefing page
http://www.weather.gov/ilx/spotter-brief

APOD, with an Aurora photo that almost didn’t happen
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150504.html

ESPOD, with a superior mirage on Lake Michigan (see what I did there. Almost Fishel worthy pun)
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/05/superior-mirage-on-lake-michigan.html

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 skydaver.blogspot.com

From Lifehacker, an article about a new app from the American Red Cross. It lets you monitor weather alerts for multiple cities.
http://lifehacker.com/emergency-sends-you-weather-alerts-for-multiple-us-ci-1699284234

Brad Panovich tweeted a Brian Kuntz photo of an incredible thunderstorm from Texas
https://twitter.com/wxbrad/status/587973939877412867/photo/1

Capitol Weather Gang had a set of photos from that same storm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/04/13/towering-thunderstorms-explode-in-texas-photos/

APOD has a video of an aircraft passing through the shadow of the eclipse
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150414.html

ESPOD with a hole punch cloud near Aubrey’s area of the country
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2015/04/hole-punch-cloud-over-christiansburg-virginia.html

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
@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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