Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25 Fog Bank

Hello everyone and welcome to the Fog Bank, keeping WeatherBrains fog horn free for JB.

I'm Dave Phillips, skydaver on Twitter.  You can find all of my picks on my Fog Bank blog

Last week I tried a music into to the Fogbank; that sounded a lot better in the podcast than it did live, which I suspect was thanks to some post production work by James. I don't think it added anything, so I won't be trying that for a while.  Onto the picks.

From Chuck Prevatte, @chuck006, weathermole. There isn't much information on the site about what it is, or who is making it, but it seems to put weather service grids onto a Google maps display.

NASA is often good for a great pick, this week I've got an Earth Observatory picture of dust plumes over the Red Sea
Red Sea satellite picture

Capital Weather Gang on the heat of mid July
Capital Weather Gang Mid July heat and humidity

@IanMSchwarz posted a viewer picture of lightning in Albequeque from July 24

I'll close out with a youtube music video, called "Rain", by Steve "Smooth Thunder" Cole

Skydaver out.

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18 Fog Bank

Hello Weather Brains listeners, and welcome to the Fog Bank

I apologize for the technical glitches at the start of the last few Fog Bank recordings; they were entirely my fault. In computer terms, we had a PEBKAC, which I'll explain on the blog. (It means Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair)

Let's start out with something not directly weather related. James has talked about Google+, and how it might change things. This pick is a user written user manual on Google+

My second pick is Derecho facts, from the NWS SPC

Third, an article on Evapotranspiration, from The Weather Channel
I thought NC was humid, but I can't remember seeing dewpoints in the 80s

My fourth pick is the Warning Siren FAQ from NWS, Quad Cities IA/IL, sent via Twitter by @newton21989
Quad Cities is the term for Davenport and Bettendorf (in Iowa) and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline (in Illinois)

Finally, a link to Naval Research Laboratory Monterey Marine Meteorology Division
Shows current invests and tropical systems.  It seems to be a realtime system, so depending upon when you look at it, there may not be much of interest. I first looked at it on Sunday, July 17, when Tropical Storm Bret was just  the Atlantic Invest 98L .

Send me your picks to put into the Fogbank, @Skydaver on Twitter

(I'll also figure out how to put in clickable links, it doesn't look difficult at all, but it's not going to get done tonight)

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11 Fog Bank

My first pick is the Facebook for the NWS Alaska

Next, a write up by Weather Decision Tech on Dual Polarization Radar

My third pick is Dick DeBartolo & Leo Laporte discussing weather radios in the early parts of the Weekly Daily GizWiz, episode 1319
I think you'll like their discussion of Specific Area Message Encoding

Fourth, an article about the Joplin Tornado and its 300 yard eye
Got that from @athensgaweather, Matt Daniel

Finally, Chuck Prevatte, @chuck006 comes through again

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 5 Fog Bank

Hello Weather Brains listeners, and welcome to the FogBank, listener supplied picks of the week, rising to the Kevin Selle challenge.
I'm Dave Phillips, and you can send me your picks via twitter, @Skydaver

Weather Decision Tech posted a short write up on heat lightning that I think you'll enjoy, at google's link shortener

From Mary Shafer, @StormDiaries, two pictures from her storm chasing. These are both on,
A boiling storm approaching over the Kansas prairie.
Post-storm mammatus clouds on the back end of a whopper in Kansas last week.

Greg Nordstrom mentioned in his blog,, a blog by his classmate Justin Jackson, who is at the NWS in Amarillo, TX
Justin's blog is

Jeff Wilcox has his blog at
Jeff is usually listening live to WB, so a shout out to him.

I'll close this week with a Record Event Report from Las Vegas, NV
1645 PDT Jun 27, 2011, Dew Point Depression of 129 F. Temp was 107, Dewpoint was -22, RH was 1%

Thanks for listening to the FogBank, Skydaver out.

Monday, July 4, 2011

June 27

All caught up now.  New Fog Banks will be posted after the WeatherBrains podcast goes up on iTunes.
I hope you enjoy the Fog Bank. Please send me your picks to include.

Hello everyone, welcome to the Fogbank, listener supplied picks of the week. I'm Dave Phillips, Skydaver on Twitter.

From AccuWeather - Does Lightning Strike Men or Women More Often

The current road conditions on the Going-to-the-Sun road. the central section is still closed due to snow, and there are large amounts of snow in the park, with the potential for large scale avalanches

From the Capital Weather Gang, in Washington DC, an article on Lightning Safety Week and survival stories

RIck Smith, the Norman OK WCM, @ounwcm, twittered that NWS Director Jack Hayes is now on Twitter. @JackatNWS

The NWS page for Point Barrow, AK
Gotta love the hours of daylight right now.

A bonus pick for this week,
Chuck Prevatte, @chuck006, sends a story from Huffposttech.  "Optimistic Weather App" Lies To You About Tomorrow's Weather

Send your weather picks for the Fogbank to Skydaver on Twitter.

June 21 Fog Bank

A new episode of "That Weather Show" from NWS, Norman, When Radar Met Wind Farm

NOAA Weather Partners youtube video, microburst in Norman, OK

Chuck Prevatte send in a link to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Mark Drees, txskywtchr, tweeted a link to a youtube video:
Young METs out there please take NOT do this in your show!

An NPR story, with audio & transcript about loss of funding for weather satellites

June 13 Fog Bank

Rob Lightbown
@crownweather Caribou, Maine

METED module: AMS/COMET/Meteorological Service of Canada, Mountain Weather Workshop

Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere

WB episode 267, Pizza in the cold.  Go to about 5:15, for two minutes, then 1:04:30, for another couple of minutes. That's all I'm going to say about that.

From Scott Bachmeier
Nice example of a von Kármán vortex street downwind of Guadalupe Island (west of Baja California) today:

June 6 Fog Bank

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Fogbank, the response to a challenge from Kevin Selle, to provide a pick of the week for each of the WeatherBrains. I'm Dave Phillips, skydaver on Twitter.  Send me your weather picks to include in the Fogbank

First up, METED has released more new educational modules, two in their Volcanism series, and one about Sea Ice and the products of the National Ice Center.  That's at, and you can get on the mailing list for notifications at

Jeff Master's had a blog post about the need for investing in better tornado warningswith excerpts from a press release from the NWS Employees Organization.

The NSSL has a survey about weather warnings.  This is for non-meteorologists or storm chasers
If you are NOT a meteorologist or storm chaser, take the survey at

NWS Public Information Statement on use of Twitter.

I'll close out with two picks related to the start of hurricane season in the Atlantic:

This is little more old-fashioned, at least in modern social media terms, you can sign up for email lists from the Nat'l Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center, Atlantic, is on Twitter, @NHC_Atlantic

May 27 Fog Bank

Another new module from METED, Applications for Emergency Decision Support
You do have to register with METED, but it's free.

Matthew East, meteorologist for Time Warner Cable in NC, with a blogpost about the severe storm threat for April 27

Another river flooding product; I wish I remembered who sent it to me so I could give credit.  This one is for North Carolina rivers.

This is the main page for the 'Snotel' graph from a previous FogBank.  I'll give the name of the facility, but James has to keep his hand off the buzzer for a few seconds. It is the National Water & Climate Center of the USDA.  All sorts of different maps, reports.

The American Red Cross 'Safe and Well' website, where you can register yourself as safe & well, and look up folks that have done so
Thanks to Chuck Prevatte, Chuck006 on Twitter, for that link

May 23 Fog Bank

Hello everyone, welcome to the FogBank.  I'm Dave Phillips, from Winston Salem, NC.  Follow me on Twitter, and send me your links @Skydaver.  Most of these links are available through Google's link shortener,

First up, I'd like to apologize to James for stealing his pick … when you have as many picks as I do, you're bound to have a few duplicates.

The Univ. of Michigan has a website that shows tornados over the past 48 hours, or over the current date in history.  I wish it let you specify a particular date, but I think you'll like it

The Storm Prediction Center has an interesting product, a severe report database coupled with a GIS database, and has displays of tornado touchdowns, tracks, lift points, and other information

An article from, about early prediction of the April 27 tornado outbreak

A briefing from the National Severe Storms Laboratory about their On Demand Severe Weather Verification System.

A prototype mapping project for the Lower Mississippi flooding event.  The page warns that it will only be available for the duration of the current event in May 2011.

May 16 Fog Bank

Welcome, Weather Brains listeners, this is the Fog Bank, keeping JB fog horn free.  I'm Dave Phillips, you can follow me on Twitter @Skydaver

NWS Flood Forecast

The Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Tower SNOTEL Water Year Graph

From Chuck Prevatte, @chuck006, a NYT article about warning system for cellphones
 Fresh off @laughingsquid twitter.  May fix what Dr.Tim wastalking about.

METED has updated their Satellite Meteorology module
and the MET-ED home page is

From the Capital Weather Gang at the Washington Post, a write up of the tornado and the St. Louis airport

Join the Fog Bank by sending your interesting weather links with a mention of @SkyDaver.  I'll post these on the Weatherbrains Facebook page.

May 9 Fog Bank

Welcome to the Fog Bank, a listener segment dedicated to no horn for JB.  I'm Dave Phillips, from Winston Salem NC, @skydaver on Twitter.  This is recorded on May 9, 2011. Use Google's link shortener,, for all links, except as noted.

I want to express my deepest sympathies & best wishes to all those affected by the recent tornados, and the flooding in the midwest.

First up is the info for Weatherbrains friend & supporter, Mike Wilhelm.  His blog is, his Facebook page is, and his Twitter handle is, you guessed it … @bamawx

Next up, All Weather Talk Radio, 670 The Storm

The USAF 403rd Wing: Hurricane Hunters & Flying Jennys, is on Twitter, @403PA, and you can get to their web page

Charles Prevatte, @chuck06, sent in  WeatherBytes - a smart phone app & webpage

I've got some links related to the April 27 tornado outbreak.

First, Lost Remote has another great article on James Spann, and his use of Twitter.  I'm sure we've all seen what he's doing, and I think you'll like this article.  Great job, James.

From NASA Earth Observatory, a satellite image of the April 27 tornado track

Finally, Mike Wilhelm sent a Twitter update with a link to the Hunstville Times op-ed piece by Chris Darden, of the NWS Huntsville office

April 25 Fog Bank

Hello, everyone, this is Dave Phillips, @skydaver on Twitter, bringing you the Fog Bank for April 25th, 2011

I've sent out all these picks on Twitter, and I use Google's link shortener, so I can give them to you here.

The National Data Buoy Center deploys the first operational wave glider buoy.  The wave glider uses the motion of the waves to provide thrust, and gives station keeping ability to a non-tethered buoy.

I ran across a storm chaser blog called 'Eye of the Storm' by Greg Nordstrom. He's on Twitter @GregNordstrom

A short weather podcast, from Weather Partners at the NWS in Normam OK.  The episode is about weather balloons, and there is a transcript on the site.  They can do that since it's only a couple of minutes long, and scripted.

Amy Sweezy, meteorologist from WESH in Orlando, FL, @AmySweezy retweeted a picture of dew points in New Mexico. @IanMSchwarz posted it originally, and you can get his twitter ID from the picture. I suppose that technically, they are dewpoints, but there isn't much dew going on there.
back when I was skydiving, we'd occasionally get very low humidity days in NC, and we called them 'severe clear'. The ground would seem to start rushing up at you at much higher altitudes than normal.

I'll close with the Iowa State Mesonet reports from North Carolina NWS Offices,CAE,RAH,ILM,MHX,RNK,AKQ/201104150400/201104170127/0100

Join the No Horn for JB club; send me your weather picks. My Gmail address is the same as my Twitter handle.

April 18 Fog Bank

I think this is the first Fog Bank where I started using Google's link shortener, Please let me know whether you like it

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, and welcome to the Fogbank, recorded on the morning of April 18, 2011.

These are listener supplied picks of the week, with the ongoing mission of keeping the foghorn silent for JB.

Before I get into the picks, I would like to ask James if he listened to the Cal Ripken interview.

All of the picks have been run through Google's link shortener, and can be found by adding the string that I'll give to

With all the storms systems we've been talking about, it seems a little odd to speak of drought, but a lot of the US has drought conditions.
The Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln has a drought monitor page:

The US Forest Service Active Fire Mapping Program

April 12 Aurora Gallery from

Respect the polygon, a writeup of a TV meteorologist that some of us have heard a few times:

From the NWS office in San Diego, CA, an experimental Google Maps based storm report
That link is for Raleigh, NC, April 16, but you can select other NWS locations via a pulldown to the right of the map, and you can change the date with a calendar widget on the bottom right (you might have to scroll down to get to that.
The standard Google Maps navigation is available, too.  There are various filters you can apply for specific events, and overlays from the Storm Prediction Center.  I haven't figured out what the overlay selections do, yet.  I also have a link for Birmingham, for the April 11 system, that is at

Ed Matthews, from WFMY in Greensboro NC, talking about severe weather coverage

Join the no horn for JB club by posting your weather picks on twitter, and mention me, @skydaver

April 11 Fog Bank

I'd been hoping that Brian, or someone, would put my links into the Weather Brains page (I sent them the text everyweek, but it wasn't happening.

The Fog Bank for April 11, 2011.

The Great Derecho of April 4-5, 2011, by Brad Panovich @wxbrad
A nice writeup of the straight-line wind storms that affected much of the east.
I'll include in the the Storm Prediction Center storm reports from April 5

A cloud hole over Florida, from USA Today's website, reader submitted photos:

April 5 twitter update by Jeff Gammons, @weatherzine
Squall line / gust front racing SE over Lake Okeechobee, FL
His website is

and from March 31,
Bow Echo severe storm with hail core earlier over Polk Co, FL.

From the Daily Galaxy, a picture from the International Space Station of the Cordillera Huahash (whywash) in the Peruvian Andes.  Siula Grande is in there, the location of a very interesting book and movie called 'Touching The Void'  The picture shows the mountain range blocking moisture on one side.

From the UK Met Office, a blogpost about the dust from a Saharan storm headed to the UK.  It contains a nice satellite photo of the dusty cloud.
NASA's Earth Observatory also had a nice picture of this event.

Fog Bank for April 4

Looks like this is the first segment that I named as "The Fog Bank". I started writing a script to follow, so that I'd stumble less as I went through them.  I'm not a media pro like the Weather Brains, and have trouble making a smooth delivery.

Welcome to the Fog Bank, a listener segment dedicated to keeping the fog horn quiet for JB's picks.  I'm Dave Phillips, from Winston Salem NC.

First up, a March 9th story from NASA NASA Satellites busy with this weeks severe weather

Next, the NWS Fairbanks, AK office

Staying in the northern latitudes, the Aurora Borealis Forecast

There was a bunch of severe weather in Florida on March 31, and my fourth pick is several Twitter update pictures.

from NASAKennedy, also March 31st
An ominous thunderstorm cloud hovers over the Vehicle Assembly Building.
James had this on the albamawx weather blog, too.

Brad Panovich's Twitter updates from March 31st storms around Tampa
I know it's Florida but just WOW! that is a crazy strong signature of a tornado near Tampa. #flwx #tornado

Tampa, FL better seek shelter now that is a serious storm with major rotation #flwx #tornado

WOW that storm near Pinellas as a wicked RFD on it! #flwx #tornado

Finally, On April 1, 1960, 50 years ago, the first weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched.
No foolin'.

If you want to join the No Horn for JB club, post your weather picks to Twitter, and put my Twitter id, @Skydaver, into a mention.

March 28 Fog Bank

From NWS Norman OK
Portable Weather Radar

WeatherSpark, WeatherSpark is a new type of weather website, with interactive weather graphs that allow you to pan and zoom through the entire history of any weather station on earth.

WSJ review of 'Cloud Collecter's Handbook' from Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society

Alaska weather blog

APOD video of borealis
(That's Astronomy Picture of the Day, easy to find on any search engine)

March 21 Fog Bank

I don't think I'd come up with the Fog Bank label yet.  This was my second submission; James played this and the March 14 submission on the same show.

I'm still looking for an easy pay to post the audio, but it may not be worth it, as you can always go back to the Weather Brains site to listen

NWS Flood Safety Week

NWS Significant Flood Outlook

A view of all the world's clouds, updated from three sources. It also shows the day/night terminus; near the equinox, the terminus is nearly vertical

A newspaper article from the Louisville KY Courier Journal, written by Joe Sullivan, NWS WCM for Louisville, on surviving severe weather

March 10 Storm, captured by NASA AIRS instrument (NHC Facebook page)

National Buoy Data Center (already done by Brian Peters)

Fog Bank for March 14

These picks were sent in after Kevin's challenge.  James missed the email that week.

Radar pic of Mobile Bay tornado from @wxbrad (Brad Panovich, WCNC)
posted on Twitter at 9:54 EST 09 Mar 2011

Brad Panovich Weather blog for the March 9-10 storms

Cryosphere Today, from Univ. of Illinois Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences Polar Research Group

For James Spann (NPR voice), the "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" segment with Cal Ripken Jr.

Fogbank Picks of the Week

Nothing fancy here, just a transcript (or nearly so) of my Fogbank submissions to  Weather Brains. If I can upload mp3 files here, I'll post the audio, too.