Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fog Bank, Dec. 17, 2012

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, this is the Fog Bank.  Send me your links for the Fog Bank on Twitter, @Skydaver.

First up, from the NWS, a proposal concerning the simplification of weather hazard announcements

The second pick is from Mike Moss with a youtube link about the April 26, 1994 tornado in Lafayette, Indiana
Lafayette, Indiana Tornado, 26-27, April, 1994: youtu.be/AcvINjxhdsc

Third, Jaren Rennie sent a link to the National Climatic Data Center, showing the historical probability of a White Christmas

The fourth pick is from Mark Vogan with a blog post about extreme cold in Asia now

Finally, CoCoRaHS is doing a fundraiser, and I'll have a link to that information in my blog, skydaver.blogspot.com.
CoCoRaHS is doing a fundraiser now, $5 for CoCoRaHS
Get out there and get your CoCoRaHS station setup for the new year.

Thanks for listening, SkyDaver out!

Audio Fog Bank

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fog Bank, Dec. 3, 2012

Hello WeatherBrains Listeners, this is David Phillips. Send me your weather links, and I'll put them in the Fog Bank.

My first pick is from Jesse Ferrel of AccuWeather with a post on Google+ about severe storms showing up on radar in eastern NC, when there really weren't any

Second, A very nice view of the Gulf Stream from CIMSS

My fourth pick is a lightning photo taken from the USS Eisenhower

I'll close out this week with new videos from CoCoRaHS about snow measurement.

A CoCoRaHS gauge would be a great present for someone!
Thanks for listening, Skydaver out.

Fog Bank Audio

Fog Bank, Nov. 26, 2012

Hello WeatherBrains listeners, this is David Phillips, skydaver on Twitter.

First up, Mike Moss sent me a link to a great example of lightning is frightening!

My second pick is also from Mike, with  a video from TheOnlineEngineer.org, about broadcast tower maintenance.
Nate's station, WRAL in Raleigh, NC, lost their broadcast tower in an ice storm a few years before Nate got there.

Third, Canada Space Agency has an Aurora camera in Yellowknife, Yukon Territories

My fourth pick is a great rainbow picture from Earth Science Picture of the Day

Finally, NBC4 in New York had a video of storm surge during Hurricane Sandy, taken from a home in Union Beach, NJ
Thanks for listening,
Skydaver out!

Fog Bank Audio

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fog Bank, Nov. 12, 2012

Hello Weather Brains, this is the Fog Bank for Nov. 12, 2012.  Check out skydaver.blogspot.com to find all my links

First up, Space Weather.com had an incredible photo of ice halos taken in Huntsville, AL.  The same picture made it to Earth Science Picture of the Day for Nov. 12

My second choice is The Astronomy picture of the day for Sunday, November 4, had some stunning clouds

Third, NOAA Visualizations posted a video showing satellite images of Sandy, with the NHC forecast track superimposed

Fourth, a short video that might demonstrate the potential utility of naming winter storms

Finally, The meteorology students at North Carolina State have a twitter account, @ncsuweather.  The homepage they list in the twitter profile isn't correct, so we'll have to have Nate give us that information.

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!
For JB
From the Univ. of Wisconsin, the CIMSS picture of snow in the upper mid west.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fog Bank, Nov. 5, 2012

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, this is the FogBank for November 5, 2012.

First up, LiveScience.com has a good multi day time lapse of the growth of Sandy, from GOES-13.  When they first posted the video, they said it was from the ISS, which just couldn't be.

Weatherbrains listener Mike Moss has a podcast on Retiring Sandy

From the NHC, a loop of the 5 day cone for Sandy

The Univ. of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center The one minute fast scan of Sandy, from Oct 25-31

I'll close with a great lightning photo from Earth Science Picture of the Day

Fog Bank, Oct. 27, 2012

Hello, WeatherBrains fans, this is the Sandy edition of the Fog Bank. You can send me your choices for the Fog Bank picks here or on Twitter @skydaver.

First, a couple of links unrelated to the hurricane.

@localyokelwx posted a satellite picture showing fog in the valleys of western NC on Oct. 5

Mike Moss posted an interview that he did with Scott Thoma, author of "Out of the Blue", about the Tracy, Minnesota F5 tornado in 1968

Earth Observatory and NASA Visualizations had rapid scan images of Sandy, from GOES-14. What I find interesting about these videos is that the clouds seem to be streaming opposite the rotation at the far western side of the images.
EO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgrllVs2DDw
NV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9BgHm5KaeM&feature=youtu.be

Also from Mike Moss, Some footage from Derek Sibley of Sandy: youtu.be/7UC6F9xm8nw

There are several stories about fake pictures from Sandy, this one is from Mashable

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out.
Sent to JB
The Goddard Space Center has a full disk image of Earth, showing the massive spread of Sandy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fog Bank, October 22, 2012

Caught up!

Chip Redmond posted an article on Tornado Titans about moisture and its role in thunderstorms.

NOAA Weather Partners released one of their Bite Sized Science videos about phased array weather radar
There's also an article that has more information

USGS Water Science School has a nice page on rain information

Jared Rennie (@jjrennie) sent a link to http://www.cyclonecenter.org/#/about, a project to crowd source analysis of past hurricanes.  It seems very interesting.

The Earth Observatory has a nice article on the positioning of the GOES satellites when GOES-13 developed problems.
Now that GOES-13 is back online, do they leave 14 where it is, or do they expend the fuel to put it back into its standby orbit?

My Pick for JB
A great cloud photo from Earth Science Picture of the Day last Friday

Fog Bank, October 17, 2012

I missed Oct. 1 & 8.

This week's Fog Bank is only going to have three picks, because I'm going to editorialize a bit at the end.

First, Dan Satterfield has a post at the American Geophysical Union blog about NOAA weather satellite funding

CIMSS had a post on the coverage from polar orbiting satellites during the GOES-13 outage

My final pick for this week is all about CoCoRaHS.  
I know we have a lot of folks listening to the show that are in, or have close contacts with, media outlets.  My first challenge to you is to setup your own CoCoRaHS gauge at your stations, and start putting those reports on your broadcasts and on your station websites.

My second challenge is for you to work with community organizations, and start getting CoCoRaHS stations setup at schools.  This is a great opportunity to do some science outreach in our schools, and get the school kids interested in science, math, and specifically, meteorology.

If you get one setup, let me know, and I will mention it on the Fog Bank.

Fog Bank, September 24, 2012

First up, the web comic xkcd (which is not always safe for work) has a feature called "what if".  This week, the author wrote "what if all of the rain from a storm fell as a single drop."  I think you'll like it.

John Morales sent out a tweet with a link to the Capital Weather Gang, with a guest op-ed article on the NWS

My third pick came from Michael W. Moss, @mossgrowth on Twitter, with a link to his Google Hangout interview with Jacob Wycoff from Weatherbug about their products: youtu.be/MkXPu2fIAJA

Fourth, I have a rerun, with a pitch for CoCoRaHS.  Last week's rain in the US Atlantic states was a pretty interesting event.  I only had .2 ", while the airport in my town, 5 miles east, had 1.4".  More CoCoRaHS coverage will help refine the data to show that kind of localized difference.

My final pick for this week is from Brad Panovich with a graphic showing a neat pattern of record high and low temperatures for the week of Sept. 17
Thanks for listening, 
Skydaver out.

My Pick for JB
With the GOES-13 satellite problems this week, the NOAA Satellite Services Division is a good resource for weather satellite details.  In the time since I created this edition for WeatherBrains, GOES-13 has been fixed and is back online.

Fog Bank, September 17, 2012

I didn't have a Fog Bank for September 10.

First up, the website for the weather network in Canada (retweeted by former weatherbrains guest Jaclyn Whittal)
@weathernetwork www.theweathernetwork.com

Second, the NHC had a press release on Saffir-Simpson and storm surge scale and future warnings

Earth Science Picture of the Day is a frequent part of the Fog Bank; here is a nice picture of
Lenticular clouds at Mount McKinley

The fourth pick is from NOAA Weather partners, with a short video about the Storm Prediction Center

Finally, the season is changing, and accuweather has a blog post about the first snow coming in the Colorado Rockies

Thanks for listening, 
Skydaver out.

My Pick for JB:
The Earth Observatory website has some great images from Hurricane Isabel, 9 years ago this week.

Fog Bank, September 4, 2012

Yoiks, I've fallen behind here.

First up, Scott Dimmich of WKRC Cincinnati, @scottdimmich, has a short youtube video of the Dual Pol Radar upgrade in Wilmington, OH.

My second pick is from AccuWeather's Jesse Ferrel, with a couple of Tweets to send Facebook photos of some flash flooding in Philadelphia today, and of a pyrocumulus cloud from NWS Alaska's Facebook page
http://goo.gl/5ipY3 (Pyrocumulus)
http://goo.gl/9uQbP (flooding)

Third, the Washington Post has a new design to their Weatherpage.  (There is  a starting advertisement that you will have to  click through)

Number four this week Bryan Norcross' blog at weather underground, discussing Isaac, warnings, and Plaquemines Parish.

My final pick this week is a discussion from UCAR on hurricane storm surge & category rating

My pick for JB:
A blog and photo essay of a storm at the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC, from Ian Livingstone of the Capital Weather Gang

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fog Bank, August 27, 2012

Hello, everyone, welcome to the Fog Bank, for August 27, 2012, keeping Weatherbrains foghorn free for JB … if he can keep his connection up long enough for picks of the week. I'll include the pick I sent to JB at the end of the post.

Of course, Tropical Storm Isaac has been in the news all week.  I didn't watch much live television, so I don't know how large the blow-dried knucklehead contingent was.

My first pick is Isaac related.  Chuck Prevatte sent a link to the Florida Division of Emergency Management
His iPhone autocorrected Emergency to Mendicancy, which I found pretty funny.

The second pick is also from Chuck, who had explored that site, and found their Geospatial Assessment Tool for Operations and Response.  Very clearly a backronymed application … it spells GATOR

My third pick comes from the morning weather cast from KTLA TV in Los Angeles. Was this guy mentored by Spann or Selle?

Fourth, I have the website for the Hurricane Research Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratories.  The site has a link to their Twitter account.

Finally, I have two links on a Tidewatch forecasting system for the lower Chesapeake Bay

Thanks for listening,
Skydaver out!

Sent to JB, August 27, 2012
NOAA Weather Partners has a fun video out on Dual Polarization Radar

Audio Fog Bank

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fog Bank, August 20, 2012

Hello WeatherBrains listeners, this is the Fog Bank for August 20, 2012. Send me your choices for pics of the week on Twitter, @skydaver, on Google+ (link on the right, I think) or here on the blog.

First up, I found a photo of a stunning lenticular cloud.

My second pick is a new book by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, 'Clouds That Look Like Things'. You can find at cloudappreciationsociety.org. I don't think it will ever make it to Audible.com

Third, The Capital Weather Gang had a blog post with great pictures of a storm chase in the mid-Atlantic states, Friday, August 10

Fourth, USA Today had an article about current drought conditions, and soil conservation methods, compared to the Dust Bowl conditions of the 1930s

Finally, from NASA, a story and short video on the tracking of Hurricane Gordon

Send to JB, but he got disconnected before Picks of the Week.
The Capital Weather Gang has a discussion of this very active week in the Atlantic tropics

August 20 Fogbank Audio

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fog Bank, August 13, 2012

Hello WeatherBrains, this is David Phillips with the Fog Bank for August 13th, 2012.  James let me down last week, and replayed my July 30 Fogbank, so I'll start putting the date in.  The August 6th Fog Bank posted here as wel.

I'd also like to point out that Kevin ran Picks of the Week right off the rails last week, along with generally hijacking the show.

On to the picks.

First up, from NOAA Coastal Services Center, Historical Hurricane Tracks. This is a nice interactive site

My second pick is yet another Haboob photo, this one from Earth Science Picture of the Day.

Next, Tom Niziol of the Weather Channel @TomNiziol, posted an article on Radar Imagery of Bird Rings

The fourth pick comes from Harold Brooks, of NOAA Weather Partners, with an article on the 2012 tornado 'drought'

Finally, NASA Earth Observatory has two pictures and a nice article about Saharan dust being transported across the Atlantic to the Americas

Thanks for listening,
Skydaver out!

Audio Fog Bank

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fog Bank, August 6, 2012

Hello Weather Brains listeners, this is Dave Phillips. Send me your choices for the Fog Bank, I'm Skydaver on Twitter.

First up, WeatherBrains listener Maurice Shamell @moewx, sent a link to NOAA Weather Radar Mosaic testbed

My second pick comes from Earth Science Picture of the Day with a great shot of sun dogs in Northern Arizona

My third pick is a crash course in Texas Weather

Fourth up, the Cloud Appreciation Society wrote on their Facebook page:
Known by nephologists as precipitatio. Known by the rest of us as downpour.
I think Prof. Peters told us about precipitate in a WeatherBrains 101 segment.

I'll close with a link from PetaPixel.com with some stunning photos of storms in the Midwest

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!

Sent to JB
To Derecho, or not Derecho; a discussion of weather terms & warnings

Audio Fog Bank

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fog Bank, July 30, 2012

Hello, Weather Brains listeners, and welcome to the Fog Bank.

First up, the Ocean Service department of NOAA has announced a new storm surge website

My second pick is a link for Meteorology Tutorials from ChaserTV

My third pick is a great mountain wave photo, retweeted by the Cloud Appreciation society.
CloudAppSoc: RT @newtonmark: @CloudAppSoc @dufussy @giuliosaggin @bleeters Glider pilots love lenticulars. Mountain wave.
The photo is from a sailplane.

Fourth, I've got great pictures of  Mammatus clouds from Saskatchewan

I'll close this week with pictures from the Wall Street Journal, of Manhattanhenge, pictures of sunset in Manhattan, July 11, 2012.

Sent to JB

Tim Buckley, @TimBuckleyWX, from Wilmington, NC, posted a great Lightning is Frightning video

Audio Fog Bank

Monday, July 16, 2012

Fog Bank, July 16, 2012

Hello, Weatherbrains listeners, this is David Phillips, skydaver on Twitter, with the Fog Bank. Please leave a comment so I know you're reading this.

My first pick comes from the NWS office for Baltimore & Washington, who posted an analysis of the June 29 Derecho

Next, I have a discussion of a severe weather policy for MLB, after the events at the Texas game

Third, Mike Francis, Chief Meteorologist for WXIA, Channel 11 in Atlanta, GA, posted a video about outflow boundaries of thunderstorms.

My fourth pick comes from NOAA Weather Partners with a YouTube video on DualPol Radar

Finally, the CIMSS Satellite Blog has an interesting article titled Mesoscale Convective System exhibiting cloud-top gravity waves and transverse banding

Thanks for listening, Skydaver Out!

Fog Bank Audio

The link I'd sent to JB:

Tim Buckley, @TimBuckleyWX, from Wilmington, NC, posted a great Lightning is Frightning video

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fog Bank, July 9, 2012

Hello, Weather Brains listeners, this is the Fog Bank.  I'm Dave Phillips, skydaver on Twitter.  My Google+ link should be available over on the right, too.

The first three picks are all related to the June 29th Derecho.

First, a GOES-East satellite loop

The second pick is from NOAA Weather Partners with a radar composite loop of the event.

And third, Accuweather's Jesse Ferrell posted a summation of Derecho articles on The WeatherMatrix blog

Chuck Prevatte sent an article from FoxBusiness channel on five graduate degrees that don't pay off.

Earth Science Picture of the Day comes through with another great cloud photo

Just as a bonus, I thought I'd throw in some pictures that a crewmate took from our ship while we were in the North Atlantic, somewhere in the GUIK gap, in the late summer, 1979 (maybe 1980)

If you read this, let me know that you saw the ship pictures.

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!

Audio Fog Bank

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fog Bank, June 25, 2012

Hello Weather Brains listeners, this is David Phillips, @skydaver on Twitter.  You can send me your picks on Twitter, or use my Google+ account, at http://gplus.to/skydaver (it also might be over on the right side of the page.)

It is Lightning Safety Awareness Week, Jun 24-30.  My first pick is the Lightning Safety page from the National Weather Service.  It has many new links for posters & toolkits

Second, I have more Transit of Venus photos, from SpaceWeather.com

The third pick comes from the Earth Science Picture of the Day, with an Anvil cloud in Bangalore, India

Fourth is a June 12th Twitter update "Sweet lightning image from Mike Hall in Arkansas last night. This one is 6 separate shots combined." #ARwx http://pic.twitter.com/fsixQ3AO

My fifth pick comes from the Weather Channel's Nick Walker, @wxdude, a video of a roll cloud forming up

I have a bonus pick this week, for Brian Peters, sent by Chuck Prevatte, Lifehackers.com guide to getting free Wi-Fi
I suspect Brian could probably have written this

Audio Fog Bank

Monday, June 18, 2012

Fog Bank, June 18, 2012

Hello Weatherbrains listeners, welcome to the Fog Bank. Send me your items for the Fog Bank on Twitter, where I am @skydaver

My first pick is from the National Weather Service with their Beach Safety Tips online

Second, I have a book recommendation, "Turbulence" by Giles Foden.  A novel of a weatherman involved in the meteorology predictions for D-Day. It's also available on audible.com

My third pick is a photo posted by the NWS office in Albequerque, NM,  of an overshooting top as seen from satellite

Fourth, some great mammatus cloud photos from Denver, posted at The Weather Channel

I'll close out with photos of the transit of Venus from Earth Science Picture of the Day

Thanks for listening
Skydaver, out!

Fog Bank Audio

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fog Bank, June 11, 2012

Weather Brains recorded on June 12 this week, as James Spann was pretty busy with severe weather on the 11th.  I did my picks live in the Google hangout, so the script doesn't exactly match.  I do have audio that I'd sent to James, just in case I couldn't make the hangout.  I also had a rant directed at Kevin Selle, wherein I pointed out the great things that can be done (Nate Johnson had his pick of the week up on a screen share)

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, welcome to the FogBank.  Follow me on Twitter, @skydaver, and help me keep WeatherBrains fog horn free for JB.

Chuck Prevatte sent me a link to MyFoxHurricane.com. He described it as "Good hurricane stuff in one place.  Typically TV Network News Cheesy but some decent information."

Chuck also sent a link to a blogpost by a Washington reporter about potential furloughs at the NWS.

My third pick is from NOAA, with their web page on the Wireless Emergency Alerts

Fourth, Earth Science Picture of the Day had a great springtime Aurora photo

Finally, a tutorial on Dual Pol Radar and Tornadic Debris Signature

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!

Sent to JB
Chani Norris, @weathertroll on Twitter, had some great photos of a storm at evening

Audio Fog Bank

Fog Bank, June 4, 2012

Geez, I keep forgetting to update the blog with each week's Fog Bank.

Hello Weather Brains listeners, Welcome to the Fog Bank, and the first week of summer.
Send me your choices for Picks of the Week on Twitter, where I am @skydaver.

First up, from the National Hurricane Center, an article on hurricane hazards

The next pic is from the Earth Science Picture of the day, sun halos

Astronomy Picture of the Day had a great picture of the earth taken during the annular solar eclipse

My fourth pick is a graphic showing 56 years of tornado tracks in the US
I think there were many places that had this, but it was sent to me by @newton21989

Finally, from Weather Underground, a great lightning photo from Texas

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!

Sent to JB
Tornado Titans had a great supercell photo, from Piedmont, OK, May 29

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fog Bank, May 29, 2012

I recorded the Fog Bank on Monday, May 28; Weatherbrains took the Memorial Day holiday off, and recorded on Tuesday

First, Some video of the May 9 dust storms in Arizonq, from Mike Olbinsky

The second pick is a Great Wave cloud photo
Another Wave cloud photo this morning #fb @VickiGrafWRDW @wxbrad @RichWeather pic.twitter.com/9jQ37Vfq

The third pick is an article about the Jetstream

Fourth is The view from Norman, OK, Monday, May 28, by Rick Smith @ounwcm

Finally, Panama City Beach, the same night, from Jim Loznicka WJHG, @jimwxgator

May 28 Fog Bank Audio

Fog Bank, May 21, 2012

Yikes, I've fallen behind in posting again.

First up,
From Earth Science Picture of the Day,  a picture of a sun pillar

The second pick is
A report from NOAA on the deployment progress of Dual Polarization Radar

Third, I have
Two lightning photos from Mike Hall, Kentucky Weather

Fourth is a short article by Dr. Greg Forbes on waterspouts

A six image composite photo of lightning in Ottawa, KS

Thanks for listening
Skydaver out.

Fog Bank Audio

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fog Bank, May 14, 2012

Welcome to the Fog Bank, keeping JB fog horn free.  Follow me on Twitter, @skydaver, and circle me on Google+

First up, Bryan Wood sent in an article about Storm chasing from the Columbia, MO, Daily Tribune

The second pick is an article from Wired on ten years of MODIS images from the Aqua satellite.

It includes links to high resolution versions of the images for your downloading pleasure.

The third pick is a video of tornado damage in Nassau, Bahamas

Next up,  a series of pictures showing the green flash at sunset

I'll close out this week with a website, still in demonstration stage, but it looks like it will be interesting.  A 'Young Meteorologist' game:

Thanks for listening, Skydaver, out.

Audio Fog Bank

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fog Bank, May 7, 2012

Welcome to the Fog Bank, rising to the Kevin Selle challenge.

Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to March 10, 2011 (you'll have to listen to the audio to hear Kevin's Challenge.

Here we go.
Pick number one, a Washington Post article about a ribbon in a thunderstorm.

Pick number two is a Twitter picture sent to the @cloudappsoc

Pick number three is from the UK Meteorology office with an explanation of lighting and thunder

Pick number four is a blog post from Bryan Wood about the FEMA Disaster declaration process

My fifth pick is from the Twitter account for the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies posted a nice example of overshooting tops and concentric gravity waves radiating outward along the thunderstorm anvil top.  Their Twitter handle is @CIMSS_Satellite

Thanks for listening, Skydaver, out.

Audio Fog Bank

Fog Bank, April 30, 2012

Whoops, I fell behind in my updates.
There was no Fog Bank for April 23; I was travelling.

Hello WeatherBrains listeners, this is the Fog Bank, trying to keep JB fog horn free.  I had sent him a link for April 16, but he wasn't on, and he didn't use it on the 23rd.

Follow me on Twitter, @skydaver, and send me your picks for the Fog Bank.

First up:
From Earth Science Picture of the Day, Glaciating Cirrus Clouds, near Asheville, NC

Second, From the NSSL, an article on their phased array tests this spring

Third, A photo from Mike Hollingshead of a supercell & lightning at a truck stop in Nebraska

A satellite photo posted by Brad Panovich of a rope of clouds along the outflow boundary of a front.

And I'll close out with a entry at Earth Science Picture of the Day,
Fiery Sunset over Cadiz, Spain.

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!

Audio Fog Bank

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fog Bank, April 16, 2012

Hello WeatherBrains listeners, this is David Phillips, @skydaver on Twitter, keeping picks of the week foghorn free for JB.  Is Brian Peters going to need our help, too?

We'll open up with another Earth Science Picture of the Day, a Circumzenithal Arc

I found a website devoted to atmospheric optics

A rainbow over Charlotte, NC.  This is a professional photographer, and he's selling this print

A family finds and returns a NWS radiosonde

A lightning strike on the San Francisco Bay Bridge

Audio Fog Bank

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fog Bank, April 9, 2012

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, welcome to the Fog Bank, keeping Weatherbrains fog horn free for JB.
Follow me on Twitter, @skydaver, or circle me on Google+, http://gplus.to/Skydaver

The National Hurricane Center has an interactive storm surge map

Chuck Prevatte sent a link to a story on how Social Media is Changing Disaster Response

The Capital Weather Gang has commentary on the National Weather Service budget cuts

A youtube video, Paul Schlatter from NOAA, on using Dual-Pol radar to detect tornados

Jeff Gammons put a nice video of a small thunderstorm up on his website

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fog Bank, April 2, 2012

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, welcome to the Fog Bank, keeping Weatherbrains fog horn free for JB.
Send me your picks here, or on Twitter, where I'm @Skydaver.

Last year, the National Hurricane Center published a proposal on a minor change in wind speeds for various categories of hurricanes.  For this season, that proposal has been put in place.

The second pick is an amateur photo of the plumes from the ATREX jetstream experiment

Third is an amazing depiction, in real time, of the winds in the US.  It takes a while to load, so be patient.  It probably should be viewed in Chrome.

Brad Panovich sent out a twit pic of an interesting visible satellite image on March 28

The CoCoRaHS March Madness outcome has been released, with North Carolina  & North Dakota being the winners.

In the "traditional count" category (sheer number of new observers), North Carolina (138) wins a close one over Texas (134) to take the cup for the second consecutive year. They are followed by Michigan (46), South Carolina (45) and Tennessee (41).

In the "population weighted-per capita" category, North Dakota (55.01) wins the CoCoRaHS Cup. The Peace Garden State is followed by South Dakota (31.93), North Carolina (14.47), South Carolina (9.73) and Oklahoma (9.33) in the standings.

To view the final standings for all the states and learn more about our contest, visit our March Madness webpage by clicking here: "http://cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=marchmadness".

Thanks to all of you who have mentioned the network to a family member or friend! With your help we have recruited a new March Madness record 859 new volunteer observers in March!

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!


Spanning the Globe:

This one is especially for James:

Aubie, the Auburn Tiger mascot, spanning:

A Spann fan, spanning from atop the Empire State Building

James Proctor, Spanning

A young Spanner, Andrew 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fog Bank, March 26, 2012

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, welcome to the Fog Bank, keeping Weatherbrains fog horn free for JB.

Jesse Ferrell of Accuweather has interesting stuff in his blog, weathermatrix.  On March 15, he shows radar ducting picking up echoes off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel.

If you ever get tired of Aurora pictures, stop listening to the Fog Bank.  Astronomy Picture of the Day has a very nice one, from Iceland, taken March 17, 2012

An explanation of the marine layer, from the NWS Jetstream website

From the National Severe Storms Laboratory, a background report on the Warn on Forecast project

NASA has an upcoming mission to study very high level jet stream winds.  They will be launching 5 rockets, 5 minutes apart, from Wallops Island, with camera sites watching the plumes from North Carolina and New Jersey.

Send me your picks for the Fog Bank, and send me your pictures of you Spanning, I'll post them in the blog.  We can call it Spanning the Globe.  Here's mine:


Fogbank, March 19, 2012

Sorry for the delay in getting this issue of the Fog Bank uploaded.

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, welcome to the Fog Bank, keeping Weatherbrains fog horn free for JB.
Follow me on Twitter, @skydaver, and circle me on Google+ (profile is over on the right, I think)

Accuweather Folks have tweeted & retreated a link to James Spann's entry on the alabamawx.com blog, about the 10 Deadly Sins of TV Severe Weather Coverage.  Great job, James.

Earth Observatory pictures of the recent eruption of volcano in Kamchatka, Russia

From King5 TV in Seattle, a video of an ominous cloud moving over Bellevue, Washington

A video from CNN of an ice shove coming up on shore of a lake

NWS Chat from the Anchorage office; will Anchorage break their all time snowfall record? I haven't checked to see whether that did happen.

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Fog Bank, March 12, 2012

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, welcome to the Fog Bank, keeping Weatherbrains fog horn free for JB.
You can follow me on Twitter, @skydaver

From Earth Science Picture of the day, Twin Waterspouts

Not really atmospheric, but this is really cool. Ice Fingers underwater.

CoCoRaHS has their own March Madness, a drive to get more participants.  They get the third pick this week. If you're not in CoCoRaHS, sign up. If you're in, recruit someone new!

From Accuweather & livescience.com, an article on tornado shelters

I'll close with a blog entry from Jesse Ferrell of Accuweather, about a big Pacific storm approaching the US

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fog Bank for March 7, 2012

WeatherBrains (www.weatherbrains.com) was recorded on Wednesday this week, rather than Monday as normal.

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, welcome to the Fog Bank, keeping Weatherbrains fog horn free for JB.
Send me your picks on Twitter, @skydaver, or on Google+

Starting off, from the Washington Post, an article about dual-pol going in at the Baltimore-Washington forecast office

Jaclyn Whittal, a previous WeatherBrains guest, sent out a tweet with a writeup about Canada's winter

My third pick is Accuweather.com article on 5 tornado myths

Angela Butera tweeted a link to Chad Cowan's vimeo account, with a great wall cloud video

I'll close out this week with an
Earth Science Picture of the day for leap day was a great roll cloud, at sea, off the coast of Brazil

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fog Bank for Feb. 27, 2012

Hello Weatherbrains listeners, this week's Fog Bank is in memory of Will Murray.

From Chuck Prevatte, a page from the 21st Operational Weather Squadron.  This is in response to the email question about European weather sources

South Brisbane Storms, on Facebook, posted a great photo of a supercell storm in Australia

Two different user pictures sent to the Weather Channel, first, an anvil cloud in the Gulf of Mexico, second a lenticular cloud in Wyoming.  Thanks to Angela Butera for retweeting those pictures

The Capital Weather Gang had a post on measuring snowfall

The Environmental Visualization Center had a great picture from GOES 15, of ship tracks in the atmosphere

Thanks for listening.  See you next week.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fog Bank for February 20, 2012

Hello, WeatherBrains listeners, welcome to the Fog Bank, keeping Weatherbrains fog horn free for JB.
Follow me on Twitter, @skydaver.  My Google+ profile should be over on the right.

Christopher Waits, @lostweatherguy, sent me the link to
NOAA Central Library US Daily Weather Maps Project

The February 16 Earth Science picture of the day has a great picture and explanation of the science behind a split sunset

Space Weather.com had an interesting picture of the Feb. 14-15 Aurora, from a US Dept. of Defense Meteorological Program satellite

Space.com has an article on a great Aurora display that wasn't expected

From the USGS Water Science for Schools page, an article on raindrop shape.  While falling, the shape depends upon the size.  I can tell you from personal experience though, that when you're skydiving, and falling at 120mph, and you fall through raindrops, they FEEL like they have a pointy end, and they hurt!

Thanks for listening, Skydaver out!

The link I sent to JB
Here's another great picture of the Aurora, this one from Sweden

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fog Bank for Feb. 13, 2012

I guess James Spann punished me for being late with last week's Fog Bank; he couldn't stick around to play this week's segment during their recording of WeatherBrains.  I think they may play this next week.

You can follow me on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/Skydaver.  I think my profile on the right side of the page takes you to my Google+ profile

Starting out this week, I've got a youtube video from David Brown, NOAA Regional Climate Service Director for Southern Region, on the Texas drought

There is a Google+ account called 'Earth' posted a picture from Steve Milner, of the aurora over Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.
Before you click on this link, pause, clear your mind, and enjoy this stunning display.

Next up, from Chuck Prevatte, weather links for kids

#tristatewx posted a pic of some fog on  Feb 04 - Massac County, IL - as it formed... http://yfrog.com/hwz6ohmj

I'll close out this week with a link from the Astronomy Picture of the Day for Feb. 9.  It's a great video of the Aurora

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Fog Bank for Feb. 6, 2012

I apologize for the delay; I was able to listen to Weatherbrains live last week, and forgot to put this up.
You can follow me on Twitter, twitter.com/skydaver, or Google+ gplus.to/skydaver
I really should learn how to put that up in the sidebar of the blog.

This weeks picks are all pics, pictures, that is.

Earth Science picture of the day for Jan. 30 had a great photo of lenticular clouds over the Rockies

Yet another great photo of a lenticular cloud formation, this one posted on Google+ by Catherine Laplace-Builhe

Pictures of Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds will always make it to my picks.  This one comes from DanielEllam, of the Les Arcs ski resort in Switzerland

Brad Panovich posted a link to Jim Loznicka's page, with pictures of Kelvin-Helmholtz over Panama City, FL, on Feb 6.  There has been some discussion that they might not be true Kelvin-Helmholz clouds, but great looking, regardless.

I'll close out this week with an amazing contrail photo, from @weathermandoug9

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fog Bank for Jan. 30, 2012

Hello Weatherbrains listeners, this is David Phillips, from Winston Salem, NC, keeping picks of the week foghorn free for JB.  Follow me on Twitter, @skydaver, and circle me on Google+, http://gplus.to/Skydaver

Google Earth blog has announced public alerts on Google maps

USA Today has an article about the installation of dual-polarization radars

An article from The Weather Channel on the drought to deluge in Texas

Chuck Prevatte sent in a link to the NWS on how to submit significant storm reports via Twitter

Capital Weather Gang discussion of the physics of the Jan 2011 storm that caused the massive commuter problems

newton21989 sent me a link to theweatherspace.com, with commentary on the cancellation of Storm Chasers.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fog Bank for Jan. 23, 2012

Hello everyone, this is Dave Phillips, skydaver on Twitter.  You can follow me on Twitter, @skydaver, or circle me on Google+, http://gplus.to/skydaver

My first pick is a post from the Capital Weather Gang with a list of the top five surprise winter storms in DC.
Number 1, the President's day storm of 1979.  I was an officer in the US Navy, going to Diving school at the Washington Navy Yard, when that storm hit.

Pick number 2 comes from Brad Panovich who sent out a tweet with a link to spaceweather.com.  They have some great pictures of nacreous clouds, taken in Sweden

Third, from the NOAA main page, an article on how space weather affects realtime technology

The fourth pick is an article by Kansas University meteorologists on La Nina & dry weather in Kansas

Finally, the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory has a real time page that lets you download an mp4 file of the previous three days of images


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fog Bank for Jan 16, 2012

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On to the Fog Bank!

From the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory, the storm over the Tennessee Valley, Jan. 11

National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center has an animation of this year's
snow depth.

Their home page has a lot of tools, and looks like it's worth some time

Accuweather has a writeup on the storm heading for Seattle and the Upper Cascades

NOAA is sending aircraft out over the Pacific to gather extra data for forecasting this storm

Scott Sabol has a blog entry on the various indices that drive our winter weather


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fog Bank for Jan. 10, 2012

Hello WeatherBrains listeners, this is the Fogbank.  I'm Dave Phillips, from Winston Salem, NC.  Follow me on Twitter, @skydaver, or Google+, http://gplus.to/Skydaver

First up, the NASA Goddard Space center sent out a link to an interesting shadow of jet contrails on a layer of cirrus clouds

Second, the National Weather Service has a new Twitter feed, @usNWSgov

Chuck Prevatte sent in a link for an online course about community hurricane preparedness

Fourth, from Astronomy Picture of the Day, a picture of a circumhorizon arc, or fire rainbow

Finally, the Capital Weather Gang posted about the difficulties of snow forecasting, and why the forecast for the Jan. 9 snow in DC was so wrong

Tune in next week.

Skydaver, out!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Fog Bank for Jan 3, 2012

Happy New Year, Weatherbrains listeners, and welcome to the Fogbank, keeping Weatherbrains foghorn free for JB.
I'm Dave Phillips.  Follow me on Twitter, @skydaver, or Google+, http://gplus.to/Skydaver

The first pick for the New Year comes from the Earth Science Picture of the Day, with two nice examples of virga

The second pick is from the BBC, with a story about lenticular clouds in Yorkshire, England.  Apparently, they're not that common in that region. You have to wait past their commercial to see it.

Third, the UK MetOffice @metoffice, posted a time lapse video of the lenticular clouds in Yorkshire
They also posted their cloud information page

Fourth, Jeff Haby at Mississippi State has 'The Ultimate Weather Education Center'
Thanks to Chuck Prevatte for that pick.

Finally, I have "The Snow Booklet", from Colorado State University Dept. of Atmospheric Studies

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