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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