Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fog Bank, Nov. 23, 2015

Earth Science Picture of the Day,  with Altocumulus Cloud Streets

Great fireball photo on Spaceweather.com. Follow the link, and scroll down a bit.

A fireball with aurora picture, again from space weather.com

Friend of the show Chuck Prevatte sent me an article about Australian emergency groups, social media, and a need for greater coordination during emergencies.

The New Yorker Magazine, with a book review titled “Writers in the Storm: How weather went from symbol to science and back again” The book is Alexandra Harris’s “Weatherland” (Thames & Hudson), a forthcoming history of weather in English literature.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fog Bank, November 9, 2015

I think the interview went a little long, and James didn't have time to play this.

Space Weather.com with a fireball photo

Kelvin Helmholtz clouds featured at sciencealert.com and Gizmodo

Jen Hendersen’s Weather Safety Daily had a link to NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management Digital Coast web page

Found on Facebook; a photo of condensation trails coming off wind turbines

Thursday, Nov. 12, CoCoRaHS will have a Webinar on Lake Effect snow. If you can’t get in, it will be available later. I have a link to the CoCoRaHS webinar page

HT to @newton21989 for a photo of a fall streak cloud with rainbow

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fog Bank, Nov. 2, 2015

Earth Science Picture of the Day comes in with three picks this week.
First up, a triple rainbow

Number 2 is a lenticular cloud over the Canary Islands

Number 3 is a thunderstorm’s rain shield in Guatemala

JPL’s Scijinks site, had an article on storm surge

SpaceWeather.com has a picture of a blue starter, a lightning bolt starting out of the top of a thundercloud

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fog Bank, August 31, 2015

Just three picks this week; one of them is a bit long.

CWG with a report about replacing the temperature sensor in the ASOS unit at Reagan National

ESPOD with a composite photo of lightning over Central Florida, in July, 2015

Nolan Doesken brings
The Return of the WxTalk Webinars!
Nolan will be the first speaker on Sept 17 describing the fascinating history of volunteer weather observations in the U.S.  The October Webinar will dig deep into the North American Monsoon by expert Christopher Castro from the Univ. of Arizona.  November will feature Tom Niziol, the Weather Channel's winter weather expert to tell us about Lake Effect Snow.  And it just get's better from there.


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Fog Bank, August 24, 2015

Space Weather.com has a nice photo of lightning sprites

Double lenticular cloud over Mt. Rainier, from KING 5 Weather FB page.

Five myths about Washington DC summer

ESPOD with a photo of a severe storm over Northern Michigan

Capitol Weather Gang with a discussion, photos and video of a wet microburst in Arizona

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Fog Bank, August 10, 2015

NASA’s Image of the day had some nice photos and an article about noctilucent clouds

FEMA has a FAQ about tornado/hurricane safe rooms

USA Today article on undulates asperatus clouds. Mentions the Cloud Appreciation Society briefly

ESPOD with a Feathery Cirrus & Hole Punch cloud.

I found this pretty funny
An Aussie comments on Mexican weather reporting.
It is R rated

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Fog Bank, Jully 13, 2015

(Geez, I let this slide. I will try to keep this up to date with the WeatherBrains episodes. Holiday schedules threw a monkey wrench into things, too)

First, a public service announcement; if you get an email with an attachment saying it is Kayne West singing Bohemian Rhapsody, don’t open it.
It is Kayne West singing Bohemian Rhapsody.

This week’s Fog Bank all comes from the Capital Weather Gang, mostly from the middle of June, but still good reads.

Capital Weather Gang had a post with some nice pictures of the storms going through the DC area on June 18th

Justin Grieser of the Capital Weather Gang has a post about the summer solstice

Another story from Capital Weather Gang, with photos of severe thunderstorms in the DC area. My son lives in DC, and they’ve been getting pounded.

CWG again, about hurricane force winds from a Derecho in the Midwest.

CWG has a lot of great articles this week. This one is about Aurora sightings in the lower 48

CWG , with an article about fantastic sunsets in the DC area, June 23.

A bonus pick:
The National Severe Storms Lab has an article on their Plains Elevated Convection At Night project.
Of course, that’s not a great name … is it pea-CAN or Pu-con?

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Fog Bank, June 22, 2015

theweathernetwork.com had a story about twin tornados in one storm, spinning in opposite directions.

Speaceweather.com has a nice photo of noctilucent clouds

HT to Jen Hendersen’s Weather Safety Daily for a link to the LA Times, with a story about the photographer that caught that twin tornado photo

WSD also had a link to the BBC, with a story about England’s tornado alley

Q-tip @newton21989 sent a link to a MentalFloss video on weather misconceptions.
Old  news to most of us, but not too bad.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fog Bank, June 8, 2015

Jen Hendersen’s Weather Safety Daily had a link to FEMA’s Flood Map Service

WSD also linked to Jason Samenow’s post about the sinking of the Chinese ferry on the Yangtze River.

I find it very difficult to believe that a properly designed ship, loaded within its allowable limits, would be capsized by a thunderstorm or even a tornado. I know that it’s far more difficult to determine the strength of a tornado that is over water, but I do know ship’s stability. The few pictures I’ve found of this ship before the capsize show something with a great deal of sail area, and looks a bit top heavy, that is, inadequate stability. Something is amiss.

The weather channel has a story about the 2005 hurricane system

They also have a story about Hurricane Blanca, which might give some badly needed rain to the southwest

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fog Bank, June 1, 2015

Hello WeatherBrains listeners.

Google Earth Blog has a post about NASA’s average cloud cover map & map projections
From that post, you should click through to the mentalfloss.com article, too.

Space Weather.com had an entry about the plume from Chile’s Calbuco volcano, which is making some very spectacular sunrises & sunsets in the Southern Hemisphere

HT to Jen Hendersen’s Weather Safety Daily for a link to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, and a news release titled ‘Early warning must make sense.’ The article talks about a need for good impact based warnings.

ESPOD has a photo of a wedge tornado from Rochelle, Illinois, on April 9, 2015

ESPOD, Glaciating in clouds

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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

ESPOD with a double lunar rainbow

ESPOD again, with a viewer’s choice winner, sunrise crepuscular rays at Mt. Rainier

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

The Raycom stations in Montgomery, AL, had a blogpost about summer storms

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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.

Friend of the show Mike Eastwick  @wxMikeD, sent  a story at the BBC about the birth of the weather forecast

From RobH @rherrin828 A link to the NWS Central Illinois Spotter Briefing page

APOD, with an Aurora photo that almost didn’t happen

ESPOD, with a superior mirage on Lake Michigan (see what I did there. Almost Fishel worthy pun)

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.

Brad Panovich tweeted a Brian Kuntz photo of an incredible thunderstorm from Texas

Capitol Weather Gang had a set of photos from that same storm

APOD has a video of an aircraft passing through the shadow of the eclipse

ESPOD with a hole punch cloud near Aubrey’s area of the country

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
@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

ESPOD with an Aurora seen in Northern Michigan

I ran across a photo on Twitter of a lightning bolt in a rainbow

SPC Products Page:

Jason Samenow writing about the new graphic for 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.

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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

NOAA Weather Partners posted a video of tornado damage from the March 25 storm in Moore, OK

They also have a video on the SPC Day 4-8 Convective Outlook changes that went into effect in December, 2014

The Memphis Weather blog had an interesting post back in February about disappearing snow

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,

ESPOD with snow crystals from February, in Maryland

A short video about Nolan Doeskin, in his role as Colorado’s state climatologist
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

Aurora photo, flag shaped aurora seen in Sweden,  from Astronomy Picture of the Day.

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

While we still have them, many of my picks will be Aurora photos. This one is from APOD

And another pic, at spaceweather.com, of the St. Patrick’s Day geomagnetic storm.

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

Spaceweather.com had a link to a nice video of the March 20 eclipse

National Science Foundation youtube channel with a video about new radar systems that can track tornadoes & other severe weather with higher accuracy

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fog Bank, March 16, 2015

The tornado shaped building proposed for Tulsa - looks pretty sketchy & stupid to me

Ice circles on a river, courtesy of ESPOD

Great Aurora photo at APOD

Yet another Aurora photo - from Space Weather.com, with a tweeted photo from NASA.
That Spaceweather.com page also had a great photo of M5-class eruption on the sun, captured from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Angela Fritz wrote at The Capital Weather Gang about the groundskeepers at Fenway Park and snow removal. They spread, by hand, two tons of black sand over the snow to help get it to melt faster and avoid damage that plowing or other removal methods might cause.

An interesting cloud photo from ESPOD, a smoke plume above a fog layer

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fog Bank, March 2, 2015

Hello, Weather Brains listeners; You can find these links at skydaver.blogspot.com

Timeanddate.com has a nice chart to help with identifying all the timezones around the world

NOAA Weather Partners has a new video in their Bite-size Science series: The FACETs Project.
FACET is an acronym for Forecasting A Continuum of Environmental Threats

Spaceweather.com with a fairly unusual Aurora photo

A lenticular cloud photobombs the moon, Mars & Venus at APOD

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory picked up a solar flare this morning, and SpaceWeather.com has the photo


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fog Bank, Feb. 23, 2015

CoCoRaHS will have a webinar Thursday, February 26, on Agricultural Meteorology. You can register for it and listen live, or find it on the CoCoRaHS page later.

NOAA uses new tech to measure the Washington monument

Mammatus clouds in Argentina

Pileus cloud in Brazil. Does South America get all the cool clouds?

Great Aurora photos at speaceweather.com. They also show a photo depicting where the Auroras are appearing

Jim Cantore “ThunderSnow autotuned”

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fog Bank, February 9, 2015

Patton Oswalt, an actor & comedian that will be one of “oh, that guy” actors, send out a decent tweet last week “Snowmageddon”, Come on Twitter, we can do better than this. He had a few funny hashtags, and many of the responses were pretty good. My favorite was Ragnorocksalt One or two are NSFW, though.

Cory Mccluskey of Fox10 in Phoenix had a little trouble with the display during his forecast on Jan27, but handled it pretty well.

The ISS Science Director had a story on the use of the Rapid Scatterometer aboard the ISS, and its use during the recent nor’easter

Capital Weather Gang had a great post about the forecast uncertainty for the storm of Jan. 27

The New York Times had a good article about that forecast (I hope it isn't behind a paywall)

Multiple rainbows in Alaska, from ESPOD

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fog Bank, January 26, 2015

Hello, everyone, lets get this started.

I’m going to use the Wayback machine to give a little background on how the Fog Bank came about. This is from Weather Brains episode 267, Pizza in the Cold

Google Earth Blog had a post about showing tornado damage using the historical imagery feature in Google Earth.

Jason Samenow posted at Capital Weather Gang, Lightning in the eye of Cyclone Bansi from the ISS

Comet Lovejoy photos at ESPOD

NOAA Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research has an article on CalWater2015, an investigation into atmospheric rivers

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Fog Bank, January 19, 2015

Comet Lovejoy photos at ESPOD

ESPOD - Fog Bow

Courtesy of the Astronomy picture of the day, A winter solstice picture from Italy

Polar Stratospheric Clouds, from SpaceWeather.com

NOAA’S Climate.gov website had a discussion on the drought in California. HT to Jen Henderson’s Weather Safety Daily newsletter for this:

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fog Bank, January 14, 2015

I sent this in on Monday, but it didn't make it into the Wednesday special edition of the Fog Bank

My first pick comes from
NOAA Weather Partners with a video of highlights of the National Weather Festival

I’m a little late with these, but I have two links about the solstice. The first comes from
ESPOD - Two solstice photos

and the Capital Weather Gang with 5 questions & answers about the winter solstice

The last two picks are also from
ESPOD with a nice shelf cloud photo

ESPOD with Iridescent clouds

I’ll close with a request for Kevin … we need Matthew to do a cold weather PSA.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fog Bank, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year, Weather Brains listeners, This is David Phillips, skydaver on twitter.

ESPOD has a photo of an equinox from space

ESPOD again, with supernumerary bows

SpaceWeather.com for Dec. 3 has photos of noctilucent clouds over Antarctica


From WDAZ, a video of an ice circle in the Cheyenne River, in North Dakota

ESPOD, with a fog chasing photo. from Mt. Tamalpais, above the fog

Thanks for listening
Skydaver out!

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