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Spinning Weather Phenomena

Spinning Weather Phenomena

As the Earth spins, so do many weather phenomena. A comparative look at weather features that rotate; from small dust devils to massive superstorms. The spin of the Earth helps generate many of our planet’s natural phenomena from global ocean currents to atmospheric wind flow and weather patterns. Many types of weather are associated with…

Heat Wave Safety – Stay Cool as Temperatures Rise

Heat Wave Safety – Stay Cool as Temperatures Rise

Recently, temperatures along the West Coast have reached record highs. The extreme heat event was responsible for crop damage, buckled roads, blackouts, and several deaths. According to the World Health Organization, heat waves are considered the most dangerous natural hazard. In fact, high temperatures are responsible for killing hundreds of people every year. As temperatures…

Unprecedented Heat Wave Shatters Records in the Pacific Northwest

Unprecedented Heat Wave Shatters Records in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest was recently affected by its most severe heat wave in history. Many areas saw their all-time high temperature records broken, in many cases by several degrees. The heat lingered for a few days, causing many deaths, affecting crops, and killing sea creatures such as mussels and clams. The worst heat occurred from…

New Climate Normals – What Do They Mean?

New Climate Normals – What Do They Mean?

NOAA recently released the new U.S. Climate Normals. They have been updated to cover weather data from the years 1991-2020. You may wonder: what they are used for? Climate normals allow the general public, meteorologists, and businesses to compare today’s weather to the 30-year averages for the past 30 years. “Normals” is another word for…

Do Hurricanes Ever Hit the West Coast of the U.S.?

Do Hurricanes Ever Hit the West Coast of the U.S.?

The Atlantic tropical season runs from June 1st to November 30th each year, when tropical storms and hurricanes are most prone to developing over the northern Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or greater. In an average year, there are 6 hurricanes…

An Outlook on the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

An Outlook on the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be another above-average season. After 2020’s record-breaking season, it’s hard to believe that 2021 could compare. Although a previous year cannot tell us what will happen in the following year, scientists have already predicted 2021 will be another very active season. What Does an Average Season Look Like?  The Atlantic Basin hurricane season will officially begin on June 1st and run through November 30th. An average Atlantic hurricane…

Weather Data is Not a Weather Analysis

Weather Data is Not a Weather Analysis

While weather data is the primary source for historical weather information, obtaining weather data without a thorough analysis by a forensic meteorologist can result in missing critical pieces of weather information. Weather data provides a significant amount of information regarding weather conditions on any given day. The data can include temperatures, wind speeds, precipitation type,…

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