Blog: Weather

February 9

D.J.’s Monthly Digits: A Warm And Wet January 2017

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser). January 2017 ended up being (once again) a warm and wet month across much of the United States. Overall, the month across the lower 48 ended up as the 18th warmest January since 1895, and the ninth wettest January on record (which would be the wettest since 1998). In this edition of D.J.’s Monthly Digits, let’s take a look back some of the weather extremes of January 2017. Warmth From The South To The Northeast In January 2017 January ended up being a very warm month from...

February 2

Worst NFL Championship Weather Ever?

We’re down to crunch time until the NFL Super Bowl LI kicks off. It’s nearly time to crunch down on snacks, sit on the cozy couch and watch Lady Gaga do her thing at half time. The game’s in Houston. NRG Stadium has a retractable roof. So ideally, weather shouldn’t be a problem as far as the Patriots and Falcons are concerned. 71,795 football fans will be packing the seats, flashing their cameras to the field for kickoff! But all this got me thinking… what was the absolute worst weather that has fallen on a past Super Bowl or NFL Championship? Disclaimer:...

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January 26

Total Solar Eclipse Coming to a Sky Near You: August 2017

“The Great American Eclipse” On Monday, August 21st, 2017, a dark shadow will be cast across parts of the United States as a rare Total Solar Eclipse develops. Interestingly, this will be the first Total Solar Eclipse seen in the Lower 48 since February 26, 1979; a span of more than 38 years! With that said, this years solar eclipse has been highly anticipated and weather permitting, the path (seen below) will span from coast to coast, right through the heart of the country! A large “Penumbra” or partial shadow will be seen across all of North America while the “Umbra”...

January 12

California Drought, Improvement At Stormy Price

Drought By The Numbers   2017 is still young. But the California drought is now entering its SEVENTH year. That fact is just impressive to type into words. It’s been so long now, that it may feel like it’s just another day at this point for some Californians. That’s easy for me to say. I’ll avoid further cliché. Essentially, we are looking at one of the worst regional droughts the USA has ever had to live through. The four-year period between fall 2011 and fall 2015 was the driest in CA since record keeping began in 1895 (Source). Of course impacts...

January 5

D.J.’s Monthly Digits: Colder Conditions For Some In December 2016

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser). We ended the year 2016 with a mixed bag of records across the country during the month of December. In this edition of D.J.’s Monthly Digits, let’s take a look back some of the weather extremes of December 2016. Warm Southern U.S In December 2016 While we saw numerous record highs throughout the month across the country, in many areas they were equaled with some colder stretches, knocking many out of seeing a top ten warmest December on record. However, areas of the southern U.S. held on...

December 29

Northern Lights: What Are They? How Can I See Them?

What Are Northern Lights? If you live at a northern latitude, there’s a chance you’ve been lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, which is also known as aurora. Even if you live in a northern latitude, several factors have to come together for northern light viewing. First of all, what are they? Well, let’s start with our sun. The sun is an interesting ball of hot gaseous material that can often act up and burp charged particles into outer space. If this violent storm is pointed in our direction, these charged particles will ride the solar wind at speeds of...

December 21

HealthCast: Air Pressure Changes Can Impact Human Health

Can the human body act as a weather barometer? While multiple studies show inconsistencies linking pain to pressure changes, people have been known to predict an impending storm solely based on joint pain. There is a scientific theory as to how air pressure changes can impact human health. Air Pressure Changes Can Impact Human Health The weather pattern is dominated by regions of high and low pressure. The movement of high and low pressure changes the air pressure at a particular location. The human body adjusts to the changes in outdoor air pressure by creating equal pressure inside the body. This equilibrium of the body’s internal pressure...

Noctilucent clouds over Uppsala, Sweden. Source: Wikimedia.
December 15

Noctilucent Clouds: Season Underway

‘Tis the season to head south and play with nature’s hide-and-seek masters. I’m talking about the never-always seen, but always gorgeous noctilucent clouds. Okay… maybe that’s an unrealistic proposition. Antarctica or the Arctic Circle likely aren’t in our vacation plans anytime soon. I’ll use this blog to ‘transport’ us there. You’re welcome. Now we don’t have freeze and still see one of the most beautiful natural occurrences over our planet. Always bundle up if you go cloud hunting on these fellas! They only occur in the coldest and highest places on (or in this case, above) Earth. That’s the mesosphere (which lies...

December 8

D.J.’s Monthly Digits: Warm & Somewhat Dry November 2016

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser). We are starting to see a broken record each month, and November was no exception, with numerous records broken across the country. Many areas saw one of their warmest Novembers on record, meanwhile a select few locations saw either a top ten wettest or driest on record. In this edition of D.J.’s Monthly Digits, let’s take a look back some of the weather extremes of November 2016. The Lower 48 Baked In November 2016 Clearly one of the biggest headlines of November was the widespread heat across the...

December 7

There’s a Weather Index For That!

We are all familiar with the direct impact weather conditions can have on our day-to-day lives. There are days where hanging out at the beach seems like a no-brainer. On the contrary, we have all experienced circumstances that prevented us from doing something as simple as driving to the supermarket. As technologies have advanced we have been able to not only observe and report current conditions, but also accurately provide weather forecasts. To some degree, we can literally predict the future. But what if we took that one step further? What if we were able to forecast the potential for...