Blog: Weather

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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December 1

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends and Meteorological Winter Begins

First above-average season in the Atlantic Basin since 2012 The 2016 Atlantic, Eastern Pacific and Central Pacific Hurricane Seasons officially ended on Wednesday, November 30th and according to NOAA’s NHC, all 3 regions finished with an above-normal amount of storms this year! Interestingly, this season was the most active the Atlantic basin has been since that of 2012! Note that this year saw 5 landfalling U.S. storms. Hurricane Matthew may have been one of the most newsworthy storms as it rapidly developed in the Caribbean, reaching its peak intensity as a major category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 160mph...

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November 24

HealthCast: Global Warming Aggravates Allergies

Allergies got you down? You’re not alone. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Allergies are also a leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.  In a warming world expect to be wheezing, coughing, and sneezing more often as global warming aggravates allergies. Global Warming Aggravates Allergies Whether you are a strong believer in anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming, natural (long & short timescales) or a combination of both the global climate is changing. Many climate scientists warn of devastating hurricanes and biblical floods as a result of a changing climate. But there is a little lesser known...

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November 17

How to Survive a Winter Storm

How to Survive a Winter Storm The time is nigh–it will soon be time for heavy coats, ice scrapers and snow plows. Winter storms will soon become a part of our vocabulary and their impact can vary greatly. Generally, a winter storm is defined as a storm that produces winter precipitation such as snow, sleet or freezing rain. For most of us in the U.S., winter storms are most common between December and March, though there have been many instances of significant winter storms outside of these months, such as the 1991 Halloween Blizzard in Minneapolis that began at the...