Tag: NWS

June 30

Once In A Millennium Heat Wave Pacific Northwest and British Columbia – Spiked by a Warming Climate

Heating Up For 4th of July Festivities I’m seeing things on my weather maps I’ve never witnessed before and I’m fairly sure that’s not a good thing. Like an extraordinary “4-Sigma” heat wave for the Pacific Northwest, 4 standard deviations from the mean, or an event you might see once every 1,000 to 10,000 years. 117F in British Columbia, where satellites measured surface temperatures as high as 145F, hot enough to melt and buckle pavement. A few degrees of background warming increases the probability of historic extremes. Welcome to a new world of super-sized heat waves. Twin Cities National Weather...

December 15

Worried About Proposed National Weather Service Rate Limits? You’re Not Alone.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates the National Weather Service’s (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), which has played a vital, but at times unreliable role in disseminating crucial weather data to private enterprise, public agencies, and the general public. As demand for this data has grown over time, free and open access to these agency data pipelines is facing critical bandwidth limitations that have forced the agency to propose hard limitations on the allowed number of requests for model and weather data per minute. With an open period for gathering public opinion already kicked off, the...