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Posted on05. Mar, 2010 by Ryan.
If you have ever looked at a forecast sounding and wondered what all of those numbers and letters were on the side of the graph, we have your answer. They are indices which allow forecasters to take a quick glance at different aspects of the atmosphere without having to compute all of the formulas by [...]
Posted on13. Feb, 2010 by Ryan.
This is the website where you can get any type of severe and exteme weather you are looking for: Hail, Flash Floods, Tornadoes, even Blizzards. As you can see the website is still undergoing construction. Poke around the site and check out our promotional video and keep coming back for more photos, videos and chase [...]
Posted on04. Feb, 2010 by Ryan.
This portion of the website will be educate the user on how to interpret the weather and its effects above the surface. It is important to note that the atmosphere extends to space and has many different layers. However, we will only discuss the thermosphere, which is the closest layer to the earth. This whole [...]
Posted on02. Feb, 2010 by Ryan.
Starting on December 8th and lasting through December 9th a major to historic winter storm impacted nearly all portions of the upper Midwest. Snowfall totals in the 10-15 inch range was reported in a large swath through the heart of Iowa, into Minnesota and Wisconsin. What made this event so dangerous to the general public were the intense winds that occurred during/followed the snow. The afternoon and evening hours of the 8th, the storm started to lay down snowfall with intense rates approaching 2 inches per hour in some spots. Des Moines and several stations in central Iowa reported visibilities at a quarter mile for several hours during the first intense banding of snowfall. In addition the dynamics of the storm created at least one report of thundersnow in eastern Iowa during the event
Posted on16. Jan, 2010 by Ryan.
A Skew-t is a graphical representation of the atmosphere in one single column of air. It allows forecasters to gauge nearly everything about the environment: moisture, instability, shear, and environmental temperatures just to sample a few. A seasoned forecaster can quickly glance at a sounding and understand the basic stability of the atmosphere. A Skew-t [...]
Posted on08. May, 2009 by Ryan.
This was a chase that I was not that excited about, moisture was lacking big time and shear was marginal at best. But this chase proved how meso and even micro-scale environment changes can allow a storm to really increase in intensity. This was also a great example of storm collision creating an even stronger [...]