Improvements in Weather Radar – Dual-Polarization

Taking place now through early 2013, a major upgrade to the WSR-88D Doppler Radar network will be completed by the National Weather Service, promising significant improvements in near-term forecasting and warning technology across the United States. The advanced technology is called dual-polarization (or dual-pol) radar. Up...

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Tornadoes of 2011

Tornadoes of 2011 Five of the major weather disasters in the U.S. last year involved outbreaks of strong and violent tornadoes. These predominantly occurred in the middle to southeast part of the country during April through June. A review of weather data analyses at various levels of...

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US Extreme Weather Events 2011

U.S Extreme Weather Events in 2011 No matter what stands out to each of us about 2011, a common thread shared by many was the severity of nation’s weather. Varied, atypical, and at times both devastating and tragic, 2011 was an exceptionally active year for major-impact...

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A Mild Start To Winter In The Eastern US

With the arrival of the New Year, many people east of the Mississippi River have been wondering what has happened to winter. Most areas of the Eastern US have seen well below normal snowfall and unseasonably warm weather. This is especially attention grabbing following the...

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Tropical Storm Sean pulling away from Bermuda

Tropical Storm Sean grazed Bermuda but is now rapidly pulling away to the Northeast away from the island. The system with max sustained winds will likely encounter cooler waters and wind shear which will result in weakening. The storm will not likely be a threat...

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11/8 Tropical Storm Sean

In another active season in terms of storm numbers, it is not surprising that November has yielded yet another system. In this case it is Sean which has transitioned from a subtropical cyclone to a tropical storm. In reality this classification is more academic than...

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10/28: Morning Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Rina continues to linger near the Yucatan Peninsula this morning with 45 mph max sustained winds (as of 7am CDT). This system’s primary threat will be heavy rainfall to the Yucatan and Cozumel as it slowly meanders near land. The storm will eventually...

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