Posted tagged ‘weather’

Punxsutawney Phil sees no shadow…

February 2, 2011

Groundhog handler Ben Hughes watches Punxsutawney Phil, who did not see his shadow predicting an early spring.

After this week’s weather, I’m sure that everyone is looking forward to spring.  With Punxsutawney Phil not seeing his shadow this morning, spring is supposed to come early, right?

Maybe….maybe not….

Flipping through the history books, it seems Punxsutawney Phil has spotted his shadow 99 out of 114 times. That would mean that there is rarely an early spring. However, according to the Stormfax Almanac, the groundhog is only right 39 percent of the time — a failing grade in school terms.

Tropical Storm Danny Impacts East Coast

August 28, 2009

hurricaneAccording to the U.S. National Hurricane Center on Friday, Tropical Storm Danny is weakening in the Atlantic.  But, Danny still could produce dangerous surf conditions and life-threatening rip currents along the East Coast over the next few days. The heart of the storm is tracking away from the coast, but there were storm alerts for North Carolina and residents from the Carolinas to Canada were urges to monitor storm conditions.

First Atlantic Hurricane of the Season

August 17, 2009

hurricaneThe first Atlantic Ocean hurricane of the season, Hurricane Bill, is already a Category I hurricane and is expected to grow into a major hurricane.  But, a low pressure trough is forming which could prevent Bill from making landfall.  Currently, Bill is heading west of Bermuda.

Hurricane Felicia Heading Toward Hawaii

August 6, 2009

hurricaneHurricane Felicia, classified as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, is moving toward Hawaii.  It is expected to strike near the Hawaiian Islands and will likely make landfall on Monday.  The storm should weaken as it crosses the Pacific Ocean.

El Niño is Back

July 15, 2009

storm & tree

Last week, NOAA announced that El Niño or El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the periodic warming of the eastern Pacific ocean, has returned.  El Niño impacts the globe in a number of ways.  It typically brings droughts to  Southeastern Asia, flooding to Central and South America and damaging storms to the US, especially in California.  It also usually suppresses Atlantic hurricanes.  For more information, see NOAA’s website.

NASA Launches New Weather Satellite

June 29, 2009
A Delta IV rocket races into the sky with the GOES-O satellite aboard. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

A Delta IV rocket races into the sky with the GOES-O satellite aboard. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Delayed a day due to weather, NASA launched a new Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) weather satellite into space Saturday, June 27th, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The GOES-O satellite, which will be renamed GOES-14,  will provide higher resolution pictures than the earlier models currently in use by NOAA.  This improved resolution will allow forecasters to more accurately track small-scale features like tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.  While GOES-O will be tested over the next two months to ensure it is functioning normally, it is actually a spare & will go into storage mode once the testing is over.  With the addition of the GOES-O satellite, NOAA has two spare GOES satellites in space.  But, it is expected that with fuel-shortage issues with both GOES-11 & GOES-12 satellites, GOES-13 will be taken out of storage mode & will become operational later this year.  For more information on the launch, check out the Space Shot.