Anemic Hurricane Season Peaks as Tropical Depression Forms in Atlantic

Dennis Mersereau · 09/11/14 03:25PM

This week is the historical peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and on cue this morning saw the formation of the basin's sixth tropical depression. The system is expected to slowly strengthen into Tropical Storm and eventually Hurricane Edouard over the next few days.

Everyone Remembers the Weather Thirteen Years Ago

Dennis Mersereau · 09/11/14 07:00AM

When something major happens in our lives, we remember the strangest details. The smell of the car, the music on the radio, what we ate. One of the biggest things that people remember about that day thirteen years ago was the sky. Damn, that was a blue sky.

Summer 2014 Dies at Age Zero

Dennis Mersereau · 09/10/14 04:17PM

So long, summer 2014; we hardly knew you. It looks like tomorrow might be the last day of thermometer summer for much of the eastern United States. A cold front marching eastward will bring with it a line of storms followed by a long stretch of blissful autumnal crispness. Hallelujah.

Wunderground Uses Fox News Graphing Technique to Boast Forecast Skills

Dennis Mersereau · 09/10/14 12:11PM

Weather Underground (or "Wunderground") recently launched a campaign to tout their top-of-the-heap forecast accuracy compared other private weather companies. And in classic marketing form, they distorted the hell out of the graph to drive home their point.

Stop Complaining About Flying and Look Out the Window

Dennis Mersereau · 09/09/14 02:47PM

In the past few weeks we've seen an endless stream of opinions come out about reclining seats and boarding order and carry-on luggage and this and that, but nobody discusses one of the biggest issues behind flying: the wonder wore off. At what point did we stop appreciating that we're able to fly?

Adorable Little Dog Goes Bananas Playing in His First Snowfall

Dennis Mersereau · 09/09/14 09:14AM

A surprise early-season snowfall in Alberta yesterday sent snow-hating residents into conniptions and snow lovers brimming with joy. However, there is no way any human in Calgary enjoyed the snow as much as this cute little pup.

This "Stupid Motorist Law" Makes Drivers Pay for Their Flood Rescues

Dennis Mersereau · 09/08/14 02:59PM

As dependable as the sunrise, every flash flood disaster produces photos of people who drive into floods only to get stuck and need to be rescued by emergency crews. Arizona actually has a law in place that charges these less-than-bright drivers for the full cost of their rescue, plus a hefty penalty.

Explaining This Week's Geeky Buzzword: "Precipitable Water"

Dennis Mersereau · 09/08/14 11:27AM

Going from drought to deluge, the southwestern United States is being inundated by flooding rainfall yet again today. One of the terms meteorologists are batting around to describe this record-setting pool of atmospheric moisture has people confused, but it's actually pretty easy to understand.

Record-Shattering Snow This Winter? Take It With a Grain of Rock Salt

Dennis Mersereau · 09/08/14 07:00AM

We're going to have the snowiest winter in recorded history this year! If you believe this, chances are you recently read a terrible knockoff of The Onion. The junk site in question wrote about predictions of "record-shattering snowfall" this winter, and it's a bunch of malarkey.

Dennis Mersereau · 09/03/14 09:35AM

The Vane is enjoying some time off this week. We ("we") will be back in full capacity on Monday. Enjoy this photo we ("we") took of a thunderstorm the other day. Have a good week and happy weathering.

Here Are Four Months of Storms Condensed into a Two Minute Video

Dennis Mersereau · 08/31/14 11:45AM

We often see animated satellite images of storms over the Atlantic that show us 12- or 24-hour loops, but how about a satellite loop that lasts 2,150 hours? An ambitious YouTuber created this awesome time lapse video showing four months of storms over the western Pacific in just two minutes.

Dangerous Severe Weather Outbreak Possible in the Midwest on Sunday

Dennis Mersereau · 08/30/14 02:17PM

After a long period without any severe weather, the atmosphere appears primed for a potentially dangerous severe weather outbreak tomorrow across areas from Kansas to Minnesota. Some areas could see tornadoes, baseball-size hail, and winds in excess of 75 MPH.

Female Meteorologist Smacks Down Sexist Jerk on Facebook

Dennis Mersereau · 08/29/14 12:12PM

Female meteorologists, much like women in every other profession and walk of life, have to put up with a lot of crap from sexist men who think they can do or say whatever they please without repercussions. One guy who got lippy with ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee this morning got what he deserved.

Outflow Boundaries Are Some of the Coolest Weather Features Around

Dennis Mersereau · 08/28/14 04:39PM

One of the nicest things about summer is a nearby afternoon thunderstorm. The storm bubbles up on the horizon and a few minutes later you get a nice gust of cool, refreshing wind. This gust of wind is called an "outflow boundary," and it's one of the most interesting weather phenomena there is.

"Certain Death": Looking at the Dire Katrina Bulletin Nine Years Later

Dennis Mersereau · 08/28/14 10:00AM

Nine years ago today, the National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a sternly-worded statement to people in the path of Hurricane Katrina known as "The Bulletin." Its sharp language left little doubt Katrina was going to be the storm to beat all storms, and that residents in its path were in mortal danger.