Today is the first day of summer. There are 185 shopping days left until Christmas. All the cool kids are asking their parents for fashionable sling psychrometers this year. Hint hint.
The neighbourhood of East Village in Calgary, Alberta regretfully informs the public that rain has cancelled tonight's yoga session. It will be held next Tuesday. Here at The Vane, we care about the physical and spiritual fitness of our friends north of the border, so for our diehard readers in East Village, you may use the above video as a substitute for tonight's cancelled yoga. Bless.
Yesterday's severe weather in the central Plains lived up to expectations. The outbreak resulted in around 340 reports of severe weather across ten states, including numerous reports of baseball size hail and damaging winds up to 89 MPH in some spots. The hail was a product of supercells that formed during the afternoon hours, which quickly merged into a very well-organized squall line during the overnight hours and produced a fair amount of wind damage across Nebraska and Kansas.
A line of severe thunderstorms is moving into the New York City metro area from the west, and should start to threaten the city itself around 6:00PM. The storms are capable of producing damaging straight-line winds in excess of 60 MPH, as well as torrential rainfall and "continuous cloud-to-ground lightning."
A meteorologist on board an American Eagle jet taxiing to the runway in Abilene, Texas yesterday took a video of golf ball size hail pounding the Embraer ERJ-145 for more than seven minutes while they sat on the taxiway. The plane had to turn back to the gate because of the damage.
The country's official weather forecasting agency keeps losing its communications during severe weather events, making it virtually impossible to issue life-saving warnings in some cases. This inexcusable weakness in its infrastructure will lead to people's deaths if they don't fix it now and it goes out again during a future emergency.
The internet is saturated with websites that give you weather information, and frankly, most of them suck. Very few allow you to see lightning around the world in real-time, and even fewer give you this data for free. But there is one nugget of gold tucked deep in the confines of Europe that gives you the best of the best, all for free.