Rare "High Risk" for Severe Storms Issued, Derecho Imminent in Midwest

Dennis Mersereau · 06/03/14 03:42PM

A high risk for severe weather is in place for the Midwest this evening as a life-threatening severe weather outbreak unfolds. Meteorologists issued the highest risk possible as they are now expecting a derecho, or a dangerous line of thunderstorms that produces destructive hurricane-force winds over hundreds of miles.

Dennis Mersereau · 06/03/14 01:41PM

Andrea Thompson over at Climate Central has a great read on how the National Hurricane Center developed a new product to better convey the risk that storm surge poses to land ahead of a landfalling tropical system. The new storm surge maps are in place for use this hurricane season.

Major Severe Weather Outbreak Likely in the Central Plains Today

Dennis Mersereau · 06/03/14 01:18AM

The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a major severe weather outbreak in the Central Plains and Midwest today, which could include strong tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail. There's some uncertainty in the forecast, but severe weather indices are off the charts and if the storms form, they could mean business.

People Don't Even Respect Hurricanes with Female Names

Dennis Mersereau · 06/02/14 03:59PM

If you live on the coast and heard that a hurricane was barreling towards you, would you take it more seriously if it were named Hurricane Douglas or Hurricane Dolly? A recent study suggests that people take storms with female names less seriously than those with male names, and die as a result.

Today Is the Start of Meteorological Summer

Dennis Mersereau · 06/01/14 06:17PM

Welcome to meteorological summer. For the next three months, we're going to sweat, run for our lives, and anxiously wait for student loan debt to kick in. It's already off to a rocky start, with a 20% chance of tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico this week and a severe weather outbreak in the midwest.

Dennis Mersereau · 05/30/14 03:08PM

When the forecast calls for "scattered thunderstorms," this is what they're talking about.

Politics of Hurricanes: Hitler, Israel, and the World's Geekiest Fight

Dennis Mersereau · 05/29/14 11:00AM

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to the politics of hurricanes. Two names were so controversial in 2001 that they caused an uproar and were immediately removed from the list. Another infamous storm nearly caused a brawl among meteorologists.

Look for 'Manhattanhenge' Before Sunset This Evening

Dennis Mersereau · 05/29/14 08:00AM

A phenomenon known as "Manhattanhenge" will make its biannual appearance before sunset this evening in New York City. The event occurs when the sun perfectly aligns itself down the middle of any east-west street in Manhattan, bringing people outside in masses to try to get pictures of the occurrence.

Do You Have What It Takes to Save a City?

Dennis Mersereau · 05/28/14 10:30AM

Imagine being the person who can save an entire city's population from injury and death with just a few clicks of your mouse. This simulator from the National Weather Service lets you test your abilities and see if you've got what it takes to do just that.

Check Out This Awesome Pinwheel Low Over Texas and Oklahoma

Dennis Mersereau · 05/27/14 03:54PM

A well-defined low pressure system over Texas and Oklahoma this afternoon is producing an awesome sight on satellite imagery, including a classic comma shape and even an eye-like feature in the middle of it.

Dennis Mersereau · 05/27/14 03:34PM

At 430PM EDT, a rare supercell in central Vermont has a hook echo on it and strong rotation on radar, prompting a tornado warning for Windsor and Rutland Counties. The storm has a history of producing wind damage and hail up to the size of golf balls.

Remembering the Jarrell, Texas Tornado

Dennis Mersereau · 05/27/14 03:26PM

Today is the 17th anniversary of the Jarrell, Texas tornado, and Kinja user and weather enthusiast Stephen Uzick has a good write-up about the incredible dynamics that went into producing this deadly F5 tornado back in 1997.

Hundreds of Free Online Courses Help You Become a Weather Know-It-All

Dennis Mersereau · 05/27/14 01:00PM

Who says that you need to drown in math, debt, and tears to get an education? If you're in the mood for some book learnin', there is an awesome resource that allows you to access hundreds of lessons about weather and climatology, and it's all completely free.

Why I Write About (and Debunk) the Chemtrail Conspiracy Theory

Dennis Mersereau · 05/27/14 10:30AM

In 2003, Barbra Streisand frantically tried to censor pictures of her home in Malibu after someone posted them online. In 2003, millions of people saw pictures of Barbra Streisand's home in Malibu. In what became known as the Streisand effect, attempts to suppress information about something usually backfires and leads to even more publicity for the supposedly secret thing.