#071: Weather Modification

I received a great question on the WeatherJazz® Hotline from a listener in Medina, Ohio regarding weather modification and it’s potential usefulness in mitigating damage from tropical storms and hurricanes. In order to best understand weather modification efforts, it’s best to look back at attempts to do so in the last 50 years or so.

Here is the April rainfall departure chart that I mentioned in this episode:

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#070: Summer Outlook

The two seasons with the highest degree (did you get the pun, there?) of interest in terms of the long-range, seasonal outlook is winter and summer. It makes perfect sense since these are the two extremes of the year. With June, July, and August (the meteorological summer of 2019) right around the corner, it’s time to roll out the summer weather outlook. Specifically, our team looked at rainfall, severe weather episodes, and 90°F days specifically for Ohio.

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#069: Just a Way Of Life

Caribou, Maine continues to establish a new record with every new morning this April. The record? They have now experienced the longest continuous stretch of measuring at least one inch of snow. As of today (Good Friday), that stretch is 161 days.

See how I placed the peak snow depth of 45″ into perspective:

I asked Caribou snowmobile dealer Bob Plourde to join me to talk about how the long snow season has affected his business as well as how it impacted everyday life in northern Maine. You can visit his website HERE.

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#068: Maine’s New Record

Can you imagine 160 continuous days with at least one inch of snow covering the ground? No need to imagine anymore. Caribou Maine not only broke the old record, but SMASHED it… and they are still many days away before they officially kiss the snow cover goodbye. Let’s talk about that (and I’m working on securing a guest to talk about how that has impacted everyday life there).

The moon is waxing (approaching full). What is your best chance of seeing the moon over the next 5 days? We’ll look at the probabilities in tonight’s episode of WeatherJazz®.

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#067: Breathtaking Sunsets

What does the atmosphere have to do in order to create a stunning, jaw-dropping sunset with its array of rich colors? Let’s talk about that on tonight’s episode of WeatherJazz®. I made reference to my television forecast from tonight that we had the initial ingredients necessary for one of these sunsets. At first, it looked like the exiting cloud deck was going to be too thick. Then everything came together and the skies lit up.

Here are images I took from the back parking lot of FOX 8 in Cleveland between 8:03 p.m. and 8:08 p.m.

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#066: Your Favorite Month

It’s time to focus on YOU, the WeatherJazz® audience by asking you, “What is your favorite month and why?” Calls came in from Seattle to Cleveland on the WeatherJazz® Hotline. I alsdo posed the same question to your favorite FOX 8 news anchors and reporters. The answers were wide and varied as well as the reasons… all very interesting!

If you have a general comment or specific question that you would like to hear covered on WeatherJazz®, call 330-236-3333 and leave your comment or question.

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#065 March Sendoff

The atmosphere sent March packing with a parting gift: a significant snowfall in NEOhio. March snowfalls aren’t all that unusual in Ohio. In fact, we’ve recently seen several inches of snow on Sunday, May 15, 2017 on the east side of Cleveland. But this weekend’s snowfall did fall into a category that raised more than a few eyebrows. Let’s explore in Episode #065 of WeatherJazz®

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#064: Northern Lights

Until March, the sun has been largely quiet in 2019. We are in a solar minimum in its 7-year sunspot cycle. However, we’ve seen a couple of interesting sunspot clusters in the last few weeks. One of them hurled a “CME” (Coronal Mass Ejection) towards Earth that will zip past Earth on Saturday night. It MAY elevate our opportunity of seeing the northern lights this Saturday night. The weather couldn’t be any more perfect if you live in Ohio. If you live elsewhere, check on your local forecast for sky conditions.

In Episode #064, you’ll gain some tips and insight that may increase your chance of seeing this delightful phenomenon. The resources I talk about in the episode are listed on http://www.weatherjazz.com (under Episode #064).

CLICK HERE to watch the planetary “K-Index” values.

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