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#064: Northern Lights

March 22, 2019

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 […]

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#063: Spring Sunlight

March 19, 2019

Astronomical spring (the vernal equinox) arrives on Wednesday at 5:58 p.m. (EDT). Meteorologically, there isn’t much significance to March 20th, but there are certainly some interesting things that happen from an astronomical standpoint. Let’s explore them in tonight’s episode of WeatherJazz┬«.

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#062: Severe Thunderstorms In The World

March 15, 2019

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s program, Episode #061, when we explained the two parameters that officially make a thunderstorm “severe” (please listen to that episode before this one). Are all severe thunderstorms “made the same?” Not really. While most of the threshold differences are small, there are a few that are surprising. I’ll look […]

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#061: Severe Thunderstorm Criteria

March 14, 2019

Is there an official definition of a “severe thunderstorm?” If the answer is “yes,” what are the parameters and thresholds of a severe thunderstorm that need to be crossed before a severe thunderstorm warning is officially issued by the National Weather Service? Our weather was VERY active today, not only in Ohio, but in much […]

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#060: Crazy USA Weather

March 13, 2019

With a projected high of 67┬░F or warmer on Thursday, how can I (with a straight face) call this a “cold pattern?” That’s easy. Join me for a look at this seeming contradiction as we explore some interesting weather records that continue to be set in the USA .

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#059: USA Snow Pack Record

March 8, 2019

After a brief vacation break followed by what seemed to be the flu bug, I’m back to share a sound that my wife and I found most unusual for February… but it would have been beyond unusual if we had heard this sound in Ohio in the concluding days of February. I’ll let you sample […]

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#058: Big Time Wind

February 24, 2019

I just heard from the National weather Service office in Cleveland and they verified that their peak wind just was actually 67 MPH (it showed up as 66 MPH due to a rounding error on the initial climatological product Sunday evening). When was the last time we saw winds higher than that? We’ll take a […]

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#057: Beef Wellington

February 19, 2019

Okay, okay. So what does Beef Wellington have to do with weather or science? Not much. But every once in a while when something piques my interest or when I think something may pique yours, I’ll head in a wild direction. Why Beef Wellington? You’ll see. Also in Episode #057, a warm “welcome!” to a […]

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