Episodes

#064: Northern Lights

Posted by on March 22, 2019 at 8:56 pm

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 […]

#062: Severe Thunderstorms In The World

Posted by on March 15, 2019 at 8:03 pm

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 […]

#061: Severe Thunderstorm Criteria

Posted by on March 14, 2019 at 9:12 pm

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 […]

#060: Crazy USA Weather

Posted by on March 13, 2019 at 8:06 pm

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 .

#059: USA Snow Pack Record

Posted by on March 8, 2019 at 8:56 pm

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 […]

#057: Beef Wellington

Posted by on February 19, 2019 at 8:46 pm

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 […]

#054: Valentine’s Day

Posted by on February 13, 2019 at 8:54 pm

As promised, here is a quick look around the country for any Valentine’s Day weather challenges and a look back at two years in our history on which snowstorms made for a very memorable Valentine’s Day. Click HERE to see the snowstorm story from The Boston Globe (from 1940).

#053: GOES-17 Operational

Posted by on February 12, 2019 at 8:22 pm

Just a little over a year ago, a new east-coast weather satellite by the name of GOES-16 became fully operational. It sent back some pretty amazing images with an array of new equipment that could detect far more than just weather satellite images. Now it’s the west coast’s turn. GOES-17 became fully operational this week. […]