Episode #106: 1816 – The Year Without A Summer

Posted by on May 7, 2020 at 12:58 pm

OK, so we’re forecasting a little wet snow this May weekend. Unusual? Yes. Rare? Not really. But what about seeing more snow in JUNE than in January or February? It happened… they year was 1816. It was the “Year Without A Summer.” But there’s an even more fascinating story to tell about one farmer in […]

Episode #105: Wind And Sky

Posted by on April 13, 2020 at 6:37 pm

I received a wonderful question from a listener regarding the seasonal difference in the sound of the wind. It’s an appropriate subject on this windy Monday with notable gusts generally between 30-40 m.p.h. Tomorrow (April 14) is also another notable day. It’s “Look Up At The Sky Day!” I will be sharing some of my […]

Episode #086: Noctilucent Clouds

Posted by on October 8, 2019 at 8:53 pm

Basically, cloud types are grouped in three classifications: low, mid, and high. Recently, something far higher than the 5-mile-high cirrus clouds has been making the news. They are noctilucent clouds, a cloud type that neither my wife or I have ever seen in person…. until last Saturday night! Click ON the image above to see […]

Episode #082: Feeling Melancholy

Posted by on August 22, 2019 at 7:32 pm

I always start feeling this way as we approach September. I so loved my college experience that I often spend a little time reflecting on the excitement of September 3, 1977, the day my parents, aunt, and younger brother drove me to Lyndonville, Vermont, surrounded by beautiful mountains that I would come to know and […]

Episode #081: ISS, Jupiter, And Two Galaxies

Posted by on August 9, 2019 at 1:13 pm

We had some wonderful evening passes of the International Space Station recently, but we are now entering a block of time when the ISS cannot be seen in Ohio. When will we the next set of passes? Let’s talk about that along with some interesting stats about the ISS. I’ll also brief you on this […]

#075: Summer Solstice

Posted by on June 21, 2019 at 1:11 pm

Happy (astronomical) summer, everyone! What makes this the “astronomical” start of summer versus “meteorological summer” (June 1 – August 31)? Let review the difference as we wait for the air to warm up and dry out. Plus: I tackle a great question from WeatherJazz podcast listener Mark McNelis about the differences between tornadoes and waterspouts.

#063: Spring Sunlight

Posted by on March 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

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┬«.

#058: Big Time Wind

Posted by on February 24, 2019 at 8:34 pm

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 […]