#063: Spring Sunlight

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

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 at some of other countries’ thresholds and perhaps the reason behind the differences.

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#061: Severe Thunderstorm Criteria

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 of the USA, so it’s a timely topic. I have a follow-up topic for Episode #062 planned for Friday. Stay tuned!

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#060: Crazy USA Weather

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

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 the sound for yourself. No doubt, you’ll recognize it. Then we look at a Lower-48 US snow pack record for March 8th and how it compares to the average.

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#058: Big Time Wind

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 look on tonight’s special weekend episode.

Here’s the link to see how many customers in Ohio are without power (CLICK HERE).

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#057: Beef Wellington

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 new podcaster and personal friend and colleague, sportscaster John Telich!

One of my favorite meals is Beef Wellington. I’ve never taken the time necessary to make it. It’s labor and time intensive. I was in a brave mood on Sunday and decided to give it a whirl!

Using Gordon Ramsey’s on-line recipe, I made my own duxelles (mushroom paste).

The Wellington just before it went into a 395°F oven for 30 minutes.

The result… oh, a picture here is worth 1,000 words!

I would make a few adjustments the next time, but that’s what I had in mind… find out what (if anything) needs some tweaking for our taste. Believe me, there wasn’t much to tweak.

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#056: Supermoon

While the term “supermoon” is not an official astronomical term, it’s something with which the public has been familiar since the term was introduced in the 1970s. Tonight’s full moon is (a little) bigger and brighter than the average full moon because the moon is at its closest to Earth in its 27.5 day cycle. That cycle is not in perfect sync with the lunar cycle around the Earth. Join me on Episode #056 as we dive into the moonlight.

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