Episode #111: The Next Generation

Just as I have been encouraged by my television weather heroes in the 1970s, now I get to identify and encourage students who have that certain “sparkle in their eye” for meteorology. During season one of WeatherJazz, I introduced you to several of my understudies who have since gone on to start their careers in media meteorology. Today, I’ll introduce you to a high school graduate who begins his college atmospheric science degree pursuit at “the” Ohio State University this autumn. His name is Jordan Scheufler. He is pictured here with his girlfriend, Julia.

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Episode #110: Alaska Roadways

With such seasonal weather extremes in our 49th state, Alaska, the task of designing and building roads has a few more challenges than the same task in Ohio (or any other U.S. state!). That’s why I invited a Materials Engineer from the Alaska Department Of Transportation to be my special guest to talk about those challenges.

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Episode #109: Why Is The Sky So Blue?

If you, like us, turned off your heat for the summer period, you stirred from your slumber searching for a fuzzy hoodie to don. The coffee tasted extra delicious after witnessing the sight of your backyard or window thermometer touting temperatures somewhere in the 40s! While there were no record lows in Ohio this Sunday morning, there was one nearby. Plus, why is the sky so blue on days like this? Let’s explore!

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Episode #108: Ohio Storm Reports

Wednesday’s squall line affected virtually everyone in Ohio at one point or another, some affected to a greater degree than others. The squall line itself was impressive, but what happened after the line passed has to be considered just as dramatic!

Watch the time lapse I captured on my GoPro Hero 8 camera. The storm itself was impressive, but the mammatus clouds that appeared behind the storm had to be some of the “best” I’ve seen in over 30 years here in Ohio!

And this image was captured by former weather intern, Lauren Hilko, west of Cleveland.

At least one tornado was confirmed in the Leetonia area of Columbiana County at around 9:30 p.m. Here is a screen shot of the velocity scan from Cleveland NEXRAD clearly showing the rotation in the storm.

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Episode #107: Book Reviews

With so much time spent at home in the last few months, I’ve increased my reading. Here is my book review on three books that I have either finished or am currently reading.

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Episode #106: 1816 – The Year Without A Summer

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 Vermont whose corn crop did not fail! Enjoy this trip back to the summer of 1816.

This is an image of Nathaniel Foster, a Massachusetts native who moved to northern Vermont after marrying a Vermont woman. What he did to keep his corn crop from failing was amazing in that unforgettable summer of cold and snow.

Courtesy of FindAGrave.com, here is Nathaniel’s obelisk marking the place where he is buried in Fairfield, Vermont.

Recommended reading: “It Happened In Vermont” by Mark Bushnell (CLICK HERE for link).

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Episode #105: Wind And Sky

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 favorite sky photos (below) while we talk about the amazing advantages of discovering the sky above us.

Kelvin-Helmoltz Clouds

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Episode #104: Weather Segments From Home

Join me during a power walk as I go into some of the technical hurdles of what it takes to successfully pull off television weather segments from a remote location (in most cases, from our home offices!). Plus, I share some of the personal and family adjustments made to our routines in this season. Because I purpose to emerge on the other side of this as a better person, it’s no secret that some of my adjustments are faith-based.

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