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A Very-Good-News Story: Microbursts and U.S. Aviation

Dr. Jeff Masters, June 30, 2016

Director of Meteorology, Weather Underground

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who plan to take at least one flight this summer, take heart: you are remarkably well protected from weather during your flight, especially considering the risks that U.S. passengers faced not that long ago. From the 1970s to the 1990s, more than 800 fliers perished in U.S. commercial airline crashes that were linked to microbursts, small but intense downdrafts generated by thunderstorms. It took years of persistence from scientists to raise awareness of the issue and solve the problem. But solve it they did--and it has now been nearly 22 years since a single U.S. passenger has died in a microburst-related incident.

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It Is Just a Lack of Political Will

Dr. Ricky Rood, June 4, 2016

Professor, University of Michigan

It is not, therefore, that we need to find a magical nugget of political will, a champion, courage, but rather we need to understand what is needed for political will to evolve to the point that change can occur.

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WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

Steve Gregory, June 29, 2016

Sr. Forecaster/Risk Analysis, Weather Intel Services

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

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Featured PWS Owner: Doug Stracener, Lawyer; Scuba Dive & Motorcycle Instructor

Kari Strenfel, June 29, 2016

Meteorologist, Weather Underground



Doug Stracener [Prairieville, Louisiana]

It’s difficult to find a starting point for Doug Stracener’s interest in meteorology. So let’s just start at the beginning. He was...

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Panasonic, From TVs to Weather Forecasting: An Explanation Is Necessary

Dr. Marshall Shepherd, June 23, 2016

2013 President, American Meteorological Society
Director of Atmospheric Sciences, Univ. of Georgia

Recently Panasonic made a bold claim that they have developed a weather prediction model that can rival the GFS or European model.

"Wait a minute, doesn't Panasonic make my TV or stereo?" ...

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Start of the Hurricane Season Coastal Flooding

Dr Larry P. Atkinson, June 6, 2016

Slover Professor of Oceanography at Old Dominion University

With the naming of Tropical Storm Colin it is that time of year to post the locations of storm surge information.



Caption The June 6 morning advisory on Colin. Note how it will...

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Fellow WUer Celebrating Upcoming Birthday by Fundraising for Portlight!

Portlight, June 15, 2016

Disaster Relief Organization

Jessica Katz, friend of Portlight Disaster Relief, is celebrating her July 15th birthday by asking friends and family to donate to Portlight. The money raised will go to fulfill immediate needs of disaster survivors with disabilities. It will also be used to support deployment of volunteers to ensure accessibility of all disaster services, including those provided by Red Cross.

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First Rain of the Season for Southern California

Zachary Labe, September 13, 2015

Northeast Weather Analyst

The remnants of Hurricane Linda will track toward southern California in addition to a deepening trough. This will allow for a moist, upslope flow to provide the first widespread rain of the fall season across the region.

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