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Atlantic Disturbance 96L Still 96L But Threat to US Increases

Dr. Jeff Masters, August 23, 2014

Director of Meteorology, Weather Underground

(By Steve Gregory - Substituting for Dr. Masters who is on Vacation.)

There’s been little change overnight in 96L, with RECON reports indicating a broad, disorganized circulation center with a surface pressure near 1007mb along the north coast of Hispaniola near 20.8N/71.7W. Mid-upper level winds also indicate that the larger scale circulation field was not significantly impacted by the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola, and has been moving on a generally West/West-Northwest course at around 20Kts, though a somewhat more Northwesterly (310°) heading seems to ...

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Climate Case Study: California Drought (1)

Dr. Ricky Rood, August 22, 2014

Professor, University of Michigan

I can’t help but think of the carnivores finding the easy pickings of the herds collected around the drying water holes at what would become the Agate Fossil Beds. Then, from that, we don’t have to be beardogs. We humans are unique because of our ability to remember, to reason, to develop and to accumulate knowledge; we have the ability to make decisions that influence the future of our environment.

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Heavy Rainfall Trends

Christopher C. Burt, August 22, 2014

Weather Historian, Weather Underground

Yet another phenomenally intense rainfall event has occurred in the U.S. this morning (August 22nd) when 3.95” of rain in one hour was measured by a COOP observer at a site 3 miles southwest of Chicago’s Midway Airport. The return period for such at Midway Airport (according to NOAA’s ‘Precipitation Frequency Data Server’) is once in 500 years. This is similar to the Baltimore, Detroit, and Islip, New York events last week (although the Islip event was probably more in the range of once in a 1000 years). Brian Brettschneider of Borealis Scientific LLC has kindly offered this guest blog today featuring research he has done on heavy rainfall trends for 207 sites across the U.S. for a homogenous POR of 1949-2013.

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Five things you need to know before you go smallmouth fishing in NY.

Jim Root, August 18, 2014

Professional Bass Angler

If you're like most people you've probably heard stories of how legendary the smallmouth bass fishing is in NY. From Ontario, Erie, St. Lawrence, Oneida, Champlain, Cayuga, Susquehanna, you can find yourself hooking up with smallmouth in the 5-7+ pound range on every trip if you know what to look for, what to bring, and what to expect. Come unprepared, however, and you will leave with a coldness in your heart as deep as those lakes.

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Recent Urban Floods: A simple equation

Dr. Marshall Shepherd, August 13, 2014

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

Placing recent urban flooding in climate and broader context

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Weekly Weather Roundup: Big Bertha

Wunder Video Blog, August 4, 2014

Videos from Weather Underground

Riah’s last WWR before hiatus: Hurricane Bertha develops in the Atlantic, Massachusetts sees an EF2 tornado, flooding in the Southwest, and wildfires in the West.

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Approach of the Climatological Fall

Zachary Labe, August 20, 2014

Northeast Weather Analyst

Seasonable weather will continue and finish off the climatological summer.

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Hurricane Relief 2014

Portlight, August 19, 2014

Disaster Relief Organization

Portlight is constantly planning and preparing for the response we will mount when disaster strikes. This season, we hope to deploy a new disaster shelter trailer, which will help us assist shelter operators in making their facilities fully accessible to people with all types of disabilities.

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