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by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 24, 2019 2:33:06 PM

Search for "pancake ice", and you'll undoubtedly get results for places that serve breakfast and ice cream. However, it is a winter phenomenon with a very unusual appearance that has …

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by Eric Faulkner, on Nov 20, 2018 10:49:40 AM

Another early taste of winter is in store for the Northeast by the end of this week, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Both the GFS and ECMWF weather …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 16, 2018 2:04:42 PM

Turn on the news, and you're bound to hear stories about the fires in the West followed by additional footage of heavy snowfall in the East. Some are dealing with …

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by Eric Faulkner, on Nov 12, 2018 12:10:55 PM

An initial cold outbreak has already impacted many over the weekend and a second cold shot will continue shifting east into the upcoming weekend. Numerous record lows and record low …

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by Mike Eilts, on Oct 23, 2018 11:20:39 AM

In my last blog, I explained how important it is for offshore oil and gas companies to have access to specific weather information to help them make important decisions about protecting …

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by Eric Faulkner, on Oct 15, 2018 1:37:06 PM

The month of October has been extremely warm so far for the Eastern US but, unlike September, the rest of the country isn’t experiencing the same unseasonable warmth. Many locations …

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by David Moran, on Oct 9, 2018 3:09:55 PM

Michael became a hurricane late Monday morning and is expected to intensify rapidly before making landfall on Wednesday. It took 400 miles and fewer than 70 hours to evolve from …

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by Stephen Strum, on Oct 1, 2018 1:42:00 PM

From an energy use standpoint, the May-September period is the primary period when cooling demand dominates, while November-March is the period when heating demand dominates. The in-between months of October …

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by Stephen Strum, on Sep 19, 2018 2:04:50 PM

The date of the first fall freeze varies widely across the US, with frosts and freezes often seen by mid-September across the Rockies and northern tier of the US, but …

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by Eric Faulkner, on Aug 27, 2018 11:42:19 AM

The summers of the recent past have been hot across the lower 48, and this summer was no exception. The heat arrived very early this year as May yielded the …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jul 31, 2018 3:34:30 PM

The Carr Fire in Northern California continues to burn out of control. It is now the 7th most destructive fire in state history. Over 110,000 acres have burned, more than …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jul 27, 2018 3:44:47 PM

The Carr fire, near Redding, California, has burned over 44,000 acres and is only 3% contained. As residents in Shasta County evacuate, the fire continues to spread due to gusty …

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by David Moran, on Jul 26, 2018 2:18:40 PM

Temperature can have various effects on many aspects of our lives. To help quantify these effects, Heating and Cooling Degree Days can be used. While Degree Days are commonly used …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jul 19, 2018 2:27:53 PM

Is your grass starting turn yellow? Do your trees look like they have already thrown in the towel? Is your air conditioner struggling to keep your temperature down while your …

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Topics:HeatFrontier

by David Moran, on Jul 3, 2018 1:59:50 PM

Independence Day is tomorrow which means many will be at the beach, on the boat, cooking out, or at the pool. How will the weather affect your Fourth of July …

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by Eric Faulkner, on Jul 2, 2018 12:55:04 PM

I don’t like hot summer weather, and so while there is widespread hot weather, and even record heat in places, I’m going to write about ice. Specifically, ice cover in …

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by Eric Faulkner, on Jun 28, 2018 1:56:30 PM

Remember that cold April? I don’t think anyone does at this point. After the second coldest April on record, the transition to summer has gotten off to a sizzling start …

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by David Moran, on Jun 22, 2018 1:40:00 PM

Heavy rain fell over portions of southern and southeastern Texas earlier this week as tropical moisture streamed northward from the Gulf of Mexico, causing flooding across much of the region …

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by David Moran, on Jun 20, 2018 2:36:48 PM

Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire near Durango, Colorado that started burning on June 1. Will they get some help in the form of some rain? Low relative humidity, in …

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by Stephen Strum, on Jun 4, 2018 2:26:07 PM

After a wild spring season that featured the 2nd coldest April and warmest May on record since 1981, summer 2018 is shaping up to be warmer than normal across most …

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by Daphne Thompson, on May 31, 2018 3:58:38 PM

While many may think of WDT as the parent company of WeatherOps forecasts or RadarScope, we are much more than that. We also work with all types of weather data …

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by Eric Faulkner, on May 29, 2018 2:35:09 PM

The heat has been on across much of the US with the hottest area making a bullseye in the center of the country. Over Memorial Day weekend, high temperatures soared …

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by Stephen Strum, on May 28, 2018 1:52:00 PM

Here in Oklahoma, pleasant spring weather didn’t get going until about April 24th when we finally saw consistent highs over 60F and lows over 40F. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long …

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by Stephen Strum, on May 22, 2018 1:45:07 PM

While Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, the volcano has become more active in recent weeks, spewing both large quantities of lava on the northeastern flank of the volcano …

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by Stephen Strum, on May 17, 2018 1:35:49 PM

After a very cold month of April, the pattern has turned markedly warmer during May. While that has generated above-normal cooling demand as portions of the country reach the 90s …

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by Eric Faulkner, on May 1, 2018 2:29:13 PM

Spring, especially the month of April, has been unseasonably cold for the Central to Eastern US. Aside from the relentless snowstorms across the Northern Tier, many locations have seen anomalies …

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by Richard Reed, on Apr 25, 2018 2:43:25 PM

This time of year, many growers in the Midwest are busy tilling the land in preparation for the upcoming planting and growing season, but this year, many are still waiting …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Apr 16, 2018 2:36:35 PM

It may be mid-April, but it sure doesn't feel like spring in many US locations. It's more like January 16th, as opposed to April 16th. It has been cold, windy, …

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by David Moran, on Mar 29, 2018 2:50:22 PM

Are you getting anxious to plant flowers and vegetables in your garden? If you haven't passed the last freeze of the season, you may run into issues. Find out more …

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by David Moran, on Mar 9, 2018 1:08:25 PM

Heavy snow events can often develop along the eastern shores of large lakes. Known as lake effect snow, it forms as colder air moves across a warmer lake. The bigger …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 1, 2018 1:18:20 PM

Tomorrow is Punxsutawney Phil's big day! At 7:25 am ET, he will come out of his burrow to a crowd of fans where a man in a top hat and …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 29, 2018 2:54:36 PM

Parts of France and Switzerland are currently under water after heavy rains caused the Seine, Rhine, and Rhone rivers to rise. The lower floor of the Louvre is at risk …

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by Stephen Strum, on Jan 18, 2018 10:48:03 AM

The winter of 2017-2018 is now half over, and so far has been dominated by large temperature extremes. The first three weeks of meteorological winter averaged well above normal across …

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Topics:Frontier

by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 3, 2018 1:07:52 PM

The year has started out very cold for the central and eastern US with many spots in the teens and single digits. As the first week of 2018 comes to …

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by Stephen Strum, on Dec 13, 2017 1:47:18 PM

Do you like your holiday season to look like a Winter Wonderland? With Christmas less than two weeks away, we can begin to look at which portions of the country …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 9, 2017 3:09:11 PM

For the past few years, there has been a lot of talk in the news about El Niño. Now, it's time for the opposite pattern to appear: La Niña. The …

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by Stephen Strum, on Nov 2, 2017 2:48:30 PM

The QBO, or Quasi-Biennial Oscillation, is an oscillation in the wind direction in the stratosphere within about 15 degrees of the equator. Over a roughly two-year period, winds tend to …

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by David Moran, on Nov 1, 2017 1:57:06 PM

Perhaps one of the most noticeable aspects of the weather is the wind. It can be a welcome breeze or a hazardous gale, and changes can occur rapidly. So, what …

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Topics:WindFrontier

by Stephen Strum, on Oct 27, 2017 2:40:50 PM

With the pattern turning cold enough at the end of October to produce widespread frosts and freezes, it is an excellent time to look at when the average first freeze …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 25, 2017 2:30:33 PM

As we approach Halloween, most of us are either wearing sweaters or jackets. Some areas in the country are already tackling snow. Other areas are setting new record high temperatures …

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by Stephen Strum, on Oct 5, 2017 2:40:28 PM

As of early October, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has produced 14 named storms, 8 of which have reached hurricane strength, and 5 of those major hurricane status (Category 3 …

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by Stephen Strum, on Sep 14, 2017 2:31:20 PM

Summer 2017 was hotter than normal for the U.S., ranking 15th hottest on record out of the last 123 years. However, unlike summer 2016, the heat this year was focused …

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by Jim Southard, on Sep 1, 2017 9:43:15 AM

September 1 marked the halfway point in the Atlantic hurricane season – at least according to the calendar. That means we still have three more months to go. Typically, activity …

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by Stephen Strum, on Aug 14, 2017 1:40:11 PM

While some extreme heat has been seen this summer across portions of the country, most recently across the Pacific Northwest, the entire June-August summer period is running much cooler than …

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by Stephen Strum, on Aug 2, 2017 1:51:15 PM

The developing pattern across North America features a strong upper level ridge along the West Coast and a central and eastern US trough. The West Coast ridge is sending temperatures …

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by Stephen Strum, on Jul 12, 2017 2:31:10 PM

While it is July and quite hot across much of the US, HBO is currently advertising the new season of Game of Thrones with a “winter is coming” hashtag, so …

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Topics:Frontier

by Stephen Strum, on Jun 28, 2017 2:13:48 PM

As both a meteorologist and an amateur astronomer, I know first-hand the impact weather has on both visual observing and astrophotography. Weather will certainly be a major factor for the …

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by Stephen Strum, on Jun 26, 2017 2:02:57 PM

Spring 2017 continued the warm trends seen in each of the seasons during the last two years. Most of the country averaged warmer than normal, except for New England. The …

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Topics:Frontier

by Stephen Strum, on May 15, 2017 1:55:40 PM

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is fast approaching, and so it is a good time to look at the factors that influence overall levels of hurricane activity. There are several …

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Topics:FrontierHurricane

by Stephen Strum, on Apr 12, 2017 2:45:31 PM

The weather is moderating across most of the country at this time of year, and many areas are enjoying at least occasional pleasant weather days. So, we decided to take …

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by Stephen Strum, on Mar 22, 2017 1:16:46 PM

Do you know how to use weather data to estimate energy demand with respect to Heating Degree Days (HDDs) and Cooling Degree Days (CCDs)? Weather is the primary driver in …

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Topics:Renewable EnergyOil & GasUtilitiesFrontier

by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 20, 2017 4:11:30 PM

The World Baseball Classic (WBC) has been the premier baseball tournament for national teams since the sport was eliminated from the Summer Olympics in 2008. The WBC tournament has been …

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by Stephen Strum, on Mar 16, 2017 2:46:06 PM

One of the main drivers in global weather patterns is Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO), which is a large propagating area of tropical convection (showers and thunderstorms) that has a strong …

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Topics:FrontierHurricanePrecipitation

by Stephen Strum, on Mar 6, 2017 2:03:03 PM

Winter 2016-17 got off to a cold start in early December and then produced some widespread well below normal temperatures during the first third of January, but since then warm weather …

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by Stephen Strum, on Mar 2, 2017 1:12:32 PM

With the mild winter of 2016-17 drawing to a close, attention is now shifting to the weather forecast for spring 2017. The primary questions for the upcoming spring season is …

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by Stephen Strum, on Feb 21, 2017 1:54:56 PM

Where does the current run of warmth rank historically? The last six weeks have been incredibly warm across the eastern half of the US, and numerous records have been set …

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by Stephen Strum, on Feb 7, 2017 2:35:21 PM

There are a number of atmospheric oscillations that are important drivers of week-to-week weather patterns across North America. The Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) often get …

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by Stephen Strum, on Feb 1, 2017 2:37:00 PM

As the number of installed wind generation facilities across the U.S. increases, so does the total available generation capacity. With total installed wind generation capacity now well past 75,000 Megawatts …

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by Stephen Strum, on Jan 19, 2017 10:49:04 AM

NOAA has released their full 2016 data for the US and global regions, and the data confirm that 2016 was a very warm year. The full year ranked as the …

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by Dax Cochran, on Jan 11, 2017 12:32:29 PM

Will this be the warmest inauguration ever? Donald Trump will be sworn in as President and Commander in Chief on Friday, January 20. What comes to mind when you picture past inauguration …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 4, 2017 10:41:05 AM

Have you considered utilizing Frontier Weather forecasts for natural gas trading? In September of 2016, WDT acquired Frontier Weather and its market-leading catalog of power and energy trading focused forecast …

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Topics:Oil & GasFrontier

by Stephen Strum, on Dec 27, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season was an above average season that concluded with 15 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. This fit neatly into our preseason predictions of …

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Topics:FrontierHurricane

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 21, 2016 10:41:30 AM

Today is officially the first day of winter. While many have already experienced snow and frigid temperatures, our cold season is just starting. Winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night …

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by Stephen Strum, on Dec 20, 2016 1:56:53 PM

After taking most of the last year off, colder than normal weather has made a return this month, with the coldest anomalies seen since the frigid end of the 2014-15 …

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by Chris Kerr, on Dec 15, 2016 2:26:08 PM

Bone chilling cold is in store for several NFL games on Sunday. A much advertised Arctic air intrusion will grip most of the central part of the United States by Saturday and …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 13, 2016 3:22:37 PM

Much colder than normal temperatures continue today from the Northwest into the north-central U.S. and are spreading through the Midwest and toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. However, above to much above …

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by Stephen Strum, on Dec 5, 2016 11:34:37 AM

If fall 2016 seemed unusually warm, that’s because it was, and not by just a little. Temperatures this season exceeded the warmth seen last year, and dramatically exceeded the seasonal …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 31, 2016 3:26:51 PM

It's going to be a hot Halloween for a large part of the country today. In central Oklahoma, where I am, it is already in the mid-80s. In the south-east, …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 25, 2016 3:01:34 PM

For the first time in 71 years, the Chicago Cubs will compete in the World Series as they look to win the title for the first time since 1908. While most …

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by Steve Miller, on Sep 1, 2016 12:59:39 PM

Transaction to further reinforce WDT as the global leader in weather analytics and risk mitigation via SkyWise® precision data and WeatherOps® decision support services. Norman, OK – September 1, 2016 …

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