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by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 25, 2019 3:14:11 PM

Just about every type of weather happened somewhere in the US over the past weekend. Heavy rains, tornadoes, blizzards, flooding, and even a typhoon near Guam caused, and continue to …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeTornadoSnowHurricaneFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 6, 2019 2:36:22 PM

On February 5, some lucky people along the Iowa and Illinois border were treated to an unusual winter phenomenon. As an ice storm moved in, not only were they getting …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 10, 2018 2:31:39 PM

Over the weekend a strong storm system brought wintry precipitation to an area ranging from Texas to the Carolinas. A State of Emergency was issued in both North Carolina and …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 3, 2018 2:41:04 PM

Many worry about severe weather and tornadoes in the spring, but they can happen any time of year, as was proven over the weekend. Mother Nature doesn't keep a calendar, …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 15, 2018 3:26:48 PM

Winter seems to have arrived early for those in the Appalachians and East Coast. Residents in the area have been dealing with all types of frozen precipitation today. Snow, freezing …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 6, 2018 2:59:03 PM

Overnight on November 5, tornadoes were spotted across the southern states. Nocturnal tornadoes are especially tough on communities since they are near impossible to see, and many are asleep and …

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Topics:RadarScopeTornado

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 16, 2018 1:33:43 PM

The Llano River, located west of Austin, approached record level flooding today. Evacuations were ordered overnight as the water rose multiple feet and flooded homes. Rain chances remain high for …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 24, 2018 3:01:41 PM

"Turn around, don't drown" is an actionable tagline and something we should all keep in mind when rain begins to fall. Late last week, Oklahoma and Texas both experienced flash …

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Topics:RadarScopeFlood

by David Moran, on Aug 28, 2018 2:52:26 PM

For a thunderstorm to develop, three essential ingredients are necessary: moisture, instability, and lift. While a front or a trough often provides this lift, it can also come from sloping terrain. When the wind …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 23, 2018 2:19:27 PM

As Hurricane Lane continues its path around the Hawaiian Islands, a lot of rain is in the forecast. Flash Flood Warnings are in effect, schools and businesses are closed, and …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeTropical

by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 22, 2018 11:49:22 AM

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued hurricane warnings for Hawaii County and Maui County. Watches are now in effect for Oahu and Kauai. Hurricane Lane remains a major hurricane …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeTropical

by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 14, 2018 3:12:22 PM

New York was hammered with storms earlier today that has led to flash flood warnings in many parts of the state. Rivers are high, and flooding is closing roads and …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 9, 2018 2:51:09 PM

We released a new version of the WeatherOps app this week and are excited about the new radar options. You have a choice now whether you want to view mosaic …

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by Dax Cochran, on Aug 8, 2018 1:52:02 PM

On August 7th, the Phish show at BB&T Pavilion, in Camden, New Jersey, was temporarily disrupted due to lightning strikes within the tolerance of the production team’s weather plan. Having …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeLive Events

by Noah Lock, on Jul 24, 2018 2:06:21 PM

Radar is an excellent tool for assessing storms, and soundings are an excellent tool for understanding why the atmosphere does what it does. Much of the unusual weather in Oklahoma …

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Topics:RadarScopeHeatThunderstorm

by Daphne Thompson, on Jul 23, 2018 2:23:30 PM

Many people look at radar images and associate bad weather with the bright colors. Most of the time this would be the correct thing to do. However, sometimes it is …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeLive EventsWindThunderstorm

by David Moran, on Jul 18, 2018 3:31:39 PM

The Ferguson Fire on the western edge of Yosemite National Park started on Friday night. It is currently unknown how the fire started, but the hot and dry weather in …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeWildfire

by David Moran, on Jul 4, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Tornadoes can be classified in many different ways. Some of the methods include whether or not they develop from a supercell and whether they develop over land or water. For …

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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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Topics:RadarScopeRainFrontierFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 6, 2018 12:18:03 PM

Many in the Dallas area were awakened in the middle of the night by hail up to the size of baseballs. Severe storms moved through the area after midnight. Damage …

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Topics:RadarScopeHailGIS

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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Topics:RadarScopeDevelopersTropicalFrontierFloodGIS

by Daphne Thompson, on May 18, 2018 1:04:56 PM

On Friday, May 11, 2018, a wildfire in the Texas Panhandle played a role in the development of a thunderstorm. This storm eventually evolved into a supercell thunderstorm that tracked …

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Topics:RadarScopeWildfire

by David Moran, on Apr 18, 2018 1:49:32 PM

Radar can provide valuable information about precipitation approaching or currently impacting a region. In WeatherOps Commander, you have access to both mosaic radar and RadarScope's local radar sites. If you're …

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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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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeFrontier

by David Moran, on Apr 9, 2018 2:01:02 PM

If you've watched a thunderstorm during the late afternoon or early evening, you may notice that the sky turns green before it begins to hail. What causes this change in …

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Topics:RadarScopeThunderstorm

by Daphne Thompson, on Apr 2, 2018 2:54:14 PM

Radar and satellite provide different perspectives of weather and are used daily by meteorologists. Sometimes it is easier to understand what you see on satellite by viewing the same data …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 13, 2018 1:43:47 PM

Weather forecasting has improved drastically over the past decades due to advancements in technology. Over a century ago, forecasters relied solely on simple observations of temperature and pressure. It wasn’t …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 12, 2018 2:25:55 PM

While some are still digging out from the last winter storm, or awaiting power to return, a new nor'easter is beginning to form. The low-pressure center associated with this next …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 26, 2018 3:03:14 PM

On February 24, 2018, a potent storm system tracked from the Southern Plains into the Upper Midwest, resulting in widespread showers and thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, and severe weather across ten …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeTornadoThunderstorm

by David Moran, on Feb 26, 2018 11:40:41 AM

Freezing rain impacted much of the Central and Southern Plains beginning Tuesday and continuing into Thursday of last week. Aspects of this storm ranging from warnings to various radar perspectives …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 14, 2018 11:02:31 AM

It's Valentine's Day and you may be seeing roses or heart-shaped candy boxes around the office, but what about some weather love? If you look in the right places, you …

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Topics:RadarScopeSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 26, 2018 2:25:52 PM

Do you ever have one of those mornings where you just wake up with a headache? Or maybe the day is going just fine and then as the wind changes …

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Topics:RadarScopeThunderstorm

by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 22, 2018 2:37:49 PM

It's windy outside, the air is dry, and so is the vegetation; these are variables that often lead to wildfires. However, there are more ingredients than just these that cause …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeWildfire

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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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeSnowFrontier

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 8, 2017 11:23:46 AM

There was an unusual site in the south overnight and it is continuing this morning. Snow began to fall in San Antonio last night and is still falling in areas …

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Topics:RadarScopeSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 4, 2017 12:02:06 PM

If you've wanted some snow, head up to the Dakotas today. Actually, if you don't already live up there then you probably should stay put. Between the snow and high …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 23, 2017 2:21:05 PM

In Oklahoma, we like to say that Tornado Season starts on January 1 and ends on December 31. So, it wasn't a huge surprise when tornado warned storms occurred on …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeTornado

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 20, 2017 1:58:26 PM

How much time do you spend buying food and drinks for tailgating? How much time do you spend to make sure you have everything you need to be in a …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 3, 2017 3:10:22 PM

Yesterday, we were talking about heavy snow in the Rockies. Today, we are looking at yesterday's tornadic storms in Kansas. If that doesn't say fall weather, I don't know what …

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Topics:RadarScopeTornadoHail

by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 21, 2017 2:35:47 PM

It's been a rough hurricane season for many. Are you experiencing weather fatigue? Then let's take a break and look at some enjoyable weather images and videos for a change …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeRenewable EnergyOffshoreAgriculture

by Mike Eilts, on Sep 8, 2017 8:34:51 PM

When I first meet people from outside the weather world and tell them I work for WDT, a private weather company, I often get the question, what does a weather …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeHurricane

by Mike Wolfinbarger, on Aug 16, 2017 1:38:56 PM

Today, we’re releasing RadarScope 3.5 for Android, iOS, and macOS. It includes a couple of long-requested new features, as well as some compatibility tweaks for upcoming OS releases and a …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 9, 2017 1:42:41 PM

Have you ever looked at a RadarScope image and wondered what the associated weather would look like? Sometimes it is easy to understand what you are looking at on radar …

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Topics:RadarScopeThunderstormPrecipitation

by Dr. Chris Porter, on Aug 7, 2017 1:24:26 PM

Early Sunday morning, tornadoes struck Tulsa and Oologah in Oklahoma damaging several businesses, residences, injuring approximately 25 people and requiring some roads to remain closed as of Monday morning. The …

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Topics:RadarScopeTornado

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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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeFrontier

by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 2, 2017 1:59:49 PM

We have all experienced a gust front, or outflow boundary, before. It is a process associated with thunderstorms and can cause winds strong enough to cause damage. While tied to …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeWindThunderstorm

by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 1, 2017 2:20:00 PM

As summer approaches, you may notice when you go to the beach you experience a nice, cool breeze blowing inland during the afternoon. This is known as a sea breeze, …

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Topics:RadarScopeSkyWiseWind

by Daphne Thompson, on May 30, 2017 10:40:36 AM

Mike Wolfinbarger received a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He leads our mobile development team and manages our direct-to-consumer mobile product suite (RadarScope and Weather Radio) …

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Topics:RadarScopeEmployee Spotlight

by Daphne Thompson, on May 23, 2017 2:36:54 PM

Have you heard of the dry line before? If you live in the Texas Panhandle or Oklahoma, this is nothing new to you. Every spring, the dry line is talked …

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Topics:RadarScopeSkyWiseThunderstorm

by Daphne Thompson, on Apr 25, 2017 3:07:00 PM

Heavy rain leads to flooding in North Carolina. A constant flow of moisture over the Raleigh-Durham area lead to rainfall totals over 8-inches in some areas on Monday. This area …

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Topics:RadarScopeFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Apr 21, 2017 3:13:02 PM

Everyone has heard the saying: "April showers bring May flowers." What if those showers are torrential downpours with hail and high winds? Yeah, flowers don't really like that and such …

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Topics:RadarScopeWindThunderstormFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 16, 2017 11:33:35 AM

If you have downloaded the most recent version of the RadarScope mobile app, you probably noticed new storm attributes are available. If you are wondering what they mean, you've come …

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Topics:RadarScopeTornadoHail

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 16, 2017 11:30:11 AM

Name: Ross Kimes Current Position: Mobile Developer Degree: B.S. Meteorology, Computer Science Minor, University of Oklahoma (2012) What type of work do you perform? I mainly work on the Apple iOS version of our …

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Topics:RadarScopeDevelopers

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 9, 2017 3:00:44 PM

Louisiana was hit by at least five tornadoes on Tuesday, February 7. The National Weather Service sent out multiple crews yesterday to review damage that had been reported. While some areas may …

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Topics:RadarScopeTornado

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 8, 2017 3:03:21 PM

Tornadoes don't care what month it is. If the conditions are right then they will form. While most people think severe weather and tornadoes are only a spring season occurrence, …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeTornadoThunderstorm

by Mike Eilts, on Jan 20, 2017 10:23:52 AM

I am writing this article on Wednesday from 36,000ft above the Rockies on my way to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in Seattle. With several meetings lined up …

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Topics:RadarScopeSkyWiseCross Enterprise

by Dr. Kevin Kloesel, on Dec 24, 2016 10:57:55 AM

Will you have a white Christmas or thunderstorms? As is typically the case, the northern tier of our United States and higher elevation mountainous areas will not be needing dreams, …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeSnowThunderstorm

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 1, 2016 12:56:38 PM

Drought and wildfires go hand in hand. "You need to evacuate due to a wildfire approaching" is one of the scariest phrases to hear. While you have plenty of warning …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeWindWildfireDrought

by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 30, 2016 2:20:54 PM

Yesterday tornadoes scraped across the southeast killing 5 people and injuring several more. In Alabama, a nighttime tornado critically injured the owner of a 24 hour daycare center and his …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeTornado

by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 17, 2016 2:06:05 PM

Name: Robb Young Current Position: Lead Software Engineer Degree: B.S. in Electrical Engineering What type of work do you perform? I am the Lead Software Engineer for Android on the …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 14, 2016 3:26:05 PM

A rare Oregon tornado struck today. When you think of tornadoes, Oregon is not usually the first state that comes to mind. October is not usually the first month that …

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Topics:RadarScopeTornadoUtilitiesThunderstormPrecipitation

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 11, 2016 2:02:31 PM

The weather cues that signal bird migration are widely believed to have originated due to the preservation of behaviors adopted in response to species being forced by hundreds of millions …

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Topics:RadarScopeWind

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 7, 2016 12:02:55 PM

Hurricane Matthew continues to grind along the coast toward the north-northwest parallel to the east coast of central Florida. The core of the storm has stayed just offshore for the …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeHurricaneFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 6, 2016 1:27:32 PM

As Hurricane Matthew closes in on Florida, trouble is expected. Winds have increased as this powerful storm moves over warm water around the Bahamas. Matthew is once again a Category …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeTropicalHurricane

by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 20, 2016 10:26:03 AM

Businesses create commercials every year that appear to glorify lightning. They show people playing in thunderstorms, driving through dust storms, and 4-wheeling in blizzards. Lightning can and does kill dozens …

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Topics:RadarScopeRetailLightning

by Mike Eilts, on Sep 6, 2016 1:54:40 PM

On September 3, 2016, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred near Pawnee, Oklahoma at about 7:02 a.m. That morning, I was viewing Doppler weather radar data in my RadarScope® app and …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 16, 2016 10:14:23 AM

Doppler radar data can show if a storm is rotating. What does this mean and why should you know? Our 3rd Lunch & Learn webinar explains about radar velocity data. Find …

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Topics:RadarScopeCross Enterprise

by Steve Miller, on Jun 16, 2016 9:36:03 AM

Many broadcast meteorologists depend on the familiar functionality and reliability RadarScope offers during live broadcasts. You’re already a RadarScope Pro so there’s no learning curve. Just connect to your scan …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 14, 2016 12:00:03 PM

What is reflectivity really showing us and should you be concerned when you see scary colors? This is the second installment of the RadarScope Lunch & Learn webinar series. Ever …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 13, 2016 2:12:45 PM

Did you know that radar works similar to how a flashlight does? We recently completed a webinar about the basics of radar. I'll let you know how data can vary …

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Topics:RadarScopeCross Enterprise

by Daphne Thompson, on May 20, 2016 12:08:55 PM

If you live in the Houston area, Thursday afternoon must have been quite loud. Highly electrical severe storms passed through the area on May 19, causing flash flooding along the way …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeLightningThunderstorm

by Daphne Thompson, on May 10, 2016 4:55:01 PM

With the first of May comes the peak month for tornadic activity on the southern plains and the May 7-9 sequence has produced the first tornadic outbreak of the month. Initially …

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Topics:RadarScopeTornadoHail

by Daphne Thompson, on May 5, 2016 1:39:29 PM

On this Cinco de Mayo, I bet many of you are looking forward to eating some tacos, fajitas or tamales. Some of you may already be contemplating a margarita! While you are …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Apr 26, 2016 10:30:12 AM

It's that time of year when severe weather seems to be happening more and more frequently. Are you prepared? Do you know what to do when severe weather is expected …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeTornadoHailThunderstorm

by Daphne Thompson, on Apr 15, 2016 11:42:29 AM

Have you ever heard of the Cone Of Silence? I'm referring to the one that is associated to radars. It can sometimes cause issues when a strong storm passes over …

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by David Moran, on Apr 14, 2016 12:52:11 PM

During World War II, radar systems were utilized to help guide various missions and track aircraft. However, at times, radar operators noticed some extraneous echoes showing up on their display …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Apr 4, 2016 2:10:22 PM

This is an exciting time of year for baseball fans. Many count down to Opening Day the way others count down to Christmas. This year, fans of the Yankees and …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopePrecipitation

by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 29, 2016 3:01:12 PM

Name: Stdrovia Blackburn Current Position: Mobile Creative Director Degree: BFA in Visual Communications What type of work do you perform? I design and develop mobile apps. I’ve worked on everything …

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Topics:RadarScopeDevelopers

by Noah Lock, on Mar 23, 2016 4:47:18 PM

In addition to severe thunderstorm season, spring is also the grass fire season in the plains. While many ranchers execute controlled burns through the spring to clear dead grass from …

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Topics:RadarScopeWildfire

by David Moran, on Jan 11, 2016 4:03:10 PM

Lake Effect Snow is currently affecting eastern portions of the Great Lakes. There are many mechanisms that contribute to the development of Lake Effect Snow, some of which will be …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeSnow

by Steve Miller, on Sep 30, 2015 10:56:35 AM

RadarScope app developers win AMS Special Award for important contributions to the science or practice of meteorology Norman, OK, September 29, 2015 — Weather industry leader Weather Decision Technologies (WDT) is …

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by Steve Miller, on Aug 25, 2015 12:14:00 PM

RadarScope 2.4 arrives on the App Store and Google Play with powerful new upgrades Weather industry leader, Weather Decision Technologies (WDT), has released the latest version of RadarScope for iOS …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 21, 2012 3:25:18 PM

San Francisco and Norman, OK - March 21, 2012 – Weather Decision Technologies®, Inc., a global leader in providing state-of-the-science weather detection, alerting, and forecasting services, announced today that its …

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