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Helping Business Weather the Storm

by David Moran, on Feb 26, 2019 3:57:42 PM

The Pineapple Express may sound like a fast train in the tropics, but did you know it's an actual term to describe at atmospheric feature? Another long-lasting, wet & snowy …

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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 David Moran, on Feb 19, 2019 2:02:03 PM

As temperatures warm and the snow slowly starts to disappear, you might start thinking about getting outside more. However, one potential hazard that you may not have considered is flooding …

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Topics:Snow

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 18, 2019 3:15:13 PM

What a difference a year makes! Last year, California ski resorts were hurting with the Sierra Nevada range seeing minimal amounts of snow. But this year? It's quite a different story. The …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by Mike Eilts, on Feb 13, 2019 1:05:54 PM

It’s no secret that snow, slush, sleet and ice can wreak havoc on roads, often creating nightmare traffic conditions. But more than a mere nuisance, adverse weather can be tied …

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by David Moran, on Feb 11, 2019 3:31:35 PM

You may enjoy the freshly fallen snow for a while, but eventually, you'll be ready for it to go away. After all, even your snowman has to disappear one day …

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by David Moran, on Feb 7, 2019 2:14:45 PM

If you live in the Central US or have spoken to anyone from the area, you likely know that the weather can change on a dime. That was indeed the case from …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by David Moran, on Feb 5, 2019 1:28:59 PM

You're observing the freshly fallen snow at your location. While the scene can be breathtaking, how does that blanket of snow affect temperatures afterward? In most cases, sunlight reaching the …

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by David Moran, on Feb 1, 2019 11:29:22 AM

The polar plunge is continuing across portions of the country, producing dangerously low wind chills. The cold temperatures are also causing a phenomenon known as frost quakes. People in portions …

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Topics:Snow

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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Topics:SnowFrontier

by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 22, 2019 1:45:25 PM

Have you seen the icy images of Niagara Falls? Anything outside that can freeze, has frozen. Extreme cold in New York has set some records this week, and wind chills …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by David Moran, on Jan 21, 2019 1:54:11 PM

My grandparents live in a small town in Kansas close to a railroad. When I visit them during the winter, I can hear approaching trains more clearly than when I'm …

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Topics:GeneralSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 17, 2019 3:45:27 PM

Are you ready for another blast of cold air and snow? The storm system currently bringing rain to California and snow to the Rockies will soon bring freezing temperatures and …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by Mike Eilts, on Jan 9, 2019 1:35:54 PM

It’s no secret that bad weather can play havoc on the aviation industry. According to a 2016 study in Physical Geography, the weather was a cause or contributing factor in …

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Topics:SnowAviationHurricaneThunderstorm

by David Moran, on Jan 3, 2019 2:42:24 PM

All precipitation develops in the same way, but in winter there can be quite a variety of types. Freezing rain, sleet, snow, are all possible when it gets cold outside …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by David Moran, on Dec 27, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Many of us look forward to seeing snow, but if you're caught in it unprepared, it can pose numerous hazards. Here are a few aspects that need to be considered …

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Topics:Snow

by David Moran, on Dec 24, 2018 10:32:59 AM

When the trees and ground are covered with a nice layer of snow, and big flakes are falling, it always seems a bit more like late December. Are you dreaming …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by David Moran, on Dec 20, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Terrain can play an essential role in various weather conditions. Winds that blow down the leeward side of a mountain can affect temperature and snow cover, as well as health …

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Topics:WeatherOpsWindSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 11, 2018 2:47:46 PM

Have you ever stepped outside and all the trees and surfaces are covered with frost? If you look close enough, it sometimes resembles sharp spikes, and other times it may …

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Topics:Snow

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 David Moran, on Dec 6, 2018 3:05:14 PM

Many blizzards are associated with rapidly intensifying cyclones known as bombs which produce strong winds. If snow is present in the area where the strongest winds are occurring, blizzard conditions may result …

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Topics:WindSnow

by David Moran, on Dec 5, 2018 3:10:56 PM

When you hear the word "squall," you might think of a squall line. Though generally associated with thunderstorms, similar phenomena can occur during the fall and winter. A snow squall …

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Topics:Snow

by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 29, 2018 3:10:16 PM

Winter is on the way, and many areas have already experienced their first snowfall, along with frigid temperatures. It may be cold, and daylight is limited, but some rare phenomena …

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Topics:Snow

by David Moran, on Nov 28, 2018 1:42:41 PM

The storm systems that produce snow across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest can originate in a few different regions. Occasionally, they develop in Canada before moving southward. Those that …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 26, 2018 2:33:19 PM

If you watched the Macy's Day Parade while preparing your Thanksgiving meal, you heard that the record-breaking low temperature in New York City dipped down to 19°F. Numerous record lows …

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Topics:SnowWildfire

by David Moran, on Nov 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM

If you're like me, you look forward to seeing fresh snowfall on a Winter morning. But have you ever wondered what causes snow to appear white, or perhaps if it …

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Topics:Snow

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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Topics:WeatherOpsSnowFrontierWildfire

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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Topics:WeatherOpsRadarScopeSnow

by David Moran, on Nov 13, 2018 1:43:55 PM

As the snow season wears on, avalanches can pose hazards in mountainous areas. They can prove deadly to skiers and cause extreme damage to trees, roads, and buildings in their …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

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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Topics:SnowFrontier

by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 20, 2018 3:15:35 PM

From tornadoes to floods, wildfires, and snow, this week will see it all. Spring is here, and the changing weather patterns mean that all types of severe weather are on …

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Topics:WeatherOpsTornadoSnowThunderstormFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 27, 2018 10:02:00 AM

Norman, OK – February 27, 2018 — Weather Decision Technologies, Inc.® (WDT), the world’s leading decision support and weather analytics company, announces new daily planners designed to assist decision-makers with significant winter weather, …

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Topics:WeatherOpsCompany NewsSnowThunderstormPrecipitation

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 15, 2018 11:33:17 AM

Snow forecasts are a challenge for meteorologists, mainly since heavy snowfall often occurs in narrow bands. The three critical ingredients for heavy snow are moisture, lift, and instability. 1) Moisture …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

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 David Moran, on Jan 4, 2018 2:12:03 PM

Some storm systems can develop rapidly, sometimes over the span of hours or a day. When this happens, the system can be very intense and cause a wide variety of …

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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 19, 2017 1:52:36 PM

As 2017 comes to an end, let's look back at some of the significant weather events we blogged or socialized about this year. From blizzards to wildfires to hurricanes, it …

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Topics:TornadoSnowHurricaneThunderstormWildfireFlood

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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Topics:SnowFrontier

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 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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Topics:SnowFrontier

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 19, 2017 1:31:06 PM

One day the sky is clear blue and another day clouds are there to create a beautiful sunset. Clouds can also have a negative connotation when associated with a thunderstorm or …

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Topics:SnowHurricaneThunderstorm

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 2, 2017 3:09:39 PM

Technically, this is fall. For many, it means trees are changing colors, pulling out the light sweaters, and watching football. However, along the Rockies, it is quickly looking like winter …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by Stephen Strum, on Aug 29, 2017 1:43:55 PM

After seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, you might want to find a safer place to live than the hurricane prone Gulf Coast. While both the Gulf and East …

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Topics:TornadoSnowHurricaneWildfireFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 13, 2017 3:12:53 PM

A powerful Nor’Easter will begin to impact the Northeast by the morning hours on Tuesday. Over 24 inches of snow are being forecast by models for parts of New York. Even …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 13, 2017 10:55:44 AM

Leading up to large scale events, such as the Blizzard set to disrupt business and travel in the northeast this week, our WeatherOps team prepares forecasts well ahead of impact …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 19, 2017 4:53:35 PM

In this blog post from Tuesday, I talked about microclimates and how their effects can have huge impacts. I mentioned the Columbia River Gorge microclimate that is prone to heavy freezing rain …

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Topics:SkyWiseAgricultureSnowPrecipitation

by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 12, 2017 2:51:22 PM

WDT's utility partners are currently preparing for an upcoming winter storm. It goes without saying, for utilities, the winter season is quite often the most punishing of the year. Ice …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnowUtilitiesPrecipitation

by David Moran, on Jan 5, 2017 2:02:08 PM

A winter storm is expected in the Southeast on Saturday. There will be the potential for wintry precipitation for portions of the area as a low pressure develops off the coast …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnowPrecipitation

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 29, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Have you ever experienced thundersnow? It's not something that happens often, but is a bit thrilling for weather enthusiasts. It's like the best of both worlds - snowfall with lightning …

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Topics:WeatherOpsLightningSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 28, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Tis the season for Nor'easters. This is the time of the year that we start seeing the formation of Nor’easters along the Eastern Seaboard. These powerful storm systems can paralyze metropolitan areas …

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Topics:WeatherOpsWindSnow

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 22, 2016 2:03:00 PM

Not all snowflakes are created equal. Did you know there are numerous crystal shapes that compose the snow that falls? Not all snowflakes look like the classic shape that you cut …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

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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Topics:SnowFrontier

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 16, 2016 1:12:02 PM

That's snizzle fo shizzle! No, I have not lost my mind. Yes, snizzle is an actual weather term. However, it's not the only weather word out there that people don't think …

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Topics:WindSnowHurricaneThunderstorm

by Dr. Kevin Kloesel, on Dec 9, 2016 2:09:55 PM

If Blizzards, Blasts, McFlurrys and Frostys weren’t enough to tempt your winter season palette, we bring you the deep-freeze deliciousness of Polar Vortex! Those icy wind swirls of cold surge, …

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Topics:WindSnow

by Dr. Kevin Kloesel, on Dec 7, 2016 1:35:53 PM

A blast of arctic air is on the way. By this upcoming Friday morning (December 9, 2016), it is expected that some portion of each of the contiguous 48 states …

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Topics:SkyWiseSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 21, 2016 3:15:26 PM

As November comes to a close, a tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic as Lake Effect snow falls near the Great Lakes. It is definitely a time of extremes, just …

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Topics:TropicalSnow

by Dr. Kevin Kloesel, on Nov 14, 2016 10:03:14 AM

Have you ever wondered why umbrellas, ponchos and rain boots show up at the front door of your local Wal-Mart only when it’s raining? Or maybe it’s the snow shovels, …

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Topics:WeatherOpsRetailSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 18, 2016 1:57:11 PM

The first official day of Spring is Sunday, March 20. Many areas will greet the new season with freezing temperatures and snow. Winter is apparently ignoring the request for it …

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Topics:Snow

by David Moran, on Jan 21, 2016 2:09:14 PM

When we think of hazards associated with snow, we usually think about issues such as travel issues or power outages. One serious problem often overlooked is with roofs on homes …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow

by David Moran, on Jan 18, 2016 4:46:25 PM

There are many challenges presented to meteorologists in forecasting snow. Some of these challenges are a result of the tools and data that we have at our disposal. Let's look at …

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Topics:Snow

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 Daphne Thompson, on Dec 9, 2015 2:19:44 PM

Alderaan, Tatooine, Naboo, and Hoth. These are all well-known planets, that is if you are a Star Wars fan. Do you remember the fog on Dagobah where Yoda lived? How …

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Topics:HeatSnowDroughtFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 15, 2015 11:14:36 AM

One of the enduring challenges for the applied meteorological community is to take highly technical information derived from complex physical models, and boil that down into an actionable decision that …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSnow