Category Archives: Meteorology

Weather, forecasting, atmospheric science, and climate.

Instrument Platform

The sensors for my atmospheric observatory need to be mounted somewhere they can have unobstructed access to the sky and weather. The solution is a platform located away from buildings and trees. The platform is built using the same materials and construction that one would use to build a deck for a house. For the legs I buried four 12 foot treated posts … Continue reading…

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Founding fathers were amateur scientists, too

Next week’s observance of Thanksgiving might be very different had two amateur scientists not played key roles in drafting the two most important documents in American history. Continue reading…

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Super-Typhoon Haiyan: Most Intense Tropical Storm in History?

NOAA Images, via The Washington Post.

To be fair to Katrina, Haiyan is a much smaller storm. Hurricane force winds only extend about 50 miles from the center; Hurricane force winds extended far more than 100 miles from Katrina’s center. That’s what made Katrina so incredible. It had an all-but unprecedented combination of size and strength for an Atlantic hurricane. But when it comes to brute intensity, there’s no question that Haiyan is stronger—and it’s not even close. Continue reading…

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Alter Type Windscreen

It can be fairly windy here especially in the spring, fall and during snow storms. My CoCoRaHS rain gauge does not catch all the precipitation it should when it is windy. This is a common problem and a WEB search or two turned up a number of different solutions. Most involve some sort of screen around the gauge to block the wind. The … Continue reading…

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Living With Our Sun

I attended the first of four sessions of the University of Iowa alumni association senior college class called “Living With Our Sun: The Science of the Earth’s Place in the Solar System” last Tuesday. It is a 100 mile round trip drive to the university campus so I was hoping the class would be worth the trips. The class was held in Van … Continue reading…

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The Blonde Mariachi Singer Becomes an Amateur Scientist

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Meet Terri Sharp of Kerrville, Texas, who sings in Spanish and is known as the Blonde Mariachi. Terri is a classic example of how an observant citizen can observe and photograph a natural phenomenon and become an amateur scientist in the process. Continue reading…

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Sun’s Magnetic Field is About to Flip

“It looks like we’re no more than 3 to 4 months away from a complete field reversal,” says solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University. “This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system.” Continue reading…

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Amateur Astronomer Becomes First to Capture Photo of a Sprite Over the UK

Richard Kacerek spotted the sprite, caused by an upward lightning discharge five miles east of Hull.

An amateur astronomer has become the first person to capture a massive lightning strike ‘into space’ above the British Isles. Continue reading…

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Cyclone Center Launches New Website

Asheville, North Carolina – Working with over 4,000 citizen scientists from all over the world, the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites – North Carolina (CICS-NC) announces the launch of the new version of CycloneCenter.org. Continue reading…

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Noctilucent Clouds Show Up Early

This diagram shows why NLCs are best seen at sunset or sunrise. NASA Image.

This year, NLCs are getting an early start. NASA’s AIM spacecraft, which is orbiting Earth on a mission to study noctilucent clouds, started seeing them on May 13th. Continue reading…

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