• BitCoins in Tornado Alley

    Updated: 2014-04-18 17:50:07
    StormTours.com, the leading provider of adventure storm chasing tours in America's Tornado Alley began accepting BitCoin as payments for tour services on November 26th, 2013.

  • Bennington Kansas Tornado Print

    Updated: 2014-04-18 17:50:07
    Brian has made his print of the 2013 Bennington Kansas wedge tornado available for sale on his photography website: http://www.BrianBarnesPhoto.com.

  • Storm Chasers Killed by El Reno Tornado

    Updated: 2014-04-18 17:50:07
    It is with great sadness this morning that we have learned three well known and highly respected storm chasers have lost their lives while chasing near El Reno, Oklahoma on Friday. Tim Samaras and his son Paul, and Carl Young were killed by the wedge tornado that occurred on Friday.

  • Storm Chasing Tour 2 Intercepts Granbury Tornado in NE Texas

    Updated: 2014-04-18 17:50:07
    Tour 2 intercepts tornadoes near Granbury, Texas

  • Photographer captures intricate dew drops in nature

    Updated: 2014-04-18 17:49:51
    Surfing is quite popular along California's shores, but near the state's eastern border there was a different kind of surfing going on. Darren Springer posted this great video of "Kelvin-Hemoltz" clouds over Diamond Peak Ski report at Lake Tahoe (technically on the Nevada side of the border there):

  • NW Weather Photos: Brilliant colors greet winter skies

    Updated: 2014-04-18 17:49:51
    We've been celebrating this week the jump in our mountain snowpack after a fairly wet February -- now up to 58-73 percent across the northern Oregon Cascades-- but new forecast data out by long range climate computer models suggests the rally in snowpack may be even more important than you might think. Fresh data released a few days ago is now suggesting there are significantly higher chances of a warmer and drier than normal spring and summer across the West, including the Pacific Northwest.

  • Excellent Easter Weekend

    Updated: 2014-04-18 14:56:44
    Discussion: After an early week chill, temperatures have warmed back to what is more typical for this time of year. We topped out in the upper 60s yesterday and it appears we should be in the 70s for the next several days. Overall we are in a fairly quite spell. We have a very weak […]

  • Crater Lake Contrail Fest

    Updated: 2014-04-18 08:30:00
    : Cliff Mass Weather Blog This blog provides updated forecasts and comments on current weather or other topics Friday , April 18, 2014 Crater Lake Contrail Fest The high resolution image around noon Tuesday from the NASA MODIS Terra satellite was quite interesting see below There was a general veil of high cirrus clouds over the region and some large cloud bands extended downstream from major volcanic peak see my previous blog for an explanation about those lines You could also lo- level clouds west of the Cascade crest over western Washington and NW . Oregon If you look closely you see some fine lines over the southern part of the domain . those are aircraft contrails . In fact , there were HUGE numbers of contrails . Here is a close up view of the contrails around Crater Lake in the

  • Showers on Friday, Nice Weekend… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:50pm

    Updated: 2014-04-17 22:53:38
    Good Thursday afternoon! We started off the day very nice, with lots of sun and mild temperatures. As we approach the 5pm hour, clouds are quickly spreading over the state. At this time of this update, the rain is still to our southwest, but that will change tonight. Showers will gradually spread in from the […]

  • Warmer Days Ahead… Showers on Friday… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4pm

    Updated: 2014-04-16 22:07:47
    Good Wednesday afternoon! After a subfreezing night for many latsnight, conditions have warmed quickly this afternoon. Temperatures reached the middle 60s for much of west and central Alabama due to lots of sun and dry air. Dry air heats and cools very efficiently, so that helps to cause the rapid warm-up and cool down between […]

  • Strange Lines: What are They?

    Updated: 2014-04-16 10:00:00
    : : Cliff Mass Weather Blog This blog provides updated forecasts and comments on current weather or other topics Wednesday , April 16, 2014 Strange Lines : What are They On Monday , something seemingly very strange was found in the visible satellite imagery over Washington . Curious lines extending from major volcanic peaks Let me show . you First , at 8 AM 1500 UTC there were no lines over the Cascades , but a band of high clouds was moving over western Washington . You can see snow over the Cascades and the volcanic peaks like Rainier are evident as isolated areas of . snow But then something strange happened . As the high clouds moved over the Cascades 10 AM a strange line formed , extending to the east-northeast of Mt . Rainier , with weaker lines associated with Mt . Baker and Mt . .

  • Frost/Freeze Tonight… Warmer Days Soon… Tuesday Forecast Update – 4pm

    Updated: 2014-04-15 22:04:59
    Good Tuesday afternoon! After a cold, cloudy and windy start to the day, skies cleared out nicely this afternoon. Despite the sun, conditions still feel pretty chilly today, with air temperatures in the 50s and wind chill values in the 40s in some areas. As the sun sets this evening, temperatures will drop fast, with […]

  • Killer April 15th Tornado Outbreak… 3 Years Ago Today… Tuesday Update – 11:30am

    Updated: 2014-04-15 17:30:52
    We look back to this day in history only 3 years ago, when a deadly tornado outbreak happened in Alabama. This was a record breaking event, where several people died and numerous people were injured. Only a week and a half later, April 27th would beat the April 15th records by far. This would be the […]

  • Radar Update… Rain Tonight… Isolated Flooding Possible – 9:30pm Monday

    Updated: 2014-04-15 03:31:38
    As of 9:30pm, the 2nd batch of moderate to heavy rain is situated across most of Alabama, but the rainfall rates aren’t high enough to cause major flash flooding. Isolated flooding is certainly possible tonight, but this is nowhere near what happened last Sunday night. If you live in a flood prone area, or you […]

  • Heavy Rain Tonight… Frost Wednesday Morning… Monday Forecast Update – 5pm

    Updated: 2014-04-14 23:14:41
    Good Monday afternoon! It has been a wet day across Alabama, with some areas already picking up 1 to 3 inches of rain since 3am this morning. At 5pm, most of Alabama is in a break in the rain, but a second round of rain and storms will quickly move in this evening and tonight. […]

  • More Heavy Rain & Storms Tonight… Monday Update – 2:50pm

    Updated: 2014-04-14 20:55:42
    Good Monday afternoon! As of 2:50pm, we’ve still got lots of light to moderate rain showers over Alabama at this hour, which is part of the heavy rain event we had early this morning. Much of west and north Alabama has already picked up 1 to 3 inches of rain since the pre-dawn hours this […]

  • Winter’s Last Laugh (Hopefully)

    Updated: 2014-04-14 18:57:00
    Forecast Discussion: We’ve had a few showers move through this morning in advance of a cold front. Rainfall was generally less than 0.10″ east of I-65, while those west of I-65 picked up anywhere from 0.50″ to 1″. For now the showers have moved out, however, the cold front is still off to our west, […]

  • Rain Continues; Flash Flooding in Jackson, MS (9:40AM 4/14/14 Update)

    Updated: 2014-04-14 15:41:53
      Rain with a few isolated thunderstorms continue this morning across central Alabama. Right now, the leading edge of rain and storms is approaching Montgomery and Alexander City. We note there have been a few lightning strikes in southeastern Chilton and northwestern Elmore counties. The big story right now is the heavy rain/flash flood situation… Right now, […]

  • Severe Risk Dropped for Today… Rain At Times… Monday Update – 9:30am

    Updated: 2014-04-14 15:41:25
    R Good news! The risk of organized severe weather has been dropped for today! That being said, our second round of rain and storms could pack a punch this evening and tonight, with heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds. The rain over our area as of 9:30am, looks to keep us stable and prevent a […]

  • Lunar Eclipse Weather

    Updated: 2014-04-14 14:00:00
    : Cliff Mass Weather Blog This blog provides updated forecasts and comments on current weather or other topics Monday , April 14, 2014 Lunar Eclipse Weather A total lunar eclipse will begin tomorrow Monday night . The moon moves into the earth's shadow see schematic at 10:58 PM , with the total eclipse occurring between 12:07 and 1:25 AM PDT early Tuesday . morning As we will discuss later , there will be considerable cloudiness during the period , but I suspect several of you will be to view parts of the . eclipse An interesting aspect of total lunar eclipses is that the moon is never completely blacked out , even though shadowed by the earth see picture from an earlier eclipse below Frequently , the moon takes on an orange or reddish color during . totality But why does the moon not go

  • Rain and Storms Continue Today – Monday Update – 6:30am

    Updated: 2014-04-14 12:40:31
    At 630am, rain & thunder continues for much of the area. Periods of rain today, with some flash flooding possible. No severe weather this morning , but a round of strong storms may move through this evening , which will produce more heavy rain. Rain totals between now and early Tuesday will approach 2-4″. There […]

  • The Great Sea-Tac Temperature Mystery: Is it Solved?

    Updated: 2014-04-13 05:40:00
    : : Cliff Mass Weather Blog This blog provides updated forecasts and comments on current weather or other topics Saturday , April 12, 2014 The Great Sea-Tac Temperature Mystery : Is it Solved A great mystery has engaged the local weather community for over a year now : the Seattle-Tacoma Airport warm . anomaly Day after day Seattle-Tacoma Airport's temperature gauge was warmer than observations in its neighborhood . Was it the impact of the third runway Or the nearby concrete and gravel A National Weather Service field trip to the temperature sensor , using a carefully calibrated temperature standard , suggested that the sensor was fine at that time And how would the runway warm the temperatures at night My friends in the National Weather Service wanted to ensure the temperatures were

  • Beautiful, Breezy Day

    Updated: 2014-04-10 19:36:09
    What a beautiful and sunny day for our area! The Kentucky Mesonet has Bowling Green currently sitting at 73 degrees and the sunny skies have helped the temperature get there. Mostly clear skies will continue through today until the cold front approaching from the northwest gets closer. As the front approaches it will start to […]

  • The Weather Forecasting Improvement Acts Passes the House: What are the Implications?

    Updated: 2014-04-10 19:29:00
    : : Cliff Mass Weather Blog This blog provides updated forecasts and comments on current weather or other topics Thursday , April 10, 2014 The Weather Forecasting Improvement Acts Passes the House : What are the Implications A most extraordinary thing has happened : nbsp the U.S . House of Representatives has passed a bill that recognizes that the U.S . has fallen behind in weather prediction and proposes to do something about . it The implications of this legislation are huge for the nation , NOAA , and the weather . community Let me tell you the story . On April 1st , the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act H.R . 2413 was approved by voice vote in the U.S . House of Representatives and has now gone to the U.S . Senate . The principal sponsor is Congressman Bridenstine of Oklahoma , with

  • Drizzle Drizzle

    Updated: 2014-04-08 16:50:56
    Looks as though today is going to continue to be a yucky day accompanied with the occasional drizzle. Clouds will continue to linger as the low-pressure system continues to track out of our area. A shortwave trough is tracking through the midwest behind this departing low and with that will come isolated showers and thunderstorms […]

  • Is a Super El Nino Coming Next Winter?

    Updated: 2014-04-05 19:29:00
    : Cliff Mass Weather Blog This blog provides updated forecasts and comments on current weather or other topics Saturday , April 5, 2014 Is a Super El Nino Coming Next Winter There are increasing reports in the media of the potential for a SUPER EL NINO next winter , one reminiscent of the some of the great ones , like 1997 and 1982. During the last two years we have been in a neutral or La Nada situation with the tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures SST and winds being near normal . But a strong El Nino , in which the waters of the tropical Pacific warm substantially , could bring significant changes to U.S . weather , : including The movement of the jet stream southward into California , bringing the potential for heavy precipitation next . winter Poor snow pack and less major storms

  • How to Encourage Young Meteorologists?

    Updated: 2014-04-04 04:49:00
    : Cliff Mass Weather Blog This blog provides updated forecasts and comments on current weather or other topics Thursday , April 3, 2014 How to Encourage Young Meteorologists One of the most frequent questions I get is from parents or grandparents of kids showing a strong interest in meteorology : How can I encourage their interest in weather and science And do so without breaking the . bank No problem : buy them some weather instruments It turns out than many of the meteorological professionals I deal with myself included were weather nuts as children . Nothing got us more excited than a powerful thunderstorm , snowstorm , windstorm , or hurricane . Even heavy rain was fun . And a number of my colleagues can remember back to a particularly major weather event that inspired them to take up

  • Will April Be As Wet As March?

    Updated: 2014-04-02 05:38:00
    : Cliff Mass Weather Blog This blog provides updated forecasts and comments on current weather or other topics Tuesday , April 1, 2014 Will April Be As Wet As March After an extraordinarily wet period , the big question is whether April will be more typical . Average April rainfall at Seattle-Tacoma Airport is 2.59 inches , a far cry from the 9.44 inches we endured in . March So let's take a look at some of our most powerful prediction tools , whose skill degrade rapidly past a week or so into the future . First , there is the output of the North American Ensemble Forecasting System NAEFS shown below . By looking at many numerical simulations encompassing NAEFS we can get an idea of uncertainties . The second panel is precipitation and the median values half the ensembles are more , half

  • It’s Spring and it Feels Good

    Updated: 2014-03-31 22:42:24
    If you have stepped outside today you know just how nice the weather is! The warm weather moved in yesterday and will last throughout the week ahead. Temperatures in the 70′s look like a good bet through Friday. The weekend will bring a slight cool down, but no “polar vortex” as you heard a few […]

  • The Wettest March in Seattle History and Stillaguamish Precipitation

    Updated: 2014-03-30 21:23:00
    : Cliff Mass Weather Blog This blog provides updated forecasts and comments on current weather or other topics Sunday , March 30, 2014 The Wettest March in Seattle History and Stillaguamish Precipitation The rain is mainly over now for the remainder of the month here in western WA , so I can analyze the precipitation totals with some . confidence Seattle has had the wettest March in its historical . record As of 5 PM last night , there was 9.44 inches in the gauge at Seattle-Tacoma Airport , more than TWICE the normal March monthly total of 3.72 inches This is the all time monthly record for March at this location , for a record going back into the late 19th century at the airport until 1948 and downtown Seattle before that At the National Weather Service office in north Seattle Sand Point

  • The Meteorological Background for the Stillaguamish Landslide

    Updated: 2014-03-24 19:53:00
    : Cliff Mass Weather Blog This blog provides updated forecasts and comments on current weather or other topics Monday , March 24, 2014 The Meteorological Background for the Stillaguamish Landslide On Saturday morning March 23rd a huge section of the terrain slope north of the Stillaguamish River near the town of Oso failed , crushing a number of homes , covering portions of State Route 530, and caused a number of fatalities and serious injuries . nbsp The pictures provided by Washington Department of Transportation are chilling see below There is an interesting meteorological perspective I would like to briefly share . here But first , let's get oriented . nbsp The location is found in the western Cascade foothills , an area of often very heavy precipitation produced by air being forced to

  • Winter Hangs On

    Updated: 2014-03-24 18:13:38
    Discussion: Despite what the calendar states …Spring that is… winter will certainly be making its presence felt this week. A cold front pushed through over the weekend and behind it a cold area of high pressure has settled in across the Ohio Valley. This has set up days like today and yesterday where we have […]

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