March 27th, 2015 at 12:01 pm by Greg Shoup under Weather
Very few tornadoes were reported during the early severe weather season
Just a few days ago I saw that the Storm Prediction Center put out this graphic and was remarking about how quiet things have been. The SPC had this statistic that so far this calendar year only 28 tornadoes had been observed. The average is 192!
After a very quiet start to the season March 25th changed everything
This all changed on March 25th when 8 tornadoes caused wide spread damage across a three state area. This is the storm report graphic from the 25th where there were 238 reports and even one fatality. The severe weather drought is over.
March 24th, 2015 at 11:36 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
6 to 10 day forecast March 29 through April 2.
It looks like we may see below normal temperatures through the end of the month. The new 6 to 10 day outlook from the Weather Prediction Center has a 50% chance of below average temperatures. This forecast is valid from March 29 through April 2.
March 23rd, 2015 at 11:37 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
Here is the outlook for afternoon snowfall
We did see heavy snowfall to the north and west of Indiana earlier but as the snow moves across our area this afternoon we will see about 1″ in grassy areas. This is because we have warm pavement and most of the roads are still treated. But be careful especially later this afternoon as bridges and side roads may be slick.
March 20th, 2015 at 6:28 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
NASA animation of Vernal Equinox
The Vernal equinox will happen at 6:45 pm for us today. But this is a very interesting day because at the same time as the equinox part of the world will see a total eclipse of the sun.
Eclipse picture courtesy of NASA
The other interesting happening besides the eclipse is the Supermoon. Wow, what a day.
March 19th, 2015 at 8:18 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
Midland Weather Radio
As you hear the sirens go off it’s a good time for you to check your weather radio out. Make sure that it was able to receive the warning. Even if you are not home when the test tornado warning occurs you should see it show up on your display screen. If the warning did not show up then you will have to reprogram the radio.
Another thing you may want to check is the back up battery on the back of your weather radio. I can’t tell you how many times I saw old corroded batteries in weather radios because they sat around for a couple of years. So this would be a good time to change that back up battery out. Remember that battery should only be used as a back up if you have a desk top model. It will not last long if it is the only source of power for your weather radio.
March 18th, 2015 at 11:24 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
Climate educational resource page
A true understanding of climate does not just involve meteorology. It is a complex combination of a number of sciences. The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy.
This would be a good resource for any student of science to understand the role of the United States on climate and what the daily, monthly and annual impacts might be on climate change.
March 17th, 2015 at 9:11 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
Photo provided by Sharon Mauger, Fort Wayne
Did you catch the beautiful sunset last night? If you didn’t we have several pictures that viewers shared with us in our gallery. When I saw it I thought of the old saying, “Red sky at night sailors delight”. Red sky at night would indicate that the spectrum of light is going through numerous dust particles in the air. That would indicate lots of dust particles which would mean more of stable situation and high pressure or fair weather.
On the other had, “Red sky in the morning sailors take warning would indicate that high pressure has already passed and conditions will be changing and lower pressure would be moving in. Also, a red sky in the morning many times means that there is moisture and clouds in the atmosphere and that the weather will be changing. We could be seeing rain later in the morning or afternoon.
March 16th, 2015 at 7:54 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
Monday forecast of 68 is the warmest in several months
Today will not only be the warmest temperature of 2015 so far, but it will also be the warmest temperature we’ve seen in months. In fact, the last time we were in the 60s was back on November 30thm 2014 when it was 61 degrees. To find a high in the upper 60s we have to go back another month to October 17th of 2014 when we had a high of 68º.
The record for this day in weather history is 78° which was set back in 2012. We’ve also had at least two other days in weather history when the area has seen temperatures in the 70s. Back in 1945 it was 77 ° and it was 72 in 1898. So we are in pretty good company.