Greg Shoup

New Military Satellite Launched

April 18th, 2014 at 11:23 am by under Weather

The U.S. Air force has launched a new high tech weather satellite that will help with tactical weather forecasting and severe weather. This information is crucial to many U.S. Military operations. Read more about it here.

 


Palm Sunday Tornadoes

April 17th, 2014 at 8:44 am by under Weather
Palm Sunday Tornadoes of 1965 (NWS IWX)

Palm Sunday Tornadoes of 1965 (NWS IWX)

Ever since I moved to Indiana back in 1989 I’ve heard stories about the “Palm Sunday” tornadoes. I’ve heard several personal accounts of what happened that day back in 1965. Here is a documented account of what happened that day, not only in Indiana but throughout the Midwest.

 


Another Record Broken

April 16th, 2014 at 11:12 am by under Weather
Almanac

Almanac

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Temperatures continue to break. This morning an almost 80-year-old record was broken as the temperature was 23° at 6am.  This cold is a carry over from yesterday where the high temperature was only 36 and set another record which you can read about in Nicholas’ post.  The forecast high today is 50 which is 11° below normal and this morning we were 17° below normal so in just 24 hours we are off 28°. The last two days will have erased the above normal days we had this weekend and puts our temperatures for the month below normal as of today.


Overnight Snow Totals

April 15th, 2014 at 11:47 am by under Weather
Snow totals

Snow totals

Many places had measurable snow overnight Monday and early Tuesday. It seems the heavier snow was located across Allen county in Indiana. Other areas to the the north, south and west all received about 1/2″ or less.


Lunar Eclipse Pics

April 15th, 2014 at 5:26 am by under Weather
Lunar Eclipse (NASA)

Lunar Eclipse (NASA)

Most of us missed the eclipse this morning but it was spectacular around the world. Here is a great collection of pictures from NASA.


The winds and the rain

April 10th, 2014 at 11:24 am by under Weather
Futurecast rainfall

Futurecast rainfall

A weather system will move in today from the pacific and bring a brief period of moderate rain across the area. Rainfall totals should be around .25″ and end after midnight.

Futurecast winds

Futurecast winds

The other problem will be the winds moving in from the southwest with sustained speeds of 25 mph through afternoon and reach gusts to 35 mph.

Futurecast winds changing to northwest

Futurecast winds changing to northwest

These winds shift to the northwest as the front moves through by early evening. You can see this shift on the Futurecast graphic.

 


Signs of El Niño?

April 9th, 2014 at 11:13 am by under Weather
SST for Australia

SST Anomalies

An interesting graphic representation that shows a 70% chance of an El Niño pattern developing over the summer and fall. This would culminate in December and most likely mean a milder and drier winter for our area. It’s still a little early but sometimes these patterns can be detected almost a year ahead of time. Similar predictions are  also coming in from NOAA for the summer and fall which could translate into the winter months.


Global winds

April 8th, 2014 at 11:31 am by under Weather
Global Wind Patterns-(NASA)

Global Wind Patterns-(NASA)

Does the wind always blow? The answer is yes. There are always differences with cold and warm air because cold air is heavier and warm air rises. This creates high and low pressure areas and, in the larger or global aspect, winds circulating around these patterns.

Because the equator has a direct angle to the sun, it takes in most of the direct rays.  The air is then heated and, because hot air rises, it turns into a circulation or lower pressure area.  These warm low pressure areas travel to around 30 degrees north and south of the equator and, as the warm air mixes with cooler air, it begins to sink, creating circulations. The colder air then flows toward the Earth’s two poles.


Rainy days and Mondays-the update

April 7th, 2014 at 8:47 am by under Weather
Moderate showers expected through this afternoon

Moderate showers expected through this afternoon

As showers develop through this afternoon and evening we are expected good coverage across our area with showers through early evening before they taper off after midnight Tuesday. We also have a brisk east to northeast wind, this will limit warming and keep temperatures almost ten degrees below average.

 

Rainfall estimates through 12am Tuesday

Rainfall estimates through 12am Tuesday

Rainfall amounts should be anywhere from .4 to 1″ across the area through late this evening.


Gusty Winds Today

April 4th, 2014 at 11:25 am by under Weather
Gusty afternoon winds

Gusty afternoon winds

A wind advisory has been issued for the area. These are sustained winds that will increase through this afternoon culminating between 4 and 6 pm with gusts of up to 45 mph. These winds will continue to be gusty as there will be a change in pressure. Lower pressure will pack the winds around it through this evening. As cooler, drier air moves in we will continue to experience gusty winds up to 25 mph through Saturday afternoon.