Burning Fire Pit Video IS NOT From Russian Meteor Strike

Feb 15, 2013

A meteor (or meteorite I think technically) has struck Russia and incredibly there are dozens of amazing videos capturing both the strike and the incredible audio from the sonic boom that followed. Here is a great news article from Russia that has many of these amazing videos: http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2013/02/14/what-is-happening-in-chelyabinsk/?fb_action_ids=10151298314763807&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%2210151298314763807%22%3A273310476132480%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151298314763807%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D Naturally though, fake videos are also appearing, such […]

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Radar Animation of Rain/Snow Line Approaching Chicago

Feb 07, 2013

The new dual pol radar products are fascinating to use. Right now (3:26pm February 7th 2013) there is a changeover from rain to snow occurring across the Chicago area. Normally this is hard to pick up on ordinary reflectivity (right) but using a new dual pol product called the Correlation Coefficient (left), you can actually […]

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Storm Chase Log: January 29th Illinois

Jan 30, 2013

Summary: Chased early season setup intercepting several tornado/severe warned line segments noting areas of rotation and a few funnels but could never confirm any tornadoes. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 0.00″ Wind: < 58mph The setup: Strong, seasonal speed shear as a deep trough plowed into the midwest coupled with record warmth as far north as […]

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January 29th 2013 Severe Weather Outbreak Forecast

Jan 28, 2013

The nation is gearing up for its first potential widespread severe weather event to take shape on Tuesday the 29th. As such, I am preparing for an early season chase. A quick look at SPC shows a very large risk for severe thunderstorms, especially across the lower MS river valley where a moderate risk is […]

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Why is Forecasting Winter Precipitation so Hard? Reason 1: Precip Type

Jan 11, 2013

It happens all the time. 6 to 12 inches of snow is predicted. Blizzard warnings! Batten down the hatches, stay inside, close the schools WOO HOO SNOW DAY! *wake up the next morning* a dusting. Its enough to drive a person crazy and lose trust in every weatherman alive. But why is predicting snow so […]

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