Today is the first day of summer.¬ It started at 1:16 PM.¬ Remember, summer occurs when the direct rays of the sun are as far north as they go.¬ On the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere, the direct rays of the sun are focused on the Tropic of [...]
Watch out for the sun's rays!
Here’s a quick grab from the blog of our sister station, WTOV in Steubenville, about SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
As the days lengthen, about 2 minutes per day, and the sun climbs higher in the sky, the sun becomes increasingly intense the more directly overhead. We are [...]
Earthquake moves Japan closer to U.S.
There’s really no need for me to rewrite this.¬† I found this while surfing our sister station’s blog.¬† Jeff from WTOV explains how the United States is now closer to Japan after the earthquake…
Last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has actually moved the island closer to the United States and shifted the planet’s axis.
The quake caused a rift 15 miles below the sea floor that stretched 186 miles long and 93 miles wide, according to the AP. The areas closest to the epicenter of the quake jumped a full 13 feet closer to the United States, geophysicist Ross Stein at the United States Geological Survey told The New York Times.
The world’s fifth-largest, 8.9 magnitude quake was caused when the Pacific tectonic plate dove under the North American plate, which shifted Eastern Japan towards North America by about 13 feet (see NASA’s before and after photos at right). The quake also shifted the earth’s axis by 6.5 inches, shortened the day by 1.6 microseconds, and sank Japan downward by about two feet. As Japan’s eastern coastline sunk, the tsunami’s waves rolled in. (Read More)
As the snow continues to fall, here are some facts about the snow that you might not know.
I pilfered this from our sister station, WTOV9.¬ Thanks for the assist, guys!
About half of the world‚Äôs population has never seen snow, but almost every location in the U.S. has seen it at some point [...]
You know how they say you get smarter by reading things?¬† Well, I definitely learned something today on the weather blog of our sister station, WTOV-9 in Steubenville.¬† I learned that Moscow, Russia is going to stop the major snows for the year.
Moscow Is Trying To Prevent This!
Yes… they’re going to cancel this year’s major snows.¬† Get more details below…
We’re already starting to get pictures in from viewers spotlighting fall foliage.¬† Check out the picture below from Veronica…
Fall Colors Already Showing
The question is: “How does weather impact fall colors?”¬†
Chief Meteorologist Kevin Carter of our sister station, WTOV-9 in Steubenville, OH posted to their weather blog about a survey done by NCAR.¬† I’ll let him explain it.¬† Click into the post for the information…
Some of us have heard about the ‘red sky’ sayings.¬ There are two that readily come to mind… “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight” and “Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning.”
Our friends at WTOV in Steubenville have taken a look at these sayings and have analyzed them from a meteorological standpoint.¬ Check [...]
Our friends over at WTOV have posted on their blog about allergies, so I decided to take it (with permission, of course).¬ Here’s what they had to say…
Tree pollens are typically the first allergens to show-up in the spring, causing problems for up to 40 million Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies. In [...]
Our friends over at WTOV in Steubenville had a post on their blog the other day.¬ Check this out.¬ It’s pretty interesting…
If an inch of rain falls on an acre of land, how many gallons of water is that?
Get out the abacus or calculator, here is how you figure it out. You [...]
Well, I was watching NBC’s ‘The Office’ on Thursday night (which is one of my favorite shows) and thought it was pretty awesome when Dwight and Michael had an exchange about clouds.¬
You can watch the clip in question here.
Here’s what¬ WTOV had to say about the exchange…
While watching one of [...]
Thanks again going out to our sister station for this update to the WX Factor.¬ If you want to search for more about the WX Factor, you can.¬ You’ll find a couple of blog posts about it over the last couple of months.
Anyway, here’s what they had to say about the WX Factor…
Hopefully you made the most out of the day today with temperatures close to average.¬ It’s the first time in 18 days that we’ve been even close to average.¬ The last time we were above average was in the middle of November.
If you were decorating for the holidays, did you use LED lights?¬ [...]
Our sister station posted tonight about Zulu time.¬† As we’re talking about Daylight Saving Time coming to an end, it might be good to learn a little bit about the time system we use as meteorologists.¬† Check it out by clicking into the post.
Everybody has them in the front yards or on the porch now and Jeff Oechslein, morning meteorologist at our sister station, WTOV-9 in Steubenville, has more info on how pumpkins are affected by ‘The WX Factor.’
What fruit has edible flowers, originated in Central America, and is made up of 90 percent water? The [...]
A while back we looked at the WX Factor (or The Weather Factor) when it comes to football, specifically the Pittsburgh Steelers.¬† Now, our sister station takes a look at the WX Factor for The World Series.¬† Click into the post for more… and trust me, it’s a toss-up!
There’s been some talk recently about hurricanes, especially because of the F, G, H, and I hurricanes this year.¬† Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike caused significant problems for the United States and the damage is still being tallied today.¬† There’s been some talk that those four hurricane names could all be retired.
That got me thinking about retired hurricane names and prompted me to make up a short quiz about them…
Try to answer these 5 questions.¬† You will find the answer by clicking on the link below.
Question 1:¬† Which of the following letters has never had a hurricane retired?
Question 2:¬† It makes sense that the letters in the beginning of the alphabet have more retired hurricane names.¬† Which letter has the most retirees?
Question 3:¬† When a hurricane causes major damages, that name is retired.¬† In 1966, there was a hurricane name retired for no apparant reason.¬† What was the name?
Question 4:¬† Which of the following years did not have any hurricane names retired?
Question 5:¬† Since 1954, how many hurricane names have been retired due to destruction?
Again, I’ve got to thank WTOV-9, our sister station in Steubenville, Ohio for this post.
Well, it‚Äôs a quiet Sunday night in the weather center. No drastic changes in the weather are expected over the next several days. In a just a couple of weeks though, everybody across the country will be interested in [...]
While it may not feel like the ‘dog days’ yet, I’m sure it will soon enough.¬ Our sister station, WTOV-9 in Steubenville, explains how the ‘dog days’ get their name…
Now that we are heading towards the middle of August, we often throw around the term ‚Äúthe dogs day of summer‚ÄĚ to refer to [...]
Another thanks goes out to our sister station, WTOV-9, for this one.¬ It’s my first day back from vacation and I’m just not into the swing of things yet (you know how it is), so I figured I’d check out their blog.¬ I found this.¬ I never knew anything about¬ it and¬ it seems [...]