NOAA has posted it’s winter outlook and the results are… well… ummm… sorta inconclusive.
The good news is that they’re not predicting a wet winter for us.Â The bad news is that they’re not necessarily predicting a dry winter, either.
They are predicting that this winter has a 33% chance of being colder than [...]
The NWS receives a lot of weather information from a lot of different places, but one of the coolest comes from a balloon.
Radiosonde (Or Weather Balloon)
Not only was it cool in the Alleghenies last month, but the state as a whole set a record for the coolest July ever! In fact, the U.S. was cooler than averageÂ with Texas and the southwest saving it from being exceptionally chilly. Take a look at where we were, courtesy of NOAA:
The National Climatic Data Center has released their final survey of the month of July and the results aren’t surprising.Â They found that Pennsylvania had the coldest July in 115 years (meaning the coldest July on record).
Here’s more from NOAA on the rest of the hurricane season:
According to its August Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA now expects a near- to below-normal Atlantic hurricane season, as the calming effects of El NiÃ±o continue to develop. But scientists say the seasonâs quiet start does not guarantee quiet times ahead. The season, which began June 1, is entering its historical peak period of August through October, when most storms form.
âWhile this hurricane season has gotten off to quiet start, itâs critical that the American people are prepared in case a hurricane strikes,â said Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
Here’s the latest on El Nino from NOAA.:
July 9, 2009
NOAA scientists today announced the arrival of El NiÃ±o, a climate phenomenon with a significant influence on global weather, ocean conditions and marine fisheries. El NiÃ±o, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months.
Sea surface temperatures along the equatorial Eastern Pacific, as of July 1, are at least one degree above average â a sign of El NiÃ±o.
You’ve probably heard the terms El Nino and La Nina over the past few years. The former refers to warming water in the equatorial Pacific, and latter means cooling. El Ninos, especially moderate to strong ones, can cause more rain than normal in the eastern U.S. during the summer. The one on the way looks to be weak for the summer months. Here’s more from NOAA/CPC/NCEP:
Here’s the first forecast from the NOAA on the upcoming Atlantic Hurricane Season:
NOAA forecasters say a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. However, as with any season, the need to prepare for the possibility of a storm striking near you is essential.
Here’s some info from NOAA on how March unfolded across the U.S., temperature and precipitation-wise. Notice how far below average we were:
The March 2009 temperature for the contiguous United States was near the long-term average, based on records going back to 1895, according to an analysis by NOAAâs National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Heavy precipitation last month also pushed the Red River, along the Minnesota-North Dakota border, to record levels, triggering major floods.
The average March temperature of 43.2 degrees F was 0.6 degrees F above the 20th century average. Precipitation across the contiguous United States in March averaged 2.51 inches, which is 0.11 inch above the 1901-2000 average.
U.S. Temperature Highlights
- Across the Northwest, March temperatures were below average, while the Southwest and Central regions were above normal. Temperatures in the South were slightly above average.
- Based on NOAA’s Residential Energy Demand Temperature Index, the contiguous U.S. temperature-related energy demand was 3.7 percent below average in March.
Whenever you see a severe thunderstorm or a tornado warning issued for your area, that means it’s time to take action. We’re going to sum up severe weather week (from last week) with an article from NOAA on how the general public responds to weather warnings.Â
Here’s a look at some initial thoughts for the upcoming winter, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) :
So according to NOAA, they expect about a 40% probability of the winter months being warmer than average here in west central PA, and equal chances of precipitation being above or [...]
Have you ever wanted to go up in a hurricane hunter aircraft or dive deep into the ocean to find hidden caves deep underwater? Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a computer program called ‘Second Life,’ you will now have that chance.‘Second Life’ is a bit complex but what I’ve [...]