Short post tonight, everybody. ¬ I just saw this on someone else’s site and wanted to share it with you. ¬ This is what the National Weather Service in New Orleans, LA put out as a special weather statement a day before Katrina hit. ¬ It’s chilling.
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE [...]
NWS State College - Let's Go In!
On Tuesday, I visited the National Weather Service office in State College for a media workshop.¬† On my way out, I took a picture of the building and attempted to post it to Twitter using TwitPic.¬† For some reason, it didn’t work and I couldn’t get it to work.¬† So, for being patient with me, I decided to post a link to a slideshow showing the inside of the NWS facilities.
Here’s one of the pictures from the slideshow.¬† To view more, just click on the link below.
NWS State College Tour
So, what did we cover at the media conference? Find out after the jump.
NWS Set To Use Twitter
A lot of you are on Twitter now.¬† If you’re not, now’s the time to get involved.¬† The popular social networking website/platform is still growing and there’s a lot of valuable information on it.
Now, the National Weather Service is jumping on the Twitter bandwagon by accepting severe weather tweets.¬† Really, you can tweet about any kind of weather, but they’re looking for severe weather updates.
It’s pretty simple, too.¬† All you have to do is include the #wxreport hashtag in your tweet and the NWS will see it.¬† There are a couple of kinks, however.¬† First, you have to have geo-location enabled.¬† If you don’t they’re asking that you include your location in a set of W’s.¬† Confused yet?¬† Don’t be.¬† I’ll spell it out for you below…
If you have enable geo-location, type the following into your twitter box:
#wxreport SEVERE WEATHER TO REPLACE THE UNDERLINED TEXT
If you don’t have geo-location enabled through your Twitter page or from whatever you tweet on, do this:
#wxreport WW zip code WW SEVERE WEATHER TO REPLACE THE UNDERLINED TEXT
It’s a little early to be talking about severe thunderstorms, but the NWS recently made a¬†change to their severe thunderstorm guidelines and it impacts everybody.
For years, the definition of a severe thunderstorm has been:
…a storm with hail equal to or greater than 3/4″ in diameter or convective wind gusts equal to or greater than 58 mph.
Now, they have bumped up the hail criteria to 1″ (or quarter-sized).
Severe Hail Criteria Changed
I found this interesting.
The UK Met is like the National Weather Service in the United States.¬† They offer short- and long-term forecasts for areas across the pond.
In this video, the chief of the UK Met is forced to answer some tough questions about his forecasts and his hefty pay on a show similar to our ‘Meet the Press’ or ‘Nightline.’
Take a look at the video and let me know what you think.
Here’s a long-term discussion from the National Weather Service in Lubbock, Texas. I know some of the words won’t make sense, but it’s pretty good…
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
LONG TERM… IT IS THE MORNING OF CHRISTMAS AND I AM BACK IN THE CHAIR TO BRING YOU THE LONG-TERM DISCUSSION WITH A BIT OF [...]
I promised some pictures and a detailed re-enactment of what went down yesterday when I went with Dave Ondrejik of the National Weather Service.¬† Here it is…
Tim Tender went along with the NWS to northern Pennsylvania to survey damage from Sunday’s thunderstorms. Here’s a few photos from Jay Township, Elk County, where¬ a tornado moved through:
Here’s a report from the NWS in State College:
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE [...]
Saturday, July 11th was a busy day for PARTS of the viewing area.¬† Other parts didn’t see much of anything.¬† The heaviest hit areas included the Northern Alleghenies and counties like Elk and Forest.¬† They were actually under a Tornado Warning for a while Saturday evening.
For more on the storms, click into the post…
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.¬†
This was part of their afternoon forecast discussion today, under the aviation section, apparently birds in Johnstown are up to no good:
WE CONTINUE TO SEE ERRONEOUS STRONG WIND GUSTS AT JST…WHICH WE BELIEVE TO BE DUE TO BIRDS AROUND THE WIND SENSOR. ELECTRONIC TECHNICIANS ARE CONTINUING TO TROUBLESHOOT THE ISSUE.
Would this be [...]
I came into work around 3:00 PM today and looked at Early Warning Doppler 6.¬ It shows a decent line of storms moving into the viewing area.¬ I tracked them through the afternoon.¬ As of 8:50 PM, when I’m writing this, there are still a few storms in the eastern portion of the viewing [...]
In a post from a couple of days ago, Jamie mentioned that he was starting to get some stuff planted… mainly cold-weather stuff.¬ He mentioned that the average date of the last frost or freeze comes in late April and early May.¬ I just wanted to confirm that with a graphic that I got [...]
It sounds like a pretty good movie title for a kids movie, doesn’t it?¬† Well, I think that’s what the NWS was hoping for when they decided to use it as a way to dispel lightning myths and inject lightning wisdom into the general public.
To see the movie poster they came up with and some tips on how to stay safe when dealing with lightning, click the link below…¬† (It’s definitely worth a view!)
With temperatures close to freezing tonight, especially in the Northern Alleghenies, the National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for Elk, Cameron, and Clinton counties in the northern part of Pennsylvania. The adivsory runs until 7:00 AM on Sunday. Please use caution if you’re out on the roads tonight, especially in the [...]
Here’s some of the snow totals coming in from the Alleghenies… courtesy of the National Weather Service.
Ebensburg – 4.0 inchesPhilipsburg – 3.4 inchesStormstown – 2.0 inchesState College – 1.1 inchesGrampian – 5.5 inchesLewistown – 1.0 inchesSomerset – 6.7 inchesEbensburg – 4.0 inchesConfluence – 7.0 inchesLaurel Summit – 7.1 [...]
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (and I’m not talking about snow on the ground, either). Take a look at the latest watches and warnings map from the National Weather Service in State College. Pinks, greens, and light browns are all over the place.
As of 3:44 PM on Thursday, [...]
Well, it started on October 1st, 2007… Just 3 days ago! The National Weather Service made the transition to Storm-Based Warnings from their normal county warnings. It is important to note that the SBWs (Storm-Based Warnings) are only issued for Tornado Warnings, Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Flood Warnings, and Marine Warnings. They will not be [...]
The National Weather Service has a unique tool that most people do no know about… IEM Chats. What is an IEM Chat, you ask? I’m glad you asked because I’m about to tell you. The IEM Chat is a way for the NWS to get the latest watch and warning information to you in [...]
You may be asking… What the heck is this? This is a Doppler Radar Tower. This one is actually located at the National Weather Service office in Pittsburgh (really Moon Township). I went there this past Thursday for a conference. There was a handful of us there, along with the morning [...]