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Heat Awareness Day 2014

Friday May 23, 2014

Today is Heat Awareness Day. It's a day to focus on the dangers of hot weather, which is a leading weather-related killer in the United States.  Encourage your family, coworkers, and neighbors to learn the health risks associated with heat NOW, before the heat of the summer season arrives in full force.

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Weather Word of the Week

Thursday May 22, 2014

This week's weather word has the power to make even the most experienced meteorologists cry! (And 9 times out of 10, if you're hearing it, you're not any happier than we are...)

Explore the meaning of the term "forecast bust"

(Yawn!) Another Quiet Hurricane Season Predicted for the Atlantic In 2014

Thursday May 22, 2014

The Atlantic Hurricane season starts in just over a week, but already, forecasters from the major hurricane forecasting groups are crestfallen by the indications that this season, like the last, may be lacking in activity.

The two most popular of these groups--Drs. Klotzbach and Gray of Colorado State University, and NOAA (which by the way, released its prediction this Thursday morning)--both envision the Atlantic will come up short on delivering its customary 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. Here's how the two compare  number-wise:  Read More...

Give Your Lawn & Garden a Weather-Inspired Makeover

Tuesday May 20, 2014


If you're like me, you're always looking for ways to show off your love of weather, and your outdoor spaces are no exception.  Thermometers and rain gauges are great additions to your backyard, but if you're looking for something a little more aesthetically pleasing, give one of these weather-powered lawn decorations a try.  They'll not only add interest to an ordinary green space, but with the weather doing all the work, they'll be low maintenance as well!

Add one to your lawn or garden this week. It'll be a great conversation piece when you invite your friends and neighbors over for that Memorial Day Weekend get-together.

Weather Word(s) of the Week

Thursday May 15, 2014

With the East Pacific hurricane season now "open," and the start of the Atlantic hurricane season a mere 2 weeks away, talk of tropical disturbances, tropical storms, and the like, isn't too far off. Wouldn't know the difference between them even if they bit you, eh? Now is the perfect time to remedy that!

Hurricane Season Now Underway in the Eastern Pacific

Thursday May 15, 2014


Today marks the first day of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season. At the moment, the Pacific is quiet, but this time last week all eyes were on a disturbance (Invest 90E) that had a 50/50 chance of kicking off an early start to the season (this disturbance dissipated days later when increasing wind shear took its toll on the thunderstorm cluster).

No tropical cyclone formation is expected over the next 5 days.

Don't expect the above statement to be a common theme for the East Pacific this year. With an El Niño event already brewing, forecasters are predicting a fairly active season for the Northeast Pacific. (Remember, El Niño development, or above-normal ocean temperatures across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, favors more tropical activity in the E. Pac since tropical cyclones thrive on warm waters.)

Image credit: NOAA National Hurricane Center

Weather Word(s) of the Week

Tuesday May 6, 2014

This week we're taking it back to 3rd grade Social Studies...

When it comes to national forecasts, the names of U.S. geographic regions are used as often as the word "weather." Which regions (besides your own) are you familiar with? And which are you a little rusty when it comes to identifying?

Image credit: USDA


2014 National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Is Affecting Us Now, Will Continue to In Future

Tuesday May 6, 2014

Today, the newest National Climate Assessment (NCA) report was released here in the United States.

Unlike the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports which are international assessments of global change that are issued every 7 years, the NCA report is issued every 4 years by NOAA, and exclusively explores how climate change is impacting us here in the U.S. NCA reports are also plainly written and easy-to-understand -- so there's no need to struggle through a bunch of technical mumbo-jumbo. Its findings are even split out by geographic region, so you can 'get wise' on the ways climate is already affecting and will continue to affect where you live.

I highly recommend exploring the NCA website, where you can get an overview of the latest findings, get the facts region by region, or if you're up for a good read, peruse the 1,000+ page report in full.

Weather Newsletters - Are You Signed Up?

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Each week I handpick a few timely weather topics, news stories, weather terms, and safety tips to share with my readers via a newsletter. Whether you're an About.com Weather regular, or occasional passerby, I encourage you to sign up. Newsletters arrive in your inbox on Tuesday afternoons, and are a great excuse to take that afternoon break while at work ;)

Curious to see what newsletters are all about? View a sample newsletter here.

2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Looms In the Not-So-Distant Future

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Well friends, May is upon us, which means two things: the unofficial countdown to summer has begun, and so has that for the start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

Got any predictions about how soon we'll see tropical activity in the Atlantic? Leave a comment on Twitter or Facebook with your best forecast or gut feeling.

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