The WeatherJazz® Podcast
Summary: A podcast focusing on meteorology, the earth sciences, general science, and occasionally open, unrelated topics of interest hosted by Cleveland television meteorologist Andre Bernier of WJW-TV, FOX 8.
We had some wonderful evening passes of the International Space Station recently, but we are now entering a block of time when the ISS cannot be seen in Ohio. When will we the next set of passes? Let's talk about that along with some interesting stats about the ISS. I'll also brief you on this weekend's Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend and talk about the details found in two recently photographed Hubble Space Telescope objects (go to weatherjazz.com to see the images) in today's episode of WeatherJazz.
I was preparing to start my college career in northeastern Vermont when NASA launched both the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 deep space probes over 40 years ago. Amazingly, those space probes (which are outside of our solar system) continue to communicate to Earth. The signal from each probe takes almost 24 hours to reach NASA's antennas! Here's an update on the two probes that have been speeding away from Earth for over 40 years.
With the heatwave now expanding eastward, I noticed heat index and dew point numbers that raised my eyebrows. How is it that some of the dew point reports were reaching the unfathomable mid 80s? There's a good reason and I'll elaborate in tonight's edition of WeatherJazz.
The heat dome, which started building in Texas a few weeks ago, has grown and is now poised to bully its way into much of the country east of the Rockies on Friday and Saturday. For the first time in seven years, an Excessive Heat Warning will go into effect in Ohio beginning at noon on Friday. What constitutes an Excessive Heat Warning? How will Friday and Saturday's heat compare to what is normally experienced in a typical summer? These are a few of the aspects of the heat I talk about in this episode.
In today's release of WeatherJazz, I'd like to share a delightful new season I have entered. It's a season with a new role with some amazing advantages. One of them is more frequent episodes of WeatherJazz!
So far, Cleveland has only witnessed ONE 90-degree day thus far. That was on May 25th when we hit 92°F. After that, a chilly and very rainy pattern developed leaving the masses asking if summer would ever "get going?" The atmosphere gave us some hope this week that the cool and rainy pattern has shifted, at least for now. I thought this would be a fun time to look at a lot of interesting statistics that deal with 90-degree days up to this date (June 26th), and also for the entire summer period.
Happy (astronomical) summer, everyone! What makes this the "astronomical" start of summer versus "meteorological summer" (June 1 - August 31)? Let review the difference as we wait for the air to warm up and dry out. Plus: I tackle a great question from WeatherJazz podcast listener Mark McNelis about the differences between tornadoes and waterspouts.
We are now approaching the longest day of the year, the summer solstice (June 21 at 11:54 AM Eastern Time). It's the season of long daylight periods and short nights. Upon closer examination, the earliest sunrise period does NOT coincide with the latest sunset period. Why is that? Let's explore, and talk about the summer weather pattern thus far in 2019 on Episode #074 of WeatherJazz® .
Meteorologist Michael Joyce from FOX 45 in Dayton, Ohio is my special guest tonight to talk about the Monday tornado outbreak in the Dayton area. I have a special bond with Michael because he was one of my summer interns at WJW-TV, FOX 8 in Cleveland about eight years ago when he was a meteorology major at Ohio State. He has been reporting from the scene, live, all week and has a new respect for the power of a tornado.
Yes, I've been absent for a couple of weeks. For those wondering what I've been up to, this is a catch-up episode to let you know what my wife and I were doing since the last episode. That leads me to asking every young student and important question as they navigate trying to figure out what profession to follow. I hope the advice I give will help.
I received a great question on the WeatherJazz® Hotline from a listener in Medina, Ohio regarding weather modification and it's potential usefulness in mitigating damage from tropical storms and hurricanes. In order to best understand weather modification efforts, it's best to look back at attempts to do so in the last 50 years or so.
The two seasons with the highest degree (did you get the pun, there?) of interest in terms of the long-range, seasonal outlook is winter and summer. It makes perfect sense since these are the two extremes of the year. With June, July, and August (meteorological summer) right around the corner, it's time to role out the summer weather outlook. Specifically, our team looked at rainfall, severe weather episodes, and 90°F days.
Caribou, Maine continues to establish a new record with every new morning this April. The record? They have now experienced the longest continuous stretch of measuring at least one inch of snow. As of today (Good Friday), that stretch is 161 days. (See his graphed out on my web site, WeatherJazz.com.) I asked Caribou snowmobile dealer Bob Plourde to join me to talk about how the long snow season has affected his business as well as how it impacted everyday life in northern Maine.
Can you imagine 160 continuous days with at least one inch of snow covering the ground? No need to imagine anymore. Caribou Maine not only broke the old record, but SMASHED it... and they are still many days away before they officially kiss the snow cover goodbye. Let's talk about that (and I'm working on securing a guest to talk about how that has impacted everyday life there).
What does the atmosphere have to do in order to create a stunning, jaw-dropping sunset with its array of rich colors? Let's talk about that on tonight's episode of WeatherJazz®. I made reference to my television forecast from tonight that we had the initial ingredients necessary for one of these sunsets. At first, it looked like the exiting cloud deck was going to be too thick. Then everything came together and the skies lit up. The images I took from the back parking lot of FOX 8 in Cleveland between 8:03 p.m. and 8:08 p.m. are available for viewing on my web site, WeatherJazz.com