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 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
It's time to focus on YOU, the WeatherJazz® audience by asking you, "What is your favorite month and why?" Calls came in from Seattle to Cleveland on the WeatherJazz® Hotline. I alsdo posed the same question to your favorite FOX 8 news anchors and reporters. The answers were wide and varied as well as the reasons... all very interesting! If you have a general comment or specific question that you would like to hear covered on WeatherJazz®, call 330-236-3333 and leave your comment or question.
The atmosphere sent March packing with a parting gift: a significant snowfall in NEOhio. March snowfalls aren't all that unusual in Ohio. In fact, we've recently seen several inches of snow on Sunday, May 15, 2017 on the east side of Cleveland. But this weekend's snowfall did fall into a category that raised more than a few eyebrows. Let's explore in Episode #065 of WeatherJazz®.
Until March, the sun has been largely quiet in 2019. We are in a solar minimum in its 7-year sunspot cycle. However, we've seen a couple of interesting sunspot clusters in the last few weeks. One of them hurled a "CME" (Coronal Mass Ejection) towards Earth that will zip past Earth on Saturday night. It MAY elevate our opportunity of seeing the northern lights this Saturday night. The weather couldn't be any more perfect if you live in Ohio. If you live elsewhere, check on your local forecast for sky conditions. In Episode #064, you'll gain some tips and insight that may increase your chance of seeing this delightful phenomenon. The resources I talk about in the episode are listed on http://www.weatherjazz.com (under Episode #064).
Astronomical spring (the vernal equinox) arrives on Wednesday at 5:58 p.m. (EDT). Meteorologically, there isn't much significance to March 20th, but there are certainly some interesting things that happen from an astronomical standpoint. Let's explore them in tonight's episode of WeatherJazz®.
This is a follow-up to yesterday's program, Episode #061, when we explained the two parameters that officially make a thunderstorm "severe" (please listen to that episode before this one). Are all severe thunderstorms "made the same?" Not really. While most of the threshold differences are small, there are a few that are surprising. I'll look at some of other countries' thresholds and perhaps the reason behind the differences.
Is there an official definition of a "severe thunderstorm?" If the answer is "yes," what are the parameters and thresholds of a severe thunderstorm that need to be crossed before a severe thunderstorm warning is officially issued by the National Weather Service? Our weather was VERY active today, not only in Ohio, but in much of the USA, so it's a timely topic. I have a follow-up topic for Episode #062 planned for Friday. Stay tuned!
With a projected high of 67°F or warmer on Thursday, how can I (with a straight face) call this a "cold pattern?" That's easy. Join me for a look at this seeming contradiction as we explore some interesting weather records that continue to be set in the USA .