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.
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 .
After a brief vacation break followed by what seemed to be the flu bug, I'm back to share a sound that my wife and I found most unusual for February... but it would have been beyond unusual if we had heard this sound in Ohio in the concluding days of February. I'll let you sample the sound for yourself. No doubt, you'll recognize it. Then we look at a Lower-48 US snow pack record for March 8th and how it compares to the average.
I just heard from the National weather Service office in Cleveland and they verified that their peak wind just was actually 67 MPH (it showed up as 66 MPH due to a rounding error on the initial climatological product Sunday evening). When was the last time we saw winds higher than that? We'll take a look on tonight's special weekend episode.
Okay, okay. So what does Beef Wellington have to do with weather or science? Not much. But every once in a while when something piques my interest or when I think something may pique yours, I'll head in a wild direction. Why Beef Wellington? You'll see. Also in Episode #057, a warm "welcome!" to a new podcaster and personal friend and colleague, sportscaster John Telich!
While the term "supermoon" is not an official astronomical term, it's something with which the public has been familiar since the term was introduced in the 1970s. Tonight's full moon is (a little) bigger and brighter than the average full moon because the moon is at its closest to Earth in its 27.5 day cycle. That cycle is not in perfect sync with the lunar cycle around the Earth. Join me on Episode #056 as we dive into the moonlight.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! What is the coziest kind of weather you can think of? Snow? Rain? Warm, dry breezes? Fog? FOG?!?!? Sure! Why not? After sitting on a couple of interviews about the "sentimental, romantic" nature of fog and foghorns, there is no better day to release this episode than today.
As promised, here is a quick look around the country for any Valentine's Day weather challenges and a look back at two years in our history on which snowstorms made for a very memorable Valentine's Day.
Just a little over a year ago, a new east-coast weather satellite by the name of GOES-16 became fully operational. It sent back some pretty amazing images with an array of new equipment that could detect far more than just weather satellite images. Now it's the west coast's turn. GOES-17 became fully operational this week. The timing could not have been better. The images captured the dynamics behind a new snowfall record... for HAWAII!
The western United States has been reeling in a stormy pattern for a few weeks now. Usually that means a windy rain along the coast and snow in the interior mountains. Not this year. The people in Seattle are being bombarded by record snowfall this month! Since records began, NEVER has there been a February as snowy as this one is Seattle. And with more than two weeks remaining in February, they're not done adding to it.
Not to be confused with "coastal fast ice," there is a phenomenon that anyone can see in their own backyards under the right circumstances. It's something I call "fast ice" or "flash ice" because it develops so quickly right under our own feet. In today's episode, I go through then dynamics involved in this phenomenon. I also snapped a few photos from my own backyard earlier today. You can see them on this episode's post on WeatherJazz.com. You should still be able to see plenty of fast ice on Saturday. I'd love to see any photos you snap. If you'd like to share them with my WeatherJazz® audience, email an attached image to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow! Where did all that fog come from so quickly? The weather pattern's nuances come into play today when fog suddenly reduced visibility from excellent to near zero at times. We explore how that fog develop and point to another pending episode of WeatherJazz® during which I'll go into greater depth about fog and the disappearing foghorn alert system in the United States.