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.
With the start of this week's heatwave, lets slice and dice some numbers that may help put this one in perspective.
Tromsø is Norway's 4th largest city and it is well inside of Earth's Arctic Circle at almost 70° North latitude. That means Tromsø experiences perpetual sunshine during the summertime. In addition to being home to a research university, there is quite an influx of tourists since Tromsø is so accessible by auto, ship, or aircraft. What is life like in Tromsø in the summer? Let's ask someone who lives there in today's episode of WeatherJazz®.
Just as I have been encouraged by my television weather heroes in the 1970s, now I get to identify and encourage students who have that certain "sparkle in their eye" for meteorology. During season one of WeatherJazz, I introduced you to several of my understudies who have since gone on to start their careers in media meteorology. Today, I'll introduce you to a high school graduate who begins his college atmospheric science degree pursuit at "the" Ohio State University this autumn. His name is Jordan Scheufler.
With such seasonal weather extremes in our 49th state, Alaska, the task of designing and building roads has a few more challenges than the same task in Ohio (or any other U.S. state!). That's why I invited a Materials Engineer from the Alaska Department Of Transportation to be my special guest to talk about those challenges.
If you, like us, turned off your heat for the summer period, you stirred from your slumber searching for a fuzzy hoodie to don. The coffee tasted extra delicious after witnessing the sight of your backyard or window thermometer touting temperatures somewhere in the 40s! While there were no record lows in Ohio this Sunday morning, there was one nearby. Plus, why is the sky so blue on days like this? Let's explore!
Wednesday's squall line affected virtually everyone in Ohio at one point or another, some affected to a greater degree than others. The squall line itself was impressive, but what happened after the line passed has to be considered just as dramatic! Make sure you visit WeatherJazz.com and look up Episode #108 where you will see some amazing photos and a time lapse of what happened after the storm passed by.
With so much time spent at home in the last few months, I've increased my reading. Here is my book review on three books that I have either finished or am currently reading.
While we prepare for some unusual early May snow on Friday night through Sunday morning, it might be a good time to revisit the summer of 1816. It's known as "The Year Without A Summer" for good reason. A year before, Mt. Tambora had a grand eruption that sent 100 cubic miles of ash and dust high into the stratosphere. This dust cloud, that traveled the globe, reflected enough of the sun's energy to allow wintry type weather in much of the northern hemisphere in the summer of 1816. This led Nathaniel Foster to use what was once an irritant to save his corn crop that summer.
I received a wonderful question from a listener regarding the seasonal difference in the sound of the wind. It's an appropriate subject on this windy Monday with notable gusts generally between 30-40 m.p.h. Tomorrow (April 14) is also another notable day. It's "Look Up At The Sky Day!" I will be sharing some of my favorite sky photos (below) while we talk about the amazing advantages of discovering the sky above us.
Join me during a power walk as I go into some of the technical hurdles of what it takes to successfully pull off television weather segments from a remote location (in most cases, from our home offices!). Plus, I share some of the personal and family adjustments made to our routines in this season. Because I purpose to emerge on the other side of this as a better person, it's no secret that some of my adjustments are faith-based.
There is a certain kind of romance involved with airports. A good example comes from the foggy airport scene in the film, "Casablanca," ("Here's looking at you, kid."). When I think of airports, I usually think of the adventure it leads to. If you have never had the opportunity to fly on a commercial flight for any reason (including fear of flying), then this episode is for you. I'll take the mystery out of flight with the actual sounds of a flight I took recently. I'll also tell you a few of my favorite airport stories from my youth. So, place your tray tables and seat backs in the upright position. We've been cleared for take off!
It will be a very active week in Ohio with the first half of the week staying above freezing, but the back half turns much colder with some snow. While the details are still several days away from getting sharp, I focus on the most likely period that will give NEOhio the greatest chance for accumulating snow. PLUS, I'll have the latest on astronomer's watch to see if Betelgeuse, the red giant in Orion, will go "supernova."
One of the romantic icons of the world is the full moon. This year's full moon was 5 days before Valentine's Day. So what IS the 2020 full moon calendar? Are there any "blue moons" or "supermoons?" Let's blast off and explore this topic on this episode of WeatherJazz®!
FOX 8 Cleveland Meteorologists Andre Bernier and Scott Sabol discuss the drivers that dictate seasonal outlooks along with what went right and what went wrong so far this winter. How has the outlook changed as we head into the latter half of this winter season? Tune in to this very popular topic on this epic episode (#100!).
This weekend marks the 42nd anniversary of the Big Blizzard of 1978 for Ohio. Two years ago, local blogger and writer Rose Moore wrote a great piece on what that blizzard was like. Rose, a big fan of WeatherJazz, gave me permission to read most of her story for this episode.