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.
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 email@example.com
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.
On Friday, I shared our "End Of The Winter" outlook on FOX 8. Because of our most recent circumpolar vortex visit, the first since 2014, we made a quick shift in our thinking to include this powerful winter artifact in the projection ahead to February, with a sneak peek at March and April. The maps that I talk about on tonight's podcast episode can be found posted with the corresponding episode on WeatherJazz.com.
Okay. January is in the books. How will meteorological history treat the first month of this new year? I'll go through all the stats. But wait. There's more! Since my job is to forecast, how about a Super Bowl forecast? And did you see Tom Brady's response to a young fan's question about the "Tom Brady haters?" Like the Patriots or not, it's worth a moment to examine his answer!
For those who grew up remembering the music from the 1970s and 1980s, Big Bam Boom was the last wildly successful studio album from the popular duo, (Daryl) Hall & (John) Oates. But that's NOT what this podcast is about. The polar vortex invasion of the last few days has resulted in many unusual occurrences. One of them is a sudden, loud cracking or booming sound that has shaken houses and sent its occupants scrambling outside to find... nothing. So what is causing all of these "big bams and booms?" They're called cryoseisms (CRY-oh-see-isms). Let's explore this phenomenon in today's episode.
Today, I share a personal anecdote about what it was like breathing in air that was -42°F in northern Vermont when I was a meteorology student at the University of Northern Vermont in Lyndonville. Let's put it this way: I REMEMBER it very, very well. Is breathing air that cold dangerous? I'll look at the physiological changes that our bronchial system undergoes when we breath in super-cold air.
As NEOhio sees the arctic air taking hold, it already has a firm grip on eastern Iowa. Jeff Kennedy was once my competition at my first television job in Iowa, but here we are, decades later knowing each other as close friends. I asked Jeff to chat about the cold he was experiencing as well as how our paths crossed and about life in general. I hope to have Jeff return in a few days to see how long and how deep the cold affected Iowa.
On this Monday, the coldest air in decades will start to take over news and weather headlines as we head into this potentially historically cold mid-week period. How does it compare to 1994 when Cleveland saw 56 continuous hours of below zero temperatures and an all-time record low of -20°F? We'll also explore how long this arctic smackdown will last as well as listening in to NOAA Weather Radio in Minnesota... and for kicks, Hawaii!
As the eastern two-thirds of the USA braces for the coldest arctic outbreak in at least four years, my mind started thinking of my favorite warm beverages. It got me to wondering what YOURS were? That is the first of two questions I asked WeatherJazz® listeners during a Facebook Live segment earlier today. The results were quite interesting! Join me at the coffee counter as we hash out all the details.
First, I'd like to thank everyone for the HUGE response to Episode #041 on the phenomenon of a violently shaking car after a big snowstorm. If you've yet to sample it, I highly suggest doing so. It will save you a trip to the mechanic the next time it happens. During this weekend's lunar eclipse (visible here in Ohio and where weather permitted), something very subtle but important happened. It was caught on a single video frame as a tiny blip. As it turns out, it was actually a meteoroid striking the darkened lunar surface.
My drive home from the television station on Saturday night was bad enough! It took me nearly triple the normal time in the 6-12" of heavy, wet snow. But what happened the following day after the deep, arctic freeze was even more alarming. My car was shaking so violently on Sunday that I thought there was something seriously wrong. What was it? Let's explore on today's episode of WeatherJazz®!
With the snowstorm now less than 12 hours from starting here in NEOhio, what kinds of tweaks, if any, did I make to the snowfall totals projection? The map I drew earlier this afternoon is still valid (and is visible on WeatherJazz.com under this episode post). Storms like this are so complex that forecasting them accurately can be difficult, but this one appears to be sending strong atmospheric clues to how it will "act" as it moves across the Ohio Valley on Saturday. Watch for at least two weekend updates right here on WeatherJazz®.
As we draw closer to the projected weekend snowstorm, our resolution and accuracy becomes clearer. For the first time, we can comfortably post numbers to the projected snowfall by Sunday morning (not counting any lake effect that may set in well after the storm system itself departs on Sunday morning.