15 Weather Myths Debunked: Inspired by Random Posts Seen on my Facebook Newsfeed

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 10:10 AM GMT on September 18, 2014

I often see inaccurate weather information and myths propagating through my Facebook Newsfeed. In the spirit of the "Hail No" segment of Weather Geeks, the show that I host each Sunday at Noon on the Weather Channel, I decided to debunk 15 weather myths that I often see posted by friends.

1. Heat lightning is not the sky lighting up because it is hot. You are just seeing lightning from a storm too far away to hear thunder.

2. You can't see wa...

Updated: 1:17 PM GMT on September 18, 2014

Perceptions of Weather Warnings and By the Way, Why Do You Have to Interrupt my Show?

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 3:36 PM GMT on September 15, 2014

3rd down and goal and your favorite team is about the score. Or you were just about to find out who "did it" on your favorite show when.............................All of sudden, the TV meteorologist breaks in with a weather warning. Many aren't happy about it either. Though more than likely, this meteorologist is conveying information that could save your life, many in the public may see it as a nuisance or about ratings.

These are realities that the ...

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Updated: 9:44 PM GMT on September 15, 2014

Euro or GFS? Is it now a top 5 question meteorologists get asked?

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 1:34 PM GMT on September 08, 2014

If you are a meteorologist or in the weather world, you probably experience a set of standard questions by your friends, family, or public. A few include:

1. What is the weather going to be tomorrow?--Even if you are not in a part of the field that does day-to-day forecasting.

2. What channel are you on?--Even if you are in the numerous segments of the field other than broadcast meteorology. I think only 9-10% of the American Meteorological So...

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NFL, Warrick Dunn, Polar Vortex, and Almanacs, What is the connection? WxGeeks Sunday

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 2:00 PM GMT on September 01, 2014


I can certainly hear the question now? Why is former FSU running back and NFL legend Warrick Dunn the featured guest on Weather Channel's WxGeeks Sunday September 7th?

On the surface, a fair question, but if you look at the date, it is also the kickoff of the 2014 NFL football season.

On WxGeeks, we vowed to cover, discuss, and consider all aspects of the weather and your ideas too. One of the most interesting things about our field is t...

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Yep, We Went There With the Director of the National Weather Service

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 11:21 AM GMT on August 29, 2014

"Wait, isn't the show Weather Geeks on The Weather Channel? Yet, you asked the Director of the National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini, about his feelings on Naming Winter Storms?" We sure did.

From day 1, we said that we wanted WxGeeks to be a forum for the weather community, and I personally said, as expert host, that I didn't want to shy away from any topic. So if your favorite "controversial" or provocative topic hasn't appeared yet, trust me,...

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Updated: 11:47 AM GMT on August 29, 2014

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