New product allows you to explore record-setting extreme weather

By: Angela Fritz , 6:14 PM GMT on February 23, 2012

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We've launched a new extreme weather product this week: Record Extremes. Recent, globally record-setting years have demanded a product that combines U.S. and international record extremes into one, easy to use interface. The Record Extremes page will give you the option to see U.S. and international records on a map and table. You can select any combination of record types at once, which, combined with the map, provides a interesting visual way to investigate record-setting events. The product uses data from three sources: (1) NOAA's National Climate Data Center, (2) Wunderground's U.S. records, and (3) Wunderground's International records.

The NCDC records begin in 1850 and include official NOAA record extreme events for ASOS and COOP weather stations in all 50 U.S. states as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Islands. In this database you can find records for maximum high temps, minimum high temps, maximum low temps, minimum high temps, snow, and precipitation on daily, monthly, and all-time scales.

The Wunderground extremes were compiled by our weather historian Christopher C. Burt. Chris monitors 300 stations across the U.S. for Record Extremes in maximum and minimum temperature, precipitation, and snow events. Most of these U.S. records go back to the end of the 19th century, though the oldest site in this database is Charleston, SC, where precipitation records started in 1737! Internationally, Chris monitors 150 countries worldwide for all-time record high temperatures and all-time record low temperatures. If you're interested in diving deeper into extreme weather in the U.S. and abroad, Chris's book Extreme Weather is an excellent resource.



Figure 1. All-time snow records broken during the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011. These records were found by selecting NCDC as the source, a start date of 2011-01-31, an end date of 2011-02-02, "maximum snowfall," and "all-time."


We built the Record Extremes product to make it easy to find specific records you're looking for, or just browse the records in general.

Check records that were set on a specific date
You can check on records that were set yesterday, for example, by setting the calendar to yesterday's date, and selecting all the record variables and types that you're interested in.

Explore all records set in a certain time range
2011 was a record-setting year for the U.S., and most of the records were high maximum temp and high minimum temps. To see all of these warm records that were set last year, select "NCDC" as the source, 2011-01-01 as the start date and 2011-12-31 as the end date. Select Maximum High Temp and Maximum Low Temp in weather variables, and select all-time in the record type.

View current standing international records in the Wunderground database
Select either the Wunderground International records, and instead of choosing a date range, select "Show current standing records." This will bring up all standing records in the database for whatever record variable and type you select. Whereas we've collected every record ever set or broken from NCDC, the Wunderground records are always the current, standing record, whenever it was set. As you move your map around the globe, you'll see each country's all-time maximum high temp and all-time maximum low temp.

Filter your table results
Looking for a specific location or record within your search results? Use the "Filter Results" option in the table to narrow down your search.

Let us know what you think!

Angela

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It's snowing as hard as I've ever seen it snow right now... I already have the "coating" that was forecast and it's only been snowing for a few minutes
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320. MahFL
Quoting RTSplayer:


Not only do you get free power.


There is no such thing as free power, solar panels cost money to make and install.
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dew point in the mid 60's and 70 degrees heading to 80 in the fayetteville, raleigh area of N.C., almost definite chance of severe storms, with low chance of tornado! i would not be surprised to see something popping off here from those storms developing in GA heading up towards that area!
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318. MahFL
Parking lots - great places for solar farms....



Er, no.
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317. MahFL
Quoting Slamguitar:
12 hours after the snow started falling in southwest Michigan, we have 1.5 to 2" of snow and we're about halfway through this system. I eye balled it because it's still dark and looks cold outside, but I'll get a real reading soon. The ground was very warm, and the back end of this system looks heavy. Can anyone on the west side of the lake confirm? Lake effect might still add a tiny bit, so I could end up with 4 or 5 inches.


Get outside you wus !...looks cold !, you live there, get outside !
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12 hours after the snow started falling in southwest Michigan, we have 1.5 to 2" of snow and we're about halfway through this system. I eye balled it because it's still dark and looks cold outside, but I'll get a real reading soon. The ground was very warm, and the back end of this system looks heavy. Can anyone on the west side of the lake confirm? Lake effect might still add a tiny bit, so I could end up with 4 or 5 inches.
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Currently in SE Queensland



Transmitters serving the area between Tewantin and Caloundra are REQUESTED TO USE THE STANDARD EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNAL BEFORE BROADCASTING THIS MESSAGE.

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND
for FLASH FLOODING

For people in parts of the
GYMPIE and
SUNSHINE COAST Council Areas.

Issued at 8:58 pm Friday, 24 February 2012.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 8:50 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Maroochydore and Noosa Heads. These thunderstorms are slow moving. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect the area north of Noosa Heads and Tewantin by 9:20 pm and Caloundra by 9:50 pm.

Very heavy rainfall and flash flooding are likely.

100mm of rainfall has been recorded at Noosa Heads in the 1 hour to 8:55pm.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for the Southeast Coast and parts of the Wiede Bay and Burnett and the Darlong Downs and Granite Belt districts.
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Quoting aspectre:
Somewhere, over the rainbow...

WOW!!! Where and when was that???
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Good morning. I think today has a much higher risk for severe weather than yesterday. Wouldn't be surprised to see a moderate risk area added by SPC.
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:



"There are differences too, but the warning is clear. What seems like a minor reduction in water availability may lead to important, long-lasting problems. This problem is not unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, but applies to all regions in similar settings where evaporation is high. Today, we have the benefit of awareness, and we should act accordingly."


I think last year's drought pointed out that we are woefully unprepared whether we are aware or not. And it was scary. The speed at which everything dried up was amazing. And boy do you feel helpless. There is just nothing you can do. On a brighter note things are getting better in a lot of Texas. And locally we are officially NOT IN A DROUGHT anymore! Just hoping it's enough come summer. In the meantime if the wind would lie down I could go fishing. :D




Significant rise on Rayburn eases water restrictions
Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:16 PM CST Updated: Feb 23, 2012 9:15 PM CST
By Patrick Vaughn - bio | email

Thanks to the fourteen plus inches of rainfall across Southeast Texas since the beginning of this year and the resulting six plus feet increase in Sam Rayburn's lake level the LNVA has removed all restrictions for irrigation.

Last Saturday's heavy rainfall made a significant improvement in the drought locally. Some areas are no longer in a drought with the Lakes and Coastal Sections of Southeast Texas continuing in a Moderate Drought...the lowest level of the drought index.

Still, LNVA is experiencing Stage 1 Moderate Water Shortage Conditions and is requesting a 30% voluntary reduction of non-essential water use and to prevent wasting of water. At present, the Lower Neches Valley Authority is accepting applications for rice farm irrigation contracts through March 15th.

Because of the historic drought of 2011, Sam Rayburn dropped to 150.79 Feet on November 22nd. The current level is 157. 1 Feet...a rise of 6.3 Feet. The normal lake level is 164.4 Feet.

The forecast from the Climate Prediction Center forecasts above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall the next three months. La Nina, the abnormal cooling of the Eastern Pacific waters produces global weather impacts. The current La Nina is forecasted to dissipate by late Spring.



Is there any evidence of La Nina now?

The Drought Monitor is still showing drought conditions for this area? YES

This is the reason I doubt some weather scientist and their figers!

Lier's figer and figers lie!
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Good Morning ! 69 here this morning along the gulf coast, with a steady breeze which is unusual, maybe a front coming down....well have a great day everyone
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Somewhere, over the rainbow...
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:



"There are differences too, but the warning is clear. What seems like a minor reduction in water availability may lead to important, long-lasting problems. This problem is not unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, but applies to all regions in similar settings where evaporation is high. Today, we have the benefit of awareness, and we should act accordingly."


I think last year's drought pointed out that we are woefully unprepared whether we are aware or not. And it was scary. The speed at which everything dried up was amazing. And boy do you feel helpless. There is just nothing you can do. On a brighter note things are getting better in a lot of Texas. And locally we are officially NOT IN A DROUGHT anymore! Just hoping it's enough come summer. In the meantime if the wind would lie down I could go fishing. :D




Significant rise on Rayburn eases water restrictions
Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:16 PM CST Updated: Feb 23, 2012 9:15 PM CST
By Patrick Vaughn - bio | email

Thanks to the fourteen plus inches of rainfall across Southeast Texas since the beginning of this year and the resulting six plus feet increase in Sam Rayburn's lake level the LNVA has removed all restrictions for irrigation.

Last Saturday's heavy rainfall made a significant improvement in the drought locally. Some areas are no longer in a drought with the Lakes and Coastal Sections of Southeast Texas continuing in a Moderate Drought...the lowest level of the drought index.

Still, LNVA is experiencing Stage 1 Moderate Water Shortage Conditions and is requesting a 30% voluntary reduction of non-essential water use and to prevent wasting of water. At present, the Lower Neches Valley Authority is accepting applications for rice farm irrigation contracts through March 15th.

Because of the historic drought of 2011, Sam Rayburn dropped to 150.79 Feet on November 22nd. The current level is 157. 1 Feet...a rise of 6.3 Feet. The normal lake level is 164.4 Feet.

The forecast from the Climate Prediction Center forecasts above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall the next three months. La Nina, the abnormal cooling of the Eastern Pacific waters produces global weather impacts. The current La Nina is forecasted to dissipate by late Spring.

current nina is already gone with a strong nino building


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Quoting aspectre:
Collapse of the ClassicMayan Civilization: "...modest rainfall reductions between times when the Classic Maya Civilization flourished and its collapse -- between AD 800-950. These reductions amount to only 25 to 40 per cent in annual rainfall. But they were large enough for evaporation to become dominant over rainfall, and open water availability was rapidly reduced. The data suggest that the main cause was a decrease in summer storm activity."



"There are differences too, but the warning is clear. What seems like a minor reduction in water availability may lead to important, long-lasting problems. This problem is not unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, but applies to all regions in similar settings where evaporation is high. Today, we have the benefit of awareness, and we should act accordingly."


I think last year's drought pointed out that we are woefully unprepared whether we are aware or not. And it was scary. The speed at which everything dried up was amazing. And boy do you feel helpless. There is just nothing you can do. On a brighter note things are getting better in a lot of Texas. And locally we are officially NOT IN A DROUGHT anymore! Just hoping it's enough come summer. In the meantime if the wind would lie down I could go fishing. :D




Significant rise on Rayburn eases water restrictions
Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:16 PM CST Updated: Feb 23, 2012 9:15 PM CST
By Patrick Vaughn - bio | email

Thanks to the fourteen plus inches of rainfall across Southeast Texas since the beginning of this year and the resulting six plus feet increase in Sam Rayburn's lake level the LNVA has removed all restrictions for irrigation.

Last Saturday's heavy rainfall made a significant improvement in the drought locally. Some areas are no longer in a drought with the Lakes and Coastal Sections of Southeast Texas continuing in a Moderate Drought...the lowest level of the drought index.

Still, LNVA is experiencing Stage 1 Moderate Water Shortage Conditions and is requesting a 30% voluntary reduction of non-essential water use and to prevent wasting of water. At present, the Lower Neches Valley Authority is accepting applications for rice farm irrigation contracts through March 15th.

Because of the historic drought of 2011, Sam Rayburn dropped to 150.79 Feet on November 22nd. The current level is 157. 1 Feet...a rise of 6.3 Feet. The normal lake level is 164.4 Feet.

The forecast from the Climate Prediction Center forecasts above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall the next three months. La Nina, the abnormal cooling of the Eastern Pacific waters produces global weather impacts. The current La Nina is forecasted to dissipate by late Spring.

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Quoting wxmod:


These docs are readily available with a quick search. Weather modification has its beginnings in the 1940s. Let's see...since the 40's nothing has changed, right? We're standing still. There is no supercollider, no petawatt laser, no hydrogen bomb. Why on earth would someone think that the science of weather modification has stood still for 72 years when there is so much power to be gained from moving storms, creating hurricanes, etc. What great weapons storms would make. Oh we did that in the 60s in Vietnam. Owning the weather was written before the wide ownership of the personal computer.

Please provide the links. I might not find the links you are thinking of.
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"Horses started out small, about the size of a small dog like a miniature schnauzer...What's surprising is that after they first appeared, they then became even smaller and then dramatically increased in size. and that exactly corresponds to the global warming event, followed by cooling. It had been known that mammals were small during that time and that it was warm, but we hadn't understood that temperature specifically was driving the evolution of body size."
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Looks like GRLevel3 is not bad!
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Theyve really picked up the severe threat here, hopefully we get some nice boomers.

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Collapse of the ClassicMayan Civilization: "...modest rainfall reductions between times when the Classic Maya Civilization flourished and its collapse -- between AD 800-950. These reductions amount to only 25 to 40 per cent in annual rainfall. But they were large enough for evaporation to become dominant over rainfall, and open water availability was rapidly reduced. The data suggest that the main cause was a decrease in summer storm activity."
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If you was gonna buy a very good affordable weather system. What would you Purchase? Thanks! Please email my box please!
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299. wxmod
Quoting bappit:

You should provide links. The two articles I read do not mention the document you refer to. They mention lots of uncertainties about the exact effects.

Patents by themselves don't mean much. The atomic bomb was patented in 1934. It was eventually implemented as the result of a massive wartime project. Without WW II when would it have been developed? Lots of patents are never implemented. People rush to create patents to protect financial interests.


These docs are readily available with a quick search. Weather modification has its beginnings in the 1940s. Let's see...since the 40's nothing has changed, right? We're standing still. There is no supercollider, no petawatt laser, no hydrogen bomb. Why on earth would someone think that the science of weather modification has stood still for 72 years when there is so much power to be gained from moving storms, creating hurricanes, etc. What great weapons storms would make. Oh we did that in the 60s in Vietnam. Owning the weather was written before the wide ownership of the personal computer.
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298. wxmod
Quoting bappit:
I see Patrap's post, 282. The linked article is interesting to read. A lot is still unknown about the subject apparently.

One of the big unknowns is, when aluminum oxide nanoparticles are mixed with jet fuel, what do those particles do when you breathe them? For some reason, I don't hear many people asking that question. Seems like an obvious question considering that the military wants complete control of the weather by 2025. And I'm sure China and Russia are messing with the same stuff.
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Quoting wxmod:


There is a document called "Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025" written by the US government. It was written in 1996. I hope everyone will read it before you comment any more on this subject. There is also a Hughes Aircraft patent from 1991 relating to seeding the atmosphere at 30000 feet with jet aircraft to geoengineer the planet. There is no secret or conspiracy. You just have to read what is available, and you have to ask search engines the right questions. Ask google about radiative forcing.

You should provide links. The two articles I read do not mention the document you refer to. They mention lots of uncertainties about the exact effects.

Patents by themselves don't mean much. The atomic bomb was patented in 1934. It was eventually implemented as the result of a massive wartime project. Without WW II when would it have been developed? Lots of patents are never implemented. People rush to create patents to protect financial interests.
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I see Patrap's post, 282. The linked article is interesting to read. A lot is still unknown about the subject apparently.
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295. wxmod
Quoting bappit:

Yes, contrails are an issue deserving study. I read of people being concerned about their effects at least 30 years ago. I don't see them very often. Maybe that is because the upper troposphere where I'm at does not have the water vapor to condense? My guess, strictly a guess, is that the effects are marginal compared to other issues. My suspicion is that persistent contrails will only form where water vapor is plentiful which means there will be clouds anyway.

I found this link on the subject: Contrails reduce daily temperature range. The opening paragraphs is:

"The potential of condensation trails (contrails) from jet aircraft to affect regional-scale surface temperatures has been debated for years, but was difficult to verify until an opportunity arose as a
result of the three-day grounding of all commercial aircraft in the United States in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001."

Of course, all of this discussion has nothing to do with stories about secret (?) geoengineering programs using aluminum oxide.





There is a document called "Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025" written by the US government. It was written in 1996. I hope everyone will read it before you comment any more on this subject. There is also a Hughes Aircraft patent from 1991 relating to seeding the atmosphere at 30000 feet with jet aircraft to geoengineer the planet. There is no secret or conspiracy. You just have to read what is available, and you have to ask search engines the right questions. Ask google about radiative forcing.
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294. wxmod
Quoting RitaEvac:
NW US in serious trouble


for some reason your link was having trouble. Here is the link.


http://www.kcby.com/news/local/Aftershocks-of-Jap an-disaster-felt-in-US-earthquake-planning-1400489 03.html?m=y&smobile=y Link
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Quoting wxmod:


Sorry you don't seem to see the ramifications of jet trails on the environment. You treat it as a joke. There are thousands of flights every day and the clouds they generate are changing the atmospheric lapse rate and reducing solar that could power solar panels. It is a huge problem, just like space junk.

Yes, contrails are an issue deserving study. I read of people being concerned about their effects at least 30 years ago. I don't see them very often. Maybe that is because the upper troposphere where I'm at does not have the water vapor to condense? My guess, strictly a guess, is that the effects are marginal compared to other issues. My suspicion is that persistent contrails will only form where water vapor is plentiful which means there will be clouds anyway.

I found this link on the subject: Contrails reduce daily temperature range. The opening paragraphs is:

"The potential of condensation trails (contrails) from jet aircraft to affect regional-scale surface temperatures has been debated for years, but was difficult to verify until an opportunity arose as a
result of the three-day grounding of all commercial aircraft in the United States in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001."

Of course, all of this discussion has nothing to do with stories about secret (?) geoengineering programs using aluminum oxide.



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Here you go:

Link
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Quoting RitaEvac:
NW US in serious trouble


Link not working, dude.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Hmm. Well maybe there is an elaborate conspiracy or something. But she'd be hard-pressed to prove it. ;)

Seriously, who could dislike that woman? Near as I can tell she's about as "normal" as the rest of us.


I enjoy her posts. I would miss her, if she left. One cool lady.
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How you doing canes?
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Nope. I am just saying what she says. LOL She swears that this is what is happening.


Hmm. Well maybe there is an elaborate conspiracy or something. But she'd be hard-pressed to prove it. ;)

Seriously, who could dislike that woman? Near as I can tell she's about as "normal" as the rest of us.
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NW US in serious trouble
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Now you're being mean. :P


Nope. I am just saying what she says. LOL She swears that this is what is happening.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


It usually goes quiet when I post something. ... Unless Wahingtonian has posted something and then it is already silent. ;-)


Now you're being mean. :P
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Quoting SPLbeater:
i love the way the blog goes quiet when i ask a question.

SO helpful.


It usually goes quiet when I post something. ... Unless Wahingtonian has posted something and then it is already silent. ;-)
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Quoting MTWX:
Just out of curiosity, what is the closest call you guys have had, regarding severe weather??


I had to go to the hospital with someone else during Wilma, but while walking to the ER I got knocked off my feet a few times and almost became flying debris another.
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Global radiative forcing from contrail cirrus

Ulrike Burkhardt & Bernd Karcher


Abstract

Aviation makes a significant contribution to anthropogenic climate forcing. The impacts arise from emissions of greenhouse gases, aerosols and nitrogen oxides, and from changes in cloudiness in the upper troposphere. An important but poorly understood component of this forcing is caused by contrail cirrus a type of cloud that consist of young line-shaped contrails and the older irregularly shaped contrails that arise from them. Here we use a global climate model that captures the whole life cycle of these man-made clouds to simulate their global coverage, as well as the changes in natural cloudiness that they induce. We show that the radiative forcing associated with contrail cirrus as a whole is about nine times larger than that from line-shaped contrails alone.
We also find that contrail cirrus cause a significant decrease in natural cloudiness, which partly offsets their warming effect. Nevertheless, net radiative forcing due to contrail cirrus remains the largest single radiative-forcing component associated with aviation. Our findings regarding global radiative forcing by contrail cirrus will allow their effects to be included in studies assessing the impacts of aviation on climate and appropriate mitigation options.

Contrail cirrus are composed of ice crystals that similarly to natural cirrus reflect solar short-wave radiation and trap outgoing long-wave radiation. For fixed ambient conditions, their radiative effect is mainly determined by their coverage and optical depth. Contrail cirrus form and persist in air that is ice-saturated, whereas natural cirrus often require high ice supersaturation to form. This implies that in a substantial fraction of the upper troposphere, contrail cirrus can persist in supersaturated air that is cloud-free, thus increasing high cloud coverage,. Remote-sensing studies have estimated line-shaped-contrail coverages as large as a few per cent in regions in which the levels of air traffic are high. The coverage due to contrail cirrus is as yet unknown because they are difficult to distinguish from natural cirrus in satellite observations.

The global radiative forcing due to line-shaped contrails has been estimated to amount to 10mWm (615mWm) for 2005, with a low level of scientific understanding. The global radiative-forcing estimates for line-shaped contrails rely on the scaling of simulated contrail-formation frequency to an observed regional contrail coverage. Assuming the scaling coefficient to be spatially and temporally constant, global contrail coverage can be inferred,.
This methodology is not suited to studying the effect of contrail cirrus. Present studies have been unable to provide a best estimate for the contrail-cirrus radiative forcing.
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281. wxmod
Quoting bappit:

Yep. Clouds.


Sorry you don't seem to see the ramifications of jet trails on the environment. You treat it as a joke. There are thousands of flights every day and the clouds they generate are changing the atmospheric lapse rate and reducing solar that could power solar panels. It is a huge problem, just like space junk.
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Quoting MTWX:
Just out of curiosity, what is the closest call you guys have had, regarding severe weather??


A large tree limb nearly hit my face during Gustav.
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279. MTWX
Quoting ScottLincoln:


Probably denotes convective inhibition. That is the inhibiting, warmer-than-parcel-path area of a sounding that must be overcome by a updraft before it can freely ascend. Think inversions or a "cap."

Some convective inhibition (CIN) can be good. A lot... not so much. The higher it goes, the harder it is for shortwaves and fronts to cause enough upward motion to overcome.

Thank You Scott!
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Quoting ScottLincoln:


Probably denotes convective inhibition. That is the inhibiting, warmer-than-parcel-path area of a sounding that must be overcome by a updraft before it can freely ascend. Think inversions or a "cap."

Some convective inhibition (CIN) can be good. A lot... not so much. The higher it goes, the harder it is for shortwaves and fronts to cause enough upward motion to overcome.


SUPER THANKS
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night all
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276. MTWX
Quoting SPLbeater:
i love the way the blog goes quiet when i ask a question.

SO helpful.

Don't have an answer for you on that one. I'm still learning the different applications and models used for predicting severe storms too.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
what is the -25, -50, and -100 numbers for on the CAPE analysis(blue shaded)


Probably denotes convective inhibition. That is the inhibiting, warmer-than-parcel-path area of a sounding that must be overcome by a updraft before it can freely ascend. Think inversions or a "cap."

Some convective inhibition (CIN) can be good. A lot... not so much. The higher it goes, the harder it is for shortwaves and fronts to cause enough upward motion to overcome.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
thanks for the info Scott.

What do you mean by attenuation though?


Hailstones and large raindrops can many times be larger than the wavelength of the TDWR pulse. This can cause most of the pulse to be almost completely absorbed over a short distance, and thus cannot get further than that to see additional reflective matter (storms beyond the first storm).

For examples, see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminal_Doppler_Wea ther_Radar
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comm ent.html?entrynum=1168
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273. MTWX
Quoting SPLbeater:


I went through the hail(dwondraft) section of a supercell on april 16th at my church, which is just northeast of Sanford. and EF3 tornado missed me by about 4-5 miles.


I've had a few really close calls. I was chasing a storm in Arkansas in '08 and recording golfball to tennisball sized hail. Was dumb enough to exit the safety of my truck after the hail seemed to have stopped to record sizes, when I caught a glancing blow off the side of my head from a 4.5" stone! The hail had only stopped for a few minutes before resuming with larger stones. That one got me 5 stitches and a mild concussion.

In May of '95 I had an F-3 move the house I was in 6" off of its foundation. The house on the opposite side of my neighbor at the time was completely gone! Nothing left but the slab!

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i love the way the blog goes quiet when i ask a question.

SO helpful.
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Quoting MTWX:
Just out of curiosity, what is the closest call you guys have had, regarding severe weather??


I went through the hail(dwondraft) section of a supercell on april 16th at my church, which is just northeast of Sanford. and EF3 tornado missed me by about 4-5 miles.

golfball sized hail was falling, and the hail had spikes
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