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What Can Lightning Tell Us about Storm Severity

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Dr. Jeff Masters, May 21, 2015

Director of Meteorology, Weather Underground

As soon as an incipient thunderstorm spits out its first cloud-to-ground lightning bolt, it’s a potentially deadly threat. A complex of severe storms can generate many thousands of lightning flashes per hour. Along with being a hazard in its own right, lightning can serve as an useful clue to how quickly a thunderstorm is strengthening. New tools along these lines have been developed to help forecasters, and they’re being tested this spring at NOAA's Hazardous Weather Testbed at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK, where I visited earlier this month.


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Sustainability: Essential Research and Education

Dr. Ricky Rood, May 19, 2015

Professor, University of Michigan

Since sustainability crosses many disciplines, it is, in fact, quite difficult to bring into the discipline-focused culture of universities. It brings a focus to problem solving and participatory, deliberative process. There is a high demand from students, who increasingly see the requirement to manage our resources and wastes in order to thrive. Sustainability is an essential topic of research and education.

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A Weather Geeks Episode Hard To Explain But You'll Be Glad You Watched...

Dr. Marshall Shepherd, May 21, 2015

2013 President, American Meteorological Society
Director of Atmospheric Sciences, Univ. of Georgia

Dr. Travis Taylor is a fascinating guy so I can see why he has his own new show 3 Scientists Walk Into A Bar (Link) debuting on The Weather Channel on May 31st. Look at this description:

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Alaskan Heat Wave as Rest of the Nation Warms up

Steve Gregory, May 21, 2015

Sr. Forecaster/Risk Analysis, Weather Intel Services

Alaskan Heat Wave as Rest of the Nation Warms up

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The Upper Chesapeake Bay is home to some monster fish, but it's not as easy as just launching your boat and flipping some docks. There are a lot of variables that need to be taken into consideration if you want to land a trophy!

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New Weather Alerts Visual Treatment

Product Team, April 16, 2015

Weather Underground

Hello Wundergrounders,

We’ve been working on clearly defining our alerts so that you can more quickly identify the level of threat of an alert within your region. Previously, all weather ...

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The Right To Be Rescued: Disability Justice in an Age of Disaster

Portlight, May 21, 2015

Disaster Relief Organization

This Note explores the legal responsibilities that local governments have toward marginalized communities in a time of crisis and argues that people with disabilities (PWDs) have a “right to be rescued”: a legal right to have their unique needs accounted for and addressed in emergency planning.

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26-27 November 2014 Nor'easter

Zachary Labe, November 25, 2014

Northeast Weather Analyst

A low pressure will develop off the Southeast coast and move northeastward along the stalled front off the eastern seaboard. Precipitation will develop and expand across much of the Northeast by early morning Wednesday. Marginal cold air will limit the heaviest snow accumulations across inland locations along the foothills of the Appalachians. Most areas east of there will face slushy accumulations of less than three inches in addition to some rain.

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