Long Range Weather Forecasting & The 2014-2015 Winter Outlook

I've bought most of the Old Farmer Almanacs (there are many other copy cats out there as well) for over 30 years now as who wouldn't want to know next years weather? That's what we do for a living here a Weather Trends for the past 12 years only we use a very different approach to forecasting the weather. We'll explain and give you our forecast for Winter in case you didn't like the news you heard from the Almanac.
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Labor Day Weekend - 3rd Coldest in 25 Years but #1 Driest too!

Labor Day weekend looks pretty good if you like lower temperatures, lower humidity and dry conditions!
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Rain Rain Go Away or Rain Rain Come Our Way?

It's been a year of too much rain in the Upper Midwest and too little in the West. Remember that floods typically end with droughts and droughts typically end with floods so things could flip flop here in the Winter and year-ahead.
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Breaking GOOD NEWS You Won't Hear from Mainstream Media Tonight

Global sea ice is well above average and even the North Pole is showing signs of recovery trending +45% bigger than its minimum back in 2012.
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Back-2-School Weather Coldest in 5 Years!

What a difference a year makes. Last year was the warmest back-2-school period in decades here in the U.S. so kids went back-2-school in shorts which negatively impacted retail sales. This year? Best in 5 years with the greatest year-over-year change toward colder weather in decades!
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10 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Charley

10 years ago today, we watched as what was once Hurricane Charley moved back into the Atlantic near Virginia Beach and transitioned into an extra-tropical system. The storm still dumped some heavy rain along coastal areas, but was not the beast it was when it made landfall in southwestern Florida on the 13th.
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Shark Enlightening

What are you afraid of more, sharks or lightning? Turns out lightning kills way more people, on average, per year than shark attacks.
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Extreme Rainfall on Long Island This Morning: Commute Suggestion = Amphibious Car

1 foot of rain fell on Long Island this morning creating a treacherous commute. This rain comes from the same storm system that broke rainfall records in Baltimore and Detroit earlier this week.
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Rainy, Then Unseasonably Cool Rest of Week - Summer Returns Next Week

It’s a great day to be stuck inside at work here in the Mid-Atlantic as heavy rain slowly makes its way through today and into tonight. We could even see a thunderstorm later today, some of which could be severe. Temperatures will struggle to get out of the 70s today and through the rest of the work week in the Midwest and interior Northeast. But don’t pack away the shorts and swim suits just yet; hot and humid weather aims to return next week!
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Soggy Start to the Week, Then More Unseasonably Cool Weather

What a soggy way to start off the work week! Heavy showers and thunderstorms are moving through the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley today with the possibility of flash flooding. The threat shifts eastward tomorrow and Wednesday in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Good thing we have our new handy dandy wt360 umbrella to keep us dry!
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First Land Falling Hurricane in 22 Years for Hawaii

Iselle makes landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii near Pahala on the Windward side of the Island this morning. Next up is Julio which SHOULD pass to the North of the Islands sparing them a one to hit. See video on the current satellite, lightning, wave heights, rainfall forecast and radar.
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Polar Vortex Wars

The past few days has spawned a lot of hype, with little scientific fact to back it up. In this day and age where social media is at everyone’s finger tips and every news outlet is trying to one-up the other with ratings, hits, likes, shares, etc… as a meteorologist I oftentimes cringe when I read the headlines. Not only are many of these grabbing headlines misleading, but it gets to be dangerous when the wrong message is conveyed which, in turn, decreases the public’s faith in meteorologists in times when life and property are at risk. So let’s set the record straight about this “Polar Vortex” and what you actually NEED to know next week.
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Arthur to Rain on Independence Day Parades

The first tropical storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed and is on a track to rain on some Independence Day parades. For beach goers, the storm will be a bit of a bummer, but won't hang around too long as it gets swept up by a cold front. Although the forecast is a bit of a bummer, we're not stranger to bad weather on the July 4th weekend, especially over the past couple of years; this is just another event to add to the books.
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Orion Spacecraft Launches in December, Will the Weather Behave?

After canning the Space Shuttle Program in 2011, NASA has moved on to the next era of space exploration with their Orion spacecraft. Orion is designed to take humans father into space than ever before allowing us to learn more about asteroids and other planets. The first test launch into space is scheduled for later this year, in December, but any complications with Orion's structure could delay the launch. Weather could also play a role in delaying the launch, so we're taking a look ahead at our long range forecast to see if the weather's going to behave for Orion's first trip into space.
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Doggone Thunderstorms!

Even the happiest of dogs and the most well-behaved canines in the world can be sent running with their tail between their legs at the first sense of an approaching thunderstorm. In honor of 'Take Your Dog to Work Day', we review some of the techniques used to help quell a dog's anxiety to make their lives and our lives a little bit happier.
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Got a Case of Paraskevidekatriaphobia? Maybe You Shouldn't Read This...

Stormy weather on Friday along the East Coast, the Plains and in the Rocky Mountains will add to the eeriness of tomorrow, Friday the 13th, and no doubt there will be accusations that bad weather was caused by the dread Friday the 13th. As a meteorologist, I know that the weather behaves within the bounds of science and not some otherworldly force, but that’s not to say that bad weather hasn’t happened on Friday the 13th in the past. What follows is a list of 10 weather-related, significant events that occurred on a Friday the 13th.
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Meteorology Inkblots

Every day millions of people across the world view tons of weather maps. There's virtually a map for every weather variable you can think of: snow, rain, ice, wind, convective available potential energy, etc... So it's not surprising when people start to see things in the maps that resemble a physical object. Take the meteorology inkblot test, what do you see?
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Atlantic Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1st. Although wt360's forecast is for a below average year as far as storm totals go, it's still important that residents and businesses in hurricane-prone areas take necessary precautions NOW to prevent a disaster. It only takes 1 storm to change a life.
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Another Somber Anniversary for Moore, OK

May 20th marks the 1 year anniversary of the violent EF-5 tornado in Moore, OK that left 24 people dead. Moore is no stranger to tornadoes and this was the 3rd tornado of EF-4 or stronger rating to strike the city since 1999. All of those storms occurred in the month of May which is near the climatological peak of the tornado season.
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Singing In the Rain

A rainy day in the Lehigh Valley has inspired the music geek in me. A blog dedicated to songs about rain!
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Bad Breath and Sweat Destroying the Great Pyramids?

The Great Pyramids, one of the original, "7 Wonders of the World". These Pyramids have withstood the test of time without very many major structural problems. But the one thing the ancient Egyptians didn't plan on was the barrage of tourists that would later visit the Pyramids, numbering in the thousands per day. Intentional harm, i.e. graffiti, is a threat for any historic site, but the tourists to the Pyramids brought something inside the great structures that they probably didn't even know was doing harm... water vapor. Turns out the breath and sweat from tourists raised the humidity inside the Pyramids causing cracks and salt minerals to accumulate on the stones.
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Hector the Convector

Hector the Convector claims to be the largest, semi-permanent cluster of thunderstorms in the world. Typically located between Darwin, Australia and the Tiwi Islands, thunderstorms fire off almost on a daily basis during the November-December and February-March time period. WT360's meteorologists felt a little poetic after reading up about Hector and we thought we'd share.
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Lingering Danger From Heavy Rain: Sinkholes

Sinkholes can occur without warning and can be deadly. With the heavy rain we've seen this past week across the East, reports of sinkholes are popping up. While it's highly unlikely you will ever come face-to-face with these ground swallowers, there are a few warning signs that you shouldn't ignore.
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Where Have the Tornadoes Gone? Not That We're Complaining....

Tornado activity is near an all-time low for this season-to-date. But all of that could change this weekend as a mult-day severe weather event is forecast across the Plains and mid-South.
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A Drought That Won't Make You Pout: +3,000 Days and Counting Since Last Major Hurricane Landfall

Who ever thought we'd be so happy to hear about a drought? Well, it's not a traditional drought, it's a major hurricane drought and it's been over 3,000 days since the last major hurricane struck the U.S. mainland. That's certainly reason to celebrate, but with every hurricane season comes the possibility that the drought will be broken. Could this season be the one to break the drought?
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2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast

Believe it or not, it’s that time of the year again when we put the shovels away and prepare to brace for the next weather challenge: Hurricane Season. Although the Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn’t officially start until June 1st, it’s never too early to look ahead and prepare for what the season has in store. Weather warriors have come to the right place because at wt360, we pride ourselves on our long-range forecasts (11-months in advance).
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Snowstorm to Impact 40% of Population

A whooping 40% of the population will be impacted by a complex winter storm which will spread a wide swath of accumulating snow and ice across the Northeast starting early tomorrow and into Sunday morning.
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Weather Trends International's 2013-2014 Top 10 Winter Predictions

Are you ready for a nasty winter in the Eastern U.S.? The statistics and climate index similarities suggest the 2013-2014 winter will be similar to 1962-1963 which brought the 6th coldest January in over 118 years and copious amounts of snowfall. The factors considered were a proprietary statistical forecasting technique, Atlantic Accumulated Cyclone Energy index, ENSO neutral phase, 30-year cold intensifying Pacific Decadal Oscillation Cycle and a very weak 100 year solar cycle which all point to a winter similar to 1962-1963.
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Fall Foliage Forecast 2013

Nights are getting longer, the kids are back in school, and there’s an increasingly chilly feel to the air; yep, it’s Autumn already. While many will bemoan the passing of the warm season, there is plenty that Fall has to offer. One of the most anticipated spectacles of the upcoming season is the foliage. Like the perfect balance required of a tight-rope walker, the weather too must be perfectly balanced in order for Mother Nature to put on a brilliant foliage show. From the earliest sprouting of leaves in the Spring to the last drop of leaves in the Fall, weather plays an ever-important role all along the way. This year the weather was both nice and naughty depending on the location, with the Northeast in-line for a brilliant show of color this year, but West Coast dwellers may have to look elsewhere for that dazzling Fall color.
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National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

It’s National Lightning Safety Awareness week, June 23-29; this week meteorologists help to educate people about the dangers associated with lightning and what they should do to stay safe because it is the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena. In fact, lightning kills about the same amount of people that tornadoes do in an average year across the U.S. In the United States, an average of 53 people were killed each year by lightning over the 30 year period (1981-2010), and hundreds more are severely injured. Sadly, 238 people in the U.S. were killed by lightning between 2006 and 2012. Many people like spending time outside during the summer enjoying fishing, camping, boating, the beach, leisure activities, etc.
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Record-Breaking Rain in June?

Anyone getting tired of this rain? We’ve already had so much rain for the last few months in parts of the Northeastern U.S. Places like Georgetown, lower Delaware and Central Park in NYC have recorded 9 inches of rain. In Central Park the June record is 10.27” since 2003 and Philadelphia with 10.06” since 1938. The average rainfall for this month is roughly about 2 inches for many places in the northeastern U.S. Central Park needs less than an inch more of rain to break the record. Georgetown, DE has had 11.50” so far this month. We are still 9 days away before we head into July. Typical summertime thunderstorms will bring heavy rain and localized flooding over the affected areas; most of the storms dump a couple inches of rain in a short amount of time.
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Good Intentions Gone Bad: A Lesson to Learn from the Black Forest Fire

Could fire suppression policies that emerged from the turn of the 20th century have led to the increase in big wildfires that we see today? Black Forest, CO, the scene of one of Colorado's most devastating wildfires, is set among a forest of ponderosa pine trees. These trees are known to withstand low-intensity fires and, in fact, thrive in an environment where smaller fires remove brush and dead pine needles from the forest floor. Fire suppression policies perhaps led to a false sense of security in Black Forest, and the suppression of smaller fires allowed the build-up of homes in the area. Unfortunately, the result has been a much bigger fire as the thicket beneath the ponderosa pines and the dead needles accumulated over the years leaving plenty of fuel for a large wildfire.
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Redcoat or Bluecoat: Weather's Debatable Influence on the War of 1812

On August 24th, 1814, British soldiers captured Washington D.C. and began burning the city in retribution for an attack on York (current day Toronto, CA) about a year earlier. They continued torching the city into the next day, but dark clouds soon gathered above and a severe thunderstorm rolled into the city bringing damaging wind, and even a tornado. Inexperience with the violent storms accustomed to parts of the U.S. proved deadly for many British soldiers that day. The remaining troops regrouped and decided to evacuate the city, a task made difficult by the storm as fallen trees blocked the paths which had led to the city initially, and 2 of their ships had broken free of their moorings during the storm. Although the storm caused further damage in Washington D.C., it may have prevented an extended British occupation of the capital with an outcome that is difficult to measure. One thing is for sure, the weather certainly plays a big role in the history of the World.
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Roller-Coaster Season

It’s that time of year- THEME PARK ATTENDANCE is growing rapidly across the nation after a cool spring got the season off to a slow start. That’s right, summer is here and consumers are now in vacation-mode! Most of the kids are finished with school in June. About 46% of attendees have visited theme parks between the months of June and August, while 21% come in spring and 18% visit in fall. Theme park attendance numbers can vary from year-to-year depending on weather conditions and temperatures across the U.S.
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Pollen Stuffing you up?

It’s hard to believe that more than 67 million Americans suffer from allergy symptoms across the nation. What is an Allergy? Allergy is a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance (called an allergen) that causes the body’s defense system (the immune system) to overreact when defending itself. Pollen and molds are the worst for allergy sufferers.
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Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts Tomorrow and Mother Nature's Right On Cue

Tomorrow is the official start of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season and Mother Nature will be right on cue with what is likely to be the first tropical system of the year taking aim at the U.S. Several weather forecasting computer models are indicating some type of tropical system developing over the next week and heading towards the U.S. by late next week. This will be NO means be a blockbuster storm, in fact, it will be more typical of early-season tropical systems with flooding rain as the primary threat. At most, the storm would reach Tropical Storm status, we do not anticipate anything stronger than that at this time.
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Swarmageddon of 2013

Guess what? They’re back! For 17 years, they remain hidden underground. Then, as soon as the soil temperature warms up to around 64 degrees, they appear! Every 17 years the red-eyed cicada bugs of Magicicada Brood II are expected to emerge. The noisy mating bugs make their way into the surrounding areas from North Carolina to Connecticut. This year, they will be heavily concentrated in Central Virginia and Eastern Pennsylvania areas. Many areas have reported they are already seeing them (see the picture below). The cicada numbers will continue on the rise over the next two to three weeks. Increasingly warmer weather will bring a cicada “swarmageddon”. Their presence will expand west of Interstate 95.
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Missing in Action: Mrs. Twister

The 2013 tornado season got off to a surprisingly slow start this year with only a preliminary number of 246 tornadoes as of May 9, 2013. That makes this the lowest number of tornadoes for the year-to-date since 2004. As we receive more final counts (preliminary numbers often over-estimate the number of tornadoes) it’s likely that we could be seeing the slowest start to tornado season in decades.
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2013 Summer Outlook

It’s hard to believe the first official day of summer is only weeks away, June 21st to be exact. As many of you know first-hand, this past winter was a long one, especially in the North Central States and Midwest. It’s been a slow start to spring, except along the West Coast, but it’s never too early to think about BBQs and lots of fun at the swimming pool and lake, or camping, fishing, vacationing or a trip down to the shore! Last summer was the third-hottest on record (118 years) in the continental United States. Following last year’s below average rainfall and above average temperatures was a drought in nearly two-thirds of the U.S. Will this coming summer be another scorcher? Probably not, as wt360 is forecasting this summer to be the coldest/wettest in 4 years for the U.S. overall. Wt360.com can help you find the answers to your summer weather questions, but here’s a brief summary of what summer 2013 has in store for the U.S.
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Could this become the next Great Flood of 1993?

Last week, the Midwest had so much rain which led to flooding. Many places received between 4 to 8 inches in northern Illinois, including Chicago. The city of Chicago received more rain than average this month and a sinkhole opened up that swallowed several vehicles. Flood warnings were in effect across several places in the Midwest & Deep South after a severe weather system brought bouts of storms and torrential rain. The same storm system also brought heavy snow from Colorado to Minnesota, dumping several inches to two feet of snow. Duluth, MN and Rapid City, SD have already recorded the snowiest month on record in April. Rapid City, SD received about 43 inches of snow in April alone!! Last week was the last big snowstorm in the Upper Midwest. I expect this was the last gasp for winter in the North Central States. Temperatures are finally starting to get warmer in the Northern Central States. Large snow packs in Southern Canada and the Upper Midwest will start to melt exacerbating some rivers and streams which are already running high.
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2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Believe it or not, it’s that time of the year again when we put the shovels away and prepare to brace for the next weather challenge: Hurricane Season. Although the Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn’t officially start until June 1st, it’s never too early to look ahead and prepare for what the season has in store. Weather warriors have come to the right place because at wt360, we pride ourselves on our long-range forecasts (11-months in advance).
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Before You Plan Your Wedding and Honeymoon, Check the Weather!

It’s almost summer… and you know what that means? Many couples will be getting married during the summertime and they fly out to their dream destination for their honeymoon. The most popular months for weddings to take place are (in order): June, August, May, July, September, October, December, November/April, February, March, and January. Some couples like to get married in hot locations, and others in cool locations across the globe.
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Nightmare in Wizard of Oz

This week marks the 39th anniversary of the Super Outbreak of tornadoes on April, 3-4 1974. It was the worst tornado outbreak in United States history. There were 148 tornadoes reported in 13 states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, & New York. 30 tornadoes were F4 and 6 were F5. There were 330 deaths and over five thousand people were injured. The damages cost them billions of dollars. This was so unpredictable and devastating that many people believe it won’t happen again in the next 300 years. Some of you may remember this worst tornado outbreak in history.
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A March Without Spring is WAY Better Than a Year Without Summer!

Maybe it was that dastardly prognosticating rodent’s inability to see his shadow that gave people false hope of an early Spring, but I’ve sure heard a lot of people in the Northeastern U.S. complaining about how it’s not fair that the cold of Winter is hanging around in March this year. Well folks, fair is where you get cotton candy, but getting back to the point, cold weather in March is not all that uncommon, we were just spoiled last year.
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General "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf, The Queen of England, Captain Kirk and a RAINY DAY in May 1991.

That day he was warned by the Queen's "retinue" or entourage accompanying her on things he could and could not do. One thing he couldn't do was touch the Queens hand. Well, on that rainy morning the General being the epitome of an officer and a gentleman he had an umbrella ready to greet the Queen when she would get out of her car arriving at Central Command, MacDill AFB, Tampa Florida. As she got out of the car she slipped due to the wet conditions but the General saved the day eloquently holding the umbrella and reaching to keep the Queen from falling. BUT, big BUT,
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The Apocalypse or Just a White Christmas?

The holidays are always a hectic time filled with panicked gift buying, the mad rush home to be with family and wrapping up any loose ends from the year. This year we have the pleasure of an additional event courtesy of the Mayans and that’s the predicted end of the world on December 21st. Holding to the 21st end of days prediction, it seems like Mother Nature is on board whipping up her own form of fury as we track the potential development of several storms over the upcoming weeks.
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Black Friday 2012: Weather or Not to Shop?

Black Friday, that magical day of sales, crowds, and, in some places, straight-up madness. Retailers duke it out for customers by slashing prices in hopes of attracting the largest crowds, but weather also plays a role in customer turnout and there’s not much retailers can do about that. Oil those shopping cart wheels and warm up those credit cards, as we find out where shoppers will be camping out in the rain and where they will be sleeping under the stars on Black Friday.
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Election 2012 - The Weather Gets a Vote Too

This election, Mother Nature has thrown one heck of a curve ball to the candidates and her name is Sandy. As most of us know by now, Hurricane Sandy devastated several states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast and altered the playing field for the presidential candidates. Even if Sandy had never happened, research shows that less-severe weather events, like rain, may also have an impact on the presidential election. Since Meteorologist love to prognosticate, wt360 decided to take a shot at predicting the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election based on both the forecast for the swing states and the impacts of Hurricane Sandy.
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This Weather is Just Right: Fall Foliage & the Goldilock's Complex

This year has been nothing short of exceptional in the weather department. From a Summer-like Winter and a hotter than “you know what” Summer to extreme drought and the rare Mid-Atlantic derecho, we’ve certainly had our share of excitement. In light of all this vivacious weather, many people are wondering if the Fall Foliage is in danger of a dull showing this year. Luckily for those that missed out on Fall foliage last year in the Northeast, thanks to pesky tropical systems, this year the region had the "Baby Bear" of weather conditions to satisfy the Goldilock's-type requirements that is Fall foliage.
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It's Always Sunny in Yuma

The thought of leaving the bright, warm days of Summer behind for the dreary, cold and snowy days of Winter was enough to send a chill down my spine, no pun intended. Unfortunately, we’ve reached that time of the year when Summer slips away more and more each day and the best we can hope for is an Indian Summer (yes Doors fans, that was another lame attempt at a song reference). But let’s face it, Summer IS almost gone, so in order to cheer ourselves up, let's look at the "sunny" side of weather stats across the U.S. and find out where the sun shines the most across the ‘Land of the Brave’.
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Hong Kong's Close Call and an Update on Global Tropical Activity

It was a stressful night for weather forecasters in Hong Kong last night as a rapidly intensifying typhoon narrowly missed one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Typhoon Vincente made landfall about 4:15AM (local time) Tuesday Morning in China’s Guandong province, just southwest of Hong Kong, as a category 4 typhoon with winds of 135 mph.
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Lifting the Fog: A Brief History of Radar

Dense fog, along with a series of unlikely coincidences, resulted in one of the worst collisions in aviation history. Radar, initially developed as a tool for targeting enemy aircraft during World War 2, could have prevented the horrific airliner crash on that foggy day. Since WW2, great strides in radar technology have culminated into what meteorologists use today to track storms and even spot tornadoes without an actual, on-the-ground observation of the funnel.
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It's Going to be a Long Day...

It’s a Sun Reveler’s favorite day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere), today the Summer Solstice will take place at approximately 23:09 UTC (for those not familiar with Universal Time, that’s 7:09 PM EDT). At that time the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere will be at its most inclined position toward the Sun during its entire orbit.
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A Year Later: Reflecting on the Destructive 2011 Tornado Season

It’s hard to imagine that just a year ago, so many lives were impacted by the powerful force of Mother Nature as a record-breaking tornado season wreaked havoc across parts of the U.S. Few will soon forget the devastation in Joplin, MO or the seemingly endless parade of tornado outbreaks in the South, and today marks the 1 year anniversary of a rare EF-3 tornado that tore apart parts of Springfield, MA and neighboring towns.
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2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season looks to be less active this year as anomalously cold waters off the coast of Africa will likely migrate westward and subdue storm activity during the season. Also, there are indications that an El Nino might develop, if this occurs, vertical wind shear will increase and limit tropical activity.
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Yin-Yang Winter

Snow, ice, bitter cold - These are some of the words that come to mind when we think about winter. However, this past winter was anything but cold and snowy in the Central and Eastern U.S. While many are ready to blame Global Warming for the recent warmth in the States, they forget to account for the other parts of the globe in their accusations. In fact, if we take a look back at this winter we see there was actually plenty of "winter-like" weather across the globe, especially in Asia. Abnormally mild weather (Yang) would not exist if there wasn't a nearly equal cold force (Yin) to balance out the Earth's energy.
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Warm Winter = Early Bloom for D.C.'s Famous Cherry Blossoms

One of the most popular Spring-time celebrations is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. where hundreds of thousands of visitors converge on the Tidal Basin to take in the magnificent sights of the blossoming trees. This year will mark 100 years since the planting of the first of the 3,020 trees presented to the United States as a gift of friendship from Japan on March 27th, 1912. But some officials are worried that the mild weather so far this year will cause the trees to bloom sooner, leaving little if any blossoms for the latter half of the festival which runs from March 20th to April 27th. This certainly won’t be the first or last time that the blossoms peak so early; let’s take a look back on previous years and how the weather played a role in this popular Spring-time event.
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Memorable Presidents' Day Weekend Snowstorms

Tired of a warm winter? This weekend brings the most promising chance of a snowstorm along the East Coast since the Halloween 2011 storm. Looking back on previous Presidents' Day weekend storms, we find that they can be quite impressive this time of year. Will this weekend's storm live up to past storms' ferocity?
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Santa meets USAF Captain Scrooge - uh oh!

Twas 10 day before Christmas when all through the sky, Not a thing was stirring, not even a fly, When what to my wondering eyes should appear, But Santa’s sleigh and his 8 reindeer, They flew through the sky on wind with grace, But the clear air turbulence, the sleigh’s radar could not trace, THE REST OF THE STORY HERE...
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Black Friday Weather Forecast - You Don't Have to Wake Up Early or Wait in Line for This

The season for travel headaches, gorged stomachs, and shopping hysteria is upon us. In a little under a week we’ll be working off our Thanksgiving Day meal in the great Black Friday rush to snag the best deal in town. While foot traffic is mainly driven by who has the most enticing sales, the weather will also play an important role in driving traffic.
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2011 Global Temperatures are in...WE'RE ALL DOOMED!!!

Thought we'd use a little media hysteria with the headline to get your attention, but sleep easy as the 2011 year-to-date global temperature is a not so whopping +0.15°C above average and cooling quickly (October came in at +0.11°C). One day scientists will look back on the bad science, bad data collection, data manipulation to prove a point (aka fraud) and outright corruption around Global Warming research. Rather than try and prove all that right now, I thought we'd just show you how bad our own government is at collecting weather data that we all use for research. The scary thing? The U.S. has the best weather reporting network in the world but as we'll show - we can't accurately measure yesterday's temperature let alone the pulse of the planet.
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Funny Weather We're Having

Everywhere you turn its all gloom and doom from the weather to the economy to protests to wars to Steve Jobs to lack of jobs and to top things off I can barely type tonight as I think I broke a wrist...so we'll lighten things up with some weather humor...OK...a lot of weather humor and a lot of cartoons so I don't have to type! Enjoy
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Are You Ready For 5,200" of SNOW?

Don't panic...that 5,200" is the total amount of snowfall expected across the ENTIRE United States (260 major U.S. markets) this season. The good news? That's actually the least in 5 years...the bad news...we'll still have plenty of cold and snow and ICE to contend with. But now that we got your attention, let's take a look at what we expect this season.
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Cooking the Books - A New FICTIONAL World Atlas?

A new World Atlas released in the U.K. this week is yet another example of "cooking the books" by so called climate scientists and editors like John Vidal with a clear global warming agenda. In this case, real climate and satellite data was brushed aside for a PhotoShop airbrush to make Greenland (actually snow covered year round) appear a little greener thanks to runaway Climate Change. You would think the Publishers would do a bit more fact checking after the UK Climategate scandal but why let the facts get in the way of selling books. Then again maybe it's a FICTIONAL ATLAS?
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Leaves Better Learn to Fly!

The leaves better get some flight training from Pink Floyd as Major Hurricane Irene is about to blow in! We'll look beyond the impacts of the hurricane season to predict just how vibrant this fall foliage season is likely to be...and of course end with a Floyd classic! ;)
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Really Honey...The Weather Made Me Buy It!

For almost 10 years now we've been working with some of America's most successful and admired companies in retail, seasonal category manufacturers, agriculture and Wall Street to help them better plan their businesses around NEXT YEAR'S weather forecast. But in reality it's all about all of us who buy these products and believe it or not, the weather plays a big role in what we buy and when we buy it. After reading this blog I'll give both spouses an excuse to say, "Really Honey, the weather made me buy all that beer," or, "It's so hot out Honey, the weather made me buy all those strappy sandals"! :)
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Dog Days of Summer...Get Sirius!

The dog days of summer are officially here, so to figure it all out we need to know a little history, math, weather, stocks, astronomy, and cynology! And you thought all we were going to talk about was dogs! Get Sirius! :)
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April Showers Bring May Flowers then June Lightning Bugs

It looked like the battle of Normandy tonight here in Eastern Pennsylvania as an invasion of lightning bugs, or fireflies, took flight shortly after sunset. As a kid growing up in Hawaii, I was deprived of this childhood experience to see bugs pretending to be a lightning storm as the only bugs that flew in Hawaii were pterodactyl like cockroaches and termites that could swarm so thick it looked like fog. We'll do a little digging here on these meteorologist-wannabe bugs.
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The Weather & Economy is Going "Back to the Future"

Guess when all of this occurred: Record strong tornadoes; extremely snowy Winters across the Northern Hemisphere and U.S.; major flooding in Australia and Southeast Asia; worst drought in 30 years for Northern Europe, the Southwest U.S. and China; lowest global hurricane activity in 30 years; global temperatures near average; hundreds of thousands killed by major Earthquakes; thousands killed by tsunamis in the West Pacific; weakest solar cycle in 50+ years; Pacific Ocean temperatures below average; U.S. unemployment at 9%; soaring energy, food, and commodity inflation; gold prices soared to record levels; extreme gas prices; Middle East unrest; democrats blame republicans, republicans blame democrats...can you guess the year?
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wt360 Best & Worst Weather This Summer

Only 36 days until the official start of Summer, so we thought we'd take a peak at who will have the best and worst weather this Summer month-by-month. Last year we had an epic heat-wave in Russia - more likely to be cool/wet this year; Hawaii had a drought - not this go around; the Eastern U.S. had the hottest/driest Summer in decades - rethink that beach house this year!
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"Is this something we have done?" NO!

This kind of reporting in the midst of a natural disaster with hundreds killed by tornadoes is nothing short of really poor journalism that is unfortunately common with today's media when it comes to Climate Chagne basics. “Let’s be candid here,” Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News said. “When you and I go home, you see friends, family, you get e-mail from people you know, people ask the same question, what’s going on here? Is this something we have done? What has happened to the climate, because it seems so much of what we cover is relentless weather-related tragedy?”
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Tornado Video - What NOT To Do!

I'm a loss for words on this one. This guy films a tornado headed right for him and calmly films it from the safety (NOT!) of his parked yellow Ford truck in a wide open parking lot. Better yet, he appears to give a blow-by-blow (pun intended) account of the tornado that nearly kills him while talking with his wife (we guess). Not sure if this guy should get a medal for bravery or have his head examined
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Honey...I Shrunk the Meteorologist

Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science predicted in 1949 that "computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons!" That's roughly 3,306 pounds. Guess that prediction didn't turn out so well as today's computer chips weigh less than 2 grams or 0.004 pounds. As our computing power gets faster and faster it also tends to get smaller and smaller. Is the meteorologist next to be put into the ray gun from the 1989 classic "Honey I Shrunk the Kids"?
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Baseball Season Opens with a SNOWY Curve Ball!

We all get excited with the first snowfall of the season but snow in April - enough already! Baseball season opened up early this week to the sounds of "Play Ball" or should that be "Snow Ball"? Temperatures across much of the Great Lakes and Northeast U.S. were the coldest in over 20 years and that's no April fools joke! Normally at the game you hear "beer guy here...get your ice cold beer"...this year he's saying "hot coffee guy here...get your hot coffee."
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Weather & Syrup - Tricky and Sticky

It's syrup season in the Northeast U.S. and Canada and we're off to a good start thanks to the weather. So goes the weather so goes the flow of sticky, sappy syrup out of Sugar Maple trees in New England. Vermont is the biggest producer of Maple Syrup in the U.S. and last year's very hot start to Spring across the Northern U.S. cut U.S. production by 19%. We'll look at how weather influences this sweet stuff and why gas prices look so cheap at $4 a gallon.
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You Ate More Radiation Than Tokyo, Japan!

If you had a banana for breakfast and maybe plan on a beer, nuts and a steak for dinner tonight you'll be exposed to twice as much radiation as that measured in Tokyo today! Yet thanks to foreign media hysteria we've pretty much scared the Japanese out of Tokyo. We'll explore some Geiger counter readings for everyday items and compare them to Japan levels to help put the media coverage into perspective.
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Japan - a Lesson in Human Nature

The devastation in Japan as a result of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami is absolutely heart wrenching and our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Japanese people. The manner in which they are handling this crisis is a model for the world - no looting, no mass hysteria and little media sensationalism. I observed this first-hand living in Iwakuni (south of Hiroshima), Japan many years ago - very much a country where loyalty, honor and respect for others are ingrained into their way of life. Not the case here in the U.S. and other parts of the world where the media LOVES A CRISIS and hysteria, panic, exaggeration - anything goes when it comes to getting our attention.
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18 Uses for Those GINORMOUS Potholes

It's that time of year - POTHOLE season has officially arrived! If you've ever hit one of these beasts you know it's no laughing matter as some can certainly be man-eating ginormous monsters. But they're kind of like death and taxes, you can't avoid 'em. Here are 18 creative ways to make use of potholes.
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Blizzard Alley Meet Tornado Alley

It's that time of year when cold air meets warm air for big Spring snow storms and the start of the severe thunderstorm/tornado season in the U.S. This coming week we'll get a chance to see both Blizzard Alley active and at the same time Tornado Alley should come to life. Now would be a good time to set up some severe weather alerts in wt360.com!
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Space Shuttle a Wimp in Weather!

On Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 4:50pm EST Discovery space shuttle mission STS-133 will be the last mission for Discovery with only 2 more shuttle launches. The Atlantis mission in June will officially bring t an end 30 years of Space Shuttle missions. While the space shuttle is unmatched in space, traveling at more than 17,500 mph (Mach 23), 9 times faster than a speeding bullet, 26 times the speed of sound, and lift-off thrust exceeding 37 million horsepower, but put it down here on Earth and it's actually a big WIMP when it comes to the weather!
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Food Inflation Hysteria - Relax - Have a BEER :)

If you think you're paying a lot more at the grocery store for everyday items these days - you are - and in part we can blame Mother Nature for that but don't even utter the words "It's Global Warming!" As the global economy improves so does the demand for consumable categories like food, beverages, clothes, auto products, health and beauty aids, toys and BEER. But what if the supply goes down with a curve ball from the weather? The weather certainly has in part sent prices higher for coconut oil, cotton products, rubber, wheat, coffee and yikes barley = BEER, say it ain't so!!! You'll spend a little less for hot cocoa, rice and olive oil...but what's that about my BEER???
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Frosty meet Sneezy!

While most of us suffered through mountains of the white stuff this Winter, South Texas had a blizzard of a different kind - Mountain Cedar tree pollen. With tree pollen levels the most in over a decade in parts of the Texas hill country it's not surprising that allergy sufferers are already seeking help from itchy/watery eyes and endless sneezing. This early onslaught of pollen is likely to be a common theme for folks in the South this year while we fare a littler better in the North.
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Ready to outsmart every Meteorologist? 360 Alerts are here!

February 5th is designated Weather Person's Day commemorating the birth of John Jeffries in 1744. Jeffries, one of America's first weather observers, began taking daily weather observations in Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A. in 1774 at the age of 30 and took the first weather balloon observation in 1784. This is a day to recognize the men and women who collectively provide the world with weather, water and climate forecasts and warning services. Now that we got that mumbo jumbo out of the way - here's how WT360's new e-mail ALERTS can make you smarter and better prepared than every weather person/meteorologist on the planet!
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Groundhog Day's 1,000 year tradition started in Europe.

While many imposter groundhog weather prognosticators have emerged in recent years like Staten Island Chuck, Long Island Malverne Mel, Connecticut Chuckles, Georgia's General Beauregard Lee and Canada's Wiarton Willie, Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam and Alberta's Balzac Billy...there's only one REAL weather forecasting ground hog and that's Pennsylvania's own Punxsutawney Phil! This morning at 7:25am it's official Spring is on the way! Don't be on it...
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Severe Tropical Cyclone 'Yasi' Heading for Australia!

The devastation in Queensland Australia is about to get much worse as Severe Tropical Cyclone 'Yasi' heads for Innisfail and Cairns Australia tomorrow (2 February). Winds, waves and rain are comparable to Hurricane Katrina (2005) with the flooding potential equally devastating.
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Snow + Cold = Low on Blood

The American Red Cross reports 10s of thousands of blood donors haven't been able to donate due to the extreme cold and snow across much of the country this Winter. Reports show blood supplies for this time of year are the lowest in 10 years and in this case blaming the weather is certainly a valid reason.
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U.S. gets a D- in Science & Math

This week 3,500 scientists, meteorologists, climatologists, students, businesses and weather organizations gathered in Seattle, Washington for the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The theme of the 2011 AMS Annual Meeting is “Communicating Weather and Climate” but a government report out this week shows just how poorly U.S. students compare to their international counterparts when it comes to the importance of academic disciplines in advanced math, physics and science.
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How Winter forecasts are really made?

There have been 395 record low temperatures tied or broken so far in January across the U.S. with some notable extremes. It's hard to call this "record cold" but +51F (10C) was a new all time January record low in Waimea, Hawaii on January 5th. Even the big city Honolulu, Hawaii broke a record at +56F (13C) but take that down a 100 degrees for the real cold stuff like -51F (-46C) in Central Alaska, -47F (-44C) in Dickinson North Dakota breaking the 117 year record or -46F (-43C) yesterday in International Falls, Minnesota breaking an 82 year old record. So how are Winter forecasts really made? The secret revealed!
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Bad science destroys Queensland. Who's next?

By now we've all heard that the flooding in Queensland, Australia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Brazil, etc. etc. is all due to "man-made Global Warming!" Diane Sawyer here in the U.S. said so on national TV this week so it must be true? Her guest was Professor RichardSomerville a "climate scientist" from the University of California – he sounded credible and after all 2010 was the wettest year ever; record heat killed 56 thousand people in Russia; record cold and snow across the Northern Hemisphere for the 4th straight winter; record freezes in Florida - it's all man-made Global Warming a sign of things to come (oops – we should use the new term "Climate Disruption" - Global Warming is so 2009). All of this may indeed be a sign of things to come but nothing to do with "Global Warming" as there isn't any - not on land and definitely not in the Oceans!
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49 of 50 U.S. States (71%) Covered in Snow!

For the 2nd year in a row 49 of 50 U.S. states have some snow on the ground! On the 13th of February 2010 all states but Hawaii were covered in snow including Florida with 68.1% of the U.S. covered. This time Florida has escaped the snow but Hawaii, yes Hawaii, has snow on the top of Mauna Kea at 13,796 feet (4,205 meters). A whopping 70.9% of the U.S. is covered in snow - most likely the most since the 1970s and possibly the late 1800s.
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WT360's Weather Super Hero Sighting?

Hello Earthlings, I'm your new WT360 super weather hero to save you from boring weather forecasts and other earthly calamities! My objective is simple to spread awareness about future YEAR-AHEAD weather. My motive is a little bit more complex: to get people to believe that weather matters.
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Bye...Bye...Blackbird :(

So what killed 5,000 red-winged black birds in Beebe Arkansas New Year's Eve? The testing is underway but the conspiracy theories suggest they all hit a UFO and plunged to their deaths (least likely), weather blogs say it was severe thunderstorms - lightning, hail and strong up drafts and others say it was fireworks. We'll examine the facts that we know so far and look at other things that have fallen from the heavens over the years...
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Storm Chasing an Earth Sized Thunderstorm?

A typical thunderstorm here on Earth might span a couple miles and reach 50,000 feet tall. But, imagine a thunderstorm the size of planet Earth with 1,100 mph winds and lightning bolts a 1,000 times stronger. Fortunately,this "Dragon Storm" is on Saturn and has reemerged with a vengeance in recent days. If you want to chase this mega storm all you need is a small telescope and clear skies.
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New York Times Down -65% Snow Up +17%

This post is for our friends in New Jersey and New York digging out of nearly 30" (76 cm) of snow today and the rest of us across the Northern Hemisphere suffering through the 4th straight record snowy Winter - most in 32 years. This will warm your hearts and everything else that's still frozen from digging out all day: New York Times "Bundle Up (all the snow) It's Global Warming"! I almost barfed up a lung, other not so vital organs and maybe a Christmas cookie when I read this story today. Do the powers that be at the NYT really think we're this ignorant? Take solace friends in these facts: Northern Hemisphere snow cover up +17% since 1980 and Northern Hemisphere snow cover is the most in 32 years; New York Times circulation down -22% and only 11% of readers actually care about the Times "views and opinions" section where this story can be found. Looks like investors don't put much stock in what the paper says either as NYT's stock price is down -65% since 2006 - the year the Pacific Ocean started it's 30-year cold phase which correlates nicely with all this snow!
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A poetic holiday weather forecast

Twas the days before Christmas, when all through the land All the people were shopping, to find that right brand. The shelves at the store were piled high with care, In hopes that more shoppers soon would be there...>
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Witches thought to be meteorologists? UH OH!

This doesn't happen very often - a lunar eclipse on the first day of Winter. According to the US Naval Observatory it's only happened once in the past 2,000 years on 21 December 1638 and won't happen again until 21 December 2094. The rare lunar event is not the only unusual happening in space as the Sun is up to some very unusual antics as well that will have an impact on planet Earth's weather for decades to come. If you don't like the cold, you won't like the answer!
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390ppm = "Global Climate Terror" Really?

Mother Nature wins again as the UN Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico suffers through another inconvenient embarrassment - coldest conditions in over a 100 years for the 29 Nov - 10 Dec, 2010 COP16 Conference! In fact, the all time coldest December day ever occurred at 50F (10C). It didn't help that Europe was suffering through one of the coldest/snowiest outbreaks in decades for the 4th straight year with the U.S. not far behind in the Deep Freeze. These inconveniently timed natural reminders are affectionately being called the "Gore Effect"...every time he speaks or the UN huddles up there tends to be some sort of record blizzard or record freeze dominating the headlines. This might explain why the next conference went as far South as they could - Durban South Africa! Here's some "Global Climate Terror" fodder to warm you up...
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Ocean Dump + Big Waves = Plastic Soup?

You will not find this soup on the menu this holiday season and if you did, your bowl would be bigger than the state of Texas! We all know that everything in Texas is BIG so this is really big. The soup we're talking about is a huge swirling mass of "plastic soup" or "Pacific Garbage Patch" that is stuck in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California and another one near Japan. When the waves pick up (you can now monitor waves for day 1-8 in wt360.com) and come from a certain direction Hawaii's pristine beaches can go from paradise to a nightmare.
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wt360 Prediction - Global Cooling for 15 Years!

The media and Cancun revelers at the Climate Summit would love to see the headline, "2010 the Warmest Ever", but it's not going to happen! While a moderately strong El Nino (warm sub-tropical Pacific Ocean) early in the year did send global temperatures up to +0.97C above average, they've since plummeted some 0.55C (1F) as the Pacific cooled rapidly and now enters a moderately strong La Nina phase (cold sub-tropical Pacific Ocean). But, there is a much bigger and broader global weather pattern at play here and something worth reading up on - Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) cycle. So goes PDO so goes the world climate! We'll explain here so you can dazzle your friends and colleagues at the next holiday party as we know all casual conversations start with "how about this weather"!
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Google Trends, Weather Trends and Stephen Colbert?

So what does Google Trends, Weather Trends, the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Cancun, Santa Claus, Al Gore, Winter Weather Forecasts, Black Friday, Carbon Trading, Global Warming, President Obama and Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert all have in common? Not much! :) At least according to Google Trends. Read on for what's hot and what's not.
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The Story Behind WT360.com Part 2

Fast forward 18 years to 2007 when now retired General Schwarzkopf asks now civilian Bill "When will you launch a consumer version of your year-ahead weather forecasting technology?" That same year we did one of our most famous and difficult vacation forecasts that spanned three continents over five weeks (months in advance) for Steven Busch, the youngest heir of the Anheuser-Busch family. Then in 2008 we appeared on ABC 20/20 with Sam Champion and thousands of brides called in after the show asking for their year-ahead wedding forecasts - we responded to them all! Forbes recognizes WTI as #5 on America's Most Promising Companies list in October 2009 and again the question comes up, when will WTI give consumers and humanitarian agencies access to the forecasts. We got the message - time to start working on a consumer product!
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The Story Behind WT360.com PART 1 of 2

A few years ago while filming a segment for CNBC TV a pretty famous General asked me when would Weather Trends International open up our commercially proven year-ahead business weather forecasting technology to the public in an easy to use format? "Everyone wants to plan their important events Bill, just ask my wife, and just like we did in the military it's better to plan than react," said General Norman H. Schwarzkopf. From that day forward its been a dream of mine that is now finally a reality. Read on for the rest of the story...
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Harry Potter & Black Friday Weather - Magical

QUESTION: So what does opening night of Harry Potter and Black Friday have in common? ANSWER: Millions of Americans will be standing in long lines in the wee hours of the morning - whether it is Friday's (19 Nov) midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 or a week later standing in more long lines for those Black Friday sales (26 Nov). Both days will be mainly dry across the U.S. but one dramatically colder than the other...either way you might need Harry's spell "Expelliarmus"? Or maybe "Incendio"?
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Time to Talk Turkey & Travel

Christmas is just 44 days away! YIKES! So even though we just took down the Halloween decorations, it's time to start thinking about the Thanksgiving turkey and all the gifts we’ll need to buy. As usual, retailers are way ahead of us with holiday displays up back in October. When it comes to the holiday shopping season, one of the most critical factors for gifts flying off retail shelves or flying on-time to Grandma’s house is the WEATHER. Will there be early snow that prevents us from getting to the stores or will it wait to arrive the day that we’re flying? That is the million dollar question of the moment for everyone who partakes in the traditional holiday activities of shopping and visiting friends and family and for everybody else who hopes to avoid the hoopla by hopping on a plane to find a secluded beach.
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Weather Radar Won't Cook Your Turkey

115 years after the accidental discovery of X-rays, Google opted to X-ray their logo today - safer than what the German scientist did back in 1895. The X-rays were called this because they were an "unknown" (reason for the X) type of radiation or very small wavelength with high levels of energy. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen's first subject to test the new X-ray device wasn't a Google logo but rather his wife's hand; not sure if that tells us how he felt about his wife or if he was just a big chicken or turkey. I'm leaning turkey. We'll move up to some bigger wave lengths to talk turkey on weather radars.
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Election Day Weather - NO EXCUSES!

No matter which side of the political fence you're on for this year's Midterm U.S. elections (2 November 2010), I'm sure we all agree that November 3rd can't come soon enough! WE THE PEOPLE will end the mud-slinging, name calling, backstabbing and 24-7 blow-by-blow analysis when we cast our votes tomorrow. Even Mother Nature can't wait for it to all be over as she's ordered up nearly perfect weather for most of the country. In this blog we'll examine the weather, unemployment and other myths about which party benefits under certain weather conditions.
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What to Wear During a Chinook

The media made a big deal on this week's big storm in the Northern Plains of the U.S. and whether or not a low pressure record was set in Big Fork, Minnesota. While this storm was intense and brought snow to the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains, dozens of tornadoes and strong winds to the Central U.S. the media bark was bigger than the bite! This storm pails in comparison to some of the record setters.
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High-Tech Leaf "Peeping" with a GPS?

For those of us who live in the middle latitudes across the Northern Hemisphere between about 40N and 30N this is a great time for enjoying the Fall foliage season when leaves show off their bright colors of orange, yellow and red which traditionally peak in October. If you're looking for a high-tech twist for you "leaf peeping" day trips try "Geocaching". It's kind of like hide and seek, treasure hunting and a message in a bottle all rolled up into a fun day outdoors.
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The Flu, Weather and Guinea Pigs?

The Northern Hemisphere is entering the dreaded Winter Flu season just as our neighbors down under are coming out of their Flu season. Scientists have debated for decades whether or not cold Winter weather has anything to with the Flu but it's a very hard thing to study in a laboratory. Intuitively the answer is yes since the Flu peaks, everywhere in the world, during the cold Winter season. So let's look at Australia, Winter weather and Guinea Pigs to find out why!
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Hurricane, Cyclone, Typhoon - What's in a Name?

Super Typhoon Megi is roaring across the Northern Philippines Luzon province today with 112 mph winds (180 km/hr) and upwards of 10-20" (250mm-500mm) of rain creating widespread flooding, power outages and destruction of crops. Next for the weaker Typhoon Megi appears to be Taiwan late in the week with more heavy rainfall. So why is this storm called a Typhoon and what's the difference from a Hurricane? We'll get a little technical here to address this topic.
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"Free at Last" - A Beautiful Day!

"FREE AT LAST!" 33 Chilean copper-gold miners had no idea they would experience a life changing event on a cold August 5th Winter day. But on this day they are one-by-one experienceing a glorious Spring day and reunited with their loved ones with the entire world watching!
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For the Sake of Young Scientists

Ok I’m still mad about the 1010 video from my earlier post. I am somewhat consoled by the tens of thousands of people who have expressed their outrage with 1010 about the video. What bothers me the most is that I know kids can be encouraged to get involved in a better way. Instead of scaring them with trumped scenarios based on bogus facts and incomplete research, why not encourage them by showing them that there are lots of smart people working on solutions. Who knows what young mind will be ignited and will become the scientist who finds the answer?
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Science Seeks Answers Not PR

Let me start by saying that this post contains content that is very graphic and disturbing. (Rating: No Children Under 17). I apologize for passing on the brutal images that have been created by others, but this is a subject that absolutely enrages me as a professional scientist and human being. Science is about advancing what we know, researching, and always looking out into the future. It is not about scaring people into submission; most importantly scientific findings should never be used to attack our children’s sense of safety.
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2010 Raise a Glass for Northeast Wines

Know the world's weather and know what wine to buy now and later. It should come as no surprise that weather and wine go hand in hand. Typically a hot year with some rain (not too much, not too little) will yield an excellent year for grapes with a higher sugar content, and as such, better wines are produced. For example, 2003 in Rhone, Southern France was one of the hottest on record and yields were excellent with award winning wine from the region. While it was great to be a grape in France that year, the excessive heat took lives of nearly 15,000 people. This national tragedy marks 2003 as the death year in France.
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Meteorologists Make for Fun Neighbors

The first time I scared the heck out of my neighbors here in Eastern PA (U.S.A.) was on the 7th of September 1995. It was an abnormally hot day with a sweltering temperature of 91F and a heat index in the mid to upper 90s - hazy, hot and humid was an understatement. On this day my neighbors thought I was 1) crazy or 2) maybe I knew something really big weather wise was about to happen...
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60 days + 64,000 forecasters = 59 day old forecast?

While some think weather prediction is as simple as looking out the window, licking your finger and holding it to the heavens to make a forecast, it's a bit more complicated than that, in fact much more complicated. The science behind predicting the weather has been around for over 100 years with the "primitive equations" that make even the smartest mathematician's head spin. To give a sense of that complexity a leading mathematician by the name of Lewis Fry Richardson in 1904 said it would take 64,000 highly skilled scientists 2 months to make a 1 day forecast! Hmmm...Houston, we have a problem.
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Never say Never...

With the launch of weathertrends360.com we'll soon be adding long-range weather forecasting to this list of things that would never happen but ultimately did! In 2008 on national TV an academic meteorology professor said that "every now and then a blind squirrel finds a nut"when asked by ABC 20/20 Sam Champion whether long range forecasting was even possible. Feel the sarcasm? Obviously the professor was a skeptic but the irony is he actually teaches a course on long range weather forecasting! The rest of the story behind the inspiration of weathertrends360...
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Welcome to the WT360 Blog

Imagine saying to someone that, "you no longer have to leave the weather to chance...there is a place where you can discover your ideal future weather for any day, everywhere in the world 360 days ahead!" While that seems like an impossible statement, it's true...welcome to weathertrends360, bringing the world free, year ahead weather forecasts.
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Winter Outlook 2010-2011 (Northern Hemisphere)

Last year the Winter in the U.S. was the snowiest in 14 years (25% above average) with the 3rd straight season with very snowy conditions across the U.S. Our neighbors to the North in Canada had a reprieve with much below average snowfall (-30%) and we all remember the helicopters airlifting in snow to the Olympics.
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Woolly Worm Weather Folklore - Fact or Fiction?

I just saw my first "woolly worm" of the season (also known as the woolly bear for our friends to the North) here in Eastern Pennsylvania (USA) and it was all brown! Folklore suggest this will bring a mild Winter. Legend has it that the a reddish brown color on the fuzzy creature means mild Winter periods while the black areas suggest severe Winter weather. Fact or Fiction?
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