Archive for March 2014

The Weather on Opening Day

The Weather on Opening Day
Baseball is a long season. It begins before the trees leaf out, and  it’s not over until the leaves are falling. In between, there are cold night games in April, sweaty  afternoons in July, bittersweet Septembers. But the beginning is now, in the bare beginnings of spring. Opening Day swells like the buds on the... Read more »

Doppler, Turing and Fujita-- there would be no Fermilab Seminar without them

The Fermilab 2014 Severe Storms and Tornadoes Seminar  is Saturday, April 5.  Hosted by WGN and Chief Meteorologist, Tom Skilling, this event features expert weather scientists speaking on the latest developments in  forecasting, modeling and understanding severe weather. You can read more about it, here. Last year, topics included Superstorm Sandy, changing climate, computers and weather,... Read more »

Gray and Twilight are my guilty pleasures.

Tonight’s Blogapalooz-Hour challenge–Defend your guilty pleasure—   Gray days are my guilty pleasure. Those overcast days. Days with no shadows, the sky like a gray screen. Of course, such days  are moody and introspective. Some  find them oppressive and  even depressing. But I for one embrace them, as I embrace all things gray. Gray cats,... Read more »
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Fermilab/WGN Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar--Saturday, April 5

What are you doing on Saturday, April 5?  It’s almost time again for the Severe Weather Seminar at Fermilab in Batavia, hosted by WGN and Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling. This is the 34th year of the Fermilab/WGN Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar. This event is free and open to the public. The program starts at... Read more »

River run green as grass

River run green as grass
And the river  run green as grass and the boys and girls were greenish after the wintery-est  winter ever. The trains run like a rainbow—Green, Blue, Red, Orange, Pink, Purple, Yellow. Crossing the border into Chiberia, the winter city.  Chiberia, where the mountains are melting.  Chiberia, where the potholes bloom. Buds on  the branches, and  baseball on the... Read more »

Heavy Snow

Heavy Snow
The latest snowfall makes this  the third snowiest winter in Chicago history. Had enough snow? Well, this is not the snow of January and February. That was light and powdery. Creampuff stuff. This is the wet and heavy  variety. They call it killer snow, heart-attack snow. The water content is so high, it’s sticking to... Read more »
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Weather Music

What’s your weather music? Does weather have a theme song?   One could do all kinds of  playlists of weathery music and songs about the weather. So, here’s one! Let’s start with Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” Can you feel the lightness of  ”Spring?” Spring also means “April Showers”  and “Stormy Weather.” There’s more rainy songs–”Stormy Monday,” “Rainy... Read more »

Saskatchewan Screamer

Saskatchewan Screamer
These are Canadian wind chills, Celsius.  This is the weather map for March 1. Needless to say these temperatures are  beyond anything in the historical records! Here are the conversions to Fahrenheit— Buffalo Narrows Lloydminster Meadow Lake North Battleford Kindersley Swift Current Shaunavon Moose Jaw Saskatoon Prince Albert La Ronge Estevan Regina Yorkton Moosomin Hudson Bay... Read more »