Archive for April 2014

How do you describe the wind?

How do you make sense of  violent winds? How do you  measure fear, chaos, destruction, loss? At least 17 people have died after tornadoes struck AR and OK on Sunday. The  photos and footage of the damage in Vinolia and Mayflower, Arkansas, document the human tragedy and destructive power of tornadic winds. Semi-trucks turned over.... Read more »

Tornado season could start this weekend

Tornado season could start this weekend
Looks like we could be in for some serious weather this weekend. Writing at Slate.com, meteorologist Eric Holthaus says the tornado season is about to really heat up. “The National Weather Service is saying ‘strong tornadoes are possible’ during a ‘significant multi-day severe event’ set to begin this weekend from Texas to Tennessee. “According to the Storm... Read more »

Is it spring yet? Yes!

The vernal equinox  may mark the first day of astronomical spring, but the first spring day is a different thing entirely. There is one day when the trees turn  into leaves. It has been such a long time in the cold this year. Snow and polar vortex subzero wind chills. This is the day we... Read more »
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Weather or not, lunar eclipse tonight!

Weather or not, lunar eclipse tonight!
It doesn’t look good for eclipse -viewing. It has been a day of rain, wind, and even graupel!  As I write this, snow is falling, clinging  like blossoms on the spring trees.  And the forecast? Disappointing. Overcast, no breaks in the clouds. I could say, there will be another total lunar eclipse in October, the second of the... Read more »

Blood Moon Rising, April 15

Blood Moon Rising, April 15
Weather permitting, skywatchers will be treated to the sight of  a special full moon on April 14-15. There will be a full moon, and  a total lunar eclipse. This reddish moon is sometimes called a blood moon. What omen could this  blood moon be?  Tax day aside,  the name sounds ominous, a portent of bloodshed and... Read more »

April Opening Days--Let's Play Two!

What do baseball and  severe storms have in common?  Both really get started in April. It’s the Cubs home opener at Wrigley Field  today,  and Fermilab Severe Storms and Tornado Seminar is tomorrow. What a  double-header! You can read about baseball, and  Opening Day  here. But it’s not always a beautiful day for a ballgame.... Read more »
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