Category: Weather Blog

Waterspouts 101

What is a Waterspout? According to the American Meteorological Society’s Glossary of Meteorology, a waterspout is “any tornado over a body of water” (1). Other sources like NOAA define a waterspout as “a whirling column of air and water mist” (2). In another artistic almost phantasmal description, a waterspout is a “ghostly spiral of wind...
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Temperature Inversions – What, How, and Why?

Have you ever heard a meteorologist talk about an “inversion”? Or maybe you read about a “low-level inversion” in a National Weather Service forecast discussion and wondered what that means? If so, you’re in luck. Let’s break down what a temperature inversion is, how it forms and “breaks”, and why it matters to wind sports…

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High Pressure brings Destruction and Protection

by Meteorologist, Kerry Challoner Anderson This week an unusually strong High-pressure system dropped out of the Canadian Plains into the Rockies.  The center of the High trekked through Wyoming and Colorado bringing early season snowfall and setting off strong downsloping winds through the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.   The storm had all the ingredients for a…

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Potentially Unsurvivable Storm Surge from Hurricane Laura

by Meteorologist, Kerry Challoner Anderson As Hurricane Laura approaches the Louisiana and Texas coasts, it brings with it the potential for producing devastating storm surge.  Storm surge is created when sustained strong winds flow across an ocean for an extended time period.  Those winds push against the water, and since the liquid is free to…

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Hurricane Isaias Leaves Its Signature on Weatherflow Stations

 by Meteorologist, Kerry Challoner Anderson Hurricanes don’t come calling often but when they do Weatherflow wants to gather as much data as possible to aid in the study and mitigation of these storms.  With our extensive network of stations, we were able to capture Hurricane Isaias as it rolled up the Eastern Seaboard on August…

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