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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Understanding Hurricane Names in the Atlantic Basin

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson on 9/9/2020 We certainly had a tough time this year pronouncing the name “Isaias”, which led to several meteorologists stumbling over the name at least once or twice during discussions. But this also sparked interest in how these names are picked, what other names are on the list and how…

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West Coast Wind Blog: East wind from an early season “Polar Express” blows smoke through the Gorge to the Oregon Coast.

by Matt Souders with graphics by Mike Godsey. This historic early-season easterly wind event got off to a dangerous start this morning. High winds over Yakima, WA fanned the flames over an 80 sq. mile wildfire. The smoke from that fire can be seen in this visible satellite loop arcing SW, then westward over the…

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Unprecendented Heat in the West

by Meteorologist Kerry Anderson California is seeing unprecedented heat this Labor Day weekend. Sunday the National Weather Service reported a temperature of 120 in Reseda. Meanwhile, the Santa Barbara shoreline barely broke into the 70s.  Why such contrasts? First, we are seeing an astonishingly strong upper-level ridge over the area. Monday’s 500mb map (below) indicates…

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End of August 2020 and Tropics Heating up Again.

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson on 8/30/2020 We have certainly see quite a bit of activity in the month of June, including a US landfall over western Lousiana by a major CAT 4 Hurricane Laura on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Many records have been broken this year with getting to early names in the alphabet…

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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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