GOES-16 scheduled to be fully operational on December 20th

Last year on November 19th, 2016, GOES-16 (formerly GOES-R) was launched on the Atlas V541 rocket from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Nearly a year after its launch into geosynchronous orbit at an altitude of 22,240 miles above the Earth’s surface, the satellite constellation will begin its drift to the GOES-East […]

Fire Danger Increases Across Southern Georgia and Florida

Extremely warm and dry conditions across southern Georgia and Florida has set the stage for the eruption of wildfires and brushfires. The largest fire, West Mims, was triggered by lightning in early April and has burned over 225 square miles. A extremely high fire danger is likely to continue across these areas, with little hope of relief anytime soon. […]

Widespread February Warmth Will Return East of the Rockies

Despite a recent trend to colder temperatures and back to back blizzards in New England, this winter has been a mild one for most areas east of the Rockies. Surges of cold air have been sporadic and temperatures have been above to much above average for many locations. Moving on to next week it appears that much […]

January Thaw in store for Much of North America

A brief spell of warmer temperatures are not uncommon across parts of the U.S. around the third week of January. The common term for this is a “January thaw“. What we have coming up later this week across much of Canada and the eastern two thirds of the U.S. is a January thaw to the […]

Dangerous Ice Storm Likely For Portions of the Plains and Midwest This Weekend

Update #4 [Sunday January 15 at 1 pm EST] – Tom Moore The multi-day ice storm continues in the nation’s heartland. So far, the greatest amount of ice, reported by the NWS from this storm (.50″-1.00″), has occurred from parts of northern Oklahoma to southern Kansas and into southwest Missouri. Dangerous conditions continue Sunday from much of […]

Intermountain California Braces For Incredible Amounts of Rain and Snow

The “atmospheric river” is taking a direct aim on California, and that will result in eye-popping rainfall totals, heavy mountain snow accumulation, flooding, and mudslides. Weather conditions are ideal for an impressive and climatologically rare heavy-rain event over the weekend over a large section of California. Rainfall amounts from 8 to 12 inches are expected. […]

Arctic Blast Targets Much of the U.S. In Early January

After a change to milder temperatures in late December for much of the U.S., the jet stream is in the process of taking another plunge southward into the nation. That will result in much colder temperatures over a significant portion of the U.S. during January. Late December Upper-Level Pattern In a previous article, we indicated that temperatures would be milder across […]

Big Temperature Changes Ahead As Frigid Air Retreats Northward

Many residents of the U.S. have had to deal with record-setting frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills lately but that is about to change during Christmas week and beyond. December has featured two significant plunges of polar air, with the coldest one beginning late last week and extending through the weekend. On December 17th, Bismarck, North Dakota, set […]

The 2016 Blizzard: Historic Snowstorm for the Ages

Brief Overview of the Storm’s Evolution SST Anomalies Evolution of the Surface Low (Animation) After the surface low emerged over the anomalously warm ocean water on the morning of January 23, it deepened and intensified for another 12 to 15 hours with the central pressure reaching a minimum of 983 mb on the evening of […]

Historic Rainfall Event in the Oklahoma City Metro on 5/6/15

Slow-moving, training supercells brought enormous rainfall amounts to the southern Oklahoma City metro on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Rainfall rates of 3 to 4 inches per hour occurred with the thunderstorms. Update: The rainfall total has been updated to reflect the final official amount as confirmed by the NWS.  The change was minor (a tenth of […]

Potentially Historic Blizzard to Impact Parts of the Northeast

Special Update (Tuesday, January 27 at 12:11 am EST):  At midnight, snowfall rates in excess of 2 inches per hour were moving west toward New York City. This band has been showing a decrease in intensity over the past couple of hours as the storm intensifies offshore and both the atmospheric energy and mesoscale forcing contract […]

Freezing Rain Over Portions of the Appalachians through Tuesday (12/2)

The potential for freezing rain has increased for tonight through Tuesday across portions of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. A cold front moving through the region will allow temperatures to drop below freezing later today and into tonight. The 12Z Wilmington, Ohio sounding revealed a deep warm layer aloft; however, as the rain begins to […]

Heavy Snow Impacting Holiday Travel over the mid-Atlantic & New England

Important Tools: Interactive & Predictive Radar | Weather Advisories Heavy snow is continuing across the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast as an area of low pressure moves northward along the eastern seaboard. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for a large portion of the inland mid-Atlantic and New England.  Be sure to check road conditions along […]

Forecast Highlights for Thanksgiving Travelers

If you’re traveling over Thanksgiving, it will be an active holiday week across the nation. In this blog, we’ll go over some of the potential trouble spots across the country.  Below are some forecast highlights. Important Tools: Interactive & Predictive Radar | Weather Advisories Wednesday Pacific Northwest/Rockies: Rain and higher elevation snow will be likely […]