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Air “Bombs”: Gnarly Weather

June 27, 2014

Gnarly Sky Telegraphs Meteorological Air “Bombs.”

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Mammatus Virga Colorado T-Storm

Gnarly Virga – Mammatus under T-Storm: Windy Downbursts

Gnarly sky under a T-storm.

Rain evaporating in dry air on the way down.

Dramatic, ragged cloud structures.

Potentially dangerous.

Violent wind “air bombs,” gusty downbursts up to 60mph or more possible.

Another view:

Inverted Mammatus Virga J

“Inverted” view Virga – Mammatus Wind Downburst

Same pic using photoshop feature “inverted.”

No rain.

But evaporating rain on the way down rocked my house, like an air bomb.

Airplane travel impacted into Denver International Airport, where a Severe Weather Warning was issued by the National Weather Service.

Air “bombs” – downbursts – are both gnarly and dangerous.

A sight to see.

And feel.

Blown away.

So, now: seeing is knowing.

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News "Flash"

June 24, 2013

A Lot of Electrons

Video linked above. Screen capture below:

Lighting bolt and a “dart leader”

What is lightning?

Does it strike down or up?

Understanding the science of nature … “sparks” great questions and opportunities for meaningful communications.

Spectacular viewing on a summer night is a side benefit, too.

Eulogy: Tim and Paul Samaras

June 7, 2013

Tornado Chasers, Chased…Taken

Mike Nelson, chief meteorologist, KMGH-TV:

“Many fellow storm chasers have combed the debris field and have located cameras, cell phones, backpacks and other items belonging to Tim, Paul and Carl. These will provide us with a great deal of information about what happened.”

Comfort the colleagues, friends, family, loved ones.

Mike’s eulogy is on his Facebook page.


Big, Red Sprites

June 5, 2013

Cooler Than Elon Musk?

Well, perhaps not:

Sprites, “squirting up.” See them?

Start of a night of wonder:

Click above – on word “cool” – for an extraordinary set of wonderful.

Mike Hollingshead

Samaras: "Too Close"

June 2, 2013

Veteran Colorado Tornado Chaser’s Last Tweet

“Dangerous day ahead for OK-stay weather savvy!”

A tweet four days earlier jumps out:

“too close”

Tim Samaras Tweets: Look at May 27, 2013

Sadly, four days later, Samaras and his chase team got “too close” to this violent, multiple vortex tornado in El Reno, Okla.:

Samaras, 55, his son Paul, 24, and meteorologist Carl Young, died after the tornado took a hard left turn and hit their car:

Credit: NWS, Norman, Okla.

When the tornado threw its left hook, other storm chasers, including The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes, were also “too close.” Fortunately, Bettes lived.

Tributes to Samaras, a respected pioneer, came in from around the world.

From KMGH-TV Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson:

“I have known Tim for over 20 years, he was the most brilliant and most careful severe weather researcher of them all. Tim was not a cowboy, he was as cautious as possible about his approach to studying these dangerous storms.”

Dr. Jeff Masters, meteorologist, blogged:

“My condolences go to all of the family and friends of Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young. I hope that their deaths will lead towards safer tornado chasing, and help spur efforts to use emerging drone technology to take measurements in dangerous storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes.”

Tornadoes inspire awe.

Powerful monsters of nature.

Their fury attracts TV specials, twister tubes, a Spielberg movie, spotter networks, “cowboy” chasers.

So much so, we’re in an era of tornado tourism.

A tornado economy.

And the scientists work in it.

Competing with amateurs during tornado outbreaks for room on-the-highways … even escape routes.

Tornadoes excite interest, followers.

But they have no friends.

In this tragedy, Samaras’s own words provide counsel.

Dangerous day ahead?

Don’t get “too close.”

Stay weather savvy.

Source: CNN

One Tip to News Leadership

December 7, 2011
If I Ran Your Newsroom

Any weather impacting travel…

…is big news between now and January 2012.

Experts agree weather may make plenty of news.

The long-range forecasting team at AccuWeather expects a stormy U.S. winter. Major airplane and highway systems linked to moving people and commerce nationwide are in the forecast storm-zone.

Source: AccuWeather

The National Weather Service’s current precipitation forecast speaks loudly of potential travel troubles, too:

Source: NWS

News is what interests, informs and impacts “us” … and our businesses.

Any hint of clogged airports or snow-slick highways already has my attention, and should have yours.

After all, holiday travel involves moving a tremendous amount of people and things.

It’s big news.

Decem-brr: Weather means “business”

December 25, 2009
Talking cold, snow and rain? You’re talking Commerce, too

It’s currently -16° F. First cold snap of Fall. The coldest weather in some time. Even worse for the Midwest and East Coast. And to think that Winter is still ahead. In the meantime, skiers and boarders are rocking the Rockies. Traditional travel, however, is challenging. Roads are icy. Airlines juggle schedules. Trips are canceled.
Along the West Coast, flooding rains and wind paralyzed highways and stranded vehicles.

There is so much more to “our” weather and it’s worth talking about. It’s a story about global commerce. Moving goods and services. Negotiating the elements. By car, truck, van, rail, planes, pipeline, tankers, and cargo and passenger ships. Here’s one you may take for granted: space weather. It is critical to meteorology, national defense and communications, (like the cell phone you’re holding or cable channel you’re watching – all those satellites). Weather is that decision to make a trip to shop or see a movie…or not. About staffing hospitals, government agencies and stores – if the staff can get in.

All this ahead of the Holiday season,
which makes this cold outbreak all that more important. This is crunch time for retail and the U.S. economy. Consumer behavior is responsible for two-thirds of the nation’s commerce, it is estimated. So, the next time you’re watching or listening to a forecast, remember the weather means “business.” It’s one reason – as a trained National Weather Service spotter, former broadcast reporter and a spokesperson on global science and technology affairs – I followed it closely. Still do. So do energy and environment officials, transportation leaders, utilities, commodities traders, Wall Street, and cities and local governments.

Storm Clouds My advice: your PR agency, investor and media relations, marketing and communications staff, and your leadership team should all not only follow the weather, but also develop plans for it. After all, weather is their “business,” too. Big business. And how your firm manages its impacts can help define your market and management’s reputation.

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