Posts Tagged ‘Weather’

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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If I Ran Your Newsroom Right Now

December 7, 2011
One Tip to News Leadership

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 ahead. Major airplane and highway systems linked to moving people and commerce nationwide are in the forecast storm-zone.

Winter Travel News

Source: AccuWeather

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

Winter Travel News

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 9, 2009

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

Colorado Snow 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 icy. Airports juggling schedules. 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 that 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 make it 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.

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 plan for it. After all, weather is their “business,” too. Big business. And how your firm manages the impacts can help define your market reputation.


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