Yes, I've been absent for a couple of weeks. For those wondering what I've been up to, this is a catch-up episode to let you know what my wife and I were doing since the last episode. That leads me to asking every young student and important question as they navigate trying to figure out what profession to follow. I hope the advice I give will help.
I received a great question on the WeatherJazz® Hotline from a listener in Medina, Ohio regarding weather modification and it's potential usefulness in mitigating damage from tropical storms and hurricanes. In order to best understand weather modification efforts, it's best to look back at attempts to do so in the last 50 years or so.
The two seasons with the highest degree (did you get the pun, there?) of interest in terms of the long-range, seasonal outlook is winter and summer. It makes perfect sense since these are the two extremes of the year. With June, July, and August (meteorological summer) right around the corner, it's time to role out the summer weather outlook. Specifically, our team looked at rainfall, severe weather episodes, and 90°F days.
Caribou, Maine continues to establish a new record with every new morning this April. The record? They have now experienced the longest continuous stretch of measuring at least one inch of snow. As of today (Good Friday), that stretch is 161 days. (See his graphed out on my web site, WeatherJazz.com.)
I asked Caribou snowmobile dealer Bob Plourde to join me to talk about how the long snow season has affected his business as well as how it impacted everyday life in northern Maine.
Can you imagine 160 continuous days with at least one inch of snow covering the ground? No need to imagine anymore. Caribou Maine not only broke the old record, but SMASHED it... and they are still many days away before they officially kiss the snow cover goodbye. Let's talk about that (and I'm working on securing a guest to talk about how that has impacted everyday life there).
What does the atmosphere have to do in order to create a stunning, jaw-dropping sunset with its array of rich colors? Let's talk about that on tonight's episode of WeatherJazz®. I made reference to my television forecast from tonight that we had the initial ingredients necessary for one of these sunsets. At first, it looked like the exiting cloud deck was going to be too thick. Then everything came together and the skies lit up.
The images I took from the back parking lot of FOX 8 in Cleveland between 8:03 p.m. and 8:08 p.m. are available for viewing on my web site, WeatherJazz.com
It's time to focus on YOU, the WeatherJazz® audience by asking you, "What is your favorite month and why?" Calls came in from Seattle to Cleveland on the WeatherJazz® Hotline. I alsdo posed the same question to your favorite FOX 8 news anchors and reporters. The answers were wide and varied as well as the reasons... all very interesting!
If you have a general comment or specific question that you would like to hear covered on WeatherJazz®, call 330-236-3333 and leave your comment or question.
The atmosphere sent March packing with a parting gift: a significant snowfall in NEOhio. March snowfalls aren't all that unusual in Ohio. In fact, we've recently seen several inches of snow on Sunday, May 15, 2017 on the east side of Cleveland. But this weekend's snowfall did fall into a category that raised more than a few eyebrows. Let's explore in Episode #065 of WeatherJazz®.
Until March, the sun has been largely quiet in 2019. We are in a solar minimum in its 7-year sunspot cycle. However, we've seen a couple of interesting sunspot clusters in the last few weeks. One of them hurled a "CME" (Coronal Mass Ejection) towards Earth that will zip past Earth on Saturday night. It MAY elevate our opportunity of seeing the northern lights this Saturday night. The weather couldn't be any more perfect if you live in Ohio. If you live elsewhere, check on your local forecast for sky conditions.
In Episode #064, you'll gain some tips and insight that may increase your chance of seeing this delightful phenomenon. The resources I talk about in the episode are listed on http://www.weatherjazz.com (under Episode #064).
Astronomical spring (the vernal equinox) arrives on Wednesday at 5:58 p.m. (EDT). Meteorologically, there isn't much significance to March 20th, but there are certainly some interesting things that happen from an astronomical standpoint. Let's explore them in tonight's episode of WeatherJazz®.
This is a follow-up to yesterday's program, Episode #061, when we explained the two parameters that officially make a thunderstorm "severe" (please listen to that episode before this one). Are all severe thunderstorms "made the same?" Not really. While most of the threshold differences are small, there are a few that are surprising. I'll look at some of other countries' thresholds and perhaps the reason behind the differences.
Is there an official definition of a "severe thunderstorm?" If the answer is "yes," what are the parameters and thresholds of a severe thunderstorm that need to be crossed before a severe thunderstorm warning is officially issued by the National Weather Service? Our weather was VERY active today, not only in Ohio, but in much of the USA, so it's a timely topic. I have a follow-up topic for Episode #062 planned for Friday. Stay tuned!
With a projected high of 67°F or warmer on Thursday, how can I (with a straight face) call this a "cold pattern?" That's easy. Join me for a look at this seeming contradiction as we explore some interesting weather records that continue to be set in the USA .
After a brief vacation break followed by what seemed to be the flu bug, I'm back to share a sound that my wife and I found most unusual for February... but it would have been beyond unusual if we had heard this sound in Ohio in the concluding days of February. I'll let you sample the sound for yourself. No doubt, you'll recognize it. Then we look at a Lower-48 US snow pack record for March 8th and how it compares to the average.
I just heard from the National weather Service office in Cleveland and they verified that their peak wind just was actually 67 MPH (it showed up as 66 MPH due to a rounding error on the initial climatological product Sunday evening). When was the last time we saw winds higher than that? We'll take a look on tonight's special weekend episode.
Okay, okay. So what does Beef Wellington have to do with weather or science? Not much. But every once in a while when something piques my interest or when I think something may pique yours, I'll head in a wild direction. Why Beef Wellington? You'll see. Also in Episode #057, a warm "welcome!" to a new podcaster and personal friend and colleague, sportscaster John Telich!
While the term "supermoon" is not an official astronomical term, it's something with which the public has been familiar since the term was introduced in the 1970s. Tonight's full moon is (a little) bigger and brighter than the average full moon because the moon is at its closest to Earth in its 27.5 day cycle. That cycle is not in perfect sync with the lunar cycle around the Earth. Join me on Episode #056 as we dive into the moonlight.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! What is the coziest kind of weather you can think of? Snow? Rain? Warm, dry breezes? Fog?
Sure! Why not? After sitting on a couple of interviews about the "sentimental, romantic" nature of fog and foghorns, there is no better day to release this episode than today.
As promised, here is a quick look around the country for any Valentine's Day weather challenges and a look back at two years in our history on which snowstorms made for a very memorable Valentine's Day.
Just a little over a year ago, a new east-coast weather satellite by the name of GOES-16 became fully operational. It sent back some pretty amazing images with an array of new equipment that could detect far more than just weather satellite images. Now it's the west coast's turn. GOES-17 became fully operational this week. The timing could not have been better. The images captured the dynamics behind a new snowfall record... for HAWAII!
The western United States has been reeling in a stormy pattern for a few weeks now. Usually that means a windy rain along the coast and snow in the interior mountains. Not this year. The people in Seattle are being bombarded by record snowfall this month! Since records began, NEVER has there been a February as snowy as this one is Seattle. And with more than two weeks remaining in February, they're not done adding to it.
Not to be confused with "coastal fast ice," there is a phenomenon that anyone can see in their own backyards under the right circumstances. It's something I call "fast ice" or "flash ice" because it develops so quickly right under our own feet. In today's episode, I go through then dynamics involved in this phenomenon. I also snapped a few photos from my own backyard earlier today. You can see them on this episode's post on WeatherJazz.com. You should still be able to see plenty of fast ice on Saturday. I'd love to see any photos you snap. If you'd like to share them with my WeatherJazz® audience, email an attached image to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow! Where did all that fog come from so quickly? The weather pattern's nuances come into play today when fog suddenly reduced visibility from excellent to near zero at times. We explore how that fog develop and point to another pending episode of WeatherJazz® during which I'll go into greater depth about fog and the disappearing foghorn alert system in the United States.
On Friday, I shared our "End Of The Winter" outlook on FOX 8. Because of our most recent circumpolar vortex visit, the first since 2014, we made a quick shift in our thinking to include this powerful winter artifact in the projection ahead to February, with a sneak peek at March and April. The maps that I talk about on tonight's podcast episode can be found posted with the corresponding episode on WeatherJazz.com.
Okay. January is in the books. How will meteorological history treat the first month of this new year? I'll go through all the stats. But wait. There's more! Since my job is to forecast, how about a Super Bowl forecast? And did you see Tom Brady's response to a young fan's question about the "Tom Brady haters?" Like the Patriots or not, it's worth a moment to examine his answer!
For those who grew up remembering the music from the 1970s and 1980s, Big Bam Boom was the last wildly successful studio album from the popular duo, (Daryl) Hall & (John) Oates. But that's NOT what this podcast is about. The polar vortex invasion of the last few days has resulted in many unusual occurrences. One of them is a sudden, loud cracking or booming sound that has shaken houses and sent its occupants scrambling outside to find... nothing. So what is causing all of these "big bams and booms?" They're called cryoseisms (CRY-oh-see-isms). Let's explore this phenomenon in today's episode.
Today, I share a personal anecdote about what it was like breathing in air that was -42°F in northern Vermont when I was a meteorology student at the University of Northern Vermont in Lyndonville. Let's put it this way: I REMEMBER it very, very well. Is breathing air that cold dangerous? I'll look at the physiological changes that our bronchial system undergoes when we breath in super-cold air.
As NEOhio sees the arctic air taking hold, it already has a firm grip on eastern Iowa. Jeff Kennedy was once my competition at my first television job in Iowa, but here we are, decades later knowing each other as close friends. I asked Jeff to chat about the cold he was experiencing as well as how our paths crossed and about life in general. I hope to have Jeff return in a few days to see how long and how deep the cold affected Iowa.
On this Monday, the coldest air in decades will start to take over news and weather headlines as we head into this potentially historically cold mid-week period. How does it compare to 1994 when Cleveland saw 56 continuous hours of below zero temperatures and an all-time record low of -20°F? We'll also explore how long this arctic smackdown will last as well as listening in to NOAA Weather Radio in Minnesota... and for kicks, Hawaii!
As the eastern two-thirds of the USA braces for the coldest arctic outbreak in at least four years, my mind started thinking of my favorite warm beverages. It got me to wondering what YOURS were? That is the first of two questions I asked WeatherJazz® listeners during a Facebook Live segment earlier today. The results were quite interesting! Join me at the coffee counter as we hash out all the details.
First, I'd like to thank everyone for the HUGE response to Episode #041 on the phenomenon of a violently shaking car after a big snowstorm. If you've yet to sample it, I highly suggest doing so. It will save you a trip to the mechanic the next time it happens.
During this weekend's lunar eclipse (visible here in Ohio and where weather permitted), something very subtle but important happened. It was caught on a single video frame as a tiny blip. As it turns out, it was actually a meteoroid striking the darkened lunar surface.
My drive home from the television station on Saturday night was bad enough! It took me nearly triple the normal time in the 6-12" of heavy, wet snow. But what happened the following day after the deep, arctic freeze was even more alarming. My car was shaking so violently on Sunday that I thought there was something seriously wrong. What was it? Let's explore on today's episode of WeatherJazz®!
With the snowstorm now less than 12 hours from starting here in NEOhio, what kinds of tweaks, if any, did I make to the snowfall totals projection? The map I drew earlier this afternoon is still valid (and is visible on WeatherJazz.com under this episode post). Storms like this are so complex that forecasting them accurately can be difficult, but this one appears to be sending strong atmospheric clues to how it will "act" as it moves across the Ohio Valley on Saturday.
Watch for at least two weekend updates right here on WeatherJazz®.
As we draw closer to the projected weekend snowstorm, our resolution and accuracy becomes clearer. For the first time, we can comfortably post numbers to the projected snowfall by Sunday morning (not counting any lake effect that may set in well after the storm system itself departs on Sunday morning.
There is a definitive shift of thought with regards to winter weather systems the further south you live. My wife and I recently returned from Lynchburg, Virginia where we dropped our son off for his final semester of college at Liberty University. We had to adjust our plans around a mid-Atlantic snow and ice storm, but it's what happened well after the storm ended that surprised us. I also begin to tackle our own well-advertised upcoming weekend snowstorm. While putting actual numbers on the accumulation is a bit premature, it's evident that this snowfall will be the heaviest one of the season thus far for most of NEOhio.
I also talk about daylight perspective. As dark as it may seem in the winter, there is always some other place that is not as bright as NEOhio, even in January. I'll take you to one suck place tonight.
FOX 8 morning meteorologist Scott Sabol joins me in this episode to talk about the modest nuances in the atmosphere that can toss a small monkey wrench into a lake effect snowfall forecast. Are there any computer models that can accurately assist in seeing these nuances? What elements would improve lake effect snowfall forecasts? What made today's lake effect distribution unique and were there any meteorological clues that pointed to it? Join in on the fun!
Ohio has officially reported tornadoes in every single month, but obviously tornadoes in winter are much more uncommon. So imagine the surprise of waking up to severe thunderstorm warnings this morning, and two hours later, that same cluster spawns the first January tornado in almost 30 years! In today's episode, I'll go over the official stats of today's Cortland tornado, as well as winter tornadoes in general in Ohio.
In this special weekend edition, let's talk about that unusual sight in this afternoon's sky: the sun dog (or "mock sun"). Sun dogs are not all that unusual, that is until they become as bright and as colorful as today's! I include some images that you can view on the podcast web site, WeatherJazz.com. Also, we are approaching the calendar dates on which we see the coldest air, climatologically. I give you the dates along with significant markers on our way up to the warmest July days of summer.
We have one month of winter (meteorologically speaking) under our belts. Here's how we are shaping up thus far and where we may be headed. Plus, our first voice podcast audience voice message via the Anchor.fm app!
Local Cleveland fashion entrepreneur, Raffael Reese, has to keep a close eye on the weather patterns and the trends since it affects his fashion business quite a bit. As the owner and creator of the fashion line called Christia Bella, he's constantly trying to stay several steps ahead of saeasonal changes. Raffael explains how in this final episode of 2018.
Are you a Christmas trivia aficionado? This episode is for you, especially if you love talking about snow of Christmas Day. The first thing I settle is the "official" National Weather Service definition of a "White Christmas." Then we dig into the details together. I pray this episode will be the perfect way to cap your Christmas Eve routine.
My brother, Denié, sent me a link to a new study that is getting close to pinpointing the compounds that may be good for your brain! As someone who enjoys a few cups of coffee in the morning, this is a great find (see the link on WeatherJazz.com that goes along with this episode). I asked for your participation tonight via the FOX 8 Weather Facebook Page, asking what kind of coffee you like. Also, as we approach Christmas, I was curious how many of you preferred snow to no-snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
I gave it my best effort, but I didn't have a whole lot of luck spotting Comet Wirtanen near the Pleiades Cluster tonight. I may have had better luck with my digital SLR, but I'll need to download them and take a closer look. Stay tuned. And we are still losing daylight hours until Friday, but don't let that concern you. Check out this episode and I'll tell you why!
Before I dig into the astronomical topic of the day, I feel the need to reflect on the somber nature of a day when we had to say goodbye to our 41st President, along with a personal anecdote about this kind and classy man. Then I'll tell you about a short-period comet that may give us quite a showing in the coming few weeks.
Today's episode begins with a discussion of early sunsets as we approach the winter solstice, along with late sunrises that will put things into perspective. Then, we travel to the South Pole where the sun has been shining continuously since September 23rd and won't go down until March of next year. What time zone are they in?
During the morning hours of Wednesday, November 28 (2018), several repeating rows of clouds appeared at the trailing edge of the cloud deck over the Ohio Valley. They were clearly seen on the visible GOES-16 satellite images and loops. These are known as "gravity wave" clouds or "mountain wave" clouds. In Episode #026, we talk about how these clouds form. There are photos below the podcast audio file on WeatherJazz.com under the post called "Ripple" Clouds.
We are only a week away from Thanksgiving now. Having just weathered the first statewide winter storm this morning, I'll look ahead to see what the cards hold for our upcoming holiday. Plus, I go "unplugged" tonight by taking my portable audio recorder around the FOX 8 newsroom to ask some of my colleagues to share their all-time favorite Thanksgiving memory.
I'd also like to hear from you! What is your fondest Thanksgiving memory? Use the Anchor.fm app to send me an audio message, or send me an email (email@example.com) or leave a comment on the WeatherJazz.com episode entry (comments).
November is taking us deeper and deeper into the cold when you compare the numbers to what we should be seeing, but you might be surprised with one of the "winter stats" thus far. Join me as we dig into the numbers for the first 13 days of November. I'll also tell you about a newly discovered comet heading toward our sun. It was not discovered by a professional astronomer, but three amateur backyard astronomers. What should we expect? Drop in and find out on tonight's episode of WeatherJazz®!
Here's a special weekend edition dealing with the first bonafide lake effect snowfall of the season, complete with NWS warning updates as of noon Saturday. It's appropriate, then, to talk about Christmas music! I'll open up the comments feature on WeatherJazz.com so that you can chime in on this fun topic.
Before we talk about record November cold stretches, something we are on the precipice of seeing, we'll revisit our bi-annual time change practice. There are two additional states considering banning Daylight Saving Time. I'll also review some of your comments left on WeatherJazz.com
Our bi-annual exercise of jerking around our body clocks in the spring and fall just occurred. At least in November, we "gain" an hour of sleep, right? Question: Has Daylight Saving Time outlived its usefulness? You may be surprised in learning that the EU just voted to do away with Daylight Saving Time. Arizona and Hawaii don't observe it. Idaho recently voted on it. In this episode, I explore the practice of moving our clocks twice a year.
Here's a quick update for trick or treaters, plus I go off topic tonight. It's a sweet topic: candy! We look at the top ten candy bars of the contemporary era. What is your favorite?n Is it on the list? Find out!
Surely you've noticed the sun setting earlier and earlier. That's about to accelerate thanks to Daylight Saving Time coming to an end soon. Plus, did you know that the USA is a country with many active volcanoes? It's more than you think! Let's explore together along with your weekend weather update.
We just unveiled our 2018-2019 Winter Outlook for December-January-February for NEOhio. Since I only have 3 minutes to explain the forecast on television, I take a little more breathing room here to explain how we go about the process of crafting a seasonal forecast, particularly the winter forecast.
I've had a ton of inquiries in regards to the late and not-so-impressive autumn foliage season this year. I have an update and highlight some of the reasons behind our lackluster foliage season. Then, let's talk about the "evening star," Venus (really a planet!). Have you seen it in recent weeks? Is it hiding? The answer is "yes" as it prepares to transition to the morning sky for a while.
If you have a family with small children, and you live near the snowbelt of NEOhio, your collective level of adrenalin will soar as your kids see the first few snowflakes of the season when they wake up on Sunday morning. I'll go over what to expect this weekend, daypart-by-daypart, to help you plan. Plus, I'll point you to some really stunning photos taken by a local man with a telescope during the day!
There was some excitement near the Lake Erie shoreline this morning when waterspouts formed within a band of "lake effect showers" between 9 AM and 11 AM. Why are waterspouts so common in the autumn months in NEOhio? Let's explore! I'll also tell you about a fun astronomical conjunction visible everywhere in the world where skies are clear tonight or Thursday night.
The aromas of autumn can transport all of us to special times and places. What is that for you? I recorded this episode on our station's Facebook Weather Page LIVE, sharing many of the comments as they came in.
What kinds of good childhood memories come to mind when the air cools off and when the scents of autumn leaves swirl about you? I'd love to know! Join the conversation via several avenues. Also, how is it that I could see two sunrises and two sunsets within 24 hours... with one of the sunrises occurring on the WESTERN horizon? It actually happened to me in 1987. I explain how that came to be.
You can slice and dice weather data in a multitude of ways. As Tropical Storm Michael gets ready to exit the USA, there are already a number of interesting ways to rank Michael against all of the other hurricanes that made landfall. Let's look at a few of them before we turn our attention to the new, cooler weather pattern for the eastern USA.
We've enjoyed a LONG stretch of record-setting warmth for the first ten days of October, but that's about to change. At some point, you knew that had to happen. Join me as I talk about one of the long-range indicators we use to predict when temperature flips will occur.
Have you noticed all the "stink bugs" trying to gain access to the inside of your house or apartment on Monday? What are these little critters? You may be shocked to learn how they are a recent phenomenon! Plus, I talk a little bit about the late fall foliage now that we are in October.
Host André Bernier is joined by the CEO of Gust Buster Umbrellas, Steve Asman, who introduced a revolutionary umbrella that defies wind and won't turn inside-out, or collapse even with winds near hurricane force. They talk about umbrellas, their design, their flaws, as well as a personal plea from Steve about paying attention to your health because of a recent event that almost took his life.
Severe thunderstorms are possible late today, with an elevated risk for tornadoes, especially in NW Ohio. I have the latest from the Storm Prediction Center. Also, have you noticed all the spider webs and spiders out there this week? Could there be a connection to the cloudy and humid weather? André also introduces us (via Instagram) to a college classmate who went the extra mile to bridge a gap between the meteorology freshmen and and seniors.
I'm joined by his WJW-TV colleague Scott Sabol. We discuss some of the long-range parameters that we take cues from when we "see" the potential for cool-downs like the one we are about to see going into the end of September and beginning of October.
Released Monday, September 17, 2018 - A quick update on the remnants of Florence, then I talk about my brother's experience auditioning for Master Chef last Saturday in Boston. Plus, I have an idea for a new podcast related to my Christmas book series, "Christmas In Pilaf."
André Bernier looks at NEOhio rainfall departures for the year so far and opens a discussion of pondering a safer way to have live feeds from locations where the weather is dangerous (in light of Hurricane Florence's recent landfall).
Released on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Topics include tracking Category 2 Hurricane Florence; hurricane tracking charts; fun with "normal highs and lows" for Cleveland, Ohio; big news from Andre's brother who is auditioning for a major reality television program!