Check out tonight's sky! Out of the five planets visible in the sky at the same time, three of them are easy "naked-eye" (you don't need a telescope) objects. I'll tell you where to look in tonight's sky.
Meteorologist Don Kent pioneered the craft of television meteorology in the 1940s and 1950s. I had the great honor of interviewing Don back in 2009 for one of WeatherJazz's premiere episodes. This is part two of my 2009 interview with Don with the purpose of appreciating the groundwork that he established in the early and fast-changing world of media meteorology.
On Episode #121, I introduced you to WBZ-TV-4, Boston's newest meteorologist, Jacob Wycoff. I mentioned a couple of former WBZ-4 meteorologists during that conversation. One of them, Don Kent, pioneered the craft of television meteorology in the 1940s and 1950s. I had the great honor of interviewing Don back in 2009 for one of WeatherJazz's premiere episodes. I thought it was a good time to replay this episode to show us all how far we have traveled since those early days of television weather, and to appreciate the groundwork Don Kent (and others like him) gave us. This is the first of a two-part series.
Congratulations to Jacob Wycoff on landing a dream job at one of Boston's premiere television news outlets, WBZ-TV-4! Jacob is one of those young aspiring meteorology students that I watched as he earned his degree in meteorology, then slowly found himself in the right place at the right time.
Many years ago, I had the opportunity to have Boston legend Don Kent on this podcast, along with another very popular meteorologist by the name of Bruce Schwoegler. Jacob becomes the third guest from WBZ-TV-4, a WeatherJazz® first. Let's meet a delightful and talented young meteorologist who, in my humble opinion, will become the next New England weather icon.
I've been able to expand this podcast into a new chapter by setting up a WeatherJazz® Audience Connect line. In order to "test" it, I asked my audience to call in to tell me what their favorite season is and to explain why. The volume of calls was so amazing, that I had to pull a random sampling of calls to share with you. Additionally, we'll look at Lake Erie's surface water temperature trace so far, and I'll expand on the desert southwest heat records set in the last week or so.
Bill Martin was a popular Cleveland television news anchor for many decades who retired about a year ago and moved to Lakewood Ranch in Florida. Bill was recently involved with something that opened his eyes to something that, as air travelers, we need to know. Join me and my conversation with Bill Martin as we also briefly talk about how Dick Goddard shaped the face of Cleveland weather forecasting. Dick Goddard passed away on Tuesday morning, August 4, 2020 at age 89 in Florida.
You may have seen something novel during recent tropical seasons. Systems that are called "invests." Is this something new? What is an invest and how does it differ from a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane? Let's have a look in today's episode of WeatherJazz®.
Also, there's a new Mars rover preparing to launch. I'll tell you the meteorological instruments that are on board and when to check out NASA's web site to watch the launch.
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Much of the U.S.A. has experienced prolonged summery heat, including Ohio. FOX 8 morning meteorologist Scott Sabol joins me to discuss the dynamics behind this year's summery pattern and what we might expect in August and September.
How did Comet NEOWise get its name? And how can you best view it in the coming week? That's my topic on Episode #114. Go to weatherJazz.com toi see two of the images I snapped along the Lake Erie shoreline last night. Feel free to click on each image for a bigger and more detailed view.
Tromsø is Norway's 4th largest city and it is well inside of Earth's Arctic Circle at almost 70° North latitude. That means Tromsø experiences perpetual sunshine during the summertime. In addition to being home to a research university, there is quite an influx of tourists since Tromsø is so accessible by auto, ship, or aircraft. What is life like in Tromsø in the summer? Let's ask someone who lives there in today's episode of WeatherJazz®.
Just as I have been encouraged by my television weather heroes in the 1970s, now I get to identify and encourage students who have that certain "sparkle in their eye" for meteorology. During season one of WeatherJazz, I introduced you to several of my understudies who have since gone on to start their careers in media meteorology. Today, I'll introduce you to a high school graduate who begins his college atmospheric science degree pursuit at "the" Ohio State University this autumn. His name is Jordan Scheufler.
With such seasonal weather extremes in our 49th state, Alaska, the task of designing and building roads has a few more challenges than the same task in Ohio (or any other U.S. state!). That's why I invited a Materials Engineer from the Alaska Department Of Transportation to be my special guest to talk about those challenges.
If you, like us, turned off your heat for the summer period, you stirred from your slumber searching for a fuzzy hoodie to don. The coffee tasted extra delicious after witnessing the sight of your backyard or window thermometer touting temperatures somewhere in the 40s! While there were no record lows in Ohio this Sunday morning, there was one nearby. Plus, why is the sky so blue on days like this? Let's explore!
Wednesday's squall line affected virtually everyone in Ohio at one point or another, some affected to a greater degree than others. The squall line itself was impressive, but what happened after the line passed has to be considered just as dramatic! Make sure you visit WeatherJazz.com and look up Episode #108 where you will see some amazing photos and a time lapse of what happened after the storm passed by.
While we prepare for some unusual early May snow on Friday night through Sunday morning, it might be a good time to revisit the summer of 1816. It's known as "The Year Without A Summer" for good reason. A year before, Mt. Tambora had a grand eruption that sent 100 cubic miles of ash and dust high into the stratosphere. This dust cloud, that traveled the globe, reflected enough of the sun's energy to allow wintry type weather in much of the northern hemisphere in the summer of 1816. This led Nathaniel Foster to use what was once an irritant to save his corn crop that summer.
I received a wonderful question from a listener regarding the seasonal difference in the sound of the wind. It's an appropriate subject on this windy Monday with notable gusts generally between 30-40 m.p.h.
Tomorrow (April 14) is also another notable day. It's "Look Up At The Sky Day!" I will be sharing some of my favorite sky photos (below) while we talk about the amazing advantages of discovering the sky above us.
Join me during a power walk as I go into some of the technical hurdles of what it takes to successfully pull off television weather segments from a remote location (in most cases, from our home offices!). Plus, I share some of the personal and family adjustments made to our routines in this season. Because I purpose to emerge on the other side of this as a better person, it's no secret that some of my adjustments are faith-based.
There is a certain kind of romance involved with airports. A good example comes from the foggy airport scene in the film, "Casablanca," ("Here's looking at you, kid."). When I think of airports, I usually think of the adventure it leads to. If you have never had the opportunity to fly on a commercial flight for any reason (including fear of flying), then this episode is for you. I'll take the mystery out of flight with the actual sounds of a flight I took recently. I'll also tell you a few of my favorite airport stories from my youth. So, place your tray tables and seat backs in the upright position. We've been cleared for take off!
It will be a very active week in Ohio with the first half of the week staying above freezing, but the back half turns much colder with some snow. While the details are still several days away from getting sharp, I focus on the most likely period that will give NEOhio the greatest chance for accumulating snow. PLUS, I'll have the latest on astronomer's watch to see if Betelgeuse, the red giant in Orion, will go "supernova."
One of the romantic icons of the world is the full moon. This year's full moon was 5 days before Valentine's Day. So what IS the 2020 full moon calendar? Are there any "blue moons" or "supermoons?" Let's blast off and explore this topic on this episode of WeatherJazz®!
FOX 8 Cleveland Meteorologists Andre Bernier and Scott Sabol discuss the drivers that dictate seasonal outlooks along with what went right and what went wrong so far this winter. How has the outlook changed as we head into the latter half of this winter season? Tune in to this very popular topic on this epic episode (#100!).
This weekend marks the 42nd anniversary of the Big Blizzard of 1978 for Ohio. Two years ago, local blogger and writer Rose Moore wrote a great piece on what that blizzard was like. Rose, a big fan of WeatherJazz, gave me permission to read most of her story for this episode.
Anyone who understands how lake effect snow is generated by the atmosphere might be tempted to say that a relatively small or skinny lake could not be the source of lake effect snow. However, if the conditions are just right (like they were this morning), it can happen!
How is it that we never seem to see pine tree branches break off under the pressure of very heavy snow while other trees are easily damaged or even killed when the weight of snow takes out huge branches? Let's take a closer look at the amazing pine tree of the northern U.S. states.
Get ready for a wild weather weekend in much of the USA. We'll take a look at the two strong storms affecting the lower 48 states. Specifically for Ohio, it means high winds and record highs possible for Saturday. Check out some of the maps I posted on WeatherJazz.com under this episode for more details.
So far this winter, there hasn't been a whole lot of snow (....yet). Let's take a look at the seasonal snow totals for Ohio thus far and look around the northeast quarter of the USA for where the snow IS falling!
During my weathercast prep time today, I saw the difference between the normal high and normal low here in Cleveland, Ohio was 12°F. That got me thinking: Is that number stable or is there a seasonal difference? Let's explore that aspect of northeast Ohio weather in this episode. I'll also share details of how you can listen to Book 4 in my Christmas In Pilaf holiday novel series... all for free!
While the North American pattern becomes very active, I thought it would be the perfect time to run a vintage episode from Season 1 of WeatherJazz since there is so much happening in our sky. In 2012, I interviewed former WBZ-TV reporter, Jack Borden, who started a non-profit foundation dedicated to awakening the awareness of how beautiful the sky is... if only we take the time to look up and notice. This is Part 1 of a two-part vintage rerun. Enjoy!
Two rather bright planets will be dancing around each other for the next week or so. I'll tell you when they are the closest to each other and we'll look to see if the atmosphere will cooperate on this Friday's edition of WeatherJazz. I'll also talk about news anchor Bill Martin's final day on TV here in Cleveland along with where you can find my latest Christmas book FREE!
After two mornings of record cold for a huge chunk of the USA, along with a snowy whack of snow the likes of which we've not seen in NEOhio for serval decades, I invited Scott Sabol back to talk about our record cold as well as what we were both doing during the record lake effect snowstorm of 1996 on this date.
Last week, the FOX 8 Weather Team revealed our official winter weather outlook for December, January, and February. As promised, here is the WeatherJazz episode that expands far beyond for forecast itself to all of the intricate "whys." Weekday morning meteorologist Scott Sabol and I had a conversation to discuss everything that went into this season's forecast.
Wow... what an exit from October and into November! Only hours after hitting 65°F at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, the season's first snowflakes started to fly. Surely, this kind of severe contrast must be rare, right? Let's find out in today's episode of WeatherJazz, along with an update of how this year's Christmas In Pilaf production is going.
NASA recently announced that it has discovered 20 new moons orbiting the planet Saturn. That brings the Saturn moon count to 82... which now means that Saturn (and not Jupiter) has the most known moons orbiting the planet. Would you like to help name the new moons? I'll share the rules and the procedure on Episode #087!
Basically, cloud types are grouped in three classifications: low, mid, and high. Recently, something far higher than the 5-mile-high cirrus clouds has been making the news. They are noctilucent clouds, a cloud type that neither my wife or I have ever seen in person.... until last Saturday night!
In about 4 hours, we will usher in the colorful month of October. On average, the normal high for Cleveland is 68°F, but highs will launch far above that. Is that unusual, or is it downright rare? What else can we empirically derive from the record October warmth in the eastern USA? Let's explore!
My wife and I were curiously watching an unusual mass of something on NEXRAD Doppler radar this morning edging in from the southwest. Whatever it was seemed to be moving with the gentle southwest winds that brought us our 15th 90°F day of the year in Cleveland, Ohio.
Then I received an even more curious call from a young lady in Euclid who witness thousands and thousands of dragonflies throughout the air. I called a friend who works at the National Weather Service to let him know that what we were seeing on radar today may have been, at least in part, dragonflies!
It may have been warm today, but the fall foliage is starting to show a hint of what's coming next month. Check out the photos I posted on WeatherJazz.com for this episode.
I always start feeling this way as we approach September. I so loved my college experience that I often spend a little time reflecting on the excitement of September 3, 1977, the day my parents, aunt, and younger brother drove me to Lyndonville, Vermont, surrounded by beautiful mountains that I would come to know and love. But this year, it's for a compounded reason. Find out why in Episode #082.
We had some wonderful evening passes of the International Space Station recently, but we are now entering a block of time when the ISS cannot be seen in Ohio. When will we the next set of passes? Let's talk about that along with some interesting stats about the ISS. I'll also brief you on this weekend's Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend and talk about the details found in two recently photographed Hubble Space Telescope objects (go to weatherjazz.com to see the images) in today's episode of WeatherJazz.
I was preparing to start my college career in northeastern Vermont when NASA launched both the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 deep space probes over 40 years ago. Amazingly, those space probes (which are outside of our solar system) continue to communicate to Earth. The signal from each probe takes almost 24 hours to reach NASA's antennas! Here's an update on the two probes that have been speeding away from Earth for over 40 years.
With the heatwave now expanding eastward, I noticed heat index and dew point numbers that raised my eyebrows. How is it that some of the dew point reports were reaching the unfathomable mid 80s? There's a good reason and I'll elaborate in tonight's edition of WeatherJazz.
The heat dome, which started building in Texas a few weeks ago, has grown and is now poised to bully its way into much of the country east of the Rockies on Friday and Saturday. For the first time in seven years, an Excessive Heat Warning will go into effect in Ohio beginning at noon on Friday. What constitutes an Excessive Heat Warning? How will Friday and Saturday's heat compare to what is normally experienced in a typical summer? These are a few of the aspects of the heat I talk about in this episode.
In today's release of WeatherJazz, I'd like to share a delightful new season I have entered. It's a season with a new role with some amazing advantages. One of them is more frequent episodes of WeatherJazz!
So far, Cleveland has only witnessed ONE 90-degree day thus far. That was on May 25th when we hit 92°F. After that, a chilly and very rainy pattern developed leaving the masses asking if summer would ever "get going?" The atmosphere gave us some hope this week that the cool and rainy pattern has shifted, at least for now. I thought this would be a fun time to look at a lot of interesting statistics that deal with 90-degree days up to this date (June 26th), and also for the entire summer period.
Happy (astronomical) summer, everyone! What makes this the "astronomical" start of summer versus "meteorological summer" (June 1 - August 31)? Let review the difference as we wait for the air to warm up and dry out. Plus: I tackle a great question from WeatherJazz podcast listener Mark McNelis about the differences between tornadoes and waterspouts.
We are now approaching the longest day of the year, the summer solstice (June 21 at 11:54 AM Eastern Time). It's the season of long daylight periods and short nights. Upon closer examination, the earliest sunrise period does NOT coincide with the latest sunset period. Why is that? Let's explore, and talk about the summer weather pattern thus far in 2019 on Episode #074 of WeatherJazz® .
Meteorologist Michael Joyce from FOX 45 in Dayton, Ohio is my special guest tonight to talk about the Monday tornado outbreak in the Dayton area.
I have a special bond with Michael because he was one of my summer interns at WJW-TV, FOX 8 in Cleveland about eight years ago when he was a meteorology major at Ohio State. He has been reporting from the scene, live, all week and has a new respect for the power of a tornado.
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 email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!