25 Sep 2014 | The Meteorological Society of New Zealand

25 Sep 2014

Weather and Climate

MetService

Sunny till Sunday for most

Most of the country looks set to enjoy a fine, although possibly windy, spring day.

The exception is the bottom of the South Island, with MetService predicting gales and showers about Foveaux Strait this morning.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10537427/Sunny-till-Sunday-for-most

Wintry weather lashes country

Passengers flying into Wellington this morning had a rough ride as southerly winds gusted up to 111kmh above the airport.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10528152/Wintry-weather-lashes-country

Wild weather: NZ hit by spring blast

The wet, cold and squally southwesterly affected many in the North Island today, said MetService meteorologist Elke Louw.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11329157

Wintry blast springs a surprise visit

The strong southwesterly flow was easing last night, MetService meteorologist Mariken van Laanen said.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11329550

Whirr of warm air fends off frost on grapes

Helicopters, sprinklers keep vines from freezing

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/cropping/10539002/Whirr-of-warm-air-fends-off-frost-on-grapes

Wind wallops windows, roofs, trucks and strait

MetService meteorologist Elke Louw said the severe weather watch for wind gusts up to 100kmh should be lifted this morning.

Louw said winds began to pick up from about 1pm.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/10535964/Wind-wallops-windows-roofs-trucks-and-strait

Extreme weather (and other news) – Australia and Pacific

Severe storms expected to lash Gold Coast

 from tomorrow as low pressure trough moves across Southeast Queensland

A STUNNING sunrise greeted the Gold Coast this morning, but it could be the calm before the storms, which are expected to batter the city tomorrow.

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/gold-coast/severe-storms-expected-to-lash-gold-coast-from-tomorrow-as-low-pressure-trough-moves-across-southeast-queensland/story-fnj94idh-1227068596277

Reading the weather ( 11′ 46″ )

13:35 Australian Bureau of Meteorology Director Dr Rob Vertessy explains how they are doing weather forecasts for half a million seperate locations in Australia.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20150301

Extreme weather (and other news) – Asia and the Middle East

Tanzania: Fishermen to Benefit From Localised Weather Stations

Arusha — WADING into the deep sea will no longer be a hit and miss, nor a dangerous undertaking for fishermen operating in the Indian Ocean as well as around Lake Victoria as the state has installed localised weather stations along shores to foresee advancing storms and other marine predicaments.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201409220211.html

Extreme weather (and other news) – Americas and Europe

High alert as violent tropical CYCLONE sweeps towards UK and will hit within a FORTNIGHT

BRITAIN is on heightened alert for a violent tropical storm to unleash HURRICANE-FORCE winds and torrential downpours within A FORTNIGHT.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/510262/Violent-tropical-cyclone-heads-UK-weather-floods-gales

Damage, destruction, and the power of new tech in Hurricane Hugo

At 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, 1989, Hugo made landfall as a category 4 hurricane.

A 140 mph wind gust was reported at Isle of Palms, a gust of 135 mph was reported at Sullivan's Island, and a 115 mph gust was reported in Charleston. 

http://www.wistv.com/story/26593907/hurricane-hugo-from-a-meteorologists-perspective

International news and research

Record of thousands of years: Mega-storm surge in Florida

The observational hurricane record for northwestern Florida is just 160 years long, yet hurricane activity is known to vary strongly over thousands of years. Digging back into the prehistorical hurricane record, a new analysis shows that scientists' reliance on such a narrow slice of observations has led them to sorely underestimate the frequency with which large hurricanes have slammed into Florida's Gulf Coast.clip_image002

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140923131444.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fearth_climate+%28Earth+%26+Climate+News+--+ScienceDaily%29

Bad space weather may have caused fatal Afghan gun battle

Three American troops may have died in Afghanistan’s battle of Takur Ghar because of disruptions caused by plasma bubbles – a form of space weather – according to a new study.

Space weather is normally associated with violent solar eruptions and geomagnetic storms. But the natural variability in the Earth’s ionosphere outside of these active events can still hinder a broad range of technologies.

http://bit.ly/Y8VOkD

Pacific Northwest Warming May Have Natural Roots

Dan Nichols was hauling in a gillnet laden with the fruits of a late-season Alaskan salmon run when something heavy flopped out of it, then slid to the front of his boat. “I knew what the tail was,” he says. Surprised, the mustachioed fishing veteran stopped picking salmon from his net and approached the itinerant sea creature. “I had to stop what I was doing.”

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pacific-northwest-warming-may-have-natural-roots/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140924

Weather and health

According to a study published in the International Journal of Health Geographics, cold and dry weather has been linked to increased occurrences of prostate cancer in men.  As of 2010 (when the study was published), it is believed that one in six men in the northern hemisphere would develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives.

http://www.wcyb.com/weather/stormtrack-5-weather-blog/weather-your-health-part-two/28195286

Weather and communications/social media

Weather forecasters hope new technology will end embarrassing gaffes

Met Office introduces ENDGame, a computer which can spot minor changes in the weather systems for more accurate forecasts

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/11095390/Weather-forecasters-hope-new-technology-will-end-embarrassing-gaffes.html

El Nino

The fickle El Niño of 2014

Prospects have been fading for an El Niño event in 2014, but now there's a glimmer of hope for a very modest comeback. Scientists warn that unless these developing weak-to-modest El Niño conditions strengthen, the drought-stricken American West shouldn't expect any relief.clip_image002

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140923153617.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fearth_climate+%28Earth+%26+Climate+News+--+ScienceDaily%29

Climate change / global warming

Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change

Analysis of proposed 6th grade texts show they falsely claim scientific disagreement about global warming

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/16/texas-proposes-rewriting-school-text-books-to-deny-manmade-climate-change?CMP=EMCENVEML1631

Climate change effects feature in imaginary TV weather forecasts to promote UN global warming summit

Imaginary TV weather forecasts have predicted floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia within four decades, as part of a UN campaign ahead of this month's summit on fighting global warming.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-02/bad-weather-for-2050-as-tv-forecasters-imagine-climate-change/5712568

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Welcome to AMS News You Can Use.

 Each week, we send out a sampling of recent news and items of interest in meteorology and related fields, as covered by various media outlets.

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...face up to that. J. Marshall Shepherd Former president, American Meteorological Society It bothers me that people think there s a big debate...

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...before 1950. His research shows this emergence is directly related to the weather. When the average soil temperature gets to 65°, that triggers...

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Electronic Products Magazine - 09/22/2014

...the three satellite instruments used to measure ocean winds and other meteorological data, RapidScat is only one able to observe the entire space...

Hurricane Hugo from a meteorologist's perspective

WIS News 10 - 09/22/2014

...1989. The U.S. government operates more than 15 meteorological satellites. Hurricane Hunters regularly fly into potential and existing tropical cyclones...

Climate Change and Occupational Safety and Health

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...ambient temperatures, air pollution, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, extreme weather, vector-borne diseases, and expanded vector ranges (discussed in...

Marriage Made In The Heavens: Storm-Chasing Engineers Share Passion For Extreme Weather

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Bloomberg Businessweek - 09/22/2014

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The Seattle Times - 09/21/2014

...of thousands of activists walked through Manhattan on Sunday, warning that climate change is destroying the Earth in stride with demonstrators...

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Capital Weather Gang - Washington Post - 09/21/2014

1989 as a Category 4 storm with 135-140 mph winds, confirmed that hurricane forecasting can be an around-the-clock, live news story lasting days.

Summer Of 2014 Was The Hottest Ever: NOAA Report

International Business Times - 09/20/2014

...temperature fluctuations seem to confirm earlier observations of extreme weather events by the NOAA and other climate research organizations.

Boulder scientists retrieve old sea ice images

The Washington Times - 09/20/2014

...mission to capture clouds and other atmospheric features to aid the forecasts of hurricanes and other weather events. But now the satellites...

Chance of 'megadrought' in U.S. Southwest now 50%, study concludes

CapitalGazette.com - 09/19/2014

...author of the study, which will be published next month in the American Meteorological Society s Journal of Climate. The current drought, he said,

Stunning Satellite View of California’s Massive King Fire. With Climate Change, We Should Expect More Such Views

Discover Magazine Blogs - 09/19/2014

...blaze. The Weather Guys at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies offer a clear explanation of this fascinating phenomenon:

First-ever weather instrument to dock on International Space Station, may improve hurricane forecasts

Capital Weather Gang - Washington Post - 09/19/2014

...weather instrument to dock on International Space Station, may improve hurricane forecasts On Saturday, NASA will launch into a space an instrument...

Mysterious 1808 Eruption - The Real Cause Of The Coldest Decade Of The Last 500 Years

Science 2.0 - 09/18/2014

...obviously paleoclimatology and volcanology, but also 19th century meteorology and Spanish colonial history and has also needed rigorous precision...

Report Warns That Superstorm Sandy Was Not 'The Big One'

The Huffington Post - 09/18/2014

...to 156 miles per hour. Here are the wind gusts that the hurricane created, shown by county: Our weather forecasts are much more sophisticated...

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KU Today - 09/18/2014

...population. The study was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and the authors presented it at the American Psychological...

Public Invited to NASA Goddard Nimbus Satellite Program 50th Anniversary

Yahoo! News - 09/17/2014

...in demonstrating the instrument technology used on today's meteorological satellites. The Nimbus instruments monitored Earth's meteorological,

Studies: Tornado seasons peaking earlier, becoming more volatile

Capital Weather Gang - Washington Post - 09/17/2014

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Tropical Storms Pile Up Back-to-Back-to-Back Out West

Bloomberg Businessweek - 09/17/2014

...Storms Pile Up Back-to-Back-to-Back Out West Tropical Storm Polo, the 16th storm of an unusually active eastern Pacific hurricane season, is...

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...a better future. As we remember the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Ivan during National Preparedness Month, let's place a renewed focus on...

Are Kashmir's Floods India's Katrina Moment?

The Huffington Post - Blog - 09/15/2014

...nothing to drink nor eat for days, as they slowly and literally watch their lives being washed away. The Indian government was quick to come...

Fla. home insurance eases since 2004 hurricanes

USA Today - 09/06/2014

...the point where Florida, by one estimation, leads the nation in premium costs. Now, a decade after Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne...

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