25 Sep 2014
Weather and Climate
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.
Wintry weather lashes country
Passengers flying into Wellington this morning had a rough ride as southerly winds gusted up to 111kmh above the airport.
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.
Wintry blast springs a surprise visit
The strong southwesterly flow was easing last night, MetService meteorologist Mariken van Laanen said.
Whirr of warm air fends off frost on grapes
Helicopters, sprinklers keep vines from freezing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
International news and research
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
AccuWeather - 09/23/2014
Red Orbit - 09/23/2014
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KATC.com - 09/22/2014
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Pittsburgh - Post-Gazette - 09/22/2014
...face up to that. J. Marshall Shepherd Former president, American Meteorological Society It bothers me that people think there s a big debate...
LOCAL 12 WKRC-TV - 09/22/2014
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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...
WIS News 10 - 09/22/2014
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NIOSH Science Blog - CDC Blogs - 09/22/2014
...ambient temperatures, air pollution, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, extreme weather, vector-borne diseases, and expanded vector ranges (discussed in...
CBS Philly - 09/22/2014
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Bloomberg Businessweek - 09/22/2014
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The Seattle Times - 09/21/2014
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Capital Weather Gang - Washington Post - 09/21/2014
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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.
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...
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,
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:
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...
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...
The Huffington Post - 09/18/2014
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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...
Yahoo! News - 09/17/2014
...in demonstrating the instrument technology used on today's meteorological satellites. The Nimbus instruments monitored Earth's meteorological,
Capital Weather Gang - Washington Post - 09/17/2014
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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...
AL.com - 09/16/2014
...a better future. As we remember the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Ivan during National Preparedness Month, let's place a renewed focus on...
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...
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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