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Intermediate Meteorology

What are some good resources for expanding one's knowledge on meteorology? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Sep 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Are there always rainbows?

Is it safe to say that there is always a rainbow visible in the sky somewhere on Planet Earth? Relatedly, is it possible to estimate the average number of rainbows visible across the planet at a given moment?
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Aug 21, 2016 - 8 answers

Why is July the hottest month *worldwide*?

I just read this article that says July 2016 was Earth's hottest month in recorded history. And the same article notes that: "NASA's five hottest months on record are July 2016, July 2011, July 2015, July 2009 and August 2014. Only July 2015 was during an El Nino. Records go back to 1880." The data relate to the global average temperature, not just the parts that are having summer in July. So why are the global averages being pulled up especially during the northern hemisphere's summer? [more inside]
posted by nomis on Aug 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Minimizing the negative effects of sun-derived UV radiation

How long do I have to be exposed to 'bad UV' to be at risk of negative effects? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Oct 3, 2014 - 6 answers

What's the deal with this storm?

Currently there is a lightning storm on the France / Spain border which is oddly circular. It looks like this as seen on lightningmaps. Why is it this shape?
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jul 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Canadian contributions to meteorology?

What are some contributions that Canadians have made to meteorology as a science? I'm looking for technologies, theories, whatever you can come up with. Even Canadians that were involved in the development of something to do with a technology or meteorological finding. I've spent most of my evening on Google with little success, yet I'm required to teach this to my students.
posted by sarae on Oct 16, 2013 - 11 answers

End of the world as we know it

This is macabre, I know. However, I really enjoy documentaries on past or future disasters: Rogue waves, wild fires, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, pyroclastic flows, etc. I often wake up at 2am, and these past/future documentaries get me calm and able to sleep again. What are your recommendations on this subject? There are so many internet sources on this material, and I've seen a lot, but please give me your comprehensive picks!
posted by Kronur on Jun 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Cloudy Day Sunny Day

What is the sunniest day of the year? and how is that determined? [more inside]
posted by Prince_of_Cups on Feb 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Snow long, farewell ...

Why do snowstorms last so long? We live in the Denver area and it snowed for 18 hours, from 9 PM last night to 3 PM this afternoon. My wife asked me why it never rains for that length of time. I muttered something about convection in the summer, then stopped when I realized I didn't know what I was talking about.
posted by lukemeister on Oct 26, 2011 - 11 answers

A site that compares weather forecasts to actual weather?

Is there a site that compares actual weather records (recorded temperature, precipitation, etc.) with various online weather forecasts to show which forecasts are more reliable? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Jun 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Best Volcanic Tweets

What are the best Twitterfeeds for air disruptions out of Dublin, Ireland, 26th May? [more inside]
posted by Wilder on May 23, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I find discrete geographic areas around the world which meet certain meteorological conditions?

I need to identify certain areas of the world - figure zip cod/international analogue is discrete enough, although more granular is preferred - which meet a variety of meteorological conditions. [more inside]
posted by dyerfr on Apr 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Who's Got the Record for Widest Span of Temperature?

What inhabited place in America has the biggest temperature differential? On Earth? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Feb 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Is there a meteorologist in the house?

What's the best way to predict future weather? and Please make sense of the harsh winter and harsh summer we're experiencing in the mid-atlantic.... [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Jul 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Who's Responsible for the Weather Report?

I have questions about the weather reporting on my local television and radio stations, and how that data is gathered. I want to know how it likely works, rather than how it ideally should work, especially as I'm located in a small college town in the Midwest. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jan 27, 2010 - 12 answers

What causes volcanic mesocyclones to rotate in the direction they do?

Recent research has concluded that strong volcanic plumes exhibit cyclonic, storm-like rotation, which helps explain why volcanic thunderstorms occur. The article indicates that the volcanic plume from Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 exhibited anticlockwise rotation, which I infer to be consistent with the rotation of a low-pressure system in the northern hemisphere. My question: Will the rotational direction of these volcanic mesocyclones be governed by the Coriolis Effect, local atmospheric conditions, compositional characteristics of the plume, or some combination of these factors?
posted by baphomet on Mar 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.

How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil? [more inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Feb 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Why does it rain mainly on the plain?

Please reccommend books of all kinds about weather forecasting and meteorology . . . [more inside]
posted by protorp on Dec 29, 2008 - 9 answers

Comment on the current academic job market.

Comment on the current academic job market, and the likelihood of scoring a tenure-track position in the Earth Sciences. [more inside]
posted by capitalist.pig on Dec 5, 2008 - 13 answers

So what if his brother's a crook.

I miss Tom Skilling. I'm looking for some good regional weather blogs, specifically for Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Nov 25, 2008 - 4 answers

Giant Cloud Leaves Commuters Baffled

You are not my meteorologist but . . . There are clouds and there are clouds, I'd never seen one like this before, what kind was it? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Apr 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Wither the weather experts?

Where can I find "legal experts?" Specifically for meteorology? [more inside]
posted by nushustu on Dec 27, 2007 - 8 answers

recommendations for home weather station?

i'm looking for recommendations for good brands or distributors of home weather station equipment. [more inside]
posted by klanawa on Oct 4, 2007 - 8 answers

What can we make lots of little Stevenson Screens out of?

Handy people: What's a good way to make lots of small, Stevenson Screen type things on the cheap and easy? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Sep 13, 2007 - 10 answers

Where does Accuweather get its data?

To what degree to private weather forecasting companies (like Accuweather) rely on US government data in creating their forecasts? [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Aug 19, 2007 - 9 answers

School of hard....weather?

Advice for an aspiring broadcast meteorologist. [more inside]
posted by richter_x on Jul 15, 2006 - 10 answers

85, sunny with a chance of blizzards

Who do you trust for weather in the UK? [more inside]
posted by medium format on Nov 24, 2005 - 16 answers

The sunsets were purple and red and yellow and on fire, and the clouds would catch the colors everywhere

What makes clouds form where they form, and how? [more inside]
posted by Rothko on Aug 30, 2005 - 6 answers

Old Weather Sites

Could anyone point me to an online resource that would let me look up the weather forecast for a date in the past? Failing that, could someone tell me what the weather was like in NYC yesterday?
posted by vers on Nov 13, 2004 - 6 answers

Hurricane Spawn

The son of Hurricane Ivan ?. Apparently the forces which generated Ivan respawned a tropical storm near Texas. To mefi meteoreologist, is this a first time event or there's some precedent ?
posted by elpapacito on Sep 23, 2004 - 7 answers

I'm looking for a small buoy hull for some scientific instrumentation.

Scientists, sailors, meteorologists: I need a buoy! I'm looking for a small buoy hull for some scientific instrumentation. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Aug 18, 2004 - 6 answers

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