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?
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]
How long do I have to be exposed to 'bad UV' to be at risk of negative effects? [more inside]
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?
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.
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!
What is the sunniest day of the year? and how is that determined? [more inside]
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.
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]
What are the best Twitterfeeds for air disruptions out of Dublin, Ireland, 26th May? [more inside]
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]
What inhabited place in America has the biggest temperature differential? On Earth? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil? [more inside]
Please reccommend books of all kinds about weather forecasting and meteorology . . . [more inside]
Comment on the current academic job market, and the likelihood of scoring a tenure-track position in the Earth Sciences. [more inside]
I miss Tom Skilling. I'm looking for some good regional weather blogs, specifically for Los Angeles. [more inside]
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]
Where can I find "legal experts?" Specifically for meteorology? [more inside]
i'm looking for recommendations for good brands or distributors of home weather station equipment. [more inside]
Handy people: What's a good way to make lots of small, Stevenson Screen type things on the cheap and easy? [more inside]
To what degree to private weather forecasting companies (like Accuweather) rely on US government data in creating their forecasts? [more inside]
Advice for an aspiring broadcast meteorologist. [more inside]
Who do you trust for weather in the UK? [more inside]
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]
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?
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 ?
Scientists, sailors, meteorologists: I need a buoy! I'm looking for a small buoy hull for some scientific instrumentation. [more inside] [more inside]