La Niña is Coming – Here’s 5 Weather Patterns to Expect in 2016

Summer is near and with it comes a season of El Nina weather. So what does this mean? According to a feature in Slate, there’s a number of patterns that we can expect. First we need to understand what it all means… in a nutshell, the trade winds will return with a vengeance, and will promote cooler, upwelling ocean water (which we call La Niña) that will shift weather patterns worldwide. According to experts we can expect the following weather patterns:

What is La Niña? The main feature of La Niña is cooler-than-average surface waters in the tropical central and eastern Pacific: the opposite of El Niño. The cooler waters lead to an intensification of the Walker Circulation. (Source: NOAA)

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Must Have Extreme Weather Alert Notification Apps

The busy holiday travel season is now upon us and with that comes extreme weather… you know it always happens that way! And so, road warriors need to be prepared and need to be able to get notifications of weather related incidents in order to plan accordingly. The following are some of the more popular and useful weather notification apps to consider:


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WeatherBug to Demonstrate New App at Little League Baseball World Series

Having been to many ball tourneys and evacuated to a car or other shelter, I can really appreciate this app! Weatherbug is continuing with their awesome mobile apps, this time with a cool launch at a fabulous event, where weather updates is always crucial – the LLWS.

 WeatherBug to Demonstrate New App at Little League Baseball® World Series
WeatherBug to Demonstrate New App at Little League Baseball® World Series

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Track Hurricane Arthur as it Threatens Mid-Atlantic with Live Esri Tracking Map

Wow, summer is barely here and already we have a named storm/hurricane… Esri’s Hurricane Public Information Map is available for the media to embed or share as part of ongoing storm coverage. You can explore the storm’s projected path and live storm warnings from NOAA overlaid on geotagged social media from Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Instagram. Stay safe everyone! See the storm map HERE

Be Prepared for Tornado Season – 10 Mobile Notification Extreme Weather Alert Apps

I’ve lived in tornado country and I know how important it is to have as much notification as possible when extreme weather is in the area. Getting important SMS or mobile alerts of extreme weather like tornadic activity can be a life saver. To help you be prepared here’s 10 weather alert notification apps and services to consider:

  1. AccuWeather – provides free email forecast and severe weather alerts
  2. ALERT FM is an aggregator of State and Local emergency information with multiple contact paths for mass notification. Emergency information is delivered via the data subcarrier of existing FM radio stations, SMS (text) and email. This personal alert and messaging system allows emergency management officials to create and send digital alerts and messages to recipients such as first responders, school officials, businesses, and citizens based on geographic or organizational groupings. Continue reading “Be Prepared for Tornado Season – 10 Mobile Notification Extreme Weather Alert Apps”

Temperature Map Paints A Chilly Picture of the Deep Freeze

And so the deep freeze continues… heck, even up here in the balmy NorthWest we’ve had temperatures below freezing levels, however, nothing compared to most of the continental US. From NOAA… The powerful winter storm that has been affecting much of the central and western U.S. continues to intensify as it moves into Canada. Snow is tapering off across the Upper Midwest, but heavy snow is possible on Thur. from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Miss. Valley, with heavy rain possible from the central Appalachians to the lower Miss. Valley. Freezing rain is possible from TX to the Ohio Valley. To get an idea how cold its been have a look at this temperature map (Source: from the morning of Dec 5… brrrrrr!

temperature map of USA

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Be Prepared With Apps for Winter Weather Maps and Mobile Data Updates

With the busy travel season and holidays just around the corner you’ll definitely want to be informed about weather and the latest extreme weather forecasts. For mobile device users there’s plenty of fine options, make sure you have a good app and even a local alert system to push updates to your mobile device. If you’ll be flying, check departure times regularly, particularly just prior to stepping out the door to head to the airport. An easy solution is to google your airline carrier name and flight number to see the latest status report… flight aware is also a fabulous system to use and can save you from wasting time. For iPad users wanting a fun yet useful weather app I’m really digging ClearDay, it’s useful and quite beautiful too! Other mobile apps that are on my MUST HAVE list include WeatherBug and iMap WeatherRadio, the latter providing real-time alerts and pushes the notifications to my device.

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Imagery of Moore, Oklahoma before and after May 20 tornado

The Pléiades satellites, operated and built by Astrium have captured images of Moore, Oklahoma, which clearly shows the devastation caused by the massive tornado that swept through the region on May 20, 2013.  By comparing today’s image with an image acquired on April 29, 2013, it is very easy to see that buildings, trees, cars and virtually everything else has been completed destroyed along the tornado’s path. More on the imagery can be found here

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Esri Map Shows Real-Time Effects of Winter Storm Nemo

Just in time as the winter storm “Nemo” approaches the US Northeast. A new weather map from Esri has been released to help explore live storm reports, precipitation, and weather warnings with geo-tagged social content from Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. See the real-time effects of the storm via social media posts. To change the search terms, go to the Social menu, click the settings icon, and update the keyword.

See the map directly HERE