When I used to work for the National Climatic Data Center during college, one of my jobs was to open the mail, some of which were Ship Weather Logs, often handwritten by captains of various vessels across the waters. These observations are important because there are few meteorological stations in the oceans - they can help fill in holes in historical hurricane tracks and world climate.
A friend of mine pointed out this article on The Economist about how scientists are now "crowdsourcing" the transcription of these logs (which, because handwritten in cursive, cannot be read by Optical Character Recognition software). What that means is that they're asking weather enthusiasts -- and in fact anyone -- worldwide to help transcribe them, in order to speed up the process.
These particular ship logs are from World War I., although I'm sure there are more out there from as far back as the 1800s if not further. So if you've got too much time on your hands, sign up at OldWeather.Org and help out!
When I saw that Google had created a 30-year satellite time-lapse of Earth, I knew where the most impressive weather-related animations would be.
Whatever you call them -- "Ice Needling," "Ice Surges," or "Ice Shoves," or "Ice Heaves" -- a phenomenon that I first blogged about in 2009 is back -- with a vengeance!
17 years ago on this date, while I was taking my freshman exams at UNCA, a "cut-off" low was rumored to dump 57" of snow at nearby Mount Pisgah... but is that reading reliable?
Tornado reports and warnings are down for 2013 so far, and the last 12 months, but what about severe-thunderstorm-warned areas and lightning strikes?
The last two weeks have featured no less than four storm days, one with four storms, here in Central Pennsylvania and I've taken some neat pictures.
10,167 record lows have fallen so far in 2013, as well as 5,000 snowfall records. How does this compare to this time last year? The Ice Age cometh.