UPDATE: Here is a good article from a local perspective. Here is a video update from AccuWeather.com which mentions our Winter Forecast:
Last month I talked again about Devils Lake in North Dakota, which has been rising since 1993. Today I can tell you about another Lake in Nevada that has been falling since 2000: Lake Mead, east of Las Vegas [Google Map]. NASA, who provided the images below, says the lake has dropped 126 feet since 1985, at one point losing 60 feet in four years! Here are the two NASA satellite images (from 1985 and 2010) overlaid to show the difference (just place your mouse over the image):
Ironically (since I've had this story on my to-do list for a month) the lake just hit new record lows (picked up by the Associated Press), and local businesses are incurring high costs due to the constantly-changing water level. The article says that if it falls another 30 feet, the Southern Nevada Water Authority will no longer be able to draw water for the Las Vegas Valley. Unfortunately, the forecast is for the drought to continue for the next year or two.
NASA also made this imagery available in Google Earth from which I clipped the following two comparison images (again, hover your mouse). This is really impressive stuff!
Training thunderstorms and mesoscale convective complexes slammed West Virginia and Virginia yesterday, killing 14 people and dropping more than a foot of rain.
I've lived in central Pennsylvania for almost 20 years now. I'm not sure that I remember such a quiet severe weather season. Let's quantify that.
I created an online simulator of the 21-screen real-time U.S. webcam display that is in the lobby of the Joel N. Myers Weather Center at Penn State.
As we predicted, records have been broken across the Southwest U.S. and will continue to be today and tomorrow.
Early next week could bring the hottest weather ever recorded in the Southwest -- and that's no joke.
As part of my continuing Spring 2016 Gadget Review, I recently took a look at a number of weather-related tech products.