In this post we go over degree days, including the definition from the American Meteorological Society, its application to the recent Cherry Blossom bloom in Washington DC, and official HDD values for the 2018-2019 winter season.
The arrival of spring means that snowfall has or is about to melt in most of the United States. In this post, we look back at the 2018-2019 season to see how much snow fell, and if it was considered “snowier” than normal or not.
Clouds are fascinating, both in the meteorological and data analytic community. The latter believes the cloud is the infrastructure of the future, and this post goes into why the former should care.
This rendition of “Alphabet Soup” looks into a dataset that describes metadata, or ‘data about the data.’ What does this mean, and why should people care? We explore those questions in this post.
Even in a warming world, cold outbreaks can still exist. A recent one occurred during the end of January and the beginning of February of 2019. Here we take a brief look into the Polar Vortex, and how it generated numerous cold records so far this year.
In the first rendition of “Forensic Weather Files” we take a look at the conditions that led to a duck boat capsizing at Table Rock Lake in July 2018.
With 2018 over, it’s time to look back and see how weather stations stacked up against their period of record. This is an update to the temperature and rainfall characteristics analyzed before the year was over.
Meteorologists love their acronyms. I’m here to break them down, one dataset at a time. In this post, we highlight one of the most successful citizen science projects when it comes to recording precipitation. It also has a funny looking acronym. Let’s discuss CoCoRaHS.
With the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) this week, we provide a brief overview of the society, and how it has shaped my career so far.
A historical analysis of temperature, precipitation, and snowfall information for the city of Phoenix, Arizona. We look at the entire 2018 year against its climatology, and also take a look at the wet month of October 2018.
How are weather stations stacking up against its period of record for 2018? Last week we looked at precipitation. This week we will examine the temperature of the United States. Are we on pace for another record warm year? Or has cold in the northern US region changed the overall results. We explore the data in this post.
How are weather stations stacking up against its period of record for 2018? How many stations are having their wettest season, before the year is even over? How many stations are close to being wettest? We answer all of these questions in our first part of “2018 in Review”
As a meteorologist and a big data software engineer, I believe in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to students of all ages. I take time to visit schools in my local area to talk about weather, and the importance of coding. December 3rd - 9th is the annual Hour of Code event, and I am a big believer of its project. More details in this blog post.
“Nobody in Iowa cares about sea level rise.”
Another quote that has resonated with me recently. It’s a call to action to make science stories relatable to people, especially if you are trying to talk about the risks of climate change. The recent National Climate Assessment report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program is trying to do this, and we explore some of its key messages.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City has been around since 1924, rain or shine. How many times did it shine, and how many times did it rain (or even snow?). We answer these questions using the official NYC weather station in Central Park, which has observed parade weather since its inception.
Hail is a common problem within thunderstorms, and can harm both life and property. Here we explore the location and severity of hail using a 60+ year climatology of reports. We dissect the locations of hail, including an analysis of size and season.
“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
This quote has inspired me to work on better visualizations. It is hoped this post will inspire you too.
Most Major League Baseball games take place in the summer, where temperatures are at their warmest. However, as fall approaches and October baseball commences, the temperatures cool as the bats heat up. We take a look at typical World Series game time conditions at all 30 MLB parks, and provide a brief insight into one of the coldest World Series to date.
A historical analysis of temperature, precipitation, and snowfall information for the city of Nashville, Tennessee. We look at the warm 2018 summer, and compared it to other years, including an analysis of Cooling Degree Days. The May 2010 heavy precipitation event is also looked at in detail.
Meteorologists love their acronyms. I’m here to break them down, one dataset at a time. This week we feature a dataset that includes over 100,000 weather stations spanned across the globe. The name of the dataset is GHCND. Come find out more (including the acronym meaning).