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The Value of a Meteorology Degree Goes Far Beyond “Forecaster”

Most people think that once you get a meteorology degree, you’re destined to embark on a career as a forecaster. While that’s often true, it’s sometimes the case that a degree in meteorology by itself has limited value in today’s marketplace. For that reason, I encourage those with a degree in meteorology to combine it

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2019 Queensland Flood Event

A very active monsoon trough across northern Queensland and a tropical low-pressure system that developed along the trough have resulted in record-setting rainfall amounts across the area.

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Have You Heard of the Pineapple Express?

The Pineapple Express may sound like a fast train in the tropics, but did you know it’s an actual term to describe at atmospheric feature? Another long-lasting, wet & snowy period for Northern California over the next 2-days. "Atmospheric river" or "Pineapple Express" terms for the continuous moisture stream arriving out of the subtropical Pacific.

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Significant Severe Weather Strikes the US

Just about every type of weather happened somewhere in the US over the past weekend. Heavy rains, tornadoes, blizzards, flooding, and even a typhoon near Guam caused, and continue to cause automobile accidents, flooded land, destroyed homes, and three fatalities. At 520 PM CST, a confirmed large and extremely dangerous #tornado was located over Columbus, moving

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Accurate Weather Forecasts Lead to Less Costly, More Efficient Snow and Ice Removal

It’s no secret that snow, slush, sleet and ice can wreak havoc on roads, often creating nightmare traffic conditions. But more than a mere nuisance, adverse weather can be tied to measurable human and economic losses. Each year, bad roads cause, on average: 500 million vehicle-hours of delays 1,921 deaths 146,647 injuries $3 billion in

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What Factors Determine How Fast Snow Melts?

You may enjoy the freshly fallen snow for a while, but eventually, you’ll be ready for it to go away. After all, even your snowman has to disappear one day. Learn how weather affects the speed at which snow melts. Before we consider how snow melts, let’s talk about how this process occurs in general.

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Have You Ever Experienced Thundersleet?

On February 5, some lucky people along the Iowa and Illinois border were treated to an unusual winter phenomenon. As an ice storm moved in, not only were they getting sleet, but they also were observing lightning. This type of weather is known as thundersleet. Our view out of the office this evening. It's not

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How Does Snow Cover Impact Temperatures?

You’re observing the freshly fallen snow at your location. While the scene can be breathtaking, how does that blanket of snow affect temperatures afterward? In most cases, sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface causes temperatures to increase throughout the day. When snow covers the ground, the incoming radiation is reflected into space. The amount of solar

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