Tropical Terminology

By: Stu Ostro, 1:47 AM GMT on June 30, 2014

With a system swirling offshore of the southeast U.S. and trying to become the first official numbered tropical depression or named tropical storm of the year in the Atlantic, even if it doesn't it reminds us that we're in hurricane season, and here is some basic, fundamental terminology related to tropical cyclones.

Rather than a comprehensive and/or technical glossary (there's one in that vein on the National Hurricane Center site), this represents the esse...

Hurricane

Updated: 2:52 AM GMT on June 30, 2014

Polar Vortex, Global Warming, and Cold Weather

By: Stu Ostro, 11:47 AM GMT on January 10, 2014

Image credit: Skreened

I just searched for "polar vortex" and got about 17,000,000 results.  Apparently the number doesn't display when specifying a date range; I wonder how many would have come up if I had searched a week ago!  And searching for "polar vortex" "global warming" gives 78,300,000.

Looking at those topics in relation to the recent cold weather over parts of the U.S. and Canada from an objective, scientific perspective ...

Winter Weather Climate Change

Updated: 3:53 AM GMT on February 25, 2014

Meteorological Images of 2013

By: Stu Ostro, 1:38 AM GMT on December 29, 2013

My 8th annual edition. For 2013, they just happened to work out to be an even Top 20, presented in the chronological order in which they occurred, not ranked except for my choice for the "image of the year" at the end.

Sometime in early 2014 I'm going to post my selections for the top meteorological images of all time!

Previous editions:

2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011 (Also this slide show with additional ...

Blizzard Climate Change Flood Hurricane Nor'Easter Tornado Winter Weather

Updated: 1:41 AM GMT on December 29, 2013

Did a tropical storm make landfall in North Carolina last weekend?

By: Stu Ostro, 4:17 AM GMT on July 01, 2013

So much to blog about recently (derechos, meteotsunamis, hurricane season outlooks), so little time!

But how could I not do this one? :)

I posted an entry on May 23, 2009 titled "Did a tropical storm make landfall today?" and, on October 10, 2011, "Did a tropical storm hit Florida Sunday night?"

Now what happened last weekend. If it looks, walks and quacks like... at least a tropical depression not far from tropical storm streng...

Hurricane

Updated: 6:06 PM GMT on July 01, 2013

Meteorological Images of February 2013

By: Stu Ostro, 3:30 AM GMT on March 05, 2013

After the February 8-9 blizzard, I posted for that storm a special edition of my "meteorological images" series; there were other significant weather systems during February and in turn other vivid visualizations, and here is a selection of them which not only are cool to look at but chronicle the month's weather highlights.

Well, except for this cartoon! (Which is not about a weather event per se, but in its own way it's about a lot of weather events ....

Blizzard Winter Weather Nor'Easter Tornado Hurricane

Updated: 4:05 AM GMT on March 05, 2013

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Senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel. Proud to be a weather-obsessed weather geek. Would be a DJ if not a meteorologist.

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