Sunday, April 23, 2017

Yes, I Have Another Book. It Is About the Joplin Tornado

Several times during WeatherCon (see below), I was asked about my "Joplin book." That book is
When the Sirens Were Silent which is the story of why more than 100 or so of the 161 people who died in the Joplin Tornado died unnecessarily due to serious flaws with the warnings that day. The book in paperback sold out within months of its release but we didn't believe there was sufficient interest to justify a second printing.

So, we published it for Kindle , Nook and the free Kindle Cloud Reader at a bargain price ($2.99!) because we really want people to read it so this type of disaster will never occur again.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thank You WBAP and WeatherCon Participants

Mindy and I had a great time today talking about storm warnings for Dallas' WBAP Radio's WeatherCon. Lots and lots of great questions and interest about weather and, especially, about my book Warnings

Thanks to everyone who came out today. Hope you get through the rest of storm season unscathed.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tornado Risk Later Today

Here we go again. Southern Oklahoma and north central Texas (including the Metroplex) this afternoon and evening.
You may recall that, for tornadoes, 5% (brown) is the threshold of a significant threat.

In addition there is the threat of very large hail.
For hail 1" in diameter, 15% (yellow) is the significant threat. The hatched area is where hail larger than 2" is forecast. Again, this includes the Metroplex.

Note: I am on my way to Dallas today (see below) so I may or may not be able to update due to travel  considerations.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

See You in Dallas Saturday

The folks at WBAP have been kind enough to invite me to speak at their 2017 "WeatherCon" this Saturday at 11am. The event is being held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field. It opens at 10am and continues until 3:30. A Google map is here.

While I give talks all over the nation on various topics, I will be presenting my favorite talk Saturday. It is The Phantom Crashes which is the terrific story of how Dr. Ted Fujita discovered and conquered the downburst, once the #1 cause of commercial airliner disasters. This is the talk that the late astronaut Gene Cernan called "the best he'd ever seen."

Mindy and I will be there selling copies of Warnings (autographs are free!) and we would love to
have you come by the table talk with us.

See you Saturday!!

Another Risk of Tornadoes

Detroit and the surrounding area should keep an eye on the weather
The caution extends to our friends in the Windsor, ONT area as well. The 5% (brown) area is a significant tornado risk, so please keep up on today's weather.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Is There Anything It Can Do?

Last week, it was ruining Easter. This week,
Of course, Climate Central is very much part of Big Climate.

Severe Weather Risk Fading

Happy to report the weather, in terms of tornado and severe thunderstorm threat, is slowly calming across the Midwest and Plains.

That's all for tonight.

Tornado Watch Issued

As expected, a tornado watch has been issued for parts of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.
This watch includes Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs and Tarkio until 10pm.

I'll try to update again this evening.

Headlines Like This Make Me Angry

The headline and subhead are intended to frighten for political reasons (only) but that isn't the worst part: It is terribly inaccurate scientifically.

If carbon dioxide suddenly dropped to the levels wanted by global warming activists, the children in Syria and other poor nations would die of starvation. That's not even up for dispute to anyone who knows the science. The earth is greener with the highest per capita food production ever! There is less extreme poverty than at any time in the history of humanity. All of this is made possible by CO2 and by fossil fuels. Does it make sense to begin a transition to alternative fuels? That is a point on which reasonable people can disagree.

Do humans affect the climate? Absolutely! But, when it comes to less carbon dioxide, be careful what you wish for.

Tornado Risk Later Today

Unfortunately, we are beginning a period of active severe thunderstorms across the U.S. east 
of the Rockies. 
Here is the SPC's tornado outlook for later today. Five percent (brown) is the threshold of a significant risk which extends from Manhattan, Kansas, to far southwest Wisconsin. There is a 10% area (double the risk) that includes Omaha, Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Ames.

The risk is defined as the chance of one or more tornadoes within 25 miles of any given point.

There is also a risk of very large (2" diameter or greater) hail in the hatched area.
On the hail map, the significant risk is 15% (yellow) which extends from Wichita to the Chicago suburbs. The 30% area (red) is a pretty high risk. If you live in, say, Omaha (hatched + 30%) you'll really want to put your car in the garage.

I'll update this later today.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Weather Bill is Now Law

Late today, President Trump signed the bi-partisan weather bill -- literally 20 years in the making. Just about everyone in the weather community supported this bill and AccuWeather's CEO,  Barry Myers, was instrumental in getting it passed.

The Washington Post's story on the bill is here.

Congratulations to Barry and to everyone who worked so hard on this endeavor which will benefit the entire nation.

Yes, There is a Sequel

This was posted on Twitter. I am reproducing it with permission.
Thank you, Theresa! If you would like a book you will read over and over, the link to Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather is here.

And, yes, there is sequel to Warnings and it is When the Sirens Were Silent which is the story of the Joplin tornado.
Sirens is only available in ebook format because the paperback sold out shortly after publication. However, you do not need a Kindle or Nook. You can read it with the free Amazon Cloud Reader.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter, Everyone

From Mindy, Forecaster Evie and me: Hope you and your loved ones have a joyous Easter.

I ran across the President's address yesterday and I thought it was just about perfect for this season of Easter and Passover. And, as President Trump noted, we must always reach out to those in hardship. Let's all resolve to do this going forward.

“My fellow Americans,
This is a season of great hope.
This week, Jewish families across our country, and around the world, celebrate Passover and retell the story of God’s deliverance of the Jewish people. The story of the Exodus is a story of freedom. It is the story of an incredible people who were liberated from oppression and raised up the face of humankind.
Down through the centuries, the Jewish People have lived through one persecution after another–and yet, they persevered and thrived and uplifted the world beyond measure. And now, the State of Israel stands as a monument to their faith and endurance.
Another day of faith and celebration is also upon us.
This Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the promise of eternal salvation. It is a holy day of reverence and worship; it is a sacred time that fills the spirit of our Nation with the faith of our people.
America is a Nation of believers.
As families gather in houses of worship across the Nation, we are grateful for the tremendous blessings of this land, our home. We have a beautiful country, an abundant countryside, and an amazing people with a truly bright and wonderful future.
From the beginning, America has been a place that has cherished the freedom of worship. That is the promise the first settlers saw in our vast continent—and it is the promise that our bravest warriors have protected for all of our citizens in centuries since, a long time ago.
Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom—and one of the gravest threats to religious freedom remains the threat of terror.
On Palm Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrate the beginning of Holy Week, ISIS murdered at least 45 people and injured over 100 others at two Christian churches in Egypt.
We condemn this barbaric attack. We mourn for those who lost loved ones. And we pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow—one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their hearts and worship according to their conscience.
With God’s grace, life always triumphs over death, freedom overcomes oppression, and faith extinguishes fear. This is the source of our hope—and our confidence in the future.
I also want to give a special message to those struggling Americans who have felt for too long the bitter taste of hardship. I want you to know: this White House is fighting for you. We are fighting for every American who has been left behind. We are fighting for the right of all citizens to enjoy safety and peace—and to work and live with the dignity that all Children of God are entitled to know.
As long as we have faith in each other, and trust in God, we will succeed.
Thank you. Have a Happy Easter, and a Happy Passover. God bless you. And God bless America.”