Author: Jenny Brown

Concerns INCREASING for a Major East Coast Storm

The latest official forecast track from the National Hurricane Center brings an increasing threat to the east coast for a major storm as the post-tropical remnants of Hurricane Sandy combine with a strong low pressure trough early next week.  The forecast models are still struggling with exactly where and the projected timing of landfall, but regardless of where the center of low pressure crosses over, this is shaping up to be a BIG storm with a potentially BIG wallop to areas all along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts.  At this point, even with some differences remaining with the...

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Hurricane Sandy Slams Cuba as a Cat 2

Hurricane Sandy made landfall this morning just west of Santiago de Cuba as a strong Cat 2 with sustained winds at 110mph.  There is talk that sustained winds may have reached 115mph, which would elevate her to a Cat 3 (Major) Hurricane, but that is unverified at this time.  Current maximum sustained winds are at 105mph as she moves offshore and heads towards the Bahamas.  Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued from far south coastal Georgia down the entire eastern coast of Florida. Model guidance is reasonably solid on her trek for the next 72 hours.  She is expected...

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Ready for a Blue Norther?

Many parts of the state experienced record or near-record high temps today.  I feel like hollering “Someone, please turn OFF the oven! We’re burnt toast already!!!”  Thankfully, that is all about to change.  As we’ve been posting for several days now, a strong cold front …a real Texas Blue Norther…is on its way! The front actually darted into the northern panhandle earlier today, then retreated north again allowing Amarillo to tie its record high, with Borger and Dalhart setting new record highs.  No worries though…the front is expected to make another run at the panhandle overnight and continue barreling...

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Weather Balloons 101

This past Tuesday, we were able to tag along as a Vic Corbelli, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Ft. Worth, prepared for the evening weather balloon launch.  These weather balloons carry an instrument called a Radiosonde which is used to provide a vertical profile of atmospheric conditions such as temperature, humidity, air pressure,  wind speed and wind direction.  The whole process is pretty interesting, so I thought I’d share some information and photos with y’all. To give you a bit of history, weather balloons using radiosondes have been utilized for official NOAA weather observations in the...

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Cold Front = Big Changes in store for next weekend!!!

While temps this week will be quite warm to just downright hot in some areas of the state this week, another bit of atmospheric relief from the heat is on the way!!  I don’t know about y’all…but I’ve had enough hot and muggy weather and am ready for some more fall temps!  We’ve been hinting at the chance of a strong cold front arriving later this week for a few days now, so I thought share at least what we know for now with everyone. As always, the forecast models are still at odds with a few of the...

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