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Blue Moon - Credit: NASA
July 31

Once In A Blue Moon

What Is a “Blue Moon”? Tonight marks a fairly rare astronomical occurrence: a blue moon. What exactly is a blue moon? Well, according to NASA, it is defined as any time there is a second full moon that happens in the same calendar month. Most typical years have 12 full moons. In 2015, we have 13 and therefore, a blue moon. Image Credit: NASA The last time the U.S. experienced this phenomenon was back in August of 2012. We won’t be treated to another blue moon until January of 2018. So while this doesn’t happen often, it’s not as rare...

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July 30

July 2015 Shattered Heat and Rain Records Across The United States

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser). It’s been a busy month around the weather office, from record rain over parts of the Southwest and Ohio Valley, to record heat in the Northwest. While the month isn’t over just yet, here is a break down of some of the monthly records that have been set this month. Record Rain Heavy rain once again fell over parts of the central and southeast United States, leaving some locations with over 10″ of rain during the month. Indianapolis, IN, saw their wettest MONTH on record this July,...

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July 29

Dog Days of Summer…

Summer Heat Continues It’s been hot over the last several days/weeks in a number of spots across the nation and today will be another scorcher with heat indices approaching 110° to 115° for some. The picture below was taken in Louisville, KY where the temperature soared to 95°. Keep in mind that dewpoints (measure of how much moisture there is in the air) was at tropical rainforest levels in the low/mid 70s making it feel more like 100° to 105°+ at times around the region! (Image courtesy @AllisRMyers via Twitter) Dog Days of Summer and Ancient Lore Ancient lore suggests...

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July 28

Say It Ain’t Snow in July??

Snow in July?? This was the scene from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort where more than 1″ of snow fell on Monday. An usually strong area of low pressure (for summer) tracked across the Northern Rockies and brought snow to places that rarely see it before August or September. (Image courtesy Peter Landman tram operator at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort) Strong Low Pressure The image below shows the 700mb weather features. The strong area of low pressure in northern Montana moving into Canada was intense enough to draw down cold enough temperatures in the higher elevations of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming...

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July 27

Upper Midwest Severe, Rain and Wind

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser). A strong upper-level system will be moving across the northern tier of the country over the next few days. This will help set off a few things. One: a severe threat over the next couple days with large hail and damaging winds. Two: deep Gulf moisture will be brought north, helping enhance rainfall and a flooding risk. Third: with the deepening surface low associated with this system we are expecting strong winds behind it. Let’s break it down: Severe Threat An Enhanced Risk of severe weather has...

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July 24

Midwest Severe Threat

Stormy Start to Friday This was the view from Excelsior, MN early Friday morning as a line of strong to nearly severe storms brushed the Twin Cities Metro. While the severe weather reports remained at a minimum, heavy rainfall reports were quite plentiful across parts of the state. Heavy Rainfall Here’s a list of some of the heaviest tallies from late last night/early Friday morning across parts of Minnesota Note how the heaviest rain fell from just west of St. Cloud to just west of the Twin Cities. Continued Severe Weather Threat… Severe Threat Friday …SYNOPSIS… TO THE NORTH OF...

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July 23

Summer Heat Kicking In Across The South

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser). The summer heat is continuing to build across portions of the country as we head into the weekend. Of course, that is expected here in the Dog Days of Summer, but some areas are going to see the warmest temperatures of the year over the next few days – and temperatures that are, on average, a few weeks behind schedule. Later today we are expecting heat surging northward in the central United States, with 90s possible all the way into southern North Dakota. 100s are possible over...

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July 22

Heavy Florida Rain on the Way

Rain on the Way for Florida Unsettled weather is in the forecast over the next several days for folks in the Southeastern U.S.. However, it appears that the heaviest rain will shake out over parts of Florida with as much as 3″ to 5″ possible in spots! The image below showed the University of Tampa Campus earlier Wednesday. (Image courtesy The University of Tampa: http://www.ut.edu/utgalleries/) Florida Rain Stats While Tampa, FL is nearly 6 inches above normal precipitation so far this year, Orlando is nearly 3 inches below normal rainfall this year.   National Forecast Loop The forecast loop below shows...

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July 21

Announcing Aeris Interactive Maps SDK

We’re excited to announce the public release of our new Aeris Interactive Maps 2 SDK, a complete Javascript weather map platform built upon our open-source AerisJS library.  The new SDK provides developers with a quick and efficient way to integrate our AerisWeather data and image services into custom applications. The new Aeris Interactive Maps SDK provides many enhanced features, including: Enhanced modern design Support for OSM, Mapbox and Google base maps Responsive and mobile friendly Easy integration of AerisWeather data sets Quickly embed into existing websites Customizable look and feel View the Aeris Interactive Maps SDK in use on our...

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July 21

June 2015; Warmest June on Record for Globe

A recent report released by NOAA suggests that June 2015 was the warmest June on record for the globe… – June 2015 was warmest June on record for the globe. – Global land areas and oceans each record warm for June. – First half of 2015 also record warm. -During June, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.58°F (0.88°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest for June in the 1880–2015 record, surpassing the previous record set last year in 2014 by 0.22°F (0.12°C). -The June globally-averaged land surface temperature was 2.27°F (1.26°C) above...