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  • Fantastic Spring Weather Ahead for the 2014 Masters!

    Fantastic Spring Weather Ahead for the 2014 Masters!

    The Masters leaderboard Monday tells spectators the news that practice round play is suspended as heavy storms hit August National. (Getty Images)The Masters leaderboard Monday tells spectators the news that practice round play is suspended as heavy storms hit August National. (Getty Images)
    After over an inch of rain Monday and the suspended practice round at The Masters on the Augusta National Golf Club… the weather the looks great for all 4 rounds of the tournament… today through Sunday. Touted
    Touted as a tradition like no other... the Masters golf tournament is here... and the weather couldn't be better!
  • Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Forecast Cone will be Slightly Smaller in 2014

    Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Forecast Cone will be Slightly Smaller in 2014

    The Tropical Cyclone Cone from Last Year (pictured Chantal) will Shrink Slightly This Year (NHC)The Tropical Cyclone Cone from Last Year (pictured Chantal) will Shrink Slightly This Year (NHC)
    The size of the tropical cyclone forecast cone will be a bit smaller in 2014. The cone represents the probable track of the center of a tropical cyclone... and is formed by enclosing the area swept out
    The size of the tropical cyclone forecast cone will be a bit smaller in 2014.
  • March United States Tornado Drought... April and May Still to Go Though!

    March United States Tornado Drought... April and May Still to Go Though!

    Preliminary U.S. Tornado Count 2014 (SPC)Preliminary U.S. Tornado Count 2014 (SPC)
    Severe weather (tornado) season in the United States peaks in meteorological spring... the months of March... April and May. But for the second consecutive year... March tornado counts are among the lowest
    Only 21 tornadoes touched down across the whole nation in March.
  • Natural Variability in Earth’s Reflectiveness Limits Climate Engineering Potential

    Natural Variability in Earth’s Reflectiveness Limits Climate Engineering Potential

    Map by NOAA Climate.gov... based on data provided by Dian Seidel.Map by NOAA Climate.gov... based on data provided by Dian Seidel.
    Some people have speculated that… just like changing from a black T-shirt to a white T-shirt can help keep you cool in the summer sunshine… making our planet more reflective to sunlight might help counteract
    The bigger the range of natural variability… the greater the odds that any evidence of a manmade effort to brighten up the planet would be lost in the "background noise."
  • Spring Cleaning

    Spring Cleaning

    How to spring clean.. and do so in an environmentally safe fashion.How to spring clean.. and do so in an environmentally safe fashion.
    Think of paints... pesticides... cleaning supplies... oil... antifreeze and other products that hide away in the basement... garage or shed. These products may contain corrosive... toxic or flammable ingredients. How
    The typical home accumulates over 20 pounds of household hazardous waste in just one year!
  • New IPCC Climate Impacts Report Issued

    New IPCC Climate Impacts Report Issued

    Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and VulnerabilityClimate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability
    Climate change is affecting all parts of the globe… and the gap between the latest science on climatic change and government action to cut greenhouse emissions remains large… according to a sweeping U.N.
    Climate change is affecting all parts of the globe… and the gap between the latest science on climatic change and government action to cut greenhouse emissions remains large… according to a sweeping U.N. (IPCC) report issued today.
  • First Images Available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

    First Images Available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

    3D view inside an extra-tropical cyclone observed off the coast of Japan, March 10, 2014, by GPM's Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar. (NASA)3D view inside an extra-tropical cyclone observed off the coast of Japan, March 10, 2014, by GPM's Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar. (NASA)
    We have entered a new era in measuring precipitation from space… now being able to measure global precipitation of all types… from light drizzle to heavy downpours to falling snow! NASA and the Japan
    The images show precipitation falling inside a March 10 cyclone over the northwest Pacific Ocean… approximately 1,000 miles east of Japan.
  • Spring National Weather Outlook

    Spring National Weather Outlook

    National Spring Temperature Probability Forecast (NOAA)National Spring Temperature Probability Forecast (NOAA)
    The spring outlook for temperatures and precipitation have been released from the Climate Prediction Center... and for the Coastal Empire and Low Country... near normal precipitation is expected... with
    For the Coastal Empire and Low Country... near normal precipitation is expected... with temperatures a little above normal.
  • Spring Drought Outlook

    Spring Drought Outlook

    NOAA Spring Drought Outlook MapNOAA Spring Drought Outlook Map
    The spring NOAA drought outlook has been released... and we (the Coastal Empire and Low Country) look to be in good shape as we move forward over the next 3 months... with no drought development anticipated. As
    Drought is not expected east of the Mississippi River during the next three months.
  • National Spring Flood Risk

    National Spring Flood Risk

    minor flooding is possible along river basins in the Coastal Empire and Low Country this spring (March through May)… although the spring flood risk is highly dependent on rainfall.minor flooding is possible along river basins in the Coastal Empire and Low Country this spring (March through May)… although the spring flood risk is highly dependent on rainfall.
    According to NOAA's National Hydrological Assessment released yesterday… minor flooding is possible along river basins in the Coastal Empire and Low Country this spring (March through May)… although the
    Minor flooding is possible along river basins in the Coastal Empire and Low Country this spring (March through May)… although the spring flood risk is highly dependent on rainfall.
  • NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

    NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

    Ocean acidification refers to a reduction in the pH of the ocean over an extended period... typically decades or longer... which is caused primarily by uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.Ocean acidification refers to a reduction in the pH of the ocean over an extended period... typically decades or longer... which is caused primarily by uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
    Did you know that ocean acidification is emerging as an urgent environmental and economic issue on our nation's east and west coasts and in many areas of the world? Living on the Georgia coast... this
    An estimated 30–40% of the carbon dioxide released by humans into the atmosphere dissolves into oceans... rivers and lakes.
  • 89th Anniversary of the Tri-State Tornado... the Granddaddy of U.S. Tornadoes

    89th Anniversary of the Tri-State Tornado... the Granddaddy of U.S. Tornadoes

    The Tri-State tornado - The deadliest in US history - Mar. 18, 1925 - traveled 219 miles (MO/IL/IN)The Tri-State tornado - The deadliest in US history - Mar. 18, 1925 - traveled 219 miles (MO/IL/IN)
    It is 2 days shy of the official start of spring… the vernal equinox! This also means we are moving toward the increased spring season risk of thunderstorms and severe weather. Turns out… today… March
    In1925… 86 years ago today the great Tri-State Tornado struck the central United States. This tornado still stands as the single most destructive in life and property known. 695 people lost their lives and some 1,900 injured.
  • Study Shows Anthropogenic Aerosols Appear to Weaken Hurricanes

    Study Shows Anthropogenic Aerosols Appear to Weaken Hurricanes

    Aerosols in the atmosphere appear to weaken hurricane formation. Aerosols in the atmosphere appear to weaken hurricane formation.
    A new study that includes a team of Texas A&M University researchers show that atmospheric aerosols from human activities do directly affect hurricanes… interestingly enough though… they tend to weaken
    The team examined how anthropogenic aerosols… those produced from human activities… examples including factories… power plants… cars and airplanes… play a role in hurricane development.
  • CoCoRaHS March Madness 2014!

    CoCoRaHS March Madness 2014!

    The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.
    Do you have a rain gauge and record rainfall on a regular basis? Or would you like to begin tracking the rainfall right out your door and have been looking for a way to get plugged in… getting that data
    Join the Community Collaborative Rain… Hail and Snow network. Known as CoCoRaHS… it has a little less than 20,000 observers across the nation already!
  • Preparing for Georgia & South Carolina's Tornado Season

    Preparing for Georgia & South Carolina's Tornado Season

    Number of Tornadoes by Month Across Georgia (example north and central portions) show March through May as peak season.Number of Tornadoes by Month Across Georgia (example north and central portions) show March through May as peak season.
    With tornado season peaking between the months of March and May in the Coastal Empire and Low Country… WSAV and StormTeam 3 encourage you to start preparing now for these potentially destructive storms. Did
    Tornado season peaks between the months of March and May in the Coastal Empire and Low Country.
  • February Averages Warmer and Drier than Normal in Savannah

    February Averages Warmer and Drier than Normal in Savannah

    While most of the sate saw normal rainfall amounts during February 2014,the coast received saw slight less rainfall than normal. While most of the sate saw normal rainfall amounts during February 2014,the coast received saw slight less rainfall than normal.
    Lets take a look back at the month of February for Savannah... and Georgia as a whole. Beginning with Savannah... temps for the month averaged around 2 degrees ABOVE NORMAL... with precipitation about
    Temperatures for the month averaged around 2 degrees ABOVE NORMAL... with precipitation about an inch below normal.
  • El Nino Watch Issued by NOAA

    El Nino Watch Issued by NOAA

    While this could be good news to weaken the southwest U.S. drought and lessen energy bills next winter in the far north… conditions do vary worldwide.While this could be good news to weaken the southwest U.S. drought and lessen energy bills next winter in the far north… conditions do vary worldwide.
    A warming of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean may be brewing… and this could lead to changes in our global weather patterns. This warming… called an El Nino… usually leads to lower Atlantic hurricane
    Neutral conditions (La Nada) are expected to continue through spring… with about a 50% chance of El Niño developing this summer or fall.
  • Measuring Rain and Snow from Space

    Measuring Rain and Snow from Space

    GPM lifts off to begin its Earth-observing mission (Courtesy NASA)GPM lifts off to begin its Earth-observing mission (Courtesy NASA)
    We still have much to learn about how precipitation systems behave on the large scale... the earth system. With advanced instruments on the GPM Core Observatory... we will have for the first time frequent
    GPM will help provide uniform... global observations of rain and snow that are difficult to obtain from ground measurements.
  • Severe Winter Weather won't Slow Georgia's Insect Population

    Severe Winter Weather won't Slow Georgia's Insect Population

    Mosquito cage in Mark Brown's mosquito endocrinology lab on the UGA Athens campus (Image credit: UGA)Mosquito cage in Mark Brown's mosquito endocrinology lab on the UGA Athens campus (Image credit: UGA)
    This winter's unusually cold temperatures may have people wondering… or hoping… that Georgia's insect populations will shrink this spring. That's just wishful thinking. The truth is that insects have
    As a result of their long history and widespread occurrence… insects are highly adaptable and can survive and thrive in extreme weather conditions.
  • Be a Force of Nature

    Be a Force of Nature

    Be a Force of Nature... take the next step by preparing for severe weather and encouraging others to do the same!Be a Force of Nature... take the next step by preparing for severe weather and encouraging others to do the same!
    March 2-8, 2014 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week... sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Hurricanes... droughts...
    Hurricanes... droughts... tornadoes... snowstorms... flooding… severe weather can happen at any time... anywhere and it affects all of us.
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