08/27/2016

PECOS HANK: Genius Storm Chaser Composes Music Too!

 

Incredibly colorful supercell time lapse with a white rope tornado, brilliant double rainbow and intense lightning activity as this storm journeys through the magic hour lighting. To license footage contact hankschyma@yahoo.com ..... This video is composed of over 5000 still images animated to create a time lapse. Several events of isolated thunderstorm activity are used to tell the story of a single thunderstorm and associated phenomenon. All storms were photographed between April 1st and July 1st of 2015 in tornado Alley except the rope tornado footage from 5-17-13. The music "Pillbox" was composed by Pecos Hank Schyma and originally recorded by Southern Backtones and can be purchased online everywhere. The narration is by the multi-talented Bee Xoomsai. Contact her at BeeXoomsai.com

Via Pecos Hank

This guy is possibly a genius.  Not only does he chase storms, shoots them and edits like a wiz, but he also apparently composes music on the side too!  Be sure to follow him on YouTube if you don't already.  

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How Rainy Has it REALLY Been?

We've gotten a lot of comments and questions, on social media, about whether or not this summer has been wetter than normal.  And the answer is yes, but it has not been THE wettest summer ever. To be exact, this has been the 19th wettest on record! We have seen 34 days of measurable rain too! The wettest summer ever was the summer of 1882, with 48 days of rain. The persistent rain this year has resulted in lush greenery and more noticeably (at least to lawn-less me) the high humidity.

827 rainy summer

One particular question we received, on our WDRB Weather page, was about this summer vs last summer and which year was wetter. A woman named Debbie, was debating with her friends about which year had more rain. I took a screen shot of the question below.

Just debbie

I responded to this post and basically said "it depends!"  That's because if you look at the summer as a whole (since June 1st), Debbie's friends were right. But if you are basing this on recent memory, like the month of August, Debbie would be right! 

The data I am using comes from NWS at the Louisville International Airport. For August 2016 (through today's date) there has been 5.68'' of rain. For August 2015 (through today's date) there was 3.47'' -  so more than two inches of rain this year!

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However, since June 1, 2016 (through today) we have seen 14.58'' and last year for the same time frame we had seen 18.94''! So more than 4 inches of rain for summer 2015 than this year! 

827 2015 vs 2016

We could see a few spotty showers and storms today (adding to the rain total and high humidity). Our best chance early will be for our northern counties, and then during the heat of the day, we could see some pop up further south! To find out when we will see some drier days, tune into WDRB News with Jeremy this evening! 

-Meteorologist Katie McGraw

08/26/2016

A Spectacular Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter Occurs This Weekend!

Venus and Jupiter are converging for a spectacular conjunction in the sky on August 27th. The planets roughly line up about once a year, but usually not as close. This year they will appear to be separated by 1/15th of a degree!

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We have our Earthly vantage point to thank for this display since the planets are still more than 416,399,477 miles apart. Head outside just after sunset this Saturday and look west. Venus is the brighter planet. Check out the video below for more info...

 

Video Courtesy:  ScienceCasts: A Spectacular Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter - YouTube ScienceAtNASA

 

 

 

 

-Rick DeLuca

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Mars Looks Just Earth!

Nope, not Arizona! It's actually our neighbor in space, the "red planet" of Mars!

Check out this 360-degree panorama that was captured by the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called "Murray Buttes" on lower Mount Sharp reminiscent of the U.S. Southwest. (Be sure to use your mouse to move the image around!)

 

Video Courtesy: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The view combines more than 130 images taken on August 5, 2016, during the afternoon of the mission's 1,421st sol, or Martian day, by Mastcam's left-eye camera. This date also was the fourth anniversary of Curiosity's landing.

The dark, flat-topped mesa seen to the left of Curiosity's robotic arm is about 300 feet from the rover's position. It stands about 50 feet high. The horizontal ledge near the top of the mesa is about 200 feet across. An upper portion of Mount Sharp appears on the distant horizon to the left of this mesa.

The relatively flat foreground is part of a geological layer called the Murray formation, which formed from lakebed mud deposits. The buttes and mesas rising above this surface are eroded remnants of ancient sandstone that originated when winds deposited sand after lower Mount Sharp had formed. Curiosity closely examined that layer -- the Stimson formation -- during the first half of 2016 while crossing a feature called "Naukluft Plateau" between two exposures of the Murray formation.

The buttes and mesas of Murray Buttes are capped by material that is relatively resistant to erosion, just as is the case with many similarly shaped buttes and mesas on Earth. The informal naming honors Bruce Murray (1931-2013), a Caltech planetary scientist and director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

The scene is presented with a color adjustment that approximates white balancing, to resemble how the rocks and sand would appear under daytime lighting conditions on Earth.

Curious about Curiosity? Visit NASA's website.

Hope to see you bright and early tomorrow morning from 6-9 am!

-Meteorologist Katie McGraw

 

08/25/2016

Frantic Search For Survivors After 6.2 Earthquake In Italy...

Rescue crews frantically dug through crumbled homes in Italy today looking for survivors as the death toll reached 250. As many as 365 people were injured in the 6.2 magnitude quake that struck at 3:36 a.m. Wednesday morning. About 17 hours after the quake struck, firefighters found a 10-year-old girl under a crumbled home. Cheers broke out when she was pulled out alive...

 

Video Courtesy: ViralVideos1


 

 

MASSIVE Tornado Tears Through Northwest Ohio

You may have seen some videos online from the very active and severe weather yesterday (August 24, 2016) in Indiana, like the one of the Starbucks being leveled. But there were also some intense tornadoes in NW Ohio, like this HUGE tornado in the clip below. It is probably half a mile wide and in the video you can see the destruction.

*Warning: Contains explicit language*

 

Video Courtesy: Live Storms Media

There is also this crazy (and I mean crazy for filming it) video out of Kokomo, Indiana. A man stayed inside his garage as a an EF-3 tornado tore through his neighborhood. Not very smart or safe.

 

Video Courtesy: Mark Sayger

Lastly, a video showing the devastation caused from several tornadoes across IN and OH. The NWS is out surveying the areas hit today. There is no word on how many tornadoes actually touched the ground yet. It could be as many as 35.

 

Video Courtesy: ABC15Arizona

-Meteorologist Katie McGraw

08/24/2016

The Storm Prediction Center is monitoring for the Possibility of Severe Storms this Evening!

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Slight Risk for severe weather for areas along and north of I-64 including Louisville metro for this evening. 

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Here's what Storm Prediction Center is saying...

ERN MO INTO CENTRAL/SRN INDIANA...

   SEVERAL AREAS/BANDS OF CONVECTION ARE ONGOING ACROSS THIS AREA THIS

   MORNING AND THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR INTENSIFICATION OF INITIAL

   ACTIVITY THIS AFTERNOON.  VISIBLE IMAGERY INDICATES STRONG DIABATIC

   HEATING WILL OCCUR INTO THE AFTERNOON ACROSS MUCH OF THE DISCUSSION

   AREA WHICH WILL RESULT IN ADDITIONAL AIR MASS DESTABILIZATION AND

   WEAKENING OF THE CAP FROM EAST CENTRAL/SERN MO INTO SRN

   INDIANA...WHERE SURFACE DEW POINTS ARE IN THE LOW-MID 70S.  ALTHOUGH

   LARGE SCALE FORCING FOR ASCENT IS WEAK...STORMS THAT DEVELOP ALONG

   SUBTLE CONVERGENCE ZONES WILL BE EMBEDDED WITHIN 25-35 KT WSWLY FLOW

   ALOFT AND SUFFICIENT VERTICAL SHEAR TO SUPPORT MAINLY ORGANIZED

   MULTICELL STORMS/SHORT LINE SEGMENTS.  ACTIVITY WILL HAVE POTENTIAL

   TO PRODUCE A FEW DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND ISOLATED LARGE HAIL THIS

   AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

 

High Instability

As scattered t-storms develop in a moisture rich environment, they will have the ability to tap into an EXTREMELY unstable environment with most unstable CAPE's (convective available potential energy) maximizing at more than 4,000 j/kg over the Wabash River Valley late this afternoon.  CAPE's remain at a robust 3,000+ over our Indiana Counties.

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Mid Level Flow

Meanwhile, the mid level flow is showing good steering winds aloft oriented from the W/NW to the E/SE across our area this evening.

500mb wind

This would allow any storms that fire over the Wabash River Valley to dive in our direction this evening.  

 

Timing out the Storms...

Although there is considerable model uncertainty about the possible evolution of storms, here's a look at a recent AdvanceTrak (HRRR) run giving you a general idea of what to expect...

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What do I think?

While not a guarantee for storms in our area, the chance appears to be increasing especially for our Indiana counties where about 60% coverage can be expected.  

Rain chances

For Louisville and points to the south, activity looks to be a bit more scattered the the potential will be there for gusty high winds with any storms that do develop.  

Stay tuned to WDRB for a full update on what to expect this evening.

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"Significant Causalities" after 6.2 Earthquake in Italy

According to the US Geological Survey, a major earthquake hit central Italy around 3:30 this morning, local time. It registered as a 6.2 on the Richter Scale. It hit about 10 kilometers from the town of Norcia and there are reports that people could feel tremors as far as Rome.  Several aftershocks followed shortly after. One was of magnitude 5.5. No word on an exact death toll, but there have been some reports of at least 37 killed  and it continues to climb. USGS says significant causalities are likely because many of the buildings are vulnerable. 
 
8-24 epi center map
 
More Details: 

According to USGS , the 6.2 earthquake southeast of Norcia, Italy, occurred as the result of shallow normal faulting on a NW-SE oriented fault in the Central Apennines. The Apennines is a mountain range that runs from the Gulf of Taranto in the south to the southern edge of the Po basin in northern Italy. Geologically, the Apennines is largely an accretionary wedge formed as a consequence of subduction. This region is tectonically and geologically complex, involving both subduction of the Adria micro-plate beneath the Apennines from east to west, continental collision between the Eurasia and Africa plates building the Alpine mountain belt further to the north and the opening of the Tyrrhenian basin to the west. The evolution of this system has caused the expression of all different tectonic styles acting at the same time in a broad region surrounding Italy and the central Mediterranean. The August 24, 2016 normal faulting earthquake is an expression of the east-west extensional tectonics that now dominate along the Apennine belt, primarily a response to the Tyrrhenian basin opening faster than the compression between the Eurasia and Africa plates. At the location of the earthquake, the Eurasia plate moves towards the northeast with respect to Africa at a rate of approximately 24 mm/yr.

The central Apennine region has experienced several significant earthquakes in recorded history. In September 1997, a 6.0 earthquake 50 km north-northwest of the August 24, 2016 event killed 11, injured over 100 and destroyed approximately 80,000 homes in the Marche and Umbria regions. This 1997 event was part of a series of earthquakes known as the Umbria-Marche seismic sequence, which included eight events of magnitude greater than M5.0 in a two-month period between September and November of that year, including the events that substantially damaged the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi. In April 2009, a Mw 6.3 earthquake 45 km to the south-southeast of the August 24, 2016 event, near the town of L’Aquila, killed at least 295, injured over 1,000 and left 55,000 or more homeless. The L’Aquila earthquake resulted in significant landsliding in the local area, and was also followed by a vigorous aftershock sequence, including 5 other events of M 5.0 or larger. The largest instrumentally recorded earthquake within 100 km of the 2016 event was the January 13, 1915 M6.7 earthquake, which occurred 68 km to the south-southwest near Avezzano. The 1915 earthquake killed approximately 32,000 people. The preliminary location of the 2016 earthquake appears to be in a gap between the aftershock sequences of the 1997 and 2009 events.

Videos: 

Videos are beginning to pour in online following the quake. Some show scary images of what it was like during the quake. Others are the aftermath. They may be disturbing to some. 

 

Video Courtesy: Shock Wave

 

Video Courtesy: RT

-Meteorologist Katie McGraw

08/23/2016

A Spectacular Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter Occurs This Week!

Venus and Jupiter are converging for a spectacular conjunction in the sky on August 27th. The planets roughly line up about once a year, but usually not as close. This year they will appear to be separated by 1/15th of a degree! We have our Earthly vantage point to thank for this display since the planets are still more than 416,399,477 miles apart. Head outside just after sunset this Saturday and look west. Venus is the brighter planet. Check out the video below for more info...

 

Video Courtesy:  ScienceCasts: A Spectacular Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter - YouTube ScienceAtNASA

 

 

 

 

-Rick DeLuca

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08/22/2016

INSANE HABOOB! Time-Lapse From Phoenix, AZ...

Haboobs can be observed anywhere in the United States, but they are most common in the Southwest. Phoenix, AZ has seen their fair share of them lately and August 21, 2016 was no exception. These dust storms occur as thunderstorms collapse, sending out a line of gusty winds. This downdraft of cold air reaches the ground, blowing dry, loose silt and clay up from the desert. It creates a wall of sediment that can be up to 100 km (62 miles) wide and several kilometers in elevation!

Time Lapses of Massive Dust Storm Over Phoenix, AZ - August 21st, 2016 from Bryan Snider Photography on Vimeo.

 

 

Dust Storm Safety Tips

  • If dense dust is observed blowing across or approaching a roadway, pull your vehicle off the pavement as far as possible, stop, turn off lights, set the emergency brake, take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated.
  • Don't enter the dust storm area if you can avoid it.
  • If you can't pull off the roadway, proceed at a speed suitable for visibility, turn on lights and sound horn occasionally. Use the painted center line to help guide you. Look for a safe place to pull off the roadway.
  • Never stop on the traveled portion of the roadway.

 

-Rick DeLuca

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