My 14th annual compilation of highlights of the past 12 months — and in recent years, with the next-generation weather satellites, it continues to get harder not easier! I can’t keep up with everything much less include it all here. There’s now amazing, widely available imagery every day showing the…

My 13th annual! I thought this year would be the easiest one yet, with GOES-16 having become fully operational just before the start of the year, but turns out that makes it even more difficult! There are now so many great images. Literally every hour of every day, mesmerizing loops…

That is from the hard-to-comprehend combination of the power as it makes landfall and goes inland + then the stall and magnitude/scope of the extreme deluge + the total duration including what might happen in the longer range. The atmosphere has written a scary meteorological script.

Harvey appears to have…

U.S.A. map with weather satellite June 30, 2016. Imagery ©2016 Data SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO, Landsat, IBCAO, USGS, PGC/NASA, Map data ©2016 Google, INEGI

With the United States of America getting ready to celebrate Independence Day, the pattern is representative of the nature of weather this country has.

We have scorching heat & frigid cold, droughts & floods, blizzards, hurricanes, nor’easters, derechos, dust storms, and everything in between. …

The eye of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda as it was approaching the Philippines in 2013. Image source: CIMSS

With the “official” Atlantic hurricane season starting on June 1, and already prior to that two named storms including a hurricane in January and a landfall of a tropical depression in the U.S. in May, here is a primer on tropical terminology.

Rather than a comprehensive and/or technical glossary (there’s…

Stu Ostro

Weather-obsessed wx geek & proud to be! Sr. meteorologist @weatherchannel. Double IPA. Quadruple espresso. Loud Music♫. @JayhawkRdrnnr.

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