Forensic Meteorology Blog

15 Oct

Fog

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Fog formation accidents compose 24% of all aviation accidents. The monetary impact of accidents, injuries, delays and unexpected costs from fog is about $720 million annually. Visibility of less than one mile – called fog – is far more obstructive than mists – visibilities greater than one mile. Most accidents aren’t from hitting structures protruding

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18 Sep

Water Scarcity

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Water Scarcity in the West Coast of the US is a big issue. In the simplest terms, there’s not enough water to meet the demands of the population and economy of the west. The two sources of water, surface and ground, are interconnected in so many ways it takes a hydrologist to understand it and

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06 Aug

Wildfires

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The Californian Wildfires of 2016 could get huge. California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) calls the disaster that started in Monterey County the Soberanes fire. It’s now known to have started on July 22, 2016 at an estimated 8:48 AM when a campfire near the Soberanes Canyon Trail got out of control. The

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11 Jun

Wildfires – 2016 Fire Season- West Coast

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As spring rolls into summer state and federal land managers are bracing for the inevitable wildfires to start. The big question is what type of fire season will the West Coast have in 2016. In Washington State, there have been three so far of note. Two, oddly enough, in Western Washington of unannounced origin and

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11 Apr

Understanding the Global Wind Oscillation enhances tornado forecasting

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Tornado warning and understanding  global winds patterns  enhances tornado forecasting. Over the past month, meteorology professor at the College of DuPage near Chicago, Victor Gensini has been popularized for mixing existing prediction methods with a global circulation index. The Global Wind Oscillation (GWO) describes the addition of tropical moisture and energies through atmospheric channels, which

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