Forensic Meteorology Blog

07 Mar

Airplane Accidents

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Airplane Accidents-Crash of Saratov Airlines Flight 703. The afternoon of February 11th, 2018 saw, not far from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, the crash of an AN-148-100B aircraft enroute from Moscow to Orsk, Russia near the Kazakhstan border. The aircraft carried 65 passengers and six crewmembers. There were no survivors. While the investigation is ongoing some facts

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18 Feb

Weather Consultants

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Weather Consultants use records from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) database – upper-level atmospheric maps, radar, satellite, hourly and other historical data – to recreate historical weather events. Making that possible are resources provided by the National Weather Service, the Air Force, the FAA, the National Doppler Radar Network, etc. Global data from over

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06 Nov

Cyclones-Typhoons-Tornadoes-Fujiwhara Effect

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Cyclones-Typhoons-Tornadoes-Fujiwhara Effect.  The Fujiwhara effect became of a subject of meteorology in 1921, when Japanese Meteorologist Sakuhei Fujiwhara focused on the movements of whirlpools and other vortices and then researched the physics present when they approach each other. A similar phenomenon is possible when atmospheric vortices merge. Many weather features, including generic Lows and winter weather

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12 Oct

La Niña Winter

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La Niña Winter. 2017-18 Northwest Cascade snow outlook. Want snow? It’s shaping up to be a good late autumn and winter for an abundance to cover the slopes of Washington’s Olympics and Cascades. It’s time for ski resorts and skiers alike to get ready. El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) prediction ensemble members are agreeing on cool

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11 Oct

Air Quality

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Air Quality is impacted from forest fires, and the resultant smoke carbon released. The Pacific Northwest and much of the West Coast of the US continues to go through a very bad fire year with considerable degradation to our atmosphere and air quality over a vast area. It seems appropriate to ask just how much

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03 Sep

Hurricane Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey was the final ingredient needed to devastate Houston, combining with many including booming population growth, crumbling infrastructure, low elevations and stretching urbanization replacing freshwater wetlands (which once helped with drainage, at least during smaller storms.) It was still debated whether or not Tropical Storm Harvey was going to turn into a hurricane before

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08 Aug

Weather Insurance

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Weather Insurance. With the surge in near record heat across the West US. It is perhaps timely to review possible heat induced losses for residences and vehicles. Obviously, wildfires carry their own hazards but what about plain old hot weather? How can excessive heat cause damage that may trigger insurance claims? Are there limitations on

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13 Jul

Hurricanes- Pacific

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Hurricanes- Pacific. Pacific hurricanes are only different from Atlantic hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons because of where they occur. When the symmetrically identical atmospheric engines develop east of 180°F and north of the Equator, they’re called Pacific hurricanes. How busy is the Eastern Pacific Ocean? Pacific hurricanes are a virtually annual occurrence and typically there are

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23 Jun

Wildfires – Summer Safety and Firewise

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Wildfires – Summer Safety and Firewise. While wildfires, forest, brush or scrub land fires happen year round the hot summer season is the peak time, especially in the West, but throughout the country. The Firewise Program, a joint venture between insurance companies along with federal, state and local communities is a proactive attempt to mitigate harm

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08 Jun

West Coast Rain

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West Coast Rain US can be heavy during the summer and especially for the desert Southwest. The reason is the annual North American Monsoon season which mainly impacts the desert Southwest of the United States and the Sonoran region of Northern Mexico. The damage is caused from the severe thunderstorms and strong winds that occur

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