Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ~John Ruskin

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Great Storm of 1975

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                       The Great Storm of 1975

This storm occurred from January 9th-12th 1975. It is also known as  “The Storm of the Century.”
In other parts of the country, it was called, “Super Bowl Blizzard,” (Vikings were playing Pittsburgh Steelers in New Orleans) or “The Great Storm of 1975.”The storm system originated over the Pacific Ocean on January 8. It crossed the Rocky Mountains and collided with both arctic air from Canada and warm tropical air from the Gulf of Mexico. Resulted in record low barometric pressure readings in the Midwest. This low-pressure system resulted in 42 tornadoes (Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, and Mississippi). Simultaneously,a powerful snowstorm gripped much of the Midwest
The storm also brought wind gusts of up to 90 mph and producing snowdrifts up to 20 feet high. The storm resulted in major damage to mainly Alabama and Mississippi. The storm costed a total of $63 million.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Hurricane Matthew and Haiti

Hurricane Matthew was known as the third most powerful storm to hit U.S main land. But the real destruction happen in the Caribbean and especially Haiti. When Matthew first formed it was a category 5 but weakened to a category 4 when it hit Haiti. Even though it was a category 4 it still did massive damage. The storm hit east to southeast of Haiti. The winds of this storm went up to 140 MPH and the rain fall was 20 to 40 inches. The winds and water caused flooding, mudslides and great damage to structures  such as main roads. After the storm 175,000 people needed to take shelter in refuge. Matthew affected 2.1 million people which is 20% of the population and the total cost of damage was $2.1 billion dollars.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Meteorology Careers

Meteorology is a branch of science that studies the atmosphere and it focuses on weather processes and forecasting. Meteorologist use scientific principles to explain, understand, observe, or forecast the earth's atmospheric phenomena and/or how the atmosphere affects the earth and life on the planet.

“Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Sciences”
Mean Starting Salary - $90,000

Jobs with Degree in Meteorology
- Broadcast Sector
- Research & Education
- Government (National Weather Service / Intellicast
- Private Sector

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Great 1993 Flood

         The Great Flood of 1993 was put down as one of the most dangerous floods to have hit the United States. Having hit 9 states and lasting for 6 months the flood had left a total of $15 billion dolllars worth of damage. The flood had started back in 1992 with an abnormal amounts of rain in the Fall followed by high amounts to snow in the Winter. Then once the Spring had come and melted all the left over snow away, it left the groumd saturated and highly prone for flooding. Followed by thunderstorms in repeated areas during the timenof summer in 1993. This led to high amounts of rain showers that led to the flood of the Mississippi river. With some cites reciving 12+ inches of rain and led to the failure of numerous levees and left transportations outnof service for months to come.  Soon after the flooding had past new laws and regulations had been made to lower the property damage cost and lessen the chances of another event happening like this again .

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

Katrina formed about 200 miles southeast of the Bahamas as a tropical depression. A band of storm clouds wrapped around the north side of the storm creating winds about 40 mph, turning it into a tropical storm. It hit Florida as a Category 1 hurricane and although it caused some flooding and casualties during its first hit, Katrina appeared to be just another hurricane in a hurricane season. It weakened after it hit Florida, but strengthened over the water in the Gulf of Mexico and re-intensified into a Category Five storm. As hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi with a large storm surge of about 28 feet it punished coastal areas in Mississippi and in Louisiana. An estimated 80% of New Orleans was left underwater and all the levees built by the U.S Army corps were destroyed.  The hurricane was so devastating that it required rescue missions from the national guards and other military units and left thousands of people homeless. Hurricane Katrina caused $81 billion in property damages, but it is estimated that the total impact in Louisiana and Mississippi may have exceeded $150 billion. The final death toll was 1,836 and almost 1,600 of these deaths were in Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina affected over 15 million people in different ways, from having to evacuate their homes, rising gas prices, and the economy suffering. In New Orleans, there are almost twice as many restaurants and shops open than there were before Katrina hit, but on the other hand, the police force is still about 25% smaller than it was the week before Katrina hit. So overall cities like New Orleans are trying their best to get back to where they were but its gonna take a lot of work. 
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Monday, November 19, 2018

Joanne Simpson

 Joanne Simpson or Joanne Gerould (her birth name)was born on March 23, 1923. She was the first woman in the United States to get a PHD in Meteorology, her father was a sailor therefore took her sailing on a catboat off Cape rod which led her to be fascinated by clouds, when she attended the University of Chicago Simpson fell inlove with it. Joanne contributed to many areas of the atmospheric sciences, particularly in the field of  Tropical Meteorology. She has researched hot towers, hurricanes, the trade winds, and helped develop the TRMM which stands for Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission. The TRMM is important even in todays environment becuase it helpds predict weather and climate. In 1958 she collaborated wth Herbert Reihl which was considered the father of Tropical Meteorology and calculated the average static moist energy and how it varied vertically theoughout the atmosphere. It goes without saying that Joanne Simpson was a very influential and intelligent person but woman really admired her work. Due to the fact that Simpson was the first American woman to receive a PHD in Meteorology this helped other female scientists persue there dreams and also actually give them a chance to work on the scientific field. Around 1966 she became NASA's lead weather researcher also was the director of Project Stormfury while bieng chief of the Environment Satellite Services Administration's Institute for Atmospheric Sciences.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

George Hadley

George Hadley

      George Hadley's Hadley Cell Theory was one of the most revolutionary scientific discoveries in toady's modern science. The Hadley Cell explain how atmospheric motions occurs in our atmosphere. Following the law of Convection Currents,  the radiation from the Sun warming up the water by the equator, the warmer water then rises up to the stratosphere and flows upward to the poles. There, the formerly warm water cools down and sinks down and eventually makes its way back to the equator to repeat this process. This is the basic fundamentals of what makes the Hadley Cells work and create our understanding of atmospheric circulation that has now fully developed into what it used today by modern scientist.