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

Monday, September 30, 2013


Radiation is ever-present in our lives.  We interact with radiation from other sources, and even give off our own!  Most of us understand that the sun outputs radiation, because we can see it (as visible light) and feel it.  What about all the other different types of radiation, though? 

Research the type of radiation assigned to you, and tell your blog audience about it.  What is it?  How can we detect it?  Does it affect us, and if so, how?  What is the source of your type of radiation?  Be sure to proofread; comments with spelling errors, text abbreviations, lack of punctuation, etc. will not be posted.  Have a friend check your post first!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Charles Doswell

    Charles Doswell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the spring of 1967. He worked as a student at the Weather Bureauin Madison. After graduation, he spent the first of 2-1/2 summers working as a student at the National Severe Storms Forecast Center, in Kansas City, Missouri. He began graduate school in the fall of 1967 at the University of Oklahoma, finishing his Master of Science degree in meteorology in January of 1969.
    He began storm chasing with a group of students. With his Doctor of Philosophy degree in meteorology he began his first real job as a Research Forecaster. This time with the newly-created Techniques Development Unit which was assigned to do applications research for the Severe Local Storms Unit of NSSFC. After about six years, he transferred to the Environmental Research Laboratories Weather Research Program. After four years in Boulder, Chuck decided to take advantage of the developing opportunities here in Norman, Oklahoma, and transferred to NSSL in the fall of 1986. After more than 14 years with NSSL. He retired from Federal Service, and joined the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma as a Senior Research Scientist. It is a part time position, and he is continuing his involvement with teaching that he began several years ago mainly, his Advanced Forecasting Techniques course. Dr. Doswell is a certified consulting meteorologist.
   His research interests focus mainly on tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, but he had a interest in everything related to weather.

Monday, September 23, 2013

John hope

John hope was born may 14, 1919 in Pennsylvania, he grew up and went to the army but soon found his future career when he realize that he loved weather conditions like thunderstorms, strong winds, hurricanes, etc. He then worked as a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee, for thirteen years. When astronaut John Glenn made his famous spaceflight in 1962, Hope served on the mission's meteorological team. In 1968, Hope began working for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. While at the center, Hope began receiving recognition for his technical achievements in hurricane forecasting. After retiring from thirty two years with the National Weather Service, John Hope joined The Weather Channel when it was created in 1982. Hope became quickly recognized as The Weather Channel's  hurricane expert. John later died in June 13, 2002 in Georgia.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina will forever be embedded in the minds of all Americans, It was in a way a wake up call to our lack of responsiveness towards crisis and an eye opener to building regulations in the country. Katrina effected 15 million people, killed 1,833 people, bankrupt 35 insurance agencies and threw America's economy on a rollercoaster. Rated as the costliest disaster in American history, Katrina will forever be remembered.  The Hurricane originally formed in the Bahamas on August 23, 2005. The cause was the rush of the cold weather towards the warm which made the water the right temperature to support a hurricane the rush of wind from the north collide with opposite wind forming a hurricane which made its way into the city of New Orleans and devastated it, with the power of a category 5 hurricane wind speeds reach 150 mph destroying homes, collapsing roofs and trees destroying levees which flooded the city. In total 81 Billion in property damage. As a country we learned we needed a quicker government response to disasters so that meant improving the F.E.M.A  system, next we learned that as smart as we are we cant control nature, and last we learned that in times of grief are when we stand strongest together as a nation. In all Katrina was a hard lesson learned.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Weather and Your Life

We talked in class about a study that showed an increase in violent crime as temperatures rise.  Some people say they are happiest when it is sunny; others gain calm from a rainy, cloudy day.

I've always hated the cold, and dread the midwinter months; not being able to spend a lot of time outside makes me antsy, and I can never seem to bundle up enough to avoid my hands and feet going numb and feeling cold all the way to my bones.  On the other hand, the bright sunshine and mild temperatures of an early fall day make me feel more energetic and positive.  Add a breeze into the equation, carrying the scent of falling leaves, and it's pretty much a perfect day.

How do you feel the weather affects your life?  Does the weather influence your mental state?  Have you ever felt physically affected by the weather?  Please comment in a well-written paragraph (that means doing some proofreading, spellchecking, and grammar-policing!).