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, December 14, 2015

How to become a meteorologist

A meteorologist is someone who observes, report, and forecast weather conditions. There are six types of meteorologist(Weather forecaster, Climatologist, Researchers in Atmospheric Science, Consulting meteorologists, Lecturers, Weather broadcasters,). Being a meteorologist is not going to be easy. Meteorology requires pre/co-requisite knowledge in higher mathematics, advanced physics and chemistry, and a good computer profiency. You need to get a four year bachelor of science degree in meteorologist or climatologist. Research or management positions requires a Master of Science degree or a Ph.D. If you want to be a meteorologist or you are not sure, you canshadow or intern with the meteorologist. It is very important, because it allows you to have a hand to see how the meteorologist forecast the weather.The responsibility of collecting and reporting observational weather data is normally undertaken by Meteorological Technicians, who don't need to process an academic degree. Their qualification is normally obtained through completion of technical level courses duration from a few months to two years. If you want to be a TV weather person, journaism and mass media communication courses will be necessary. And a good knowledge of atmospheric physics and chemistry. You may also consider private weather consulting firms for employment, including as forensic meteorologist providing meteorological information and advice for legal cases.
Forensic is denoting the application of the scientific method or technique to the investigation of crime.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Weather Channel

Tamari L. Gray                                                                                                         December 13, 2015
Meteorology                                                                                                             Ms. Tuorto

The Weather Channel

My presentation was on the Weather Channel. While I was growing up, my parents would normally have the Weather Channel on in the morning. In order to get what type of temperatures and how roads where going to be for that day. Being know for its classy music and great weather reports the Weather Channel is one of the best weather stations on in the U.S.A. Although, the Weather Channel is known for other programming beside its general programming. With morning shows at 6am with Wake Up With Al or its brand new show Weather Underground. The Weather Channel can even be used on tablets, smart phones, and laptops. Even if your not a fan of weather stations or weather on TV, give the Weather Channel a chance, because of it's enjoyable music and up to date weather service it can make you and your family have a great day.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How Weather Radars Work

Radar, is an acronym for, RAdio Detection And Ranging. Uniquely, Doppler radar can measure wind speed in precipitating regions. A Doppler radar receiver “hears” waves of a higher frequency if precipitation particles are moving toward the radar, and a lower frequency if particles are moving away. Doppler radars identify severe weather. For example, if particles switch from moving toward and then away from the Doppler radar over a small distance, the source may be a tornado. A modern Doppler radar system consists of a large radar dish housed inside an even larger hexagonal dome to protect it from the elements. The radar dish can rotate 360 degrees in the horizontal and approximately 20 degrees in the vertical. As the radar antenna turns, it emits extremely short pulses and waits for these pulses to return during the "listening period". Each pulse lasts about 0.00000157 seconds with a "listening period" of 0.00099843 second. The transmitted radio waves move through the atmosphere at the speed of light. Once it hits a raindrop or snowflake, the radio waves are scattered with some of the energy returning back to the radar. Radar observes all of this information during the “listening period”. This process is repeated up to 1,300 times per second. Observing the time it takes the radio waves to leave the antenna, hit the target, and return to the antenna, the radar can calculate the distance and direction of the target using the “Doppler effect”. The Dopller Effect is the change in frequency of a wave for an observer moving relative to its source. In addition, the returned energy the radar receives provides information on the target’s characteristics including size, intensity and even precipitation type.

Monday, December 7, 2015

How Weather balloons and radiosondes work

I did my presentation on weather balloons and radiosondes. At first I thought a weather a balloon was a magical balloon that goes high in the air and and some how records data. But it is almost as simple as that, a weather balloon carries a radiosonde high up into the atmosphere, up to the edge of space. At that height the radiosonde that had been carried by the balloon has recorded vertical temperature, humidity, and pressure data. This information is sent back to a receiving station to use for local weather. Over 1,800 radiosondes that are attached to weather balloons are launched everyday. Radiosondes are a primary and cheap source for weather data around the world.