Treading On Thin Air to be released 2015!

Atmospheric Physics, Forensic Meteorology and Climate Change-How the Weather Shapes Our Everyday Lives 

Dr. Elizabeth Austin, CCM., the Atmospheric physicist, forensic meteorologist and founder of WeatherExtreme Ltd. will be writing a part memoir, part weather-related book. Her book will be published by Pegasus books and is set to be released in 2015.

Weather is an inescapable part of our daily lives, from the nuances of air travel to the breadth of human history. Our past, present, and future is intimately rooted is weather and climate.

In Treading on Thin Air, Dr. Elizabeth Austin, a world-renowned atmospheric physicist, reveals how the climate is intimately tied to our daily lives.
For additional book description, click here.

Nor’easter Brings Heavy Rain and Strong Winds to Northeastern United States

A coastal low pressure storm system known as a Nor’easter has been impacting New England since Wednesday, bringing gale force winds (39-54 mph), heavy rain and coastal flooding, and power outages across the region.

Visible satellite image of Nor’easter on October 23rd, 2014 at 9:30a.m. EDT (NOAA)

Nor’easters are characterized by their strong northeasterly winds blowing over coastal areas, and usually develop where warm air from the Gulf of Mexico collides with cold arctic air from Canada. Although these storms can occur at any time of the year, they are typically the strongest and most frequent between September and April.

Some areas of New England have received as much as six inches of rain from this storm system, which may actually be welcomed, as the region has been experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

U.S. Drought Monitor indicating the Northeastern U.S. is under abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions.

Kayla Jordan

Will this Winter’s El Nino be a drought buster?! Don’t count on it.

Will this Winter’s El Nino be a drought buster?! Don’t count on it.

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)has released its Statewide Average Temperature and Precipitation Ranks for January to September of 2014. Not good news for California.

In fact, the NCDC has ranked the first 9 months of the year as the warmest ever (see image) and the 26th driest.

This is especially impressive when you consider the 120 year period of record, from 1894-2014.

Meanwhile, the Climate Prediction Center is indicating a good chance of El Nino, but only into the weak category. Weak El Nino’s in southern California have an increased possibility to bring more rainfall to the area.

The Winter Outlook for Southern California does show above average precipitation and above normal precipitation. A strong high pressure ridge will be persistent among the West Coast, but in Southern California the jet stream will push it out of the way from time to time. If the jet phases with subtropical moisture, we could get some significant rainfall from several storms.

NCDC Ranking Temps 201401-201409

But the NWS San Diego, in a recent briefing, indicated that we would need about 150% of normal precipitation to end the drought, and this is not likely to happen this winter season.

Jim Purpura, CCM
Director of Weather Forecasting

Incline Village Presentation

WxExtreme Team giving Incline Village PresentationThe Weather Extreme team had the pleasure of speaking to the 3rd grade class at Incline Village elementary school. Below are some stills of the presentation. The video footage should be coming soon… 🙂

Tropical Storm Ana threatening to hit Hawaii later this week

ANAHawaii may get an unwelcome visitor later this week if Ana comes to town. Currently Tropical Storm Ana is churning away in the central Pacific about 900 miles southeast of Hilo with sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. Ana is currently over 82⁰F water and wind shear is light, so it will probably strengthen to a hurricane over the next several days.
The latest Global Forecast System (GFS) model brings Ana ashore on the Big Island as a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The official forecast from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center is later than that, perhaps Sunday or even Monday.
If Ana does hit Hawaii, it would be the second of the year—Tropical Storm Iselle brought strong winds and heavy rain to Hawaii in August. Having two tropical systems affect Hawaii in the same year is highly unusual, but perhaps not too surprising considering that this is a very active year in the tropical Eastern Pacific, and both storms formed in that region.