meteorology http://nhpr.org en Polar Vortices, Naming Winter Storms, And Other Meteorological Dilemmas http://nhpr.org/post/polar-vortices-naming-winter-storms-and-other-meteorological-dilemmas <p></p><p>The polar vortex?&nbsp; Frost-quakes?&nbsp; Winter Storm "Hercules"?&nbsp; Winter weather forecasts have had a decidedly apocalyptic ring to them as of late. And yes, it did get pretty darn frigid last week... but how cold was the polar vortex compared<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/01/08/polar-vortex-of-2014-lackluster-compared-to-past-cold-waves/" target="_blank"> to previous cold snaps?</a>&nbsp; We asked <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/jason-samenow/2011/08/01/gIQAMnn9nI_page.html" target="_blank"><strong>Jason Samenow</strong></a>, Weather Editor for the Washington Post to help us understand the sensationalism inherent in winter weather forecasting.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:43:19 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41740 at http://nhpr.org Polar Vortices, Naming Winter Storms, And Other Meteorological Dilemmas Forecasting The Weather: Is The European Model More Accurate? http://nhpr.org/post/forecasting-weather-european-model-more-accurate <p></p><p>Computers have long been outperforming humans in complex tasks, including predicting the weather. Weather junkies are accustomed to telegenic meteorologists making predictions in front of dynamic maps. Where they get their data is stirring up a little storm system in the field. Producer <strong>Jon Lynch</strong> has the story.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:03:04 +0000 Jonathan Lynch 22666 at http://nhpr.org Forecasting The Weather: Is The European Model More Accurate? Lights Off, Eyes Open: New Moon Darkens Skies For Meteor Shower http://nhpr.org/post/lights-eyes-open-new-moon-darkens-skies-meteor-shower Tonight is a good night for a meteor shower. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:16:00 +0000 3302 at http://nhpr.org Lights Off, Eyes Open: New Moon Darkens Skies For Meteor Shower