meteorology

Word of Mouth
12:43 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Polar Vortices, Naming Winter Storms, And Other Meteorological Dilemmas

Credit Tom Purves via Flickr Creative Commons

The polar vortex?  Frost-quakes?  Winter Storm "Hercules"?  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 to previous cold snaps?  We asked Jason Samenow, Weather Editor for the Washington Post to help us understand the sensationalism inherent in winter weather forecasting.

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Word of Mouth
2:03 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Forecasting The Weather: Is The European Model More Accurate?

ECMWF Model Forecasts
Credit via unisys.com

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 Jon Lynch has the story.

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Lights Off, Eyes Open: New Moon Darkens Skies For Meteor Shower

A composite of Lyrids over Huntsville, Ala., in 2009. This year, the meteor shower will hit its peak before dawn Sunday morning.
Danielle Moser/MSFC NASA

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 10:58 pm

Tonight is a good night for a meteor shower. The Lyrids aren't known for their flashy shows, but this year they're getting help from a new moon.

The dark skies will be "ideal for meteor watching from the ground," NASA says.

Kelly Beatty, senior contributing editor for Sky and Telescope magazine, tells Weekend Edition host Scott Simon the best views are from the darkest places.

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