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By Sam Dunaiski @yourmetsam March 26, 2014 12:38 pm CDT
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Over the past several months, many meteorology terms have made their way into the American lexicon. Last summer saw the rise of the derecho, and we are all too familiar with the nightmare that was the polar vortex. Another, more familiar term may be coming back into the news. The Climate Prediction Center has issued an El Nino Watch for late this summer and next fall. Read More

By Greg Tatro @yourmetgreg March 19, 2014 1:20 pm CDT
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You probably haven't noticed it, but the past few years the sun has been unusually lazy. When it comes to weather on Earth, the biggest driver is the sun. Solar scientists (those that study the sun) have made observations about how the sun is "falling asleep" and are starting to make predictions about what the future could bring. Read More

By Ray Miller @yourmetray March 11, 2014 8:01 am CDT
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Earlier this week, a physics professor submitted an unusual proposal to the American Physical Society. He proposes building three huge walls to disrupt wind flow in the Great Plains, and thus prevent tornadoes. Is such an idea practical? Read More

By Michael Karow @yourmetmichael February 28, 2014 10:39 am CST
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One of the big stories thus far this winter season has been the persistent bouts of arctic air across especially the eastern half of the country. Some of the mechanisms behind these arctic blasts as well as the "polar vortex" were detailed earlier by Sam Dunaiski in an article "Polar Vortex 2." However, with less than a month remaining in astronomical winter, which ends on March 19, how has the snow measured up so far this winter? Read More

By Megan Mulford @yourmetmegan February 24, 2014 9:03 am CST
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During a walk on a snowy winter day, you may have seen numerous log-like snow formations in a field and asked yourself, "what on earth are those? Were they left by aliens? Did kids roll some snow up into a log shape?" These logs of snow are a weather phenomenon referred to as snow rollers. They are relatively rare formations that can happen if outdoor conditions are just right and all the necessary ingredients cooperate. This winter (especially during January), snow rollers popped up throughout the Midwest and Northeast, with numerous reports in Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Many people took to social media to post pictures and talk about snow rollers they saw. Read More

 
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