Tag Archives: Doppler radar

At AGU 2013: Are tornadoes getting stronger? No.

This AGU session asked that question directly and I covered this previously. Now that the video of the entire session is available, I thought it worth revisiting. Of course, the answer is “no”, even when they try to make a … Continue reading

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For discussion – the tornado “hockey stick”

I’m caught between sessions but wanted to post this. From a presentation at AGU that I couldn’t attend. This from SciAm: James Elsner at Florida State University has a killer curve, and lots of caveats. The curve indicates that tornadoes … Continue reading

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NOAA shows that wind farms affect weather radar, and that affects their primary mission of forecasting and safety

“Chaotic wind velocities associated with the rotating turbine blades triggers the doppler radar mesocyclone detection algorithm” Note: this essay was written by the National Weather Service Forecast Office is Burlington, Vermont and tipped to me by a reader. Vermont’s wind … Continue reading

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Are Tornadoes Getting Stronger? Rebuttal to Elsner et al.

By Paul Homewood http://news.fsu.edu/More-FSU-News/Researchers-develop-model-to-correct-tornado-records   [Note Update Below] Quantification of long term tornado trends has been hampered by the fact that many more tornadoes are reported today than was the case in the past. NOAA summarise this well:- With increased … Continue reading

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Washington DC’s derecho – not something new

Derechoes have been in the news in Washington as of late. No, that’s not some new breed of super bureaucrat, but it is something from a supercell sized thunderstorm that crossed several states during its lifetime. You may have seen … Continue reading

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Stormchasing in Oklahoma

Well not exactly, there’s no storms here today, but there are a lot of vehicles like this one: I’m attending this conference, not as a storm chaser, but as a supplier of technology to aid in storm monitoring.

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