NYT – 8-12-14: In the Ocean, Clues to Change

FYI

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/12/science/in-the-ocean-clues-to-change.html

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JULY 2014 MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY for the NJWO BLOG

JULY 2014 – WX SUMMARY for GAITHERSBURG 2 WNW MARYLAND – – by Kevin Shaw

This

July was a fairly comfortable month, cooler and wetter than normal. The average high
temperature of 84.5° (-2.3°) was the coolest value since 83.3° was recorded back in 2000.
As usual the average min (65.6°) was not comparatively as cool, as it was in fact just 0.1°
below normal. Combining these two values resulted in a monthly mean temperature of
75.1°, which was 1.1° below normal. July 2014 was the 12th wettest ever at 4.56″ (+0.82″)
but with a distinct dry second half of the month as only 0.07″ of rain fell between the 16th
and 31st. The usual hit or miss summer storms were

near-misses

many times during that
last half of the month. One record daily low temperature was set, along with one tied daily
record low with a pair of 58’s on the 18th and 25th. The coolest temperature of the month
on the 30th (54°) did not set or tie a daily record low. And the nicest day of the month with
a high temperature of only 73° did not set a daily record low max as a 68° max back in 2001
still remains the record for the date (29th), which turns out was my 64th birthday. The
wettest day of the month, 1.40″ on the 10th, set the only daily record for calendar day
rainfall. The

nine

days of measurable rainfall this July was 2 days below the long-term
average amount of 11. A hot start to the month yielded two straight days of record high min
temps of 73 on the 1st and 76 on the 2nd. However, no maximum

temperature records
were set this July. There were 5 days with maximum temperatures of 90 or greater,
which is well below the normal July amount of 10.6.

The

maximum monthly barometric pressure extreme of 30.27″ occurred on July 5, one
of the nicest days of the month and the day with the lowest dew point temperature for
the month (50°). The lowest value of 29.60″ occurred at the

end

of the month on the
28th, during a cold frontal passage into the beautiful birthday weather on the 29th
I so enjoyed. In an evening thunderstorm on the 8th I recorded my highest peak
wind gust for July of 27 MPH from the west. The year to date total precipitation
through July 31 was 36.20″, which was 9.92″ above the normal amount at this
point in time in the year.

The

distribution of 8 sunny, 16 partly cloudy and 7 cloudy days was roughly in alignment
with the wetter than normal precipitation amount of 4.56″.

There were no days with fog that I observed and 6 days with thunder. Fog frequency was
well below normal, thunderstorm days were exactly normal. There was no heating degree
days and 312 cooling degree days.

My maximum temperature frequencies included 5 days of 90 or above, 22 days from
80-89, and 4 days from 70-79. On the minimum temperature frequency side of things,
there were 7 days between 50-59, 14 days between 60-69, and 10 days with 70° or above.

The diurnal range average was below normal (18.9° vs the normal 21.1°). The max daily
range of 28.3° on the 6th occurred during our highest barometric pressure readings
of the month, predictably dry as a result and a good cooling opportunity. A rather
unremarkable 12.4° lowest daily temperature range on the 21st and 28th occurred on
generally cloudy days but with no rain. There were 5 days total with diurnal ranges
lower than 15°. There were 4 days with ranges of 25°or more. Mid-summer is not
usually the time period that features diurnal temp range extremes.

July 2014 was a generally nice month with early rains and relatively pleasant temperatures.
I hope we can keep up the pace of low amounts of 90 or greater maximum temperature
readings, with average amounts of thunderstorm days. We

always need the rain, but
with my local neighborhood’s propensity for losing power easily during intense
convective activity, I definitely favor the more gentle rains we have been
getting this summer that we desperately need.

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Front Page New York Times Article on Richard Hendrickson – 84 year Record as NWS Coop Observer

See attached or on line at:

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Mark Kramer, Chair

New York City/Long Island AMS Chapter

Long Island Weather Observer Sets US Record With 84-Year Streak-8-6-14 front page.pdf

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Save Sat. Oct. 18 to Attend the Fifth Tri-State Weather Conference co-sponsored by NYC/LI AMS Chapter

Saturday, October 18, 2014 will be a memorable day for those who attend the Fifth Tri-State Weather Conference in Danbury, CT at Western Connecticut State University (WSCU).

Sponsored by
WestConn Student Chapter of the AMS, New York City/Long Island Chapter of the AMS, NOAA/National Weather Service/Upton/NYC, NY and NOAA/National Weather Service/Taunton/BOS, MA

Attached is a colored flyer announcing the preliminary program, including speakers and topics that meteorologists and weather enthusiasts will enjoy including:

Paul Kocin (Forecast Operations Branch NOAA/NWS)

Dr. David Robinson (NJ State Climatologist/Rutgers Univ)

Jason Dunion (NOAA Hurricane Research Division)

Joe Bastardi (Weatherbell Analytics LLC) plus many others.

Registration is now open at: https://www.wcsu.edu/weatherconference/application.asp

Conference updates, directions, etc., are at: http://www.wcsu.edu/weatherconference/

The AMS Chapter and WCSU have minimized the cost of registration to $30 which includes breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks. Please join us at another diverse, yet informative conference with speakers and topics from near and far.

By all means, forward the flyer and/or e-mail to your friends and colleagues. Middle, high, and college students interested in meteorology are encouraged to attend.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you all on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Mark Kramer, Chair

Frank Castelli, Vice-Chair

Jeff Tongue, Secretary – Webmaster

Lisa Bastiaans, Treasurer

New York City/Long Island Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

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Freak Hailstorm Hits Siberian Beach

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28299459

See the weather acts up overseas too!

Remember to come see the NWS Open House 7/27/14 at Upton, BNL.

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Reminder – Volunteers need to sign up by 7/7 for AMS Mtg & NWS Open House Sunday-7/27

From: NYCLI AMS CHAPTER [mailto:nycliams@weathermarkpro.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:45 AM
To: nycliams@weathermarkpro.com
Subject: AMS Mtg & NWS Open House Sunday-7/27 – NWS Eastern Region Director Dr. Jason Tuell to Speak
Importance: High

Sunday, July 27 NWS Open House at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY

This year’s theme is “Communicating with the NWS”

Sunday – July 27, 2014 Meeting from 9 – 10 am (For AMS Members & Guests)

Speaker: NWS Eastern Region Director Dr. Jason Tuell

Topic: Science and Weather Ready Nation

Abstract: The presentation will provide an overview of the NWS Weather Ready Nation (WRN) initiative and how science is a critical and integral part. The science initiatives within WRN go beyond the traditional infusion of new meteorological and hydrological techniques into our forecast processes. They now include social science to increase the effectiveness of our forecasts.

The guest speaker at this meeting will be Dr. Jason Tuell. Dr. Tuell joined the NWS in 2002 as chief of the office of Science and Technology’s Development Branch and has supported many projects since then, including the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, or AWIPS, Next Generation Weather Radar, or NEXRAD, and Automated Surface Observing System, or ASOS, programs. As chief of the Meteorological Services Division he played a key role in improving operations and services for fire weather, aviation, marine, tsunami, and coastal services.

You will not be admitted to BNL for the AMS meeting unless you register to attend. To register for the AMS meeting, e-mail nycliams with “AMS Meeting” as the subject or call 914-777-1729. Please provide your name and telephone number.

AMS volunteers are wanted to answer questions on meteorology, educational opportunities, meteorology & social media as well as careers in meteorology from 10 am to 3:30 pm (or part time). Volunteers who assist NWS and AMS will be entitled to a free polo shirt and lunch. E-mail or call in your name, times available, shirt size and if you are staying for lunch (indicate veggie or meat) to nycliams or 914-777-1729. The NWS needs this information by 7/7/14. No registration is needed to attend the open house or arrive after 10 am. Regardless of the time you can attend, please let us know if you can help NWS/AMS.

Location: BNL, William Floyd Parkway, County Road 46 (eastern side) 1.5 miles north of the LIE at Exit 68 (I-495). Maps and driving directions provided in the attachment.

Admission is free and no reservations are needed for the Open House. However, to be admitted on the grounds of Brookhaven National Laboratory, all visitors age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

Summer Sundays at Brookhaven Lab : http://www.bnl.gov/stakeholder/summerSundays.php

July 13 – Brilliant Light, Dazzling Discoveries

July 20 – Ultra-small, Tremendous Impact

July 27 – Storm Trackers / Family Fun Day

August 3 – Atom-Smashing Fun

We look forward to seeing you at our meeting and/or volunteering to assist us at the NYC/LI AMS information table interact with the public. Ideas for displays welcome.

Mark Kramer, Chair

Frank Castelli, Vice-Chair

Jeffrey Tongue, Secretary

Lisa Bastiaans, Treasurer

7-27 AMS Mtg & NWS Open House.pdf

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AMS Mtg & NWS Open House Sunday-7/27 – NWS Eastern Region Director Dr. Jason Tuell to Speak

Sunday, July 27 NWS Open House at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY

This year’s theme is “Communicating with the NWS”

Sunday – July 27, 2014 Meeting from 9 – 10 am (For AMS Members & Guests)

Speaker: NWS Eastern Region Director Dr. Jason Tuell

Topic: Science and Weather Ready Nation

Abstract: The presentation will provide an overview of the NWS Weather Ready Nation (WRN) initiative and how science is a critical and integral part. The science initiatives within WRN go beyond the traditional infusion of new meteorological and hydrological techniques into our forecast processes. They now include social science to increase the effectiveness of our forecasts.

The guest speaker at this meeting will be Dr. Jason Tuell. Dr. Tuell joined the NWS in 2002 as chief of the office of Science and Technology’s Development Branch and has supported many projects since then, including the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, or AWIPS, Next Generation Weather Radar, or NEXRAD, and Automated Surface Observing System, or ASOS, programs. As chief of the Meteorological Services Division he played a key role in improving operations and services for fire weather, aviation, marine, tsunami, and coastal services.

You will not be admitted to BNL for the AMS meeting unless you register to attend. To register for the AMS meeting, e-mail nycliams with “AMS Meeting” as the subject or call 914-777-1729. Please provide your name and telephone number.

AMS volunteers are wanted to answer questions on meteorology, educational opportunities, meteorology & social media as well as careers in meteorology from 10 am to 3:30 pm (or part time). Volunteers who assist NWS and AMS will be entitled to a free polo shirt and lunch. E-mail or call in your name, times available, shirt size and if you are staying for lunch (indicate veggie or meat) to nycliams or 914-777-1729. The NWS needs this information by 7/7/14. No registration is needed to attend the open house or arrive after 10 am. Regardless of the time you can attend, please let us know if you can help NWS/AMS.

Location: BNL, William Floyd Parkway, County Road 46 (eastern side) 1.5 miles north of the LIE at Exit 68 (I-495). Maps and driving directions provided in the attachment.

Admission is free and no reservations are needed for the Open House. However, to be admitted on the grounds of Brookhaven National Laboratory, all visitors age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

Summer Sundays at Brookhaven Lab : http://www.bnl.gov/stakeholder/summerSundays.php

July 13 – Brilliant Light, Dazzling Discoveries

July 20 – Ultra-small, Tremendous Impact

July 27 – Storm Trackers / Family Fun Day

August 3 – Atom-Smashing Fun

We look forward to seeing you at our meeting and/or volunteering to assist us at the NYC/LI AMS information table interact with the public. Ideas for displays welcome.

Mark Kramer, Chair

Frank Castelli, Vice-Chair

Jeffrey Tongue, Secretary

Lisa Bastiaans, Treasurer

7-27 AMS Mtg & NWS Open House.pdf

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New York to build most sophisticated early warning weather system in U.S.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/new_york_severe_weather_irene_sandy_flooding_early_warning.html

New York to build most sophisticated early warning weather system in U.S.

Brought to our chapter’s attention by Patrick Brennan of MES.

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June 19 (Th) – 7 -9 pm: Oyster Bay Hurricane/Emergency Management Seminar

FYI – A public event on June 19 (7-9pm) Thursday with Louis Uccellini on Hurricane Preparedness.

http://oysterbaytown.com/supervisor-john-venditto-announces-town-oyster-bay-hurricaneemergency-management-seminar-june-19th/

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Flooding rainfall – May 15-16, 2014 – Central Maryland

Well we had another spring deluge here in my Bennington neighborhood in NW Gaithersburg/central Maryland and the surrounding metro area starting late on Thursday, May 15 and extending through mid-morning of Friday, May 16. Flood watches turned to flood warnings throughout the region. Friday morning traffic on the way into my office from Bennington was heavy but luckily my route was not blocked by flooded roads like it generally was in the more rural parts of Montgomery County. The MARC commuter train that normally runs regularly on the eastern extremity of Bennington to and from Washington D.C. did not run on Friday, as the tracks to my NW around Point of Rocks MD bordering up to West Virginia near Harpers Ferry were flooded out from the Potomac and its tributaries. According to my Vantage Pro 2 datalogger which logs data for every 5 minute period, the heaviest rainfall amounts fell between 4:30 AM and 6:50 AM early Friday morning, during which 2.63″ of rain fell. The maximum instantaneous rainfall rate my weather station recorded was 5.88″/hour at 4:41 AM. I was asleep during this heaviest action so I did not observe it, but my Vantage Pro 2 weather station does a great job logging the rainfall amounts while I am sleeping or otherwise occupied.

Both Thursday’s total of 1.06″ and Friday’s total of 2.67″ eclipsed old daily records for greatest 24 hour rainfalls on those days (old records were 0.93″ on Thursday 5/15 and 2.30″ on Friday 5/16). The 2 day event total was 3.73″ was probably not a record for a 2 day rain in May, but I don’t keep those kinds of records conveniently which would require doing a lot of research that I don’t have time for right now. The month of May has received 5.44″ of rain so far which isn’t close to the monthly record yet, but we still have 2+ weeks to go through to add to that total. Right now if the month ended today this May would already be the 12th wettest of all time (35 years of records – going back to 1979). Our spring total rainfall (April and May) already is over 10 inches at 13.10″ – a full spring precipitation analysis will be forthcoming in a few weeks with my May monthly summary.

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