Heading to NYC to install weather station, web cam at PS6

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring live weather data to the students and faculty of PS6, a wonderful school along the Upper East Side in New York City. Also known as the Lillie D. Blake School, they have worked hard to produce a roof top greenhouse project that will incorporate live weather data beginning this week.

Obviously, the weather controls almost every aspect of our lives, no matter how much we think about it. For the school, the weather will play a role in how their rooftop greenhouse and related projects fare over the coming years. By providing access to reliable and up to the second data, the students and the teachers will all be able to keep tabs on changing conditions, fair weather, rough weather and everything in between. In addition, there will be a live web cam installed so that they can monitor what the effects of the weather are.

The data will be hosted on this site at a link that I’ll post when it is operational later this week. In this way, anyone with Internet access will be able to get a look at the current weather conditions along Madison Ave in the Big Apple.

Note: I’ll be streaming the trip up and back live for our Client Services members, so log in, especially if you have not done so since last hurricane season, and say hello on the chat. This will be a nice practice run as we gear up for the 2012 hurricane season.

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HurricaneTrack.com Client Services season pass and “early bird” specials now available

As we approach the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, we have made available two great plans for our subscription service. One is the season pass which gives you 100% access to all of our Client Services features for just $59.95 from now through November 30. That’s right, only one payment for the entire season. We had several dozen subscribers who really enjoyed this package last year and hope to expand upon that this time around. For those who took advantage of it in 2011, now is a great time to sign up and get started again.

For those wishing to have a smaller monthly subscription, you have until the end of the month to sign up for our $9.95 per month “early bird” special. This too was quite popular with almost a third of our member base last season.

Of course, we still offer our annual plan of $99.95 which is billed only once per year. More than half of our members are on this plan and we appreciate their continued support since the inception of our service back in 2005.

Why sign up at all? It’s simple. Our subscription service is like none other. Members get access to 100% ad-free live video feeds, a daily video update and briefing during the hurricane season, off-season video blogs, live chat with our staff and other members (troll free I might add since EVERYONE is a paying member, no free-loading troublemakers like you see on other public chats), 30 frame satellite and radar loops, large Stormpulse maps, several types of our own Java tracking maps and a member forum. And last year we introduced member streaming where by our members can stream THEIR weather to other members right from their computer and web cam. It is amazing to see our streams sure, but adding in member streams as well was a fantastic idea (one of our members suggested it) and it works so easy. All of these features make up our Client Services site.

So, if you’re interested in going beyond our blog, we have an extensive menu of subscription based services at a fair price. Our clients include folks from the insurance industry, emergency management, media, hospital management, power companies, insurance adjusters, pilots, retirees who own property or otherwise live along the coast, and many other segments of our population who just have an interest in hurricanes. In fact, 9% of our memberships are from people outside of the United States with Great Britain leading the way. We are very proud of what we offer in return for the hard earned money of our private clients. What they get in return is our dedication, innovation and an experience like none other. We spend most of the time talking about what may or may not happen tropics-wise but when the time comes and we have to head out in to the field, our technological advances really shine.

Check out a full description of Client Services here and sign up today! You’ll be part of a growing group of like-minded people who are all very helpful to one another and us too! The interactivity between the members and us is incredible and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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Significant non-tropical storm to affect Florida and East Coast over the weekend

It appears that quite a potent storm is going to take shape over the eastern Gulf of Mexico this weekend as upper level energy digs in from the Great Plains. A surface low is forecast to form over the eastern Gulf and bring the potential for very heavy rain and severe weather to portions of Florida (figure 1).

Figure 1: Coastal Storm - 48 Hour Forecast from GFS

Figure 1: Coastal Storm - 48 Hour Forecast from GFS

From there, the low is forecast to move up the East Coast, bringing with it wind and rain all the way to New England. For coastal areas, this will be basically a warm (relatively speaking) Nor’easter. If this were January, we would probably be looking at an epic snowstorm for a good deal of the East Coast. As it stand now, a decent rain event looks to be in store for a wide swath of the Florida peninsula all the way up to Maine with coastal areas experiencing rough seas and a stiff onshore flow (figure 2).

The storm is non-tropical in nature but will tap warm Gulf of Mexico water that is itself running well above normal for this time of year. This warm water will add energy and moisture to the storm system and provide the fuel for it to strengthen and dump copious amounts of rain along its track. If you have outdoor plans this weekend in Florida all the way to New England, keep up to date on the latest weather forecast for your area.

Figure 2: Coastal Storm - 60 Hour Forecast from GFS

Figure 2: Coastal Storm - 60 Hour Forecast from GFS

One excellent tool to understand the impacts better of any storm event is to read the local forecast discussion from your National Weather Service office. You can find this by going to www.weather.gov and typing in your ZIP Code. Then scroll down on the landing page to find “Forecast Discussion”. It will have detailed meteorological information with timing, impacts and projected watch/warning info for any storm event forecast for your area. It’s a great tool, use it.

 

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Classic Midwest Tornado Outbreak Now Underway

As forecast by the Storm Prediction Center yesterday, a significant, classic April tornado outbreak is underway across Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Low-level winds are streaming in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico at tropical storm force in front of a deepening upper impulse coming out of the Rocky Mountains.  Very cold air aloft and strong relative wind shear is creating an environment conducive for extremely strong, long-lived and violent tornadoes.

Significant severe weather is already ongoing in western Kansas, with a high-precipitation complex of storms entering central Nebraska.

As we progress into the evening, conditions will become even more supportive of strong/violent storms, especially into south/central Kansas and northern Oklahoma.  The dryline will continue to move eastward…where the atmosphere is heating up and becoming more and more unstable.  Baseball sized hail has already been reported with some of these storms…and the upper winds are expected to strengthen over the high-risk area during the next several hours.

NWS Wichita reports four storms are already occurring in western Kansas, all producing long track, violent tornadoes as of 4:10 PM Central time.

Residents in these areas, especially in central Kansas and northern Oklahoma should be prepared to move underground, if necessary, at any time this evening.  Interior structures should be a shelter of last resort.  Please get below ground in a basement or shelter if a tornado threatens your area tonight, and monitor local news and your NOAA weather radio for the latest information.  Many of these storms will be strongest as nighttime approaches, so please monitor conditions very carefully tonight and stay close to shelter.

For the latest information,visit:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov

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High Risk of Severe Weather in Central US Saturday

According to the latest information from the Storm Prediction Center, there is a high risk of severe weather tomorrow afternoon across much of the Great Plains, with a threat of significant tornadoes across parts of Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Nebraska.  Conditions are very favorable for tornadic supercells and as a result, I believe this is only the second time the SPC has ever issued a high risk forecast the day before it was expected.

I chose to make my first update to the new Hurricanetrack.com about tornadoes because I believe it’s important for residents in the risk area to prepare to get underground if their local area is threatened.

Typically, it’s a relatively safe practice to go to an interior room or hallway, but this rule is not always true, especially in strong/violent tornadoes.  Significant tornadoes in Jarrell, TX (1997), Moore OK (1999) and too many to mention in 2011 swept homes completely off of their foundations.  Many residents died or were seriously injured seeking shelter in bathrooms and hallways because the tornadoes were so strong.

If there are any people reading this from the at risk areas, please consider giving yourself enough time to get into a basement or a below-ground storm shelter if you receive a tornado warning on Saturday.  If you don’t have a basement, call a friend that does…and make plans now.  A normal above-ground shelter in an interior room is not good enough in situations like this, and should only be a last resort if there is no time to get underground.

This could evolve into an especially dangerous weather situation.  I know most readers of this site take the weather seriously, and will be observing this event closely.  There is no reason to panic, but if you have friends or family in the mid-west, please contact them now and remind them: underground is the safest place to be if a violent tornado is approaching.

For the latest information from the Storm Prediction Center, visit:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov

 

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