Why is it Dry?

March 16, 2013
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Why is it Dry?

Why is it Dry? If you live in the southwest United States, you may be in an area of infrequent precipitation. For example, Phoenix, Arizona gets less than 8 inches of rain per year. Compare that with New York or Chicago, each of which gets over 30 inches. So you may ask yourself “Why...

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Speaking of Weather…

February 27, 2013
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When I was a young mother my former father-in-law would call us once a week to check on his grandchildren. His first question, though, was always the same. “How’s the weather?” he would ask, then he would fill us in on the lack of rain, the blizzard in the next state, or thundersnow heard...

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The Blue Norther of 1948: Prelude to a Deadly Winter

February 24, 2013
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The Blue Norther of 1948: Prelude to a Deadly Winter

The Blue Norther of 1948 was a deadly blizzard that left residents of the American Midwest, particularly Nebraska, stunned by its suddenness and ferocity. Like a curtain dropping between scenes in a play, the Blue Norther is a dramatic weather event that signifies the end of autumn and the beginning of cold winter days....

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SKYWARN Spotters: Talking on the Radio, Eyes on the Storm

February 21, 2013
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SKYWARN Spotters: Talking on the Radio, Eyes on the Storm

                    This article is a special contribution by journalist Kelly Fetty.   It’s 10 p.m. on a humid spring night in Texas. To the east of highway 78, flashes of lightning reveal glimpses of a massive thunderhead. A car pulls off the highway. Inside, the...

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Wildfire History: The Tillamook Burn Forest Fire

February 20, 2013
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Wildfire History: The Tillamook Burn Forest Fire

Forest fire photo by Darla Sue Dollman       A steel cable dragging a fallen tree. A burst of wind moving through the forest. These seemingly inconsequential events sparked the first in a series of wildfires that burned a combined total of 355,000 acres and transformed the northern Coast Range Mountains of Oregon...

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Tornado Watch in Colorado

Storm moving in on Severance, Colorado. Photo by D.S. Dollman. For the second time in a month Eastern Colorado is tracking a string of...

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