Saturday, August 10, 2013

WNTV Blog For AM Sunday: Incoming Perseids and 2013 Tornado Drought

The Perfect Job?
I can honestly say I love what I do. Weather is not only my job, but it is my hobby. Finding two passions in a job, well that's rare. How about golf and weather? That would be AMAZING!! Say hello to one of my good friends and old college classmate, Brad Nelson, who seems to have a pretty sweet gig. He's the PGA tour meteorologist! I am very proud of my dear friend and had to brag about him a bit. Here are some of his pictures from the weekend as he spent time at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY for the 2013 PGA Championship. Congrats Brad and keep up the good work!

Stargazers Beware!
The annual Perseid Meteorshower is underway, don't forget to keep a watchful eye on the nighttime sky.
"Put out the lawn chair, set the alarm and maybe bring something to wet your whistle while you gaze into the nighttime sky — the year's best shooting star show has started.

August's annual Perseids meteor shower peaks Sunday and Monday, promising perhaps 70 meteors an hour those evenings.
"The Perseids are the good ones," says meteorite expert Bill Cooke of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala."

Read the full story from HERE:

Thanks to PBrooks Photography who captured this on Saturday night near Buffalo Prairie, IL.

The Best of the Best
Why is this meteor shower the best of the best? NASA research says so, that's why!

"New research by NASA has just identified the most magical nights of all.

"We have found that one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other," explains Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "It's the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on August 12th and 13th."

Using a network of meteor cameras distributed across the southern USA, Cooke's team has been tracking fireball activity since 2008, and they have built up a database of hundreds of events to analyze. The data point to the Perseids as the 'fireball champion' of annual meteor showers."

Read more from NASA HERE:

2013 Tornado Drought
No doubt, 2013 has been a lackluster year on severe weather. According to the Storm Prediction Center, we are currently sitting at the lowest number of preliminary tornado reports since 2005! Through August 9th, there had been only 712 preliminary tornado reports. The 2005-2012 average is nearly 1,200!

A Closer Look
Here's a little closer look at the tornado count so far in 2013 vs. the past couple of years. Keep in mind that 2013 tornado numbers are preliminary.. Interesting to see January 2013 start off so strong and then just fall off in the spring when it should have been ramping up. A cooler spring was part of the reason for the lack of severe weather/tornadoes during that time.

Continued Cool
According to, there have even been nearly 300 cold temperature records either tied or broken over then past week compared to only 168 warm temperature records either tied or broken.


The Worst Skeeters in the World?
It is said that the Alaska state bird is the Mosquito. After this story, I'm beginning to think that could be true. Get ready to be creeped out!

"Think mosquitoes are bad in your neck of the woods this summer? It could be worse. Just ask researcher Jesse Krause, who just spent 78 days working at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Toolik Field Station on the North Slope. Krause has returned with images of mosquito hordes that will make your skin crawl."

 See the full story from HERE:

Thanks for checking in, have a great rest of your weekend!
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