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November 19, 2007

Penny Arcade Perspective: Weather Channel on the Nintendo Wii

[From Penny Arcade]

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October 25, 2007

WXnation: Weather Forecast, Radar, and Live Webcam Resource


They really do have it all. Webcams, radar, and live weather - WXNation is the place to be for weather. We found ourselves completely lost in weather related pictures and info.

At WXnation: Weather Forecast, Radar, and Live

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September 28, 2007

Floating Solar Island Will Produce Energy While Angering Sharks


Okay - so not totally weather related, but still very cool and dependent on weather. Ras al-Khaimah — one of the United Arab Emirates is going to install a floating solar island, which will be 0.62 miles in diameter when completed, and propel itself with solar gas.

Ras al-Khaimah has a lack of space on land, the micro-state contracted the Neuchâtel's Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology to design it, paying $5 million toward the construction of the project. The island will produce electricity by heating up water to produce vapor, and will be able to propel itself in case bad weather strikes.

See - there's the weather tie in - without sunny skies - no solar, and the sharks will then rise up from the bottom of the ocean and consume the entire solar array as it tries to propel itself with nasty solar gas.

Via Gizmodo at GoodCleanTech

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September 4, 2007

Citizen Weather Observer Program

Cwp Logo Many citizen weather stations are producing weather data today. When these data are used only by the weather station owners, data quality is not an issue. With the communications revolution and the vast capabilities of the internet, many people with weather stations are sending their data far and wide for other people to use. In that case, data quality matters.

The Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP) is a private-public partnership with three main goals: 1) to collect weather data contributed by citizens; 2) to make these data available for weather services and homeland security; and 3) to provide feedback to the data contributors so that they have the tools to check and improve their data quality. In fact, the web address,, stands for weather quality assurance. Tools that will help members improve their data quality are listed under the "Data Quality" link above left.

There are over 6,000 registered CWOP members world wide and a graph of the number of North American CWOP stations sending data over the past four days is shown under the older name APRSWXNET (APRS description). The number of world-wide citizen weather stations sending data through APRS-IS (Internet-Service) is shown for the past 4 years.

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August 21, 2007

Hurricane Dean Hits Mexico as a Category 5 Storm


I always liked James Dean - nice guy and a bit of a rebel, but Hurricane Dean - not a nice guy.

Dean made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan coast Tuesday morning as a monster Category 5 storm -- capable of inflicting catastrophic damage -- after gaining intensity in the western Caribbean overnight. The leading edge of Dean's eye wall moved ashore about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday just north of Chetumal, the capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, according to the National Hurricane Center. Dean's maximum sustained winds were 165 mph, and the center of the storm was about 35 miles east-northeast of Chetumal moving west-northwest at about 20 mph, according to the NHC's 4 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) advisory.

This is not good. Hopefully something will change and Dean will slow down a bit and chew his food instead of just spitting everything and everyone out. Good luck everyone.


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August 7, 2007

Could Tornadoes Power Your House?

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Think about the ability to make and control a tornado for good and not evil, and you can conclude how you might harness some wind and energy from the beast within. We think trying to produce power from natural events might make us feel a bit safer, but the idea of tornadoes and super storms powering your house is interesting.

Tornadoes are a force to be reckoned with, as evidenced by leveled Midwestern towns like Greensburg, Kansas. But the sheer power they wield, it turns out, can also be harnessed for good, potentially powering instead of knocking down houses. While the power-yielding tornadoes would be manmade, the concept remains- harvesting a natural phenomenon’s power as a viable energy source (think SUPER windpower). According to Louis Michaud of AVEtec Energy Corp, it is possible, and promising, to engineer and control full scale tornadoes and harness their energy in a relatively emission free manner.


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July 3, 2007

Global Warming Video Games

We're not sure why this would make you care more about climate change, but it could make for a very interesting video game if done correctly. College students in 100 countries have been asked to come up with a video game based on Global Warming by the "Xbox 360 Games for Change Challenge". According to the show, Living on Earth, the winner will receive a 25,000 dollar college scholarship with the chance that their winning game gets to go up against all the other Microsoft Xbox Live games. The competition is hoping to reach 100,000 students.

Via at Living On Earth

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May 24, 2007

What to Pack for a Hurricane at Yahoo!


Yahoo! has a pretty amazing little feature on hurricane info. They also have a set of really solid suggested sites you should check out including:

At What to Pack for a Hurricane

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May 15, 2007

Researchers Call for New Hurricane Prediction System


It's about time they update the rather pathetic hurricane prediction system. We'd like to say it always appears to be a crap shoot on what hurricane will turn into what level of trouble.

Timothy Reinhold, engineer of the Institute for Business & Home Safety, and Mark Powell, a meteorologist with the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, want to institute a new system to predict hurricanes’ damage potential. The Saffir-Simpson Scale is the current one which gives a 1 to 5 rating based on wind speed, strength, and surge. The two say that this system can’t handle just how destructive a storm can be by predicting its size and reach.

Reinhold, the former deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, feels that their classification system could have warned Gulf residents of the magnitude of the hurricane before Katrina hit, thereby allowing them better staying/relocation choices.

“We have known for some time that the level of surge and surge-related damage is not well correlated with the maximum wind speeds at landfall.”

Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, although the Sub-tropical Storm Andrea occurred May 9. The two are expected to test out their idea this year.

Via Gear Live At Live Science

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April 30, 2007

The Weather Channel Going HDTV


The Weather Channel is investing $50 Million to convert their on-screen graphics to HD and to build a new studio in Atlanta for HD. They will break ground on the new building on May 2nd and it should be completed by January. Interestingly, DirecTV will add the TWC in HD in September, but will upconvert everything until the new studio is complete. We for one welcome an HD version of weather - it's not like we don't get high definition weather for real each day right? :-)

VIA and Full Article

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