National Highs and Lows

Most nights I post the national high and low temperature. Here is a look at where all of the highs are lows were through April.

Here is the breakdown per month where they national highs and lows were.


Posted under NOAA

This post was written by Schnack on May 14, 2018

Thursday: Family Preparedness

Today’s topic is FAMILY PREPAREDNESS. Nobody knows when a disaster will happen to you. Don’t have the …it won’t happen to me…attitude. If you are prepared the disaster will be easier to handle. You need to have a plan for you and your family. It is best to make a plan now and know what to do when severe approaches and what to do after the storm. HAVE A PLAN. These four steps can help you.

Step 1: Answer these questions…

1) How are we going to receive watches and warnings? (Check back to the Tuesday topic to help you with that information.)

2) Where will I take shelter?

3) Evacuation route?

4) What is the communication plan?

Step 2: What are the needs for each member of your house? Don’t forget your pets needs.

Step 3: Write out the plan on paper. This link will help you.

Step 4: Practice…go through the motions on what you will do and here you will go. Practice the plan.

This link has more details on the above steps.


Click on the image below to get a printable list of items you should have before a disaster occurs.

The three videos below are what you should do before, during and after a tornado in your area.



Posted under Education, NOAA, Severe Weather, Video

This post was written by Schnack on March 29, 2018

Increased Warning Times

We are always striving to inform you about severe weather before it hits your location. Right now the lead time for tornado warnings is about 13 minutes. Researchers are working on trying to increase time while decrease the false alarms. Check out the video below from the National Severe Storms Laboratory.


Posted under NOAA, Severe Weather

This post was written by Schnack on March 28, 2018

Outlook for Spring 2018


Posted under Long Range Outlook, NOAA

This post was written by Schnack on March 15, 2018

GOES-S Set to launch this week

The second in a series of upgraded satellites is set to launch this week. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (or GOES-S) has a launch date of March 1, 2018.

GOES-S will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Once in orbit, it will be known as GOES-17 / GOES West. Click the image below for animation

It will work with GOES East (also known as GOES-16 and formally known as GOES-R) to provide satellite and other weather information for the United States. This will be especially useful to keep an eye on the different types of weather the western portions of the country experience. We will be able to see storms in the eastern Pacific Ocean better that could cause catastrophic damage in higher quality.

For more information on GOES-S and the satellite series, click here and click here.
Follow NASA’s blog on the GOES satellites by clicking here.


Posted under GOES, NASA, NOAA

This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 28, 2018

GOES-16 Satellite to Move into Place

It has been just over a year since the GOES-R satellite launched near the end of last year. On November 19, 2016, the satellite took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

After many tests and running in a preliminary and non-operational mode, things are about to change for what is now known as GOES-16.

Beginning on November 30, 2017, most of the tools used to collect data on the satellite will temporarily cease to collect or send out data. This will be done so that the entire system can move into its operational location. This date also marks exactly one year since GOES-R became GOES-16.

GOES-16 will move to 75° west longitude and take over the GOES-East position. The current satellite in the east position, GOES-13, will be moved into “orbital storage”. GOES-14 is currently in storage and both of these satellites will be available for use if needed. GOES-13 will be used to collect data while GOES-16 is down.

GOES-16 will be able to see and thus collect data for the entire United States once it is in its new position. Normal operation for GOES-16 (soon to be known GOES-East) is anticipated to return December 20, 2017.

For more information on the move, click here.

For more on the launch of GOES-16 from 2016, click here.


Posted under GOES-16, GOES16, NASA, NOAA

This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 20, 2017

Third Time’s The Charm for JPSS-1

The new polar orbiting satellite, JPSS-1, successfully launched Saturday morning.

After two previous attempts, the satellite took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 3:47 am CST.

To view the liftoff video, click here.

For more information on JPSS-1, click here.


Posted under NASA, NOAA

This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 18, 2017

New Polar Orbiting Satellite





Posted under NASA, NOAA

This post was written by Schnack on November 15, 2017

La Niña Advisory

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) issued a La Niña Advisory in early November. There is a 65-75% chance of La Niña conditions this winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

So…what is La Niña?

La Niña occurs when surface temperatures near the equator, in the Pacific Ocean, become cooler than normal.


Sea surface temperature anomaly (difference from normal temperatures) for the week centered on November 1, 2017


The deeper blue shades near the equator in the photo above indicate cooler than normal temperatures.

Sea surface temperatures fluctuate from year to year in a natural cycle, with some years cooler and some warmer. This year, CPC expects a weak La Niña to influence the North American weather pattern.

In general, a La Niña pattern brings cooler and wetter conditions to northern parts of the United States. This winter’s La Niña is forecast to continue through early 2018.

For the current sea surface temperatures in the Pacific, click here.

For NOAA’s winter outlook, click here.


Posted under Climate, NOAA

This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 15, 2017

Gravity Waves

A variety of gravity waves propagate through the stratocumulus deck off South America. Click on the image below to play the movie.


Posted under Clouds, NOAA

This post was written by Schnack on November 14, 2017