WxYz (WeatherWhys) Features (since 2008)

2016

  • December 7 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
  • November 30 GOES-R becomes GOES-16
  • November 23 Weather and the Thanksgiving Day meal
  • November 9 Supermoon or not?
  • November 2 Twenty-fifth anniversary of "The Perfect Storm"
  • October 26 Weird clouds
  • October 19 Indian Summer
  • October 5 Hurricane Matthew
  • September 28 Autumnal Equinox
  • September 21 Four at a Time?
  • September 7 Cruising - Tropical and Arctic style
  • August 24 The storm with no name
  • August 10 Rio and Track & Field World records
  • August 3 Rio and the 2016 Summer Olympics
  • July 27 Yes it's been hot, but not this hot
  • July 20 Oddities in tropical seasons so far
  • July 6 Colorful sunsets and Mount Pinatubo
  • June 29 Tornado in China last week
  • June 22 The summer solstice
  • June 8 Power of moving water
  • June 1 IHBS Hail Study project
  • May 25 The GOES program
  • May 18 20-year anniversary of "Twister"
  • April 27 Two infamous tornado videos from April 26, 1991
  • April 20 30-year anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • April 6 March winds and atmospheric salad
  • March 30 Snowfall in Winter 2015-16
  • March 23 Astronaut Scott Kelly photo gallery
  • March 9 Pi Day
  • March 2 A Rare February weather day
  • February 24 Cyclone Winston
  • February 10 Mid-winter summary
  • February 3 Aqua and Terra
  • January 27 Another historic snowstorm
  • January 13 100 Years of "Farm Show Weather"

    2015

  • December 23 Holiday lights from space
  • December 9 El Nino
  • December 2 Radiosondes and the bomb squad
  • November 25 Weather and the Thanksgiving Day meal
  • November 11 The 70-degree road trip
  • November 4 Anomalously warm water
  • October 28 Legendary venue gets new turf
  • October 21 Back to the Future day
  • October 7 Flooding, forecasting, and Joaquin
  • September 30 Pennsylvania Turnpike anniversary
  • September 23 Meteorological ACE
  • September 9 Major League Baseball and lightning
  • September 2 Hawaii and hurricanes
  • August 26 The decade since Katrina
  • Aug 12 Story behind the Earth/Moon picture
  • August 5 Pacific Northwest summers
  • July 29 Hottest places on Earth
  • July 22 How humid can it get?
  • July 8 The Open Championship
  • July 1 Natural fireworks: The statistics of lightning
  • June 24 A 100-year anniversary of (artificial) cold
  • June 17 PECAN: Plains Elevated Convection At Night
  • June 3 Charles Hosler, Dwight Eisenhower, and the history of Penn State Meteorology
  • May 27 Mentions of drought
  • May 20 Lewis Fry Richardson anniversary
  • May 13 A trifecta of weather hazards
  • April 29 TRMM passes the baton to GPM
  • April 22 Tambora and Frankenstein
  • April 8 Tropical Season in the Southern Hemisphere
  • April 1 Driest place on Earth
  • March 25 Late season snows
  • March 11 Winter 2014-15 chill
  • February 25 Coldest places on Earth
  • February 11 Coldest week of winter?
  • February 4 Communicating forecast uncertainty
  • January 28 Tribute to Dr. Alfred K. Blackadar
  • January 14 Extreme high pressure

    2014

  • December 31 Holiday lights from space
  • December 10 Christmas trees and Pennsylvania
  • December 3 November snowpack longevity
  • November 26 Extreme lake-effect snow
  • November 12 Origin of Arctic air masses
  • November 5 - Numerical Weather Prediction model skill
  • October 29 - Seasonal forecasting
  • October 15 - Typhoon naming
  • October 8 - Visit from the DOW
  • October 1 - October in Pennsylvania
  • September 17 - Lightning and college football
  • September 10 - 2014 Hurricanes: Atlantic vs Pacific
  • September 3 - Summer of Flooding
  • August 27 - 100th anniversary of opening of the Panama Canal
  • August 13 - 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz
  • August 6 - Lightning climatology of Pennsylvania
  • July 30 - 84 years of weather observing
  • July 23 - Summertime around the Lakes - Oases of tranquility
  • July 9 - When is the warmest time of the year?
  • July 2 - More than one "Twilight"
  • June 25 - Supercell thunderstorms
  • June 18 - Weather of the 2014 World Cup
  • June 4 - 70th anniverary - The weather of D-Day
  • May 28 - 125th anniversary of Johnstown Flood
  • May 21 - Pennsylvania wildfires
  • May 14 - Citizen scientist weather projects
  • April 30 - Severe weather starting
  • April 23 - Climbing Mount Everest
  • April 9 - The Winter of 2013-14, in review
  • April 2 - Landslide capital of the US
  • March 26 - Oil spill anniversary
  • March 12 - Great Lakes ice
  • February 26 - Clear-Air Turbulence (CAT)
  • February 12 - Persistent anomalies
  • February 5 - 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
  • January 29 - A Northern Super Bowl
  • January 15 - Perspective on recent cold snap
  • January 8 - Update on "Farm Show Weather"

    2013

  • December 11 - Exotic precipitation
  • December 4 - What Hurricane Season?
  • November 27 - Weather and the Pilgrims
  • November 13 - Supertyphoon Haiyan
  • November 6 - Sandy - One year later
  • October 30 - Pollution issues - China today vs Donora 65 years ago
  • October 23 - World Series weather
  • October 9 - WeatherPalooza
  • October 2 - College football climatology
  • September 25 - The Long Island Express
  • September 18 - Historic Boulder flooding
  • September 4 - Celebrating 30 years of Weather World
  • August 28 - Saharan Air Layer (SAL)
  • August 21 - Hurricane warning anniversary
  • August 7 - Cool comfortable summers?
  • July 31 - Philadelphia daily rain record
  • July 24 - "Home Run Weather" app
  • July 10 - Weather behind the deadly Arizona wildfire
  • July 3 - Weather of the original Independence Day
  • June 26 - 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg
  • June 19 - Weather satellite news
  • June 5 - Turning point for storm chasing?
  • May 29 - Another EF5 hits Moore, OK
  • May 22 - Everest anniversary
  • May 15 - Carbon Dioxide milestone
  • May 1 - The Kentucky Derby
  • April 24 - Migration and weather radar
  • April 17 - Frontogenesis
  • April 3 - Memories
  • March 27 - Two very different Marches
  • March 13 - 20-year anniversary of the March 1993 Superstorm
  • February 27 - Lake Effect, International style
  • February 13 - Overuse of "Blizzard"
  • February 6 - Rapid deepeners
  • January 30 - How cold was that chill?
  • January 23 - Revisiting Inauguration weather
  • January 9 - Images of 2012

    2012

  • December 12 - The "Black Marble"
  • December 5 - Arctic sea ice volume
  • November 28 - Different seasons for different reasons
  • November 21 - Weather and your Thanksgiving dinner
  • November 7 - Remarkable Sandy, Part II
  • October 31 - Remarkable Sandy, Part I
  • October 24 - Where have record lows gone?
  • October 10 - Fiftieth anniversary of 1962 Columbus Day storm
  • October 3 - Record summer Arctic ice melt
  • September 26 - World record high temperature invalidated
  • September 12 - Doppler radar "Dual Polarization" upgrade
  • September 5 - Hurricane Isaac, and Isaac Cline
  • August 29 - Andrew at 20
  • August 15 - Mars Curiosity
  • August 8 - Death Valley
  • August 1 - Wind and Olympic track and field
  • July 25 - Where is the hottest place on Earth?
  • July 18 - 70th anniversary of Smethport rainfall record
  • July 11 - Hard-hitting DC derecho
  • July 4 - Fourth of July weather
  • June 27 - Too hot to rain?
  • June 20 - 40-year anniversary of Agnes
  • June 6 - Pennsylvania severe weather and a gustnado
  • May 30 - Transit of Venus
  • May 23 - Global tropical cyclone count
  • May 16 - 75th anniversary of Hindenburg disaster
  • May 2 - Penn State commencement
  • April 25 - Bookend winter snows
  • April 11 - 100th anniversary of Titanic sinking
  • April 4 - Weather and the Masters golf tournament
  • March 28 - Remarkable March warmth
  • March 14 - Derived satellite products
  • March 7 - 50 years since Ash Wednesday storm
  • February 29 - Story of Leap Year
  • February 22 - Winter's days are numbered
  • February 8 - When is the coldest month and coldest week of the winter?
  • February 1 - Warm winter so far
  • January 25 - 2011, a record wet year in Pennsylvania
  • January 11 - Billion-dollar weather disasters

    2011

  • December 14 - South Pole conquest anniversary
  • December 7 - Christmas trees and weather
  • November 30 - Recap of 2011 Hurricane season
  • November 23 - Thanksgiving climatology and memorable storms
  • November 9 - The 100th anniversary of two amazing temperature records
  • November 2 - Freak October snow well forecast by models
  • October 26 - 20th anniversary of "The Perfect Storm"
  • October 12 - Recent atmospheric flip-flop
  • October 5 - Hurricane models and spaghetti plots
  • September 28 - Satellite Eclipses
  • September 21 - Impact of Tropical Storm Lee in Pennsylvania
  • September 7 - Lightning and college football
  • August 31 - Hurricane forecast errors
  • August 24 - Recent lull in U.S. hurricane landfalls
  • August 10 - The hurricane "Name Game"
  • July 27 - 75 years ago - hottest summer on record in U.S.
  • July 20 - Unusual thunderstorm byproducts - heatbursts and haboobs
  • July 6 - Mount Pinatubo anniversary
  • June 29 - Tornadoes 2011
  • June 22 - Delaware River Sojourn
  • June 15 - (hi-res .mov) Cool Science Projects
  • June 1 - Cherry Springs Star Party
  • May 25 - Streaks of rainy days
  • May 18 - Diverting flood waters
  • May 4 - Historic tornado outbreak
  • April 27 - Chernobyl 25th anniversary
  • April 13 - An unprecedented severe weather outbreak ??
  • April 6 - A swing through North Africa and the Middle East
  • March 30 - A March tornado in Pennsylvania?
  • March 16 - Science of tsunamis
  • March 9 - Flooding looms in Northern Plains while drought dominates South
  • March 2 - Remarkable temperature turnarounds in February
  • February 16 - Thundersnow
  • February 2 - New "Normals" on the way
  • January 26 - Weather and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

    2010

  • December 15 - Wind Chill
  • November 24 - Weather and the Pilgrims
  • November 10 - Fall foliage and the "A-Train"
  • November 3 - Strange Pennsylvania growing season
  • October 27 - Slow typhoon season, with an exception
  • October 13 - Spring and fall - Pizza and pudding
  • October 6 - Goldilocks Planet discovered
  • September 29 - Canadian hurricanes
  • September 15 - 50 Years of football weather at Beaver Stadium
  • September 8 - Unconventional satellite imagery: Danielle and Earl
  • September 1 - Summer of 2010 - What a difference a year makes!
  • August 25 - Tropical cyclone monitoring from space - The Dvorak Technique
  • August 11 - New U.S. record hailstone
  • August 4 - Weather and the first atomic bombs
  • July 28 - The Man Who Rode the Thunder
  • July 14 - Seventy-five years of Meteorology at Penn State
  • July 7 - New national heat records in Asia and Africa
  • June 30 - An overview of the National Weather Service SKYWARN program
  • June 23 - Remembering Pennsylvania's most costly natural disaster
  • June 9 - Pennsylvania is just now heading into the peak of severe weather season
  • June 2 - The Gulf oil spill and the "Loop Current"
  • May 26 - A pre-season look at the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season
  • May 19 - Year 2 of the Vortex2 project
  • May 5 - Weather and Major League Baseball
  • April 28 - Recent changes in GOES fleet
  • April 21 - Mount Washington dethroned: New world record wind speed
  • March 31 - Elusive South Atlantic Tropical Cyclones
  • March 24 - Touring the state using high resolution satellite imagery
  • March 17 - Recent flooding, and the 1936 St. Patrick's Day Flood
  • March 10 - Too Cold or Too Warm to Snow
  • March 3 - Pennsylvania snowfall in the historic winter of 2009-10
  • February 24 - A meteorological, geographical, and statistical look at the winter of 2009-10
  • February 3 - Weather and the 21st Winter Olympics
  • January 27 - Memories of a truly cold winter in Pennsylvania
  • January 20 - Most significant weather events in Pennsylvania, 2005-2009
  • January 13 - Most significant weather events in Pennsylvania, 2000-2004

    2009

  • December 23 - A brief history of "White Christmas"
  • December 16 - Satellite imagery and the winter season
  • December 9 - Was it snowier in the "Good Old Days"?
  • December 2 - October vs November, and the Winter to Come
  • November 18 - Tropical Highlight 2009
  • November 11 - November Gales and the Edmund Fitzgerald
  • November 4 - Russian Snow Suppression?
  • October 28 - The Finest Two Acres in Pennsylvania
  • October 14 - Typhoons and the U.S.
  • October 7 - The Colors of Autumn
  • September 23 - Twenty Year Anniversary of Hugo
  • September 9 - Recent Wildfires in California
  • August 26 - Bogus Weather Pictures
  • August 19 - Hurricane Climatology
  • August 5 - Heavy Rain Days
  • July 29 - Hurricane Suppression?
  • July 22 - Apollo 11 Anniversary
  • July 8 - The Loudest Thunder?
  • July 1 - The Weather at Gettysburg
  • June 24 - Year Without a Summer
  • June 10 - The ITCZ and Plane Crashes
  • June 3 - Early Tropical Activity
  • May 27 - Ten Years of EOS Imagery
  • May 12 - VORTEX2, Part I
  • May 13 - VORTEX2, Part II
  • May 6 - Pennsylvania's Observing Network
  • April 29 - Early Warm Spells
  • April 22 - Boston Marathon Weather
  • April 15 - Extreme Weather: Mount Washington
  • April 8 - Sea-Level Pressure
  • April 1 - Severe Weather News
  • March 25 - March, the Snowiest Month?
  • March 18 - March Madness and College Nicknames
  • March 11 - Too Cold or Too Warm to Snow
  • February 25 - Pennsylvania Big-Snow Climatology
  • February 11 - President's Day Snowstorms
  • February 4 - An Historic Ice Storm
  • January 28 - Super Bowl Weather
  • January 21 - Presidential Inauguration Weather
  • January 14 - Farm Show Weather
  • January 7 - 2008 Review, in Images

    2008

  • December 31 - Rose Bowl Weather
  • December 24 - Dreaming of a White Christmas
  • December 17 - Anniversary of the First Flight
  • December 10 - Lake-Effect Highlights
  • December 3 - Review of the 2008 Hurricane Season
  • November 19 - "Thickness", Meteorology Style
  • November 12 - A Meteorological "Daily Double" - A Record High and a Record Low on the Same Day
  • November 5 - Early Season Snow for Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • October 29 - Weather and Election Day
  • October 22 - World Series Weather
  • October 15 - Indian Summer
  • October 8 - October - A "Laid Back" Month
  • October 1 - To Name or Not To Name?
  • September 24 - Hurricane Hunters and Hurricane Janet
  • September 17 - The Unusual Track of Hurricane Ike
  • September 10 - Halfway Through Hurricane Season
  • August 27 - The Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane of 1933
  • August 20 - Hurricanes Connie and Diane in August 1955
  • August 13 - Summer Olympics in Beijing - Part II
  • August 6 - Summer Olympics in Beijing - Part I
  • July 30 - The Dog Days of Summer
  • July 23 - Rain Day in Waynesburg, PA
  • July 16 - Derechoes: Ferocious Thunderstorm Complexes
  • July 9 - The Weather of Death Valley
  • July 2 - 4thFest Fireworks
  • June 25 - Summer Solstice Tips
  • June 11 - Bad Tornado Year So Far
  • June 4 - The Weather of D-Day
  • May 28 - Penn State Weather Center Gets a Facelift
  • May 21 - Chaiten Volcano Erupts
  • May 14 - Twin Peaks of the North Indian Tropical Season
  • April 23 - Anniversary of Earth Day
  • April 16 - Home of the World's Worst Weather
  • April 9 - Weather History of The Masters
  • April 2 - Pennsylvania Observing Networks
  • March 26 - When is the Last Accumulating Snow?
  • March 19 - The Freezing of Lakes
  • March 12 - Remembering the March 1993 Superstorm
  • March 5 - Recap of Meteorological Winter
  • February 25 - Ways That the Atmosphere Deposits Ice
  • February 11 - Some Winter Extremes Elsewhere
  • January 30 - Punxsatawney Phil Visits Penn State
  • January 23 - Snowflake Bentley
  • January 16 - Highlights of a Remarkable Storm
  • January 9 - Farm Show Weather
  • January 2 - 2007 Weather in Review

    Others of Interest

  • October 10, 2007 - Christopher Columbus and the weather
  • May 9, 2007 - 400th anniversary of Jamestown settlement
  • October 25, 2006 - Weather clues from the natural world
  • November 1, 2006 - Nor'easters and Ben Franklin