Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Drought Continues! North Dakota Possibilities June 2nd?

The first real chance for severe thunderstorms on the northern plains looks to be June 2nd to 3rd however, current GFS (Global Forecast System) model suggests things will stay south of the US border. It shows that central North Dakota 'could' have severe weather including supercells that day with systems moving towards southern Manitoba on the 3rd. Earlier model runs showed storms possible in southern Saskatchewan on June 2nd as well, so things can easily shift. Personally, I have very little confidence our extremely dry pattern will change any time soon. A strong system in North Dakota could possibly feed some much needed moisture for future development later on around the 7th of June. Right now, looking at humidity and dew point levels, any convection is getting quickly sucked up by near drought conditions at the surface. 30% humidity does not equal thunderstorms of any kind in my books. Dry lightning and low precipitation, high based thunder clouds do not excite me. There is a better chance of severe drought and dust storms than anything else this year, maybe a grasshopper infestation?!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Storm Season / Heating Up / Safety Tip

As May approaches, tornado season in the states has been getting quite active with several major damaging storm events in April including this week's tornado fest in north central Texas and the massive wedge tornado just outside of Chicago a couple weeks ago. Video clips from that event are posted on our new Facebook page. Also, check out the "Weather Watch" international community of Google Plus. Another new innovation in the growth of storm casting which is already at an astounding 10'974 members! 

The "experimental forecast map" will be back in time for the first risk of severe summer weather which could be as soon as the middle of May. For now, it has been re-added to the side bar here. So keep checking back as this will continue to be the base of operations from whence all storm news comes from. There are a few new things being worked on to make this a more comprehensive and interactive site.  

Here is a little tip and a video from last night, thanks to +Reed Timmer for sharing: 

When people stop under a bridge during a tornado warning... good thing there was a storm chaser to shake some common sense into the fools blocking traffic. "You're gonna get us all killed!" They moved. Remember, never block traffic during a storm. Traffic jams can and have killed people simply because they stopped moving. Either go with the storm, away from the storm or stay in shelter. Never Stop Chasing! (and never be a sitting duck)

Video via Mike Scantlin +StormChaseTV 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Foggy Fog!

Its a nice foggy day here in Regina today, quite often the fog comes before the storm, or in this case the hot sunshine comes out in the afternoon and we have great warmth and calm winds. A very rare occurrence for the middle of flat prairie country. The forecast is for a bit of a heat wave but it will only continue the rapid drying and melting of remaining snow and ice in Regina, while just west of here, the snow is long gone and areas such as Calgary, Medicine Hat, Moose Jaw, Swift Current and the state of Montana will see upper teens and near 20 degrees Celsius temperatures! 

All of this is good news for those who are sick of winter but for storm chasers, SDS (Severe Weather Deprivation Syndrome) is setting in hard. So far 0 (zero) tornadoes reported in the month of March and we have seen the longest stretch of no watch advisories since 1986. The year has started out as the quietest storm season ever. It is all going to hit at once? That is the biggest worry as you get that feeling, "It is just wayyy too quiet" just before the big one hits. So, where are all the storms? Check out this map from Wunderground.com of the "World Map of Tropical Storms": 

4 tropical storms around Australia, where the big heat is still hiding.