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  • 2-day QPF
    Heavy Rain, Gusty Wind Wednesday....but NOT a Nor'Easter!
    Tuesday was a mild day across the region and there were even some strong thunderstorms along the shore too! after a mild low of 52 at Philadelphia International Airport we had sunshine that gave way to clouds in the afternoon and a trace of rain...
  • William Elliott Whitmore
    The 2014 Maximum Ames Music Festival is September 25 to 28
    The 2014 Maximum Ames Music Festival is almost upon us. The event will take place in Downtown Ames from Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28. This will be the first year that all the festival's shows will all be within walking...
  • Remender and Tocchini provide a deep new take on science fiction
    Remender deals with his fears and searches for optimism in new series ‘Low’
    The world of writer Rick Remender and artist Greg Tocchini’s “Low” is heading towards a fiery end. The people of Earth have fled below the surface of the ocean to escape the radiation and fire of the ever expanding Sun as it...
  • William Elliott Whitmore
    Headliners announced for Music Under the Canopy and Maximum Ames Music Festival
    Through multiple announcements over the last few days, we now know the headliners and many of the other musical acts for the next two Music Under the Canopy music festivals and the 2014 Maximum Ames Music Festival.The revamped Brenton Skating...
  • Water vapor imagery and high temperature pattern closely linked
    The Nation’s temperatures are just too hot, too cold and just right
    The weather during the past few days could easily be compared to the fairy tale, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” However, the extremes in temperature are quite real, albeit unusual.Much like Goldilocks discovered by tasting the bear...
  • Wildly different air masses spell wild weather
    Wildly different air masses spell wild weather
    The first in a series of strong upper level troughs and associated surface low-pressure systems (one of which helped spawn several days of severe weather and heavy thunderstorms) is exiting the western Great Lakes region today (Fig. 1). In its...
  • Water Vapor imagery(evening of 3/24/14)
    A Wintry Mix Possible On Tuesday, A Windy Wednesday, But Then Spring Returns
    Despite plenty of sunshine we only mustered a high of 36 at Philly International this afternoon; this was after a low of 23 AND a northwesterly wind between 10-15mph that made the wind chill in the middle 20s.Overnight we'll have increasing...
  • Upper level winds for Mar. 24, 2014
    Winter transitions to spring but weather pattern stays the same
    Spring arrived yesterday. Except for a brief warm-up in some places the next few days, the weather pattern of warm and dry in the west and cool/cold and wet in the east seems set to continue until further notice.A large upper-level ridge is locked...
  • Almost everything is on today’s weather menu
    Almost everything is on today’s weather menu
    The “Born Loser” comic strip on Mar. 15, 2014 said it all. The cartoon starts with an, “Oh, no…what’s the matter” panel (Fig. 1). It ends with a…well, take a look and see the full cartoon.For many in the...
  • Stop paying mortgage insurance
    Are you Paying Mortgage Insurance?
    Mortgage insurance, it does not benefit homeowners.With the government forcing homeowners to pay mortgage insurance for the life of an FHA loan, there has to be a better option. FHA loans are notorious for being the first time buyer ticket to...
  • Weather outlook marching toward March 2014
    Weather outlook marching toward March 2014
    Yesterday was the Ides of February (Feb. 15). That means that meteorological winter will be over in less than two weeks. Astronomical winter has a bit more than a month to go. Winter officially ends (and Spring begins) on Mar. 20, 2014.Given that...
  • The polar vortex is the prime suspect in the case of the recent arctic outbreak
    The polar vortex is the prime suspect in the case of the recent arctic outbreak
    If you watched many TV weathercasters report during the first week of January 2014, you heard explanations about how the polar vortex, and its associated pool of bitterly cold arctic air, controlled the weather across the eastern two-thirds of...
  • Major winter storm to affect the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
    Major winter storm to affect the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
    Cold air is firmly entrenched across the northern tier of states. Early this New Year’s Day morning (Wed., Jan. 1, 2014), an east to west front from Oklahoma eastward through the Ohio Valley separated two disparate air masses. To the north ...
  • Indian rupee: Bounces off record low as crisis looms
    Indian rupee: Bounces off record low as crisis looms
    The Indian rupee rebounded after hitting a record low. The low was reached on Wednesday. According to Reuters on Aug. 29, 2013, the government is looking for solutions.Among the steps debated by policymakers on Thursday were monetizing the country...
  • Wilco setlist: Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, MN 7/9/13
    Wilco setlist: Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, MN 7/9/13
    Yesterday evening, Wilco HQ tweeted: #TheWreckofEdmundFitzgerald with @RthompsonMusic + @lowtheband #Duluth. #Americanarama.That says it all, huh? Oh, for those of you behind the times, that tweet meant that Wilco was performing the Gordon...