Meteorology – Gosic Wed, 22 Jun 2022 15:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meteorology – Gosic 32 32 Rainfall in the north “unprecedented” – and more to come, says the national weather service Wed, 22 Jun 2022 15:46:01 +0000


Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:46am CST.

From Aaron Humes: Even though skies are clear, the National Meteorological Service (NMS) and National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) are counting the cost of the “unprecedented” rains that took place last Thursday as a result of a disorganized system.

Chief Meteorologist Ronald Gordon noted in Monday’s news conference that the Tower Hill weather station recorded 141.8 millimeters, or five and a half inches, of precipitation — up to three-quarters of the normal total for the month of June, about 200 millimeters [7.98 inches].

Certain rivers in the south will be prone to flash flooding, notably the Blue Creek, Moho River, Deep River and others, according to NEMO chief Shelton Defour. NEMO also monitors rainfall in Guatemala that would contribute to possible flooding of the Macal, Mopan, Belize and Sibun rivers.

Gordon said Met Service weather stations in the area have measured 10 to 13 inches of rainfall from the system, with more to come from the tropical wave crossing the country from Monday: “Conditions will remain very humid or very wet there.” very unstable in this term and in the next few days. We have a tropical wave that’s close by and it’s moving very slowly. So this system will continue to drain heavy rains across the country. There are indications that the counties already affected will continue to be affected. Indeed, the models are showing 2-3 inches with higher amounts, locally higher amounts, daily, for today and Tuesday with decreasing amounts through Wednesday and a likely return to better weather in the second half of the week. That is Thursday and Friday.”

Gordon added that the continued rainfall will inundate the area as the ground is already saturated and that there is a chance there will be more rainfall on top of the forecast models.

NEMO chief Shelton Defour advised residents of potentially flooded areas and low-lying areas to ensure they can get into a safe position. He indicated that assessments were being carried out in the affected areas, but noted that the water is currently receding. NEMO’s emergency number is 936.


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The early morning appearance of Matariki, also known as the Pleiades, in the middle of winter heralds the start of the Māori New Year – and Friday is the best time to see it.  (file photo)


The early morning appearance of Matariki, also known as the Pleiades, in the middle of winter heralds the start of the Māori New Year – and Friday is the best time to see it. (file photo)

Stargazers hoping to catch a glimpse of the Matariki Star Cluster should look to the skies on Friday morning as meteorologists predict a good start to the holiday season.

The early morning appearance of Matariki, also known as the Pleiades, in the middle of winter heralds the start of the Māori New Year.

Cloud cover permitting, Matariki will come into view just before sunrise, a small pulsating cluster of stars just above the northeastern horizon.

Metservice meteorologist Angus Hines said that for most of the country, the early hours of Friday are the best day to see the star cluster, except for the Far North and Taranaki, which would be covered by clouds.

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Those on the southeast coast could have clear visibility between cloud patches early Saturday morning.

Stargazers should bring a jacket — Hines said the cold start to the week is expected to continue and “remain noticeably winter, especially at this time of day,” Hines said.

This cloud would expand around both islands starting Friday, making star-spotting more difficult from then on.

NIWA’s live weather camera in Bream Bay will also be pointing towards Matariki for the next nine days in hopes of capturing the early morning sunrise.

To see Matariki Rise in most parts of the country, you should have a clear view of the horizon just before sunrise to face east.

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Strong quake hits Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture, no major damage, Meteorological Agency says Sun, 19 Jun 2022 11:22:00 +0000

TOKYO, June 19 (Bloomberg): An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 struck Japan’s western coastal prefecture of Ishikawa on Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said, adding there was no evidence it would trigger a tsunami.

The quake struck at 3:08 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Parts of the Noto Peninsula measured a lower 6 on Japan’s 7-point intensity scale, meaning it was powerful enough to wedge doors, topple furniture and loosen wall tiles, the agency said.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters in Tokyo that initial reports said no major damage was caused by the quake. He said he instructed the government to gather information, share it with the public and take emergency action.

Top government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said he had received a report that the nuclear facilities were operating normally. The Shika Nuclear Power Plant, operated by Hokuriku Electric Power Co., is about 45 km southwest of the quake’s epicenter.

In the area covered by Hokuriku Electric, Kansai Electric Power Co., Tohoku Electric Power Co. and Electric Power Development Co., there have been no power outages due to the quake, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said. There are no reports of damage to oil refineries, he added.

Bullet trains connecting Tokyo to Kanazawa in the Hokuriku region operated normally after the quake, national broadcaster NHK reported, citing operator East Japan Railway Co. – Bloomberg

FPREN introduces the new Chief Meteorologist Jeff George Fri, 17 Jun 2022 20:15:00 +0000

Jeff George has been named the new chief meteorologist for the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN). George joins FPREN from KOKH-TV (FOX 25) in Oklahoma City, where he has worked since 2007 and served as Chief for 14 years. After a long-running television career, George comes to FPREN with a desire to make a difference and seek a brand new challenge in his career. “That’s what’s important to me,” George said, “that it makes a difference.”

FPREN is a collective of 13 public radio stations that reach Floridians through radio broadcasts and online stories that contain critical information during extreme weather events. The organization is headquartered at WUFT-FM/TV in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. FPREN received the 2019 Community Lifeline Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for excellence in public service.


FPREN’s new Chief Meteorologist Jeff George

A Pittsburgh native, George found his way into meteorology through service in the Air Force, which he joined in 1991. After stints in Florida, Mississippi and Italy, George was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, as part of a combat weather unit. George enjoyed this “bold” challenge for many years and soon felt it was time for something different. In 1999 he came to KALB-TV to look for a new challenge. He had developed a friendship with the chief meteorologist, who insisted George give televising a shot. “I needed to be here,” George said. He then spent the next 20+ years in television, serving markets in North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Oklahoma before joining FPREN in June.

When it comes to George’s goals at FPREN, he’s most looking forward to “providing forecasting and safety across the state of Florida and South Carolina” in this new role. “I’m looking forward to promoting safety on a much larger scale.” George said, “At the same time, on a smaller scale, I’m looking forward to mentoring broadcast students and preparing them for the world of television. That excites me more than anything.” In addition to reporting the weather nationwide, FPREN also trains students at the College of Journalism and Communications for a future in forecasting. After so many years of experience, George said he was ready to pass that knowledge on to the next generation.

George wants the public to know that FPREN staff are deeply involved in the science of weather when making safety regulations. Because more than anything, George has a passion for the people of Florida. “We rightly care about people and their safety,” he said. “Our job is to keep people safe from danger and to ensure they are aware of every danger associated with any tropical system. The bottom line, whether it’s new information or memories, is our mission to make sure everyone and their families are taken care of before, during and after major events.”

Agrometeorology: City Records hottest first half of June in 27 years | Ludhiana News Wed, 15 Jun 2022 21:47:00 +0000 Ludhiana: The weather record from the PAU School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology shows that the first halves of June were the hottest in 27 years, with daily temperatures exceeding 40 degrees C.
Agricultural meteorologist KK Gill of the School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology said: “Records show that for the first time since June 1995, the daily temperature has remained above 40 degrees continuously for the first two weeks. In addition, the night temperature was also higher than normal on all days. In the years in between, the daytime temperatures were below 40 degrees on some days in the first two weeks.”

“Also, in the last 50 years, there haven’t been that many fewer rainy days between March and June 15th. This year, between March 1 and June 15, there were only two rainy days (where rainfall was recorded): May 23 and May 28,” she added.
As western disruptions hit Ludhiana on Thursday, there is a chance of rain afterwards. It will lower temperatures over the next few days, she said.
The weather service forecast for the next four days is: partly cloudy skies with one or two rain showers or thunderstorms on June 16 and 19; generally cloudy skies with one or two rain showers or thunderstorms on June 17th and 18th.
The department’s website forecasts that by June 19 the daytime temperature will drop to 34 degrees and the nighttime temperature to 26 degrees.
The maximum (daily) temperature on Wednesday was measured at 43.7 degrees Celsius, which was 6.4 degrees more than normal and 0.5 degrees more than a day earlier. The minimum (night) temperature was 31.1 degrees Celsius, which was 5.9 degrees more than normal and 0.8 degrees more than a day before.
The parched city waits for rain showers.
“We have never experienced such hot days in a row in June. It is exhausting. We hope it will rain and the city will cool down,” said Avtar Singh, a Pakhowal Road resident. ]]> The meteorological office predicts heavy rains Sun, 12 Jun 2022 04:50:47 +0000

The Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains across the country, including Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Upper Punjab region.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif ordered the ministries and departments concerned to be on high alert. The Prime Minister further said that with regard to the Meteorological Service’s forecast, precautions should be taken immediately, especially in the forecast areas.

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Mr Sharif also instructed the concerned departments to work out a comprehensive plan of action in cooperation with the federal and provincial governments, directing them to take measures to protect livestock and crops in agricultural areas.

The prime minister also stated that residents of the vulnerable areas should be warned and the cleanliness of drainage and waterways should be ensured.

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In the meantime, pre-monsoon rains have already set in in the country. Heavy rains fell in many places in Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh. Heavy torrential rains continued in Harnai for nearly an hour during the intervening Saturday night.

Elsewhere, rain made for comfortable weather in various cities, including Faisalabad and Jhang. Hailstorm in Chiniot drove away the heat. Strong winds also blew in Lahore, Raiwind and Kasur. In addition, the Meteorological Department has also forecast cloud showers in various areas across the country.

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Millions in the South West face heat warnings over the weekend Fri, 10 Jun 2022 19:41:00 +0000

Dangerous and potentially deadly heat will settle over the southwestern United States for much of the weekend, with temperatures expected to break records and exceed 100 degrees in some locations.

Nearly 38 million people from California to south Texas are on some form of heat alert during at least part of the weekend, the National Weather Service said. A heat wave is defined as a period of unusually and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather lasting two days or more.

“Please protect yourself,” according to the weather service office in Phoenix warned residentswhile the Sacramento office said the heat would affect everyone, not just those most sensitive to heat risks. Meteorologists in San Diego advise local residents to learn the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.