Typhoon Lan Heads Out To Sea, Three Dead In Japan

by Elaine Lies (Reuters) A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. Four people were reported killed, hundreds of plane flights canceled, and train services disrupted in the wake of … [Read more...]

AccuWeather: Fewer Atlantic Hurricanes in 2017, But Three Could be ‘Major’

April 5 (Reuters) - The upcoming Atlantic Ocean hurricane season could include at least three severe tempests, but will likely involve fewer storms than usual overall, private forecaster AccuWeather predicted on Wednesday. Meteorologists with AccuWeather are crediting a weather phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean - known as El Niño - with creating conditions that will result in a … [Read more...]

Watch: Gale Force Winds Rock Ship in Durban

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BWvot2g7Gk Some incredible video showing a ship battling high winds as it approaches Durban, South Africa. The video was published recently to Youtube with no information attached. Looks like they are lucky they didn't end up on the beach. (Sorry, folks. Video is not embedding. (If you're using Safari you may need to watch here) Update: … [Read more...]

Are Ship Weather Observations Still Valuable In The Era Of Satellites?

by: Horst von Bargen (Deutscher Wetterdienst) Meteorological satellites (geostationary at an altitude of about 36.000 km and sun-synchronous at a height of about 850 km) provide images and data in many spectral ranges. Their advantage is the generation of region-wide measurements. They allow us to receive information also from areas where there are no weather … [Read more...]

Photos: NOAA’s New Weather Satellite Sends First Images Back to Earth

NOAA's next-generation weather satellite has sent its first images of Earth, well, back to Earth. NOAA released the photos on Monday. The agency said the GOES-16 satellite, the first spacecraft in NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, captured the first high-resolution images using its Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. Included in the images are a … [Read more...]