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Another Day of Unsettled Weather Across the Northern Half of the Country

by Jamie Robinson        March 22, 2011  |  12:26 pm  |  Category:

 

Today brings another hodge-podge of weather across the northern 1/2 of the United States.  Much of the area along the Canadian border from Montana to Michigan is under Winter Storm Watches/Warnings for up to a foot of snow.  In addition, a small area of New York and Pennsylvania are also under a Winter Storm Watch.

While at the same time, parts of the central and southern plains are under wind and fire advisories. 

Finally, some areas in the middle of the country are under a slight risk of severe thunderstorms today.

This crazy weather is all due to a frontal boundary making its way south through the U.S.  Temperatures at 1:30pm EDT show 20s and 30s near the Canadian border to the 80s in Texas and the southeast.

 

Stay tuned to this week's weather with Weather Defender. A free trial is available to all first-time customers.

 

Late Winter Weather System Brings Mixed Bag to Middle of the Country

by Jamie Robinson        March 8, 2011  |  12:31 pm  |  Category: Latest News

A late winter weather system is causing quite a mess across the middle of the United States.  Parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan are in Winter Storm Watches/Warnings for today and tonight.  Snow accumulations are expected to be between 3 and 9 inches across these areas. 

At the same time, parts of Louisiana and Mississippi are under a moderate risk of severe weather today/tonight.  Any parts of several other states show a slight risk of severe weather.   

Much of the southeastern part of the U.S. is already under flood watches or warnings.  Residents in these areas should prepare for additional flooding as a result of this new system pushing through. 

As always, you can get up-to-minute radar, watches, warnings, severe weather outlooks and storm reports with Weather Defender and its sophisticated layering system.  You're in control.  You can see as much or as little as you'd like.  You can create maps for different situations.  For example, you may want a map that only shows watches/warnings/advisories.  This can be much less congested than map showing this information along with radar imaging.  You could then have a map that shows current radar along with active warnings only.  You could then add a layer to track storm attributes (hail, storm paths, etc...). 

 

Midwest / Southeast Brace for Severe Weather Outbreak

by Jamie Robinson        February 24, 2011  |  12:43 pm  |  Category: Latest News

  

What a difference a mere couple weeks can make.  While many areas are just now enjoying snow free yards a large portion of the Midwest and Southeast are preparing for severe weather today.  The Storm Prediction Center shows many states with up to a 15% of tornadoes today (see map above).

It's days like today that Weather Defender can really pay for itself.  In addition to being able to watch the radar for approaching storms, there's a long list of other layers that can be added that help prepare you for what could be coming.  Some of these are:

  • Storm reports (review reports from spotters as the storm approaches)
  • Storm tracks (see where a certain cell is going and how fast it's getting there)
  • Lightning Strikes - Premium addition (allows you to see how much lightning is involved with a storm)
  • MESO (shows where possible mesocyclones, storms with rotation as indicated by radar, are)
  • Storm Attributes (helps pinpoint where hail could occur and how large it could be)
  • Watches/warnings (see up-to-date watches and warnings posted on your map as they are issued) 

As always, make sure you have multiple sources of information for severe weather including Weather Defender, other internet sources, weather radio and television. 

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