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Saving Screenshots to Archive/Animate Weather Events

by Jamie Robinson        February 17, 2011  |  12:13 pm  |  Category: Latest News | Tips & Tricks

Expanding on our previous posting concerning High Resolution Screen Captures, Weather Defender has a feature that allows you to capture screenshots at prescribed intervals.  These can be saved to a folder on your hard drive for future viewing, archiving, or even to combine into a custom animation as shown here to watch major weather events as they unfold.

The animation shown here was captured during the major winter storm that affected 30 states at the beginning of this month.

The steps to setup timed captures are very simple:

   1. Open the map you wish to view

   2. Go to Map at the top

   3. Go to Screenshot and hit the down arrow

   4. Select Capture Settings  

    5. You can now set things like:

  • How often to capture
  • Where to store the images
  • Resolution of the images

   6. Once you've selected your settings, select OK

   7. Under Map and Screencapture again, select Start Timed Captures

 

You're now off and running.  The files will be stored to the directory of your choice as can be seen here:  

 

 

 

Arctic Blast Breaks Records in Midwest

by Jamie Robinson        February 10, 2011  |  2:58 pm  |  Category: Latest News

The last couple days have seen numerous records fall, yet again, in the nation's mid-section.  Snowfall amounts of 20+ inches were seen in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas.  Places like Jay, OK (25"), Siloam Springs, AR (24.5") and Hutchinson, KS (17") are digging out from heavy snow.  The cleanup is further compounded by the blast of arctic cold that came in behind the system.

Lows Thursday morning broke records in states such as Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri.  Bartlesville, OK set a new all-time low for the state of Oklahoma with -28°F!  Other locations setting records were:

  • Wichita, KS (-17°F) - beat old record for this date by 5°F
  • Springfield, MO (-10°F)
  • Amarillo, TX (-6°F)

The good news for everyone is that there's a February thaw heading their way.  Places like Bartlesville, after setting a record low this morning, will be looking to rebound to the mid 50s by Sunday afternoon.  Amarillo is looking for the mid 60s by Sunday as well.  The thaw looks to continue into at least the middle of next week.  Some forecasters are even saying that some areas could see as much a 100° jump from the frigid temperatures of this morning with temperatures in the next week pushing the 70s in some locations!!!

As the Midwest finally sees some thawing, the Northeast will remained locked into a cold and wintry pattern with another round of snow coming this weekend.  A dip in the jet stream over the Northeast will help keep cold temps in place while allowing the "big melt" in the middle of the country.

While winter is far from over (we just passed the mid point of winter recently), this warm up will do a lot to help areas thaw out after a brutal first half of winter.

 

Monster Winter Storm Affects 30 States

by Jamie Robinson        February 3, 2011  |  9:15 pm  |  Category: Latest News

 

The snowstorm that pummeled much of the United States on February 1st and 2nd leaves a wake of records in its path.  Eight interesting facts about this week's weather:

  1. Oklahoma City had 10"+ inches for only the third time since they began keeping records in 1893.
  2. Blowing snow in Oklahoma City reduced visibility to 30 yards in places
  3. Interstate 70 in Missouri was closed from mile marker 5 to mile marker 218.  This is basically from Kansas City to St. Louis
  4. Warrensburg, Missouri had 21" of snow
  5. Chicago schools closed for the first time in 12 years!
  6. Snowfall in Chicago was over 20" (as recorded at both Midway and O'Hare airports)
  7. Official totals in Wisconsin - Milwaukee 19.8", Madison 18.7" and a whopping 26.5" near Racine
  8. At one point, over 100 million Americans were being impacted by the storm

 

This was one of those storms that will leave a mark on many lives. We here at SWIFT Weather will continue to work hard to provide products that will keep you ahead of the storms!

 

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