Watch Spectacular Weather / Storm Videography In The Chase


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If you are a weather geek like me, then you need to drop everything and watch this stunning video about weather in the Great Plains now!  The YouTube channel Mike Olbinski put out a video in 4K called The Chase.  Mike spent 14 days storm chasing in the Great Plains in the states (New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota) and he shot over 45,000 frames of footage for this film.

The video includes gorgeous shots of supercells, storms, clouds, lightning, sunsets, and even a tornado.  Wow, what some spectacular videography, enjoy!

The October 13-14 Severe Weather Outbreak In Alabama / Georgia


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We are already seeing severe storms with heavy winds move north through Central Alabama.  Now, most of Central and North Alabama is under a tornado watch until 12 am midnight.  Expect to see the watch more eastward.

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So, here is what to expect.  A strong storm system is currently moving through the southeast.  The storm system has a squall line with extremely high winds ahead of a cold front.  As of 5 pm Central, the squall line is in Central Mississippi, and moving East.  The Storm Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk for severe weather for North Mississippi and West Alabama, this will move eastward as well.

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As for timings, the squall line will enter West Alabama this evening.  It will move through Alabama during the overnight hours.  It should exit Alabama and move into Georgia around the early morning hours of Tuesday.  The squall line will have high winds, heavy rain, hail, and a possibility of an embedded tornado.  The main worry is if supercell storms form ahead of the squall line, which could bring high winds and tornadoes, that is already happening.

Before the squall line and supercell storms get into NE Alabama / NW Georgia, winds will be gusty.  We are under a wind advisory.  And after the storms, we could deal with some flooding problems.  The storms and severe weather will be gone by Tuesday afternoon.  Temps will drop, and it will feel like Fall again!  Here is the official timeline from the National Weather Service in Birmingham.  You could see these times be moved up!

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The bottomline, expect to see storms with strong winds and heavy rain!  A tornado is not out of the question.  Since this event will happen during the overnight hours here in NE Alabama / NW Georgia, you need to have a way to wake yourself up if a weather warning is issued.  Have a NOAA weather radio or a weather app on your smartphone that can alert you and wake you up when severe weather arrives in your area.  Do not rely on outdoor sirens!  Also, make sure your phone is fully charged before the storms arrive in your area!

By Tuesday night, the storms will be gone, and the weather will be awesome for the next 5-7 days!  Here is my map below!

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Crowdsourcing Mornings: The Sirens Project


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

The purpose of The Sirens Project is to provide meteorologists and engineers with valuable surface data inside of tornadoes that will lead to more reliable warnings and structures. To show the immense applications that unmanned aerial vehicles posses is another aspect of this research project.  To achieve this, they will be using specially designed and equipped UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in order to probe the tornado for valuable information.  Their UAVs are coupled with a sensor package that is able to record barometric pressure, temperature, and relative humidity. Each data point will be related to a specific GPS coordiante, including elevation.

In turn, a 3-Dimensional representation of the sensor package inside the tornado will be rendered. This will allow meteorologists and engineers to essentially have access to the first MRI of a tornado.  Their UAV design is based off of a deltawing style aircraft. This will allow them to reach high speeds while maintaining necessary control in high wind environments.  A long range FPV (First Person View) system will allow them to safely deploy their sensor package from several miles away. The electronics of the sensor package are surrounded by a thick polycarbonate case, allowing for great impact resistance as well as superb electrical transmission. The sensor package acts much like the “black box” on a commercial airliner. It is designed to survive the harsh environment inside the tornado even if the UAV does not.

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As of October 13th, this project has raised around $3,800 of their $10,000 goal. This project only has 23 days left to raise the $10,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $5, you will get five incredible high resolution The Sirens Project related desktop backgrounds.  For a pledge of $40, you will get an EF-5 sized thank you from The Sirens Project, five high resolution desktop backgrounds, “Sirens Project” vinyl window sticker, project T-shirt, and their documentary film.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1517270439/the-sirens-project-uav-tornado-research

Incredible Videos And Pictures From The 2014 Nebraska Tornado Outbreak


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What a day in weather.  Today, a major tornado outbreak occurred in Nebraska.  Twin tornadoes struck the town of Pilger Nebraska.  And the damage was extensive!  So below, here are some of the best pictures and videos from the twin tornadoes today.

The April 27-30 Severe Weather Outbreak In The Southeast


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This week, the southeast experienced a major severe weather outbreak.  There were multiple reports of tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, and severe flooding.  Things got started on Sunday in Arkansas when a powerful EF4 tornado tore through Mayflower and Vilonia Arkansas.  Extreme damage was caused.

On Monday, a lot of tornadoes struck across Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states.  Here are some damage pictures on Twitter and some amazing tornado videos.

On Wednesday, major flooding took place along the Alabama and NW Florida Gulf Coasts.  The area got 15-25 inches of rain in 24 hours, and that is going to cause major flooding.  Many roads were washed out, rivers rose to record flooding levels, and many homes received flood damage.  Remember, if the road ahead of you is covered with water, turn around and don’t drown!

At the end, some had a little fun with James Spann!

So, the people in Alabama and the southeast will need our help!  Volunteers have been out in the damage zones clearing damage since the storms struck.  If you can not volunteer, you can still help!  You can send money to the American Red Cross or The Salvation Army to help with the relief effort. To donate to the American Red Cross, donate online by clicking here. Or donate $10 by texting the word “REDCROSS” to 90999. For donations to The Salvation Army, donate online by clicking here. Or donate $10 by texting the word “STORM” to 80888.

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