December 3rd, 2013 at 3:53 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog
Today is the birthday of one of the most important meteorologists in history. Cleveland Abbe initiated the first weather reports, daily weather maps and forecasts based on observations from twenty volunteers. They communicated their observations via telegraph, which Abbe then used to make his forecasts. He is credited for making the first official weather report in the United States and was the first chief meteorologist of the U.S. Weather Bureau. His attention to detail and forecasting methods earned him the nickname of, “Ol’ Probability”.
While verifying his forecasts for the first year of operation, Abbe actually apologized for 31 percent of his missed forecasts. He blamed time constraints for the missed forecasts.
Cleveland Abbe also was instrumental in helping the railroads (along which telegraph lines ran) develop the concept of time zones so that the telegraphed weather information could be accurately recorded.
Cleveland Abbe might well be called the father of modern weather forecasting. He was born on this day in 1838. Happy birthday!
December 2nd, 2013 at 2:36 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog
There is a very slight chance of a light shower or sprinkles tonight. Otherwise, we’ll continue our warmer than average beginning to December. The chance of rain will increase over the next couple of days, then a cold front will bring a huge change to our mild conditions.
December 1st, 2013 at 5:20 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog
December has begun and temperatures have been pleasantly mild. Last December also began mild, in fact December 1st 2012 tied the record high set in 1914. It was 62 degrees.
Temperatures are expected to remain mild for the first part of the week. Much colder air, however, is looming to our north and will make its way into our region by the end of the week. If you are planning to do some outdoor decorating, I suggest you do so before Thursday. There will be a slight chance of showers before Thursday, but Thursday rain is likely. Then, on Friday, expect the temperature to plummet to a high of only 34 degrees. There will also be a chance for a rain snow mix on Friday
November 30th, 2013 at 9:01 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog
November, 2013 was a month of extremes for us here in the Wabash Valley. We received less than the average amount of precipitation, with a total of 2.44 inches, compared to the normal of 3.69 inches. Concerning temperatures, we recorded a high of 70 degrees on November 17th and just a few days later, on the 24th, the temperature had dropped to a low of 14 degrees.
Tornadoes and severe storms hit the Valley on Sunday, November 17th, causing significant damage in Daviess, Knox and Martin Counties. Wind damage and a tornado also hit Vermillion County, Indiana. Elsewhere across the area on the 17th, there were wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour with roofs blown off and trees downed.
Parts of the area also reported snow on the night of November 11th, but very little accumulation was reported.
November ended on a calm note after 30 days of weather extremes.
November 24th, 2013 at 9:23 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog
Our stretch of cold weather continues overnight Sunday. It will be a little warmer on Monday, but still below average. By Monday night, a little light snow could move into the picture. Anybody ready for spring?
November 16th, 2013 at 3:48 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog
An approaching cold front is bringing us unusually warm temperatures, but as the front gets closer, we will have a chance of thunderstorms. Some of these storms could be strong. Storm Team 10 is monitoring this situation very closely
November 15th, 2013 at 2:54 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog
There are two comets travelling through our solar system. Comets Ison and Lovejoy aren’t bright enough for naked eye viewing yet, but there is hope at least one of them will put on a show for the unaided eye. Here is a link to the lates information at Sky and Telescope: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/observingblog/Comet-ISON-Comes-to-Life-231893451.html
November 13th, 2013 at 4:44 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog
Typhoon Haiyan, which recently hit the Philippines was devastating and deadly. The death count is at least 10,000 and will probably be much higher. But, even with this high death toll, Haiyan doesn’t even break into the top 35 most deadly typhoons. The most deadly typhoon in recorded history occurred on November 12, 1970. The Great Bhoda Cyclone killed up to 500,000 people. The ocean area that produced this deadliest storm was the Bay of Bengal, which has produced 26 out of the 35 deadliest typhoons in history.
November 10th, 2013 at 5:37 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog
A very strong cold front is expected to move through the region Monday afternoon. The Veteran’s Day high will be 52, which is close to normal, but the high will likely occur during the first part of the day. Showers will develop as the front passes and the wind will shift to the northwest. Wind speed will also increase. Monday night, showers will mix with snow before changing to all snow overnight. Don’t expect much accumulation, but driving Tuesday morning should be done with caution.