Kevin Orpurt’s Blog

ONE LESS SATELLITE

June 10th, 2014 at 2:43 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog

NOAA, who operates our weather satellites, recently announced that one of our polar-orbiting weather satellites will be shut down.  Such satellites usually have an average life span of 3 to 5 years, but this one has lasted more than 13 years.  During that time it has helped us track winter storms, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and much more.  It has orbited 70,655 times, amounting to a total of 2.1 billion miles.  There are still weather satellites up there, so we’re covered, but losing one is never good.


D-DAY AND THE WEATHER

June 6th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

Here is an excellent link explaining how important a role weather played in the execution of D-Day.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/06/03/d-day-weather-forecast/9914207/


CHANCE OF RAIN INCREASES MIDWEEK

May 27th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Uncategorized, Weather, WTHI Blog

Warm and rather humid conditions will continue Tuesday night and Wednesday.  A weak cold front will drop south into the region Wednesday afternoon and bring a better chance of more widely spread showers and thunderstorms.7day


A WARM WEEK, MAYBE SOME STORMS

May 26th, 2014 at 4:50 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

Looks like we’re headed for a warm stretch of weather for the last week of May.  Occasional thunderstorms are also possible.7day


A COLD FRONT WILL CHANGE OUR WEATHER

May 12th, 2014 at 8:09 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

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Here is the expected position of a cold front tomorrow afternoon-evening.  Ahead of this front, thunderstorms and rain will develop.  Behind the front, the air is about 20° colder than it was on Monday.  We can expect the cooler air to hang around for a few days, along with the possibility of scattered showers and perhaps a thundershower.  The temperature will gradually rise as we head toward the weekend.


Watch the Lunar Eclipse LIVE tonight!

April 14th, 2014 at 5:48 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

The Lunar Eclipse begins at about 2am, but coverage starts earlier.  Go here: http://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html


SO, YOU THINK IT’S BEEN COLD…..

March 4th, 2014 at 8:58 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog

As of March 4th, there have been 63 days in the year.

 

25 of those days had a temperature in the single digits or below 0.

47 days had temperatures that were below average.


GEORGE’S DAY…SORT OF

February 21st, 2014 at 10:42 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog

February 22nd  is historically the day George Washington was born.  Except in 1731, when he was born, it was actually February 11th!  What? It all boils down to the fact that, in some years, February has 29 days. That’s using the current Gregorian calendar, which was put into effect in 1752, twenty years after Mr. Washington was born.  The Gregorian calendar was adopted because the previous Julian calendar, under which Mr. Washington was born, had become completely distorted in regard to seasons and Easter.  As a result, September 2, 1752 was followed immediately by September 14!!  The new calendar added 11 days and one year to George Washington’s birthday, making it February 22nd, 1732! Confusing?  You bet!  I’m still not sure which day should officially be Washington’s birthday.  Some history I’ve read about Mr. Washington suggests he continued to regard February 11th as his real birthday.


ARE THE BOOMS CRYOSEISMS?

February 3rd, 2014 at 9:15 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog

I’m still getting lots of reports about those mystery booms.  I really appreciate everyone’s input.  One possible answer is that they could be CRYOSEISMS.  A cryoseism can occur when water in the ground freezes, then expands with force.  The result can be a booming sound and shaking of the surrounding ground.  Certainly, temperatures have been cold, but I’m not sure it’s been cold enough to freeze deeply enough to freeze water under the ground.  Still, in many parts of the area, one doesn’t have to go very far underground to reach water.  Also, it’s possible the ground itself, saturated with water, is expanding and cracking.  Research has indicated that CRYOSEISMS make a booming sound and produce similar effects to regular earthquakes, but sometimes don’t register on seismographs.  Recently, some officials have gone on record saying that the booms we’re hearing might be CRYOSEISMS.

People are undoubtedly hearing something. Maybe CRYOSEISMS account for some of the mysterious booms we’re hearing, but I’m not totally convinced they account for all the booms.  The best test will be to keep listening and if the booms continue as the temperature warms, we’ll have to turn our attention to another possibility.

In the meantime, please keep your reports coming.  kevin.orpurt@wthitv.com

Stay tuned!

 


WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

January 31st, 2014 at 5:44 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect until midday Saturday for the Indiana counties of:  Parke, Putnam and Vermillion.  In Illinois, Edgar, Coles and Vermilion.  Snow, sleet and freezing rain will combine to make travel difficult.  By Saturday midday, the precipitation should change to all rain, with a high of 45.winter