Friday, March 27, 2015

Weather company flips shit over its own ability to predict the weather

With a blatant disregard for their peers in the industry, the meteorology profession, and the government agency responsible for supplying them with raw data at no cost to them, AccuWeather released this promotional piece slamming the ability of NOAA's SPC to accurately predict tornadoes. The piece outlines Oklahoma severe weather events of March 25, 2015. They state:
The NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, located just
9 miles south of the tornado’s path, judged the risk
of tornadoes in the region to be “low” and issued
a severe thunderstorm, rather than a tornado watch.
Further, the potential for “significant” tornadoes was
forecasted by NOAA to be “very low.” 
They go on to say:
This isn’t the first time AccuWeather has provided its clients
with a superior service in the backyard of the NOAA Storm
Prediction Center. On April 13, 2012, a tornado cut through
Norman, Oklahoma, causing considerable damage.
AccuWeather issued its tornado warning at 3:29 P.M.
The NWS didn’t issue its tornado warning until 3:59 P.M
NOAA is the ultimate supplier of 80% of the raw data private U.S. weather companies utilize to make forecasts. In addition, NOAA is a federally-funded entity that is in no way a competitor to private weather companies. Furthermore, weather agencies under the NOAA umbrella have zero recourse for scandalmongering. There are more tactful ways to boast one's product - without ultimately biting the hand that feeds you. There is no way a business-person wrote this piece.

On a positive note:
One thing that NOAA's NWS and AccuWeather can agree on is that WDT's RadarScope is the best app with which to deliver weather radar information to the public:

 Thanks for the recognition, guys!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hail Hell

Really looking forward to seeing how this plays out. One thing's for sure, there are going to be a lot of very happy roofers in Oklahoma by tonight.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Watch - Warning - Emergency

Well, here we are. Finally "Emergency" is classified as a type of weather notification, taking the wind out of the word "Warning."
No longer will people heed the urgency once conveyed in the words Tornado Warning or Flash Flood Warning. Instead they will wait for the seemingly more eminent Tornado Emergency, Flash Flood Emergency, or enter your emergency here ________.

So what has happened here? Was it necessary to go ultra mega extreme? Has the weather information provided to those who issue official warnings progressed to the point that three types of notification are necessary? Is the general public capable of comprehending three levels of severity?

Monday, March 23, 2015

PoopWatch wants to be taken seriously

No kidding, this guy "PoopWatch" is on reddit wanting other people to buy his newly designed modeling system for $7-9 per month. I'm all about a new modeling system, especially one that is disruptive (this one does not appear to be of that variety), but can't imagine taking a guy who calls himself PoopWatch serious.

Friday, March 13, 2015

12 hours in the future

A look at what the rapid refresh model thinks will happen over the next 12 hours or so. Eastern OK looks plenty wet!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Eastern Oklahoma will get soaked!

Plenty of rain is headed for eastern OK over the next few days. Wish this would dump on the western part of the state but we'll take any water we can get around here these days.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The (school) Closer

Intense snow band intersecting OKC at this time. Tulsa should get clipped by a good portion of this.