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  • Record Quiet 2014 for Tornadoes

    Chris Bianchi
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:10 pm
    It looks as though the year will close with some good news: with less than two weeks remaining in 2014, we’re well on pace for a near-record low number of tornadoes nationwide. According to the Storm Prediction Center, 1,031 confirmed tornadoes have touched down so far this year, approximately 350 twisters shy of the nine-year (2005-’13) average of 1,394. Still, that tornado figure is about 100 tornadoes above the record-breaking low 2013 year, which produced just 928 tornadoes. Geographically, the states that saw far fewer tornadoes than average were primarily in the southern…
  • Pioneering Meteorologist, Robert ‘Bob’ Simpson — Co-Developer Of The Saffir-Simpson Scale — Dies At 102

    Alan Raymond
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Photo credit: Wikipedia (Robert Simpson, left, talking to a colleague.) One of the most influential people, in the world of meteorology, has died at the age of 102. Robert ‘Bob’ Simpson was half of the team that developed the widely-used Saffir-Simpson Scale. The Saffir-Simpson Scale is a 1 to 5 ranking of tropical systems, based on wind speed. Simpson was also an integral part of development of the “National Severe Storms Project,” which later became the National Severe Storms Laboratory — one of the most prolific institutes of severe weather research in the world.
  • VIDEO: Inside Looking Out From NASA’s Orion

    Cole Abshere
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The post VIDEO: Inside Looking Out From NASA’s Orion appeared first on WeatherNation.
  • NASA Could Put A “Floating City” in Venus’ Atmosphere

    Alan Raymond
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    (Artist’s rendering from NASA) With all of this talk of going to Mars, NASA might have another planet in mind as well: Our nearest neighbor, Venus. Only 26 million miles from Earth (compared the the 33.9 millions miles from Earth to Mars) Venus is about the same size as Earth — and that’s where the similarities end. Venus’ atmosphere is 95% carbon dioxide and the average surface temperature is more than 860 degrees Fahrenheit. Those factors, along with many others, make the surface of Venus totally inhospitable to humans. But, NASA is thinking of sending humans to…
  • VIDEO: A Series of Heart-Stopping Crashes On A Slick Road in Canada

    Alan Raymond
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    Canadians are known for their hospitality, friendliness and ability to dive in the worst of winter weather. But, black ice is universally impossible to navigate. This video from YouTube, posted by Joey Cook, shows a series of heart-stopping wrecks in Lethbridge, Canada — in the southeastern part of Alberta — on Sunday. According to a post on his video, Joey Cook says the temperature was well below zero at the time of the accidents and the road was a sheet of ice. The Canadian version of the Huffington Post says 15 cars crashed on Whoop-Up Drive. “The incident began at around 5:45…
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