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How Hurricanes Get their Names

How Hurricanes Get their Names

This hurricane season has proven to be an intense one, with several major hurricanes causing destruction across the Southeast and the Caribbean. The remnants of one hurricane, Ophelia, even caused damage in several western European countries. With names like Ophelia and Philippe, one might wonder how hurricanes get their names to begin with. The short answer is that we name hurricanes to avoid confusion in forecasting and warning and that the names are chosen by the United Nations. If you…

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Winter’s first snowfall… in summer.

Winter’s first snowfall… in summer.

Author Note: I wrote this post on my phone. The ‘featured image’ is from last winter because I can’t figure out how to upload images from my phone. Also be aware that formatting might be weird. I love fall, it’s my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, fall only lasted for about a week where I work in Island Park, Idaho. We got somewhere between two and three inches of snow overnight, freezing up my pressure washer. Driving up, you would…

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No, we don’t need to add a ‘Category 6’ to the hurricane scale

No, we don’t need to add a ‘Category 6’ to the hurricane scale

Hurricanes are categorized according to the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, which organizes tropical cyclones with winds greater than 74 mph into categories from 1 to 5. Each category comes with a description of what damage can be expected in an area that the center of the storm passes over. Occasionally, I see talk of a need to add a 6th category to the Saffir-Simpson scale. Some recent examples of this come after Hurricane Patricia (2015) managed to get itself to…

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The Pacific Northwest heatwave… won’t be that bad in East Idaho

The Pacific Northwest heatwave… won’t be that bad in East Idaho

It’s no secret that I talk to a lot of weather folks in the Portland and Seattle areas, despite living in East Idaho. The “hot topic” (pun intended) of conversation in these circles is the impending heat wave, which spells imminent doom for everyone west of the Cascades who doesn’t have air conditioning. Our good friend Frankie MacDonald has even weighed in in this YouTube Video. With some weather models predicting highs in Portland above 110 and highs in Seattle…

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