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“How weather balloons work and why they’re crucial to forecasting”

Here’s an interesting article about the weather balloons which are launched twice a day by National Weather Service folk to give us a view of the vertical structure of the atmosphere.  This knowledge is crucial in understanding the likelihood of severe weather, the type of wintry precipitation, and the pattern…
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“Eight Tropical Cyclones At Once in the North Pacific Ocean For First Time Since 1974”

While the Atlantic has been relatively inactive as far as tropical storms go this year (although they are still ahead of normal in named storms), the Pacific Ocean has been hopping.  Weather Underground posted a story describing the eight storms that occurred at the same time across the Northern Pacific…
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