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New Climate Area Released

Is it going to be colder than normal? I’m going on vacation in June, what will the weather be like?
These are common questions that we are often asked. To help answer these questions, we are introducing the new climate area, accessible via:

The new climate area incorporates data from several sources into a user friendly and easily accessible format. Some of the great features of the climate area include:

  • Records Events – View the records set over the past couple days, the past week or even a specific date from the past couple years. You can mouse over the map to view individual records or in tabular format below the map.
  • Normals – HAMweather has created a collection of maps that detail the normal precipitation, highs, lows and mean temperatures for all 365 days of the year, as well as monthly and yearly summaries. Maps are available for the Continental US, 9 regional views, Alaska and Hawaii.One of my favorite maps from this set is the CONUS view of the yearly precipitation. This map allows you to easily depict the drier conditions east of the Rockies and the increased areas of precipitation in the southeast by the Gulf of Mexico.

    Another great feature of the Normals area and many of the other maps is the ability to click on a regional map to view a tooltip of the data near the location clicked on the map:Example of Normals Tooltip

    In the tooltip you can click the “More Details” link to view the normals in tabular form, either a daily view for the month or a monthly view for the year.

  • Temperature Change – The improved temperature change maps provide the change in temperature as compared to 24 hours ago, as well as 1 hour ago. Like most of the other regional views, clicking on the map will display more information for the location clicked:Exmplae of Temperate Change Tooltip

    The southeast was definitely much cooler the morning of the Feb 27th than it was the morning of Feb 26th!
  • Forecasted Departure from Normal Highs (and Lows) – As part of the short-term outlooks, these maps are providing the forecasted departure from the normal highs and lows for days 1 through 7.
    Here we can see the forecasted highs for the central plains on Feb 28th, look to be above normal.Forecast Departure Tool Tip Example
  • Long Term Outlooks – This map set, based on data provided by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, display the probabilities of the temperatures and precipitation being above or below normal for a specific time range. Available ranges include days 8-14, the next month and for the next year in three month intervals.

Upcoming HWClimate Service
Within the next couple of weeks, HAMweather will begin offering a HWClimate content service. With this service, you will be able to add custom branded map images and data to your websites, visual displays, mobile devices and more. More details to come.

Stormy Weather Shifts Its Focus

Once the Northeastern storm exists stage right Friday night, a new storm begins affecting the West Coast on Saturday and continuing through Sunday, bringing heavy snows once again to the mountains with heavy rainfall across Oregon and California. The storm center will make landfall farther south than previous systems which will give western Washington and British Columbia a break from the continuous rain and snows of the last week. The country east of the Rockies will get a much needed break for most of the weekend before another storm system begins taking shape later Sunday afternoon and evening across the Southern Plains. As milder Pacific air continues to flood the country next week, many areas will see rain with this next system with the exception being the usual areas where it wants to snow this year–the northern Plains and far northern parts of New England. Severe weather will once again be possible across the Gulf Coast states as the accompanying cold front scours out high levels of moisture engulfing the region from the Gulf and Pacific.

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February 2008
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