Freak Tornadoes Strike Midwest

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An unusually warm US Midwest was caught off-guard on Monday as freak clusters of out-of-season tornados struck throughout the region, causing structural damage in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois and Arkansas and killing two in Missouri.

TRMM Turns Ten

Paul RacetteEarth Observation, Weather

For the past 10 years TRMM has provided spectacular imagery of the interior structure of storm systems. The unprecedented data have improved our understanding of weather and climate. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission launched November 27, 1997.

Earth Observation in the Met Office

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Met Office

The United Kingdom’s Met Office is one of the world’s leading providers of environmental and weather-related services. Our solutions and services meet the needs of many communities of interest, from the general public, government and schools, through broadcasters and online media, to civil aviation and almost every other industry sector – in the UK and around the world. It is also home to the Hadley Centre for climate research.

The Mississippi Mesonet

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Mississippi MesonetOver the past five years, Jackson State University has taken a leading role in the development of a world-class mesoscale observing network in Mississippi for research, education, and operational use: The Mississippi Mesonet (White and Matlack 2005). Broadly speaking a mesonet can be considered to be a network of automated weather observing stations whose spatial distribution facilitates near-real time description in between the standard “synoptic” observing stations of the National Weather Service (NWS) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In many cases, they are characterized by improved temporal resolution and supplemental sensors compared to the synoptic network.