06/19/2016

Firenado Caught on Camera in California

A wildfire in southern California, known as the "Sherpa Fire", started Wednesday of last week and has been burning ever since. It has burn thousands of acres after high winds, hot temperatures and dry conditions caused it to spread rapidly. Amidst the flames this phenomena occurred and was caught on camera. Check it out.

 

Video Courtesy: WhatViraling01

A "firenado"!

Unlike tornadoes, a firenado can occur due to the lack of moisture, as hot and dry air rises quickly, similar to a dustnado. This video shows how extreme the conditions are right now out west. The National Weather Service has issued more Red Flag Warnings, as well as Excessive Heat Warnings, through Tuesday morning and afternoon respectively. There will finally be some relief from the heat, by Wednesday, when temps drop to the low 90s. Hopefully, fire crews will be able to contain more of the fire by then.

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06/18/2016

A Few Downpours are expected Father's Day

With high pressure parked to our east, our winds turn back to the south over the next 24 hours bringing back humidity levels.  

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Current dew point temps are running the low 70's for Nashville and Paducah, meaning we have a pretty stick air mass approaching.

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As this moisture shifts in our direction, parts of our area will see the chance for some showers and storms during the afternoon/evening on Father's Day.

Let's time it out with AdvanceTrak...

AT shows a mild start with dry conditions during the morning hours.

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As heat builds, humidity begins to increase from west to east tomorrow with that chance for an isolated shower.

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The best chance for seeing a brief downpour will remain along and north of the Ohio River.

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Areas that see the rain will experience a quick dip in temps. 

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The chance for a few showers remains with us through early evening.

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Activity comes to an end by late evening. 

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Who could see the rain? 

While certainly not a washout, the chance for a few downpours will be there for areas along and north of the Ohio River. 

Dma rain chances

The arrival of a cool front will bring us a better chance for scattered storms on Tuesday.

Katie will be in with a full update on what to expect first thing on WDRB in the Morning.

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What Would YOU Do?

We've already had days in the 90s and now that we are just two days away from the official start of summer, the heat is not going anywhere, anytime soon. We tell you to drink water, take breaks inside, wear sunglasses/sunblock and to take care of yourself during the heat of summer. But what about those a bit more helpless, like our pets?

We need to make sure to not leave dogs/cats/other animals in the sun for too long and you especially do not want to leave your pets in hot cars. A lot of research has been done to prove how fast it can get dangerously hot in cars. For example, in the image below, on an 80 degree day after twenty minutes, the air inside the car has increased to a stifling 109 degrees! So on a 90 degree day, like today and tomorrow, it's only going to be hotter and faster inside.

Car heat

Many of us are aware of how our cars become an oven in the heat. So what would you do if you saw a defenseless dog trapped in a hot car? Call the cops? Do nothing? Or something a bit more . . . drastic? Like this guy, in the video below, that has been circulating the web the last few days.

Video Courtesy: JunkinVideo

This is not the only video going viral this week involving pets in hot cars. This news anchor's apology is also gaining traction online, but it's not what may you think! Take a look!

 

Video Courtesy: 9News

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06/17/2016

Milky Way Now Hidden From One ­Third Of Humanity!

The Milky Way, the brilliant river of stars that has dominated the night sky and human imaginations since time immemorial, is but a faded memory to one third of humanity and 80 percent of Americans, according to a new global atlas of light pollution produced by Italian and American scientists.

Light pollution is one of the most pervasive forms of environmental alteration. In most developed countries, the ubiquitous presence of artificial lights creates a luminous fog that swamps the stars and constellations of the night sky.

“We’ve got whole generations of people in the United States who have never seen the Milky Way,” said Chris Elvidge, a scientist with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. “It’s a big part of our connection to the cosmos ­ and it’s been lost.”

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Light pollution now blots the Milky Way for eight in ten Americans. Bright areas of the map show where the sky glow from artificial lighting obscures stars and constellations. Credit: Falchi et al., Science Advances; Jakob Grothe/National Park Service, Matthew Price/ CIRES and CU-Boulder

Elvidge, along with Kimberly Baugh of NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, is part of a team that developed a global atlas of light pollution published June 10 in the journal Science Advances. Using high­-resolution satellite data and precision sky brightness measurements, their study produced the most accurate assessment yet of the global impact of light pollution.

“I hope that this atlas will finally open the eyes of people to light pollution,” said lead author Fabio Falchi from the Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute in Italy.

The atlas takes advantage of low-­light imaging now available from the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar­-orbiting Partnership satellite, calibrated by thousands of ground observations.

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Image Credit: NOAA

Light pollution is most extensive in countries like Singapore, Italy and South Korea, while Canada and Australia retain the most dark sky. In western Europe, only small areas of night sky remain relatively undiminished, mainly in Scotland, Sweden and Norway. Despite the vast open spaces of the American west, almost half of the U.S. experiences light­-polluted nights.

“In the U.S., some of our national parks are just about the last refuge of darkness – places like Yellowstone and the desert southwest,” said co­-author Dan Duriscoe of the National Park Service. “We’re lucky to have a lot of public land that provides a buffer from large cities.”

Light pollution does more than rob humans of the opportunity to ponder the night sky. Unnatural light can confuse or expose wildlife like insects, birds and sea turtles, with often fatal consequences. Fortunately, light pollution can be controlled by shielding lights to limit shine to the immediate area, reducing lighting to the minimum amount needed ­ or by simply turning them off. To view the interactive version of the light pollution atlas, visit CIRES web page

 

 

You So Totally Rock, Sea Turtles!

Happy Belated World Sea Turtle Day! We missed celebrating by one day, but we are not too late for Sea Turtle Week- it continues through today!

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Plus, if we would have marked the day yesterday, we wouldn't have amazing video from The Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans. They strapped a go-pro camera to the shell of their Green Sea Turtle, Kind Mydas, so we could get a front seat view of his underwater world perspective. The whole point for the day, week and video is to bring awareness about how Sea Turtles are an endangered species. 

Ride along with the video below! "Do you have your exit buddy?"- Crush, Finding Nemo

 

Video Courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

Of course, King Mydas lives in an aquarium. What about the sea turtles who spend the majority of their lives in the ocean, often far from shore? Well, as you may have guessed, they are difficult for scientists to study. During Noaa's Sea Turtle Week, which continues through today, they work to discover more about these fascinating creatures who have been around since the dinosaurs.

NOAA Fisheries protects and conserves six species of sea turtles found in U.S. waters. To unravel the mysteries of sea turtles, scientists use tools like genetics and satellite-tracking to gather clues about their movements, habitats and populations.

The last of the leatherbacks? 

The Pacific leatherback is a NOAA “Species in the Spotlight” and one of the most endangered sea turtles in the world, with populations declining by more than 90 percent in recent decades. Leatherbacks are the largest sea turtle on earth, and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds — the size of a small car! The largest remaining population nests on beaches on the other side of the world in Papua-Barat, Indonesia. 

Some of the leatherbacks that hatch in Papua later show up off the U.S. West Coast. NOAA Fisheries is working in partnership with other countries across the Pacific to protect leatherbacks at home and abroad.

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Sea Turtle Hotspot

The Southeast U.S. is prime habitat for sea turtles — see how NOAA scientists monitor them along the west coast of Florida in this video. The data they collect helps scientists track which sea turtles are returning to the same habitat and how their populations are doing — information that helps NOAA Fisheries make sound management and conservation decisions for sea turtle populations.

 

Hope you enjoyed these videos and learning a little bit more about these amazing endangered animals! See you bright and early tomorrow morning on WDRB from 6-9 am! Until then, find me on social media with the links below!

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06/16/2016

The ISS Will Be Visible For 4 Minutes Tonight! When And Where To Look...

Looking into the sky and seeing the International Space Station fly overhead is mind-blowing! Just think, you are watching something that is 230 miles above you, flying at nearly 5 miles per second. If you haven't had the opportunity to see it, I wanted to let you know when and where to look...

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Viewing The International Space Station...

When & Where To Look...

The ISS will be visible in our area tonight at 10:22 pm for 4 minutes! I'd set an alarm on your phone for 10:15 so you have enough time to get outside and face west. It will only peak 18 degrees over the horizon and remember, it will be moving very FAST to the south.

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Mainly clear skies will make viewing ideal. Dress for the warmth as temperatures only drop into the 80's & 70's...

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VIDEO: Anniversary of Violent Tornado

According to the National Weather Service, between June 16th and 19th, over 100 tornadoes were reported across the Central and Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, from Nebraska to Wisconsin. The most destructive tornadoes occurred on the 16th, in eastern Nebraska, where four EF-4 tornadoes were observed. The small town of Pilger was the hardest hit, with reports of 75 percent of the town being completely destroyed, including 100 percent of the business district.

Pilger tornado

One supercell, moving through Stanton County, produced two of the EF-4 tornadoes, including the one that hit Pilger. The double tornadoes were responsible for one fatality each. Double tornadoes, occurring simultaneously from a single supercell thunderstorm, are extremely rare.

This marked the first tornado-related fatalities in Nebraska in 10 years, with the last occurring on May 22, 2004. The storm system also brought the first tornado outbreak of the season to the Upper Midwest. An observed tornado near Platteville, Wisconsin on the 16th marked the sixth latest date for the first tornado occurrence in the state during any year since extensive records began in 1950. This was also the latest start for the tornado season in Wisconsin since 1995.

The video below is really powerful. Once the tornado crosses the street, it hits the town of Pilger, NE and all you see is debris.

 

Video Courtesy: TVNweather

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06/15/2016

Storm Watch Issued for Whole Region

The National Weather Service has expanded the severe thunderstorm watch to include Carroll, Lawerence, Jackson and Jennings Counties as well until 11 pm. Every other county is under the watch under 10 pm. Main threats will be damaging, gusty winds and severe hail possible as well. Flash Flooding, like yesterday, is once again possible. Tornado threat is low. 

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 260 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM EDT
FOR THE FOLLOWING INDIANA COUNTIES:

ADAMS                BARTHOLOMEW         BLACKFORD
BOONE                BROWN               CARROLL
CLAY                 CLINTON             DAVIESS
DEARBORN             DECATUR             DELAWARE
FAYETTE              FOUNTAIN            FRANKLIN
GRANT                GREENE              HAMILTON
HANCOCK              HENDRICKS           HENRY
HOWARD               JACKSON             JAY
JENNINGS             JOHNSON             KNOX
LAWRENCE             MADISON             MARION
MARTIN               MONROE              MONTGOMERY
MORGAN               OHIO                OWEN
PARKE                PUTNAM              RANDOLPH
RIPLEY               RUSH                SHELBY
SULLIVAN             SWITZERLAND         TIPPECANOE
TIPTON               UNION               VERMILLION
VIGO                 WAYNE               WELLS

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
258 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EDT /9 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING FOR THE
FOLLOWING AREAS

IN INDIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 10 COUNTIES

IN SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA

CLARK                 CRAWFORD              DUBOIS               
FLOYD                 HARRISON              JEFFERSON            
ORANGE                PERRY                 SCOTT                
WASHINGTON            

IN KENTUCKY THIS WATCH INCLUDES 40 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL KENTUCKY

ANDERSON              BOYLE                 FRANKLIN             
MERCER                WOODFORD              

IN NORTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY

BRECKINRIDGE          BULLITT               HARDIN               
HENRY                 JEFFERSON             LARUE                
MEADE                 NELSON                OLDHAM               
SHELBY                SPENCER               TRIMBLE              
WASHINGTON            

IN NORTHWEST KENTUCKY

HANCOCK               OHIO                  

IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY

ADAIR                 ALLEN                 BARREN               
BUTLER                CASEY                 CLINTON              
CUMBERLAND            EDMONSON              GRAYSON              
GREEN                 HART                  LINCOLN              
LOGAN                 MARION                METCALFE             
MONROE                RUSSELL               SIMPSON              
TAYLOR                WARREN                

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...ALBANY...BARDSTOWN...BEDFORD...
BOWLING GREEN...BRANDENBURG...BROWNSVILLE...BURKESVILLE...
CAMPBELLSVILLE...COLUMBIA...CORYDON...DANVILLE...EDMONTON...
ELIZABETHTOWN...ENGLISH...FRANKFORT...FRANKLIN...GLASGOW...
GREENSBURG...HARDINSBURG...HARRODSBURG...HARTFORD...HAWESVILLE...
HODGENVILLE...JAMESTOWN...JASPER...JEFFERSONVILLE...LA GRANGE...
LAWRENCEBURG...LEBANON...LEITCHFIELD...LEWISPORT...LIBERTY...
LOUISVILLE...MADISON...MORGANTOWN...MUNFORDVILLE...NEW ALBANY...
NEW CASTLE...PAOLI...PROVIDENCE...RUSSELLVILLE...SALEM...
SCOTTSBURG...SCOTTSVILLE...SHELBYVILLE...SHEPHERDSVILLE...
SPRINGFIELD...STANFORD...TAYLORSVILLE...TELL CITY...
TOMPKINSVILLE AND VERSAILLES.

*Remember to tune into WDRB News this evening with Marc and Rick to get the latest information about today's risk for severe storms. 

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

As expected, the National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center have issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the vast majority of our viewing area until 10 pm tonight. Main threats will be damaging, gusty winds and severe hail possible as well. Flash Flooding, like yesterday, is once again possible. Tornado threat is low. 

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
258 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EDT /9 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING FOR THE
FOLLOWING AREAS

IN INDIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 10 COUNTIES

IN SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA

CLARK                 CRAWFORD              DUBOIS               
FLOYD                 HARRISON              JEFFERSON            
ORANGE                PERRY                 SCOTT                
WASHINGTON            

IN KENTUCKY THIS WATCH INCLUDES 40 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL KENTUCKY

ANDERSON              BOYLE                 FRANKLIN             
MERCER                WOODFORD              

IN NORTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY

BRECKINRIDGE          BULLITT               HARDIN               
HENRY                 JEFFERSON             LARUE                
MEADE                 NELSON                OLDHAM               
SHELBY                SPENCER               TRIMBLE              
WASHINGTON            

IN NORTHWEST KENTUCKY

HANCOCK               OHIO                  

IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY

ADAIR                 ALLEN                 BARREN               
BUTLER                CASEY                 CLINTON              
CUMBERLAND            EDMONSON              GRAYSON              
GREEN                 HART                  LINCOLN              
LOGAN                 MARION                METCALFE             
MONROE                RUSSELL               SIMPSON              
TAYLOR                WARREN                

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...ALBANY...BARDSTOWN...BEDFORD...
BOWLING GREEN...BRANDENBURG...BROWNSVILLE...BURKESVILLE...
CAMPBELLSVILLE...COLUMBIA...CORYDON...DANVILLE...EDMONTON...
ELIZABETHTOWN...ENGLISH...FRANKFORT...FRANKLIN...GLASGOW...
GREENSBURG...HARDINSBURG...HARRODSBURG...HARTFORD...HAWESVILLE...
HODGENVILLE...JAMESTOWN...JASPER...JEFFERSONVILLE...LA GRANGE...
LAWRENCEBURG...LEBANON...LEITCHFIELD...LEWISPORT...LIBERTY...
LOUISVILLE...MADISON...MORGANTOWN...MUNFORDVILLE...NEW ALBANY...
NEW CASTLE...PAOLI...PROVIDENCE...RUSSELLVILLE...SALEM...
SCOTTSBURG...SCOTTSVILLE...SHELBYVILLE...SHEPHERDSVILLE...
SPRINGFIELD...STANFORD...TAYLORSVILLE...TELL CITY...
TOMPKINSVILLE AND VERSAILLES.

*Remember to tune into WDRB News this evening with Marc and Rick to get the latest information about today's risk for severe storms, as well as the potential for Thursday. 

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Watch Likely to be Issued for Kentuckiana

We've already seen one severe thunderstorm warning this afternoon for Washington and Orange Counties and it is likely not going to be our last. WDRB Weather, as well as the The Storm Prediction Center, are monitoring the conditions across the area. SPC is likely to issue a watch for our viewing area due to increasing potential for damaging, gusty winds as well as severe hail. Expect a watch to be issued around 2 pm today. The whole WDRB Weather Team will keep you posted on social media about severe storms. 

SPC's discussion regarding the likelihood of a watch is below. 

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PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...80 PERCENT

   SUMMARY...TSTMS ARE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING ALONG A REMNANT OUTFLOW
   BOUNDARY...AND MAY POSE A RISK OF DMGG WIND GUSTS AND ISOLATED HAIL.
   A WATCH IS LIKELY WITHIN THE HOUR.

   DISCUSSION...SCATTERED TSTMS ARE DEVELOPING FROM SRN IND SWWD INTO
   SERN MO NEAR AN OUTFLOW BOUNDARY ASSOCIATED WITH EARLIER CONVECTION.
   CORRIDOR OF STRONGEST HEATING HAS OCCURRED NEAR AND IMMEDIATELY
   AHEAD OF THE BOUNDARY...RESULTING IN MLCAPE VALUES OF 2000-3000
   J/KG. INSTABILITY DECREASES WITH EWD EXTENT INTO CNTRL PORTIONS OF
   KY AND MIDDLE TN...DUE TO MORE WIDESPREAD CLOUD COVER. HOWEVER...A
   VERY MOIST AIR MASS IS IN PLACE ACROSS THE REGION...CHARACTERIZED BY
   MID-UPPER 70S DEWPOINTS AND PW VALUES APPROACHING 2 INCHES...AND
   WITH CONTINUED FILTERED SUNSHINE AND GRADUAL HEATING...THE
   ENVIRONMENT WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY SUPPORTIVE FOR MAINTAINING
   STRONG CONVECTION FARTHER EWD. ADDITIONALLY...AREA VWP DATA NOTES A
   MODEST INCREASE IN MID-UPPER LEVEL FLOW HAS OCCURRED THIS MORNING.
   CURRENT THINKING IS SEVERAL MULTICELL CLUSTERS CAPABLE OF DMGG WINDS
   AND ISOLATED HAIL WILL EVOLVE FROM THE MID-MS VALLEY INTO THE LOWER
   OH VALLEY...SPREADING ESEWD TOWARDS THE TN VALLEY AND CNTRL KY LATER
   THIS AFTERNOON. MORE RECENT RUNS OF THE ESRL AND NCEP HRRR SUGGEST
   UPSCALE EVOLUTION INTO ONE OR TWO MCS/S IS ALSO POSSIBLE. CONVECTIVE
   TRENDS ARE BEING MONITORED FOR WATCH ISSUANCE BY 18Z.

*Remember to tune into WDRB News this evening with Marc and Rick to get the latest information about today's risk for severe storms, as well as the potential for Thursday. 

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