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Month: December 2017

Have a Happy New Year!

Have a Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has a blessed and Happy New Year in 2018! 2017 was an exciting year for WeatherTogether with me and my fellow bloggers from WeatherQuack.com joining the WeatherTogether team and merging under them. I look forward to what’s in store for 2018 and excited to see where 2018 takes WeatherTogether. Thanks for continuing to read all our blog reports and for being a part of WeatherTogether.

It’s freeze in the New Year across much of the nation, including Arkansas. Here’s a look at our current temperatures, plus we’re under a Wind Chill Advisory across the entire state and Fayetteville and Fort Smith experienced a little wintry precipitation earlier today (maps courtesy of Baron Threat Net and Earth Networks Sferic Maps).

Here are the latest conditions from my PWS (image courtesy of WeatherBug). It’s currently 21 outside this evening.

And it’s only going to get worse as the night goes on. Here’s a look at the future temperature map for 5:00 AM from the Baron forecast model and 5:30 AM from the WSI RPM model.

We may all be wanting to say in 2018, “Make America Warm Again”. 🙂

That wraps it up here! Have a great New Year in 2018! Nathan Parker signing off!

Tropical Storm Vinta Impacts The Philippines

Tropical Storm Vinta Impacts The Philippines

Tropical Storm Vinta impacted The Philippines this past week. I managed to get some news updates and pictures of Vinta’s impact on The Philippines courtesy of pastor Welnar Ayag over Facebook (he’s located in The Philippines), and I will include additional updates in upcoming blog entries if I manage to get any additional information to relay.

Here are a few Facebook posts of the tropical storm news pastor Welnar managed to send me:

Here are also a couple of news articles covering the tropical storm available here and available here (both are in a foreign language and will need to be translated into English in order to read them).

Lastly, here are some pictures taken by pastor Welnar of the flooding and impact of Tropical Storm Vinta as it impacted his area.

Our prayers go out to the people of The Philippines impacted by Tropical Storm Vinta, as it seems to be a horrible storm. I will find out if a text-to-donate option is going to be available in which to contribute to the victims of this severe weather event.

That wraps it up here! Nathan Parker signing off.

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas! #ARWX

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas! #ARWX

On behalf of the WeatherTogether admin team, I want to wish all my fellow contributors and readers of WeatherTogether a blessed and Merry Christmas! It has been an exciting year for WeatherTogether, as well as the integration of WeatherQuack.com’s content under WeatherTogether to expand WeatherTogether’s contributor footprint both nationwide and globally, as well as giving readers a balance between weather reports served up fresh daily in addition to the expanded coverage of major weather events. Our team of contributors has dramatically increased over the year, as well as we’ve been making some great progress on webcams and models additions to the site as well. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for 2018!

Here in Arkansas I personally didn’t get a White Christmas yet, but it seems some parts of the state are. Here’s the latest look at Arkansas Radar with Snow Machine showing snow across North Arkansas, and 1 Hr FutureScan showing it’s going to linger around for a bit. If anyone in Arkansas is seeing snow or wintry precipitation, let me know and tweet me some pictures at my Twitter @theparkernathan (maps courtesy of Baron Threat Net).

Here’s a look at temperatures across Arkansas, both from NWS stations (map courtesy of Baron Threat Net) and Earth Networks weather stations (map courtesy of Earth Networks Sferic Maps). Here’s also a look at the current conditions on my Earth Networks Personal Weather Station (image courtesy of WeatherBug), as well as a look at my Earth Networks HD Cam outside my home showing a beautiful view of the sky this evening. Remember you can also view my HD Cam at any time right here.

For those traveling across the region this evening, here’s a look at the current satellite/radar across the region (image courtesy of Baron Threat Net).

For a little Christmas fun and enjoyment, here’s a look at the current conditions at the North Pole (well, the North Pole in Alaska since I don’t think Santa owns a weather station yet. To my colleagues at Earth Networks, can we make that happen before next Christmas?). Here’s also a look at the current conditions in Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, as I also didn’t see a weather station directly in Bethlehem yet (maybe another place we can add a weather station to before next Christmas?). I’m also including a map of the current temperatures across Israel so you can get a glimpse of the weather stations across Israel (current conditions graphics are from WeatherBug, Israel temperature map is from Earth Networks Sferic Maps).

And for a final Christmas enjoyment, here are a couple of images from the Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. What a beautiful sight and one to enjoy on Christmas!

That wraps it up here! Have a blessed and Merry Christmas! Nathan Parker signing off!

Weather Window: Beautiful Webcam Covering Port Isaac, UK

Weather Window: Beautiful Webcam Covering Port Isaac, UK

(Image courtesy one of the Doc Martin fan groups on Facebook)

One of the most fun weather webcams I’ve enjoyed viewing is the live panoramic webcam covering Port Isaac in the UK courtesy of John Bray Cornish Holidays. For those interested in checking it out, click here to view it (since the camera broadcasts live in UK time, there will be a major time difference for those in the US).

Port Isaac is located in Cornwall and home of the British television comedy Doc Martin (available on many PBS stations in the US), and it is a charming village that is the ideal home for such a fun television series as Doc Martin. During the years Doc Martin is being filmed (which is generally filmed every other year), those watching the webcam can usually catch a glimpse of the television crew filming the series. Even when Doc Martin isn’t being actively filmed, the webcam is a great way to escape and enjoy the beautiful Cornish scenery of Port Isaac.

If you’re an avid Doc Martin fan as I am, I also encourage you to check out a couple of the great Doc Martin fan groups on Facebook (one available here and another available here) as in addition to discussing the show, some will also give some weather updates around Port Isaac from time to time which is a fun read. I’ve also written a couple of Doc Martin FanFiction.net pieces (one here) including a Doc Martin Christmas special (available here) Now all we need is to get an actual weather station out in Port Isaac! If anyone is interested in installing a weather station in Port Isaac, let me know!

While you’re at it, if you’re interested in seeing some additional great weather cameras from across the US, check out our webcams gallery here on WeatherTogether.net. My personal webcam is available here. We should probably add the Port Isaac webcam as a featured webcam to our gallery. That’d be a ton of fun.

That wraps it up here! Nathan Parker signing off. Have a Merry Christmas Eve!

Track Santa with the Official NORAD Santa Tracker @EarthNetworks #ARWX #NORADTracksSanta

Track Santa with the Official NORAD Santa Tracker @EarthNetworks #ARWX #NORADTracksSanta

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time to track Santa’s  journey from the North Pole around the world to see where Santa is delivering presents to children next! The best way to track Santa’s journey is through the Official NORAD Santa Tracker, available here. There are also Official NORAD Santa Tracker apps available for smartphones as well for tracking Santa on the go.

Santa is already off to a great start and delivering packages in the Middle East. As the evening goes on, I will try to tweet out a few Santa Tracker updates as time permits to my Twitter @theparkernathan. For real-time updates, follow the official tracker.

This is also the first year the Official NORAD Santa Tracker partnered with Earth Networks to deliver real-time weather information in the tracker. More details available here. It’s exciting to see the weather company I’m a part of providing the weather data backbone to the Offical NORAD Santa Tracker, and now we just need to get a weather station installed at Santa’s headquarters at the North Pole. 🙂

That wraps it up here! Nathan Parker signing off.

Quite the Downpour Yesterday in Arkansas #ARWX

Quite the Downpour Yesterday in Arkansas #ARWX

Arkansas received quite the downpour yesterday! While there wasn’t a major severe weather event (except for a Flash Flood Watch and some Flood Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings, as well as a Winter Weather Advisory in Northwest Arkansas), Arkansas did receive a major share of much-needed rain, as well as some intense rumbles of thunder during the event.

Here are a couple of flooding pictures from yesterday’s event, courtesy of KATV Todd Yakoubian: @KATVToddYak on Twitter.

According to the NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) on Twitter, yesterday’s rain event broke a record, as well as ranked the 6th highest calendar day rainfall for December in Little Rock.

Here’s a look at rainfall over the past week according to my CoCoRaHS gauge here in Hot Springs, Arkansas, as well as a look at CoCoRaHS totals across the state from yesterday’s event.

Snow Machine on Baron Threat Net showed some wintry precipitation on radar in Northwest Arkanasas yesterday during the event (as seen in the tweet below from my Twitter @theparkernathan, and according to KATV Todd Yakoubian (@KATVToddYak) on Twitter, some people in Northwest Arkansas woke up to a wintry pre-Christmas present.

All clear here tonight across Arkansas. Here’s a look at temperatures across the state both from NWS stations (map courtesy of Baron Threat Net) and Earth Networks weather stations (map couresty of Earth Networks Sferic Maps).

Quick admin note: WeatherQuack.com’s content officially finished merging under WeatherTogether.net as of today. WeatherQuack.com and WeatherTogether.net are finally completely together at lat. WeatherQuack.com will be shutting down as a separate website next week, with WeatherQuack.com forwarding to WeatherTogether.net until the domain expires. We’re excited that the merge is complete, and we look forward to what is in store for us in 2018!

That wraps it up here! Nathan Parker signing off

Earth Networks Providing Weather Data to NORAD Santa Tracker @EarthNetworks

Earth Networks Providing Weather Data to NORAD Santa Tracker @EarthNetworks

Earth Networks (a company I handle IT consulting for) is providing weather data to the NORAD Santa Tracker this year. NORAD Santa Tracker is a fun website and application that allows families to track Santa’s journey from the North Pole to children’s homes on Christmas Eve (TV stations generally use it on air for tracking Santa as well). I’ve personally used it in the past in tracking Santa on weather reports I’ve blogged about on Christmas Eve.

It is great to know that this year, not only will NORAD Santa Tracker be complete with weather data and weather conditions across the world in addition to tracking Santa’s whereabouts, it’s also getting weather data from the world’s largest professional weather station network and the industry leader in providing real-time weather data. I am excited to see Earth Networks provide weather data to NORAD Santa Tracker, and it’ll make Christmas Eve Santa tracking even more fun for the weather geek.

To read the press release from Earth Networks, click here. To visit the official NORAD Santa Tracker, click here.

I hope Santa is also using a weather alert app on his smartphone that takes advantage of Earth Networks lightning data in case there are any surprise Christmas thunderstorms. Apps that use Earth Networks lightning data include Sferic Mobile for enterprises and WeatherBug, Baron Critical Weather, and WDT Weather Radio for consumers.

Stormy Evening Headed for Arkansas #ARWX

Stormy Evening Headed for Arkansas #ARWX

Arkansas is in for a stormy evening bringing in some much-needed rain to the Natural State. Here’s a look at current Arkansas radar (images courtesy of Baron Threat Net).

Here’s a look at the 1 hour FutureScan for Arkansas Radar at 8:50 PM.

Here’s a look at PulseRad radar simulation (not traditional radar) of the lightning intensity across Arkansas (image courtesy of Earth Networks)

More details will be on my Twitter @theparkernathan and #ARWX on Twitter this evening as the storm progresses through Arkansas.