February 26, 2015 on Bible Buddies!

Today I started off the WHCB Kids show, and we had a weather song! So, make sure to check out Nick Walker’s website for more information about the songs he sings, including the one today, called “Round and Round.” His website is http://www.wxdude.com.

Right after that, I talked about weather safety activities for kids online. Owlie Skywarn is the cartoon character the National Weather Service created for such things (there’s even a mascot like sports teams have!), and you can find his website at http://www.weather.gov/owlie. I’ll put that link up there at the top of the blog, too.

Be sure to click the “Become a Young Meteorologist” section on that site as well, you’ll learn a lot about weather there!

The latest forecast is coming in a couple hours, and thankfully it includes very little snow!

Round and Round song

I’m only about 12 hours late, but here’s more info on the song “Round and Round” by Nick Walker I played during Bible Buddies on Friday afternoon!

It’s one of my favorite songs on his “Don’t Get Scared, Just Get Prepared” CD.  The song tells about how most of the time, air goes up (updraft) and down (downdraft) in a thunderstorm. But occasionally the bad storms (severe thunderstorms, aka supercell storms) have wind that goes around and around. Some, but not all storms that do that produce tornadoes, which are rotating columns of air that come from a thunderstorm and touch the ground and are very dangerous! I hope that we can find out what makes some supercells produce tornadoes and what makes some of them not produce tornadoes. I’m of the semi-scientific belief that geography might have a lot to do with that…but I’ll let the researchers do their job on that one. Either way, that piece of information in itself could do a world of good in saving lives in severe weather!

Make sure to check out http://www.wxdude.com for info on Nick Walker’s CD, when you can see him on The Weather Channel, and all sorts of other things, including study guides about his songs! You’ll be able to read the lyrics and browse around his site to help you learn about severe weather safety.

Meanwhile, I’ll have a new forecast ready to go for the week ahead sometime by 5pm Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Weather Song and April 17 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Good evening, all! Welcome to the Tri Cities Weather Blog! Tonight’s blog will start with info about a weather song, and then I’ll follow with the forecast.

During Bible Buddies, I played a song called “Round and Round,” sung by Nick Walker from The Weather Channel, also known as The Weather Dude. It’s one of my favorite songs on his “Don’t Get Scared, Just Get Prepared” CD.  The song tells about how most of the time, air goes up (updraft) and down (downdraft) in a thunderstorm. But occasionally the bad storms (severe thunderstorms, aka supercell storms) have wind that goes around and around. Some, but not all storms that do that produce tornadoes, which are rotating columns of air that come from a thunderstorm and touch the ground and are very dangerous!

Make sure to check out http://www.wxdude.com for info on Nick Walker’s CD, when you can see him on The Weather Channel, and all sorts of other things, including study guides about his songs (click Weather Songs)! You’ll be able to read the lyrics and let browse around his site to help you learn about severe weather safety.

On to the forecast, and I’ll do it in quick format today. There is low pressure near Florida that will be moving northeast, and a cold front that will pass just north of here on Friday. That will bring increased clouds, but there’s not really enough moisture to cause too much in the way of rainfall. However, there is a chance through tomorrow night. Here’s the forecast, have a great Friday!

Tonight-Partly cloudy, perhaps light rain in the NC mountains. Low 38.

Friday-Partly sunny, again an outside chance of rain during the day. High 68.

Friday night-Cloudy, maybe a passing rain shower. Low 43.

Saturday-Partly to mostly sunny, high 73.

Easter Sunday-Mostly sunny, high 75.

New Year’s Day Weather Song: Blizzards!

No, there aren’t any blizzards imminent for the Tri-Cities, but I did get the chance to play a Nick Walker song about one during the kids show!

Officially speaking, a blizzard is a severe snowstorm that has a sustained wind or frequent gusts over 35 miles per hour and considerable falling or blowing snow for more than three hours.

The last two blizzards I recall around the Tri-Cities were in 1993 and 1996. I remember at least a foot of snow for each of those events, with power outages for a long, long time for many people. Many times, snowstorms are so intense there is even thunder and lightning. That’s thundersnow. I’m fairly certain I remember hearing that during one of the events in the 90’s.

The only video I can find of either of those events is from Alabama. My friend James Spann worked that event at channel 6 in Birmingham way back then, and here is the first part of the footage from that event. Note that while most folks got a lot of snow, there was a massive severe weather outbreak from the warm part of the storm as well.

It is always wise to make sure you know what’s going on with the weather. Many times forecasters like me are able to figure out that something like this is coming a few days in advance. Even if it’s not technically a blizzard, if forecasters are talking about a lot of snow and gusty winds, the best plan of action (as said in the song…remember it?) is to stay inside. It’s easy to get disoriented while walking outside even in a short distance when heavy snow is occurring.

That won’t be happening within the next week or so, at least that’s how it looks right now. Check out Nick’s activity page for the blizzard song.  That will give you more information, and at the top of the page you can even get the lyrics, and how to get a copy of the “Don’t Get Scared, Just Get Prepared” CD that we play on the air!

All year long, you’ll be able to depend on the Tri-Cities Weather Blog along with the stations’ and my Twitter and Facebook pages to keep you updated on all types of severe weather! Look to the right side of the page for the links to all of those different sites. As always, if you have any questions about the weather, click Contact on the top right of the page and fill out the form. Your message will come right to me!

Weather Song: In Your Kit

Tuesday during the WHCB Kids’ Show Bible Buddies, I played a song from Nick Walker, aka The Weather Dude. We’ve been playing songs occasionally from his “Don’t Get Scared Just Get Prepared” CD for the past couple years.

Tuesday’s song was “In Your Kit,” where Nick and the kids talk about making an emergency kit to keep in your house in case something bad happens. It’s very important to do that so you can be as clean and healthy as possible in the event of severe weather or heavy snow knocking out power, or even worse than that!

There are lots of things that should be kept in an emergency kit, like a first aid kit, batteries, flashlights, blankets, food for pets and people, stuff to stay clean, and important papers as well.

In terms of severe weather preparedness, it’s good to keep helmets close by as well if there are any tornado warnings. Click Severe Weather Safety Rules  for more on where to go and what to do when there are severe weather warnings.

Here’s Nick’s page for the song, where you can get an exhaustive list of all the different things to put in an emergency kit. This isn’t really totally for kids, as everyone should have one! And at this time of year, getting parts of that together might be a good Christmas present, too!