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Drought Watch returns
First of all, Jamie asked a question of all of you. We will be updating and revising our website within the next month. One thing that will change is the Action Weather Blog will be going to our front page. But, much more than this we would like to make our weather page one of the best in the nation. So, please provide us with ideas and we will go to bat with them next week.
Secondly, DROUGHT WATCH returns. We were showing our drought watch in March and April. Then we had 20 days of rain, but now guess what? Well you know. It is drying out and there is nothing we can do about it. The next four weeks will be quite interesting as summer settles in, and yet we are still in the weakening version of the same pattern that set up last fall. Before La Nina, during a weak La Nina, and now back to neutral conditions in the equatorial Pacific. Bottom line, the ocean oscillations have VERY LITTLE impact on our weather pattern cycle. The same pattern continues. And, it has been a very bad pattern for weather enthusiasts around our part of the country. So, no surprise that it is winding down the way it started. BORING. There is some hope as we move through June, but I have big concerns. If June is dry then a serious drought will have exploded on us and it is my least favorite kind of weather. So, let's hope for rain soon.
Posted by at May 24, 2006 9:36 PM
Gary - Remember what I said months ago? -not that that was more than a hunch, but I just smelled drought coming. Oh well, YAWN. Bet the desert SW sees more storms in its monsoon than we saw this year.
You always smell the drought coming, but I will give you credit. Let's see how this evolves. We average 5 inches of rain between now and the end of June, so the test is on.
Posted by: StormDog at May 24, 2006 10:50 PM
How about providing updated video files of Gary's latest forecast. Also, a radar that allows for display of movement. I think broadcasting the blog through an RSS feed would be great as well. Here is a link explaining how you can do that: http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/article.php/2175271. It's a great way for your readers with RSS readers to get updated blog entries delivered directly to them!
Right now, we do put the 10pm weathercast on the website every day. We will be putting more frequent weathercasts on the site in the weeks to come! And we're looking into the RSS suggestion, too!
Posted by: happy penguin at May 24, 2006 10:56 PM
In the future I'd love to have a RSS/XML feed of the blog.
We are looking into it! Thank you for posting!
Posted by: Eldon at May 25, 2006 5:56 AM
Dust and more dust. Another idea for your blog...RSS feeds and adding your blog page onto the mobile framework. I won't plug my interactive blog again, but that would be cool. Is there anyway that the ESP system interacts with web based tech? It would be cool for the user to be able to do functions such as zoom and animate. The mobile version can do it, and it would be nice if the web version could too. I have more ideas, but will defer as I imagine you have plenty to work on. Thanks for all the hard work..this is a very good blog!
Several people are asking about RSS. I have proposed it to our computer people!
Posted by: Scott at May 25, 2006 8:40 AM
I'd really like to see a daily/monthly almanac and be able to compare how each month is shaping up to an "average" month. And a glossary of terms wouldn't hurt either. Thanks and keep up the good work! Katrina
A daily almanac is in our plan... great idea for the monthly almanac, too... we will look into it. Also, I love the idea for a glossary!
Posted by: Katrina at May 25, 2006 8:49 AM
I would like to see a regional and national radar/satellite image and a severe weather watch and warning map. Also futurecast would be neat.
I think the watches/warnings are a must, too!
Posted by: David at May 25, 2006 5:18 PM