As we approach the end of May, it’s finally beginning to heat up — even in the colder regions of the United States. It’s a welcome change after winter decided to stick around for a few extra weeks, but come mid-July, there’s a good chance we’ll all be wishing for snow. This summer is going to be a rough one.
Even though some litigious folks have tried over the years, you can’t sue a weatherman for giving you the wrong information. Did you end up getting soaked because the weather report said it was going to be 75 and sunny this weekend when in reality a mini-monsoon landed on your front door? Well, you’re out of luck on multiple fronts.
The fact of the matter is that weather reports provide no real guarantee as to anything weather related. They are, in very pure sense, mere predictions. And sure, modern-day computing has perhaps improved the accuracy of weather reports, but it’s important to remember that weather reports still remain nothing more than educated guesses. As it stands today, we’re currently at a point where the weather can be reasonably, kinda sorta, predicted about 10 days out into the future.
If you’re in the Northeastern United States, you’re likely aware that the first massive snow storm of the winter season is currently bearing down on your city. According to the latest forecasts, the storm is expected to hit some areas late tonight and last through Saturday night into Sunday, so you’re going to want to keep track of the storm all weekend long.
Thankfully, in times like these, the Internet is your friend. More →
The Northeast has had an unfathomably mild winter so far, but all that ends this weekend when more than a foot of snow is scheduled to sweep across the region from Washington DC up to Philadelphia, New York and beyond. It’s difficult to complain when the temperature was in the high 50s as recently as a week ago, but that won’t make the 12+ inches of snow heading toward the region any less painful to deal with once this upcoming blizzard slams us this weekend.
Are you prepared for the storm? Do you have everything you need in case you get snowed in? And what happens if you lose power? This post will serve as your survival guide, so you should probably go ahead and bookmark it right now. More →
There’s nothing quite so funny as a TV weather forecast gone horribly wrong. YouTube channel NewsBeFunny did an amazing job of cobbling together more than 11 minutes’ worth of hilarious TV weather miscues from local news stations across the country to make a definitive account of the best TV weather on-air bloopers of 2015. Let’s go through some of the many highlights. More →
Mexico is about to be hit by a huge tropical cyclone that might turn out to be the most dangerous such meteorological event ever recorded. Hurricane Patricia set a new record for the strongest wind ever registered for a storm of this magnitude, with wind speeds reaching 200 mph. What’s more, the cyclone might grow even stronger before it starts to slow down. More →
Hero weatherman shows us how to flawlessly pronounce ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’
Have you ever studied Welsh? Probably not, and with good reason: It looks like a language that’s been developed entirely by a group of four cats who take turns stamping on a laptop keyboard. Because of this, we weren’t at all surprised to learn that the longest place name in all of Europe is in Wales and it’s called “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.” More →
The U.S. may have had to deal with a frightening blizzard scare in the Northeast, but that’s not the only kind of weather phenomenon that can be rather terrifying. To prove that point, ABC Australia posted a video showing several “rain bombs” as captured with help of an iPhone by a grazier in Queensland’s southern inland. More →
If you live in the northeast region of the United States, you’re probably beginning to see the first snowfall of what could be an unprecedented blizzard. But don’t panic! In this article, we’re going to help you make it through this storm alive, without losing your mind in the process.
Below, we’ve collected some of the gadgets you’ll absolutely want to have on hand before the blizzard sweeps in on Monday night, as well as a few precautions worth taking in case the power goes out. More →
This is hopefully the closest you’ll ever get to a supercell thunderstorm while standing outside. In a new video uploaded over the weekend, the Basehunters storm chasers group has posted time-lapse footage of a supercell forming over northeastern Wyoming and it’s truly a scary and awe-inspiring sight. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration informs us that supercells are storms that “contain updrafts that rotate about a vertical axis” and that “often produce damaging wind, large hail, and tornadoes.” The video crams hours worth of storm footage into just two minutes and it gives you an idea of just how big storms can grow in a fairly short amount of time. You can watch the full video below. More →
At SXSW, Google’s VP of Location and Local Services, Marissa Mayer, took the stage and dished out some interesting Google data, including mobile stats. During her talk, Mayer revealed the following statistics we found interesting:
- 40% of all Google Maps usage is from mobile devices, and Christmas and New Years day mobile usage surpassed desktop usage for the first time.
- 150 million mobile users on Google Maps
- Google Maps Navigation, included on Android handsets, has guided users 12 billion miles a year, and the latest version with traffic routing saves users 2 years per day in time that would have been spent in traffic.
- Google Maps could get smarter, and become contextually aware. For instance, if you were trying to catch a flight, Google Maps could see your flight schedule to see when your flight was, then look and analyze real-time traffic data and weather conditions to try and figure out the exact time you should leave
- Google would like there to be better Google Maps for iPhone. “We like being the default provider, but we’d like to get some of these updates out to a broader audience. That’s still a debate/question we’re considering.”
With Google’s Android explosion continuing, it looks like there will plenty more Google Maps and Navigation users over the next few years.
A sometimes overlooked feature that has been made incredibly simple on the iPhone is the ability to subscribe to a variety of calendars. Many are familiar with CalDAV as it adds a quick and easy way to keep your iPhone or iPod touch in sync with your Google Calendar, but did you know you can also add a wide range of publicly available calendar subscriptions in a matter of seconds? One of the more common subscriptions is the US holidays calendar but you can also quickly and easily add TV show schedules, network premier schedules, sports team schedules, movie releases, concert tour schedules and plenty more to your iPhone calendar. Hit the jump to find out how.
RIM announced on Tuesday their new Web Signals technology that lets content providers push relevant and timely alerts directly to your Blackberry. Like SMS alerts on steroids, the new Web Signals will alert Blackberry users of the latest news, weather, sports, entertainment, financial information, etc. You won’t get plain old 160 character text alerts sent out en masse at regular intervals; the new Blackberry alerts will be automatically generated when new content is published and will provide one-click access to the associated online content. Can you see the content providers jumping for joy as they envision large increases in site traffic? Oh, yeah. Can you also see Blackberry users sinking under a deluge of push content? Nah, we didn’t think so either. Berryheads love their push content! At launch, RIM has Canada’s CBCNews, Thumbplay, Dada Entertainment, and The Washington Post on board and ready to launch their Web Signals powered alert services. Hey Blackberry users, let’s crank it up a notch and get on with some serious pushing!