Author Archives: Nate Johnson

About Nate Johnson

Meteorologist and Executive Producer at WRAL-TV. Lecturer at NC State. Panelist on WeatherBrains. Geek. (Opinions are mine only. C'mon, you think anyone else wants them?)

Naming winter storms – the next step

In the fall of 2012, The Weather Channel announced they would begin naming winter storms.  The move was hailed by marketing and social media experts, but it was generally panned by the rest of the weather enterprise.  For its part, … Continue reading

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Automation, weather warnings, and social media

As Twitter, Facebook, and other social media began to take hold in weather centers and news rooms across the country a few years ago, one of the earliest conversations was about whether and to what extent automation should play a … Continue reading

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NWS releases statement about El Reno tornado rating

A May 31 tornado near El Reno, OK, that killed eight people was preliminarily rated an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. After reviewing data from a research radar near the storm, the preliminary rating was upgraded to an EF-5. … Continue reading

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Storm chasers killed in El Reno tornado

Sadly, it appears our luck did run out on Friday, in a very painful way. The news has been confirmed by multiple sources that veteran storm chaser Tim Samaras; his son, Paul Samaras; and chase partner Carl Young, are among … Continue reading

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BREAKING: No furloughs of NOAA or NWS employees

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan : May 31, 2013 To All Employees, The events over the past week, including more devastating tornadoes tonight in Oklahoma and Missouri, remind us how important every single employee within NOAA is to the health, safety, and well-being of … Continue reading

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Some day, our luck will run out

I submit, for your review, the following. (Note: Some videos have NSFW language.) (Note: The chaser who got that last video says in a Facebook posting, “I messed up.”) — Saturday Morning Update — Photo courtesy Reed Timmer (TVN) via … Continue reading

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Naming winter storms: Not less confusion, more confusion

I was prompted by a conversation with one of my friends on Facebook to take a look at who’s talking about the most-recently-named winter storm on Twitter and why. Amongst one of the first results was this from an unfortunately … Continue reading

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BREAKING: NOAA’s Dr. Jane Lubchenco stepping down in February 2013

In an email to NOAA employees this morning, Dr. Jane Lubchenco announces she is returning “to my family and academia” at the end of February.  Full text of the email is reproduced below: “December 12, 2012 Dear NOAA Family, I … Continue reading

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First Sandy Assessment Team: We Were Moving Forward

An assessment of the National Weather Service’s performance before and during Hurricane Sandy is moving forward, and that is a good thing. However, there seem to be plenty of confusion about how and why the last effort was terminated. NOAA’s … Continue reading

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BREAKING: NWS Says Hurricane Warning Changes Only a “Proposal”

Around 1:15pm this afternoon, AccuWeather.com reported the National Hurricane Center was modifying the definition of hurricane warnings in the wake of Hurricane Sandy: Following the criticism of the National Hurricane Center’s handling of Hurricane Sandy and the non-issuance of hurricane … Continue reading

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