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HazWx Media Package – What Does it Mean?

At various points on our website, you will see references to a “Media Package“. Due to a number of questions about this feature set, we wanted to take a moment to explain exactly what key features it includes, beyond those associate with all Interactive Maps solutions.

There are a great number of clients who regularly broadcast our information to their followers either by social media or television broadcast. Especially in the area of social media, followers look for trusted logos to know their favorite source of information approves of the data shown! Meteorological information can be perceived a number of ways, but your followers trust you to interpret it correctly and inform them of the proper course of action.

Our media package allows you to take HazWx data and put your respective branding on the images. This first off gives your own unique look to the image and second, lets your followers know that this information was reviewed by you and you deem it as accurate. Followers will respond positively to this and engage in posts and rebroadcast the information themselves.

Members who have purchased a Media Package will have the added option to “Change Logo Image” inside the user control panel. From here, you can simply insert the URL to your image and it will automatically brand the maps!

The media account is good for anyone who wants to share maps regularly! Even if you are just a personal user, but want to put your own unique twist onto the maps, you can! You can change your logo as often as you want, make as many changes, there are no restrictions!

Click Here to Sign Up!

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HazWx Android App Released!

The 00z NAM has just released prior to a big weather day and you’re at dinner with the family. You cannot access your precious Hi-Res weather models because you’re nowhere near a computer. You start to sweat and stutter as your dinner companion orders dessert – they never order dessert!

You check your phone over and over hoping someone will text, tweet, anything! Nope, they’re not because they’re pouring over the insane variables displayed on their screens at home.

It doesn’t have to be this way…

Now enjoy the power of HazWx.com advanced weather models right in your pocket in a beautifully designed and intuitive application! The HazWx application, you guessed it, is compliments of your HazWx online subscription and brings the full model offering right to your fingertips.

-Pinch to zoom Weather Data

-Forecast models including HRRR,RAP,NAM4,NAM12,GFS and SPC WRF

-Powerful Google Maps interface

-Side by Side model comparison

-Google Traffic Data

-Spotter Network Data

-Radar and Satellite Overlays

-HazWx Custom Indicies

-HazWx’s Exclusive TargetTracker

Creating the only companion app of it’s kind, HazWx has again broken the mold and is changing the way you receive your essential weather information. Visit http://HazWx.com for full product offering, pricing and sign up information.

 

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If you are an iOS user, we understand you must feel frustrated and left out. When building our application, we ran into serious limitations with iOS. At this time, iOS is unable to support our high resolution graphics and detailed color tables. In order to change these, we would have to significantly degrade the user experience not only on the mobile device, but the web as well. We are still actively researching potential for an iOS app, however! In the mean time, did you know our website works great in Safari and other iOS browsers on your mobile devices? Whether on an iPad, iPhone or your PC, you can easily view our website and still utilize all features listed above! Wifi, 3G/4G, you can still view all the data in your mobile browser!

Thanks for your overwhelming support thus far, we look forward to continuing to bring you new and exciting products!

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Forecast Soundings Now Available!

Forecast soundings are a vital tool to forecasters as they tell a great deal of information about the atmosphere, to forecasters. After months of hard work, we have just released soundings for the majority of our models at HazWx. Our soundings offer a great amount of detail, especially, with sounding information containing the shear and instability values along with other important information such as the storm speed and direction.

Additionally, our soundings offer color coded hodographs so you can easily discern the shear and winds at each level!

Soundings like the one below are generated with a simple right click on the area of interest, once you have selected your forecast model of choice. At this time, soundings are enabled for all models except the HRRR and the 4KM NAM. These models are incredibly high resolution and we want to be very sure the data will be accurate and available in a timely manner before we push these live!

Obviously, these are still in the early stages, so please let us know and be understanding if you have issues. We will be monitoring the system and watching the progress! Also, you may need to clear your browser cache in order to see these

 

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Another Powerful Storm

Another powerful storm system will move across the upper Midwest, through the Great Lakes and into the northeast. Along with it will come heavy snow, freezing rain, potential white out conditions and even the threat for severe thunderstorms! Let’s take a look at all the threats involved!

Heavy Snow

NWS Warning Map

NWS Warning Map

 

NAM vs GFS Snowfall

NAM vs GFS Snowfall

The heavy snow and strong winds will lead to possible Blizzard Conditions for much of the event!

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Experimental Blizzard Index

Sleet/Freezing Rain

There will be the potential for some sleet and freezing rain to accumulate near the center of the track of the system. This could lead to some power outage issues with such strong winds in the forecast.

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3 Hour Precip and Precip Type Wed Afternoon

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Total Ice Accumulation

Severe Weather

To the south of the storm’s track, severe thunderstorms will be possible both Tuesday and Wednesday. The SPC has outlined a marginal risk for severe weather both days.

SPC Day 1 Hail Risk/Radar & Instability Forecast

SPC Day 1 Hail Risk/Radar & Instability Forecast

SPC Day 2 Risk/Reflectivity

SPC Day 2 Risk/Reflectivity

Cold Temperatures

Bitter cold temperatures will be seen along the backside of the storm system. Wind chills could dip to dangerously low values!

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HazWx Exclusive Blizzard Index

Significant Snow for the Northeast!

Multiple models are coming into agreement for a rather significant snowstorm to hit portions of the northeast from Tuesday into Thursday! Heavy snow and strong winds will cause poor conditions across much of the northeast through the period. Our custom, experimental Blizzard Index also shows Blizzard Conditions possible!

Current Winter Storm Watch

Current Winter Storm Watch

Hi Res NAM snowfall through Wed Evening

Hi Res NAM snowfall through Wed Evening

NAM (left) vs GFS (right) 84 Hour Snowfall

NAM (left) vs GFS (right) 84 Hour Snowfall

HazWx Exclusive Blizzard Index

HazWx Exclusive Blizzard Index

 

Current Watches/Warnings

Light Snow for the Southern Plains

After a day in the 70s and 80s across Oklahoma, light snow and rain is forecast for portions of the southern plains, from Oklahoma into portions of Kansas and Colorado.

Current Watches/Warnings

Current Watches/Warnings (Pink = Winter Storm Warning / Purple = Winter Weather Advisory)

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6AM Saturday Radar Forecast

Snow forecast through 11AM Saturday

Snow forecast through 11AM Saturday
18z NAM 4km - 36 hour NAM Snow

Winter Storm Underway

A powerful winter storm is underway now across the central US. This storm will continue through the overnight hours as it moves east. Heavy snow, sleet, ice and bitter cold temperatures are expected with this system. On the warm side of the system, severe thunderstorms are possible across portions of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Watch/Warning Summary

Watch/Warning Summary

SPC Day 1 Outlook

SPC Day 1 Outlook

US Radar Image

US Radar Image

Heavy ice accumulation is expected across portions of the Ohio River Valley area, with the heaviest snow accumulations expected across portions of southern Kentucky and Tennessee.

18z NAM 4km - 36 Hour Ice Accumulation Forecast

18z NAM 4km – 36 Hour Ice Accumulation Forecast

Heavy snow accumulation is expected across portions of the Ohio River Valley area, with the heaviest snow accumulations expected across portions of Kentucky and Virginia/West Virginia.

18z NAM 4km - 36 hour NAM Snow

18z NAM 4km – 36 hour NAM Snow

Earlier today, widespread thundersleet was experienced across much of Oklahoma!

Radar/Lightning from early this AM

Radar/Lightning from early this AM

Forecast Wind Chills

Winter Storm Aims at Central US

A powerful low pressure system sitting off the west coast is forecast to move out into the central US and bring havoc to large portions of the central and eastern US. Significant amounts of ice and snow accumulations are forecast over a wide area. Ice storm warnings and winter storm warnings have already been issued for a large area! Further north, bitter cold wind chills are forecast across the northern half of the US!

Watch/Warning Summary

Watch/Warning Summary

Crippling ice accumulation amounts are forecast for portions of AR/TN/KY.. These areas have been placed into an ICE STORM WARNING already.

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There are very large swings in the snow output from models.. Look here at the NAM output from the latest run (left – 00z) and the right (18z).

0z NAM (left) 18z NAM (right) Snowfall Forecast

0z NAM (left) 18z NAM (right) Snowfall Forecast

Here is the latest Hi Res NAM forecast output.. This is different than the low res NAM above!

0z 4km NAM Hi Res Snow Forecast

0z 4km NAM Hi Res Snow Forecast

Lastly, bitter cold temperatures will cause wind chills to dip into dangerously cold values. Some areas in the far northern plains are forecast to see wind chills near or below -50!

Forecast Wind Chills

Forecast Wind Chills

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Storms Pausing Daytona 500

Storms have recently formed near the Daytona 500 near Daytona Beach, Florida. The race is currently under a red flag, meaning the race is paused.

Storm over Daytona

Storm over Daytona

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The models show that storms/lightning will continue to be a threat through the afternoon!
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Radar Reflectivity/Precip Type Forecast

Thursday’s Powerful Storm

Thursday will bring a massive blizzard to portions of the upper Midwest, flooding to portions of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley and even severe weather including the potential for tornadoes across Indiana/Ohio and further south into Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi and Alabama. We are about to break down every threat right here! To access maps like the ones below for yourself and look specifically at your area, click here!

 

Watch/Warning Overview

Watch/Warning Overview

Blizzard

As a low pressure system rapidly deepens across the Upper Midwest into the Great Lakes, heavy snow will begin to fall to the northwest of the low. In addition to this heavy snow, very strong winds will create total whiteout conditions. Blizzard WARNINGS and Winter Storm Warnings and Watches are in effect. The image above shows Blizzard Warnings in Red, with Winter Storm Warnings in Pink. Our Blizzard Conditions index hints at the area across Iowa as the hotspot for potential Blizzard Conditions.

Blizzard Conditions Index/3 Hour Snow

Blizzard Conditions Index/3 Hour Snow

Total Forecast Snow

Total Forecast Snow

 

Severe Weather

A very moist and moderately unstable airmass, ahead of a powerful cold front, will set the stage for severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening.. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined an area for severe weather. Thunderstorms will develop along and ahead of the front and pose the risk for severe weather including damaging winds, large hail and possibly even some tornadoes. Below are some various images detailing the threat, including the SPC outlook as well as some instability and wind shear forecasts.

SPC Day 2 Outlook

SPC Day 2 Outlook

 

500mb Vorticity/Surface Dewpoint

500mb Vorticity/Surface Dewpoint

CAPE/Supercell Composite

CAPE/Supercell Composite

 

Radar Reflectivity/Precip Type Forecast

Radar Reflectivity/Precip Type Forecast

 

Flooding

As the low pressure moves across the Great Lakes, numerous thunderstorms will develop and move across the same areas. This, in addition to snow that will be melted has led to Flood Watches being issued across portions of Illinois and Indiana.. Here is the total precipitation forecast by the Hi Res NAM.

60 Hour Precip Totals

60 Hour Precip Totals

Wind

As the low pressure system rapidly deepens, very strong winds will be felt across a very large area.. Here is a graphic detailing the surface wind gusts forecast.

Wind Gusts

Wind Gusts

Remember…

You can access maps like these and look more specifically at your area by clicking here!