Skylar Storm is a comic book superhero who doesn't give up easily.She lost her powers because her nemesis, The Annihilator, stole them from her.We spent a month testing dozens on the i Phone in a variety of scenarios. But if you're using your smartphone to plan an adventure, or even just figuring out when you should walk the dog, you're going to need more than just cute kittens.
We had 524 mutual friends on Facebook and most of those are part of a storm chasing community which is devastate by these deaths.
The Spotter Network, which transmits chaser's positions during storms, organized a rearrangement of locations that spelled out his initials this morning.
Two satellites originally designed to observe gamma rays from space recently caught the atmospheric flares in action, revealing that they emit far more energy than previously thought and release streams of antimatter particles, which bear a charge opposite that of their normal counterparts.
In a study of 130 TGFs recorded by the AGILE satellite, Italian Space Agency physicist Marco Tavani and colleagues report that the most energetic particles released carry four times as much energy as previous measurements detected, and hundreds of times as much as those produced by normal lightning strikes.
The powerful blasts of particles and light energy known as gamma-ray bursts come from violent cosmic events in deep space, such as stellar explosions and black hole collisions.
But smaller-scale bursts called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) can occur much closer to home, erupting thousands of times a year in association with lightning strikes during storms in Earth’s atmosphere.
There’s something satisfying about being able to report the conditions near you, but this user-generated info isn’t terribly useful, particularly in under-populated areas. It’s helpful, but the best apps also give you a broader sense of the weather in the region so you know how your hyper-local forecast fits into the big picture.
This info helps you forecast your local conditions beyond the next hour or two. You can’t cache weather data because weather data is constantly changing. The best apps are updated constantly with new radar images and forecasts, so if you don’t have a solid connection, they’re not going to do you any good. How it works: Most weather apps worth your data plan use NEXRAD’s radar data, (a network of next-generation radar stations operated by the National Weather Service), and WU follows that model too.
I used them to plan hikes and bike rides in the mountains and surf sessions on the coast in an attempt to separate the good from the bad. Here are four things to keep in mind when you’re picking your next weather app, followed by our favorite WApps (that’s weather apps) at the moment. Forecasts are fine and dandy, but I don’t trust any forecast, especially in the mountains, without also being able to see up-to-date radar. The best apps give you radar imaging that’s current within the last five minutes.
A couple will give you a “future-cast” that predicts the track of the storm over the next 30 minutes to an hour. More apps are allowing users to input the weather around them to help dial in the immediate forecast in your area. Most weather apps focus on hyper local forecasting—what’s happening where you are right now.
UPDATE 6/11/13: I did a phone interview with Martin Lisius for Accu Weather Live 6/13; here is the raw interview audio: Tim Samaras was a meteorologist, engineer and storm chaser for nearly 30 years.