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Call for abstracts for the 2014 NWA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City
NWA
Plan to attend the NWA 39th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 18-23. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel. The program committee, led by Randy Graham, is now accepting abstracts. More information will be coming soon about the hotel room block and exhibitor and sponsor opportunities. The hashtag for the meeting is #NWAS14.
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The Weather Channel's storm names and other ways to revel in winter
The Wall Street Journal
VideoBriefAccosted by frigid temperatures and a steady blast of snow, people this winter are devoting a great deal of social media time to the weather. Whether it's complaining about travel, retweeting dire forecasts or sharing photos of frosted landscapes, the group obsession is helping transform weather into entertainment.
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Storm slams Plains, Northeast braces for more snow
Reuters
An unusually heavy winter storm marched across the nation's midsection, heading east, threatening roughly two-thirds of the country with what forecasters said could be up to a foot of snow. The storm system forced the closing of many state offices and schools in hard-hit Kansas, where Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of "disaster emergency."
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Lightning jump might give warning of violent weather before radar can
University of Alabama in Huntsville via Phys.org
A sudden increase in lightning strokes inside a thunderstorm might one day soon give forecasters five to 20 minutes of additional warning that a storm cell is about to produce violent weather. "The current severe storms warning system is based on radar reflectivity," said Dr. Themis Chronis, a research associate in the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Earth System Science Center.
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America's 20 snowiest major cities
The Weather Channel
Some cities have a snowy reputation. Perhaps Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago and Boston spring to mind. But do statistics back this up? What truly are America's snowiest major cities?

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What is this bombogenesis, and why is it dumping snow on us?
NPR
Just as we're getting used to hearing about , there's another cool-sounding weather term being thrown around that we've had to look up: bombogenesis. So what is it?

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New gadget helps airlines avoid bad weather
KXAS-TV
A new instrument attached to the side of jets is helping Southwest Airlines decide when it is safe to fly into bad weather. The gadget measures temperature, winds and humidity. This data is then transmitted in real time to the airline's headquarters in Dallas and also to the National Weather Service.

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Flight weather disruptions in January cost Americans $2.5 billion
ABC News
January 2014 was the worst month for flight disruptions in recent history. An airline cost tracking group estimates that severe weather flight delays last month cost Americans $2.5 billion in lost business and productivity.
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California drought reaches new level of severity never recorded on US drought monitor in the state
Weather Underground
California's historic drought reached a new milestone when the newly released U.S. Drought Monitor showed that exceptional drought now covers 9 percent of the state. This is the worst possible category of drought in the analysis and is the first time since the Drought Monitor analysis was started in 2000 that any part of the Golden State has seen exceptional drought.
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Winter storm takes aim at East, grounding flights and forcing schools to close
Fox News
VideoBriefAir traffic is snarled and schools are closed as a winter storm moved into the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. The National Weather Service says the storm could bring up to 8 inches of snow to Philadelphia and New York City, along with temperatures in the 30s.
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