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October 17:
Dan Robinson's Copyright and DMCA Frequently Asked Questions >>

Copyright infringement is a continuous assault on the livelihoods of today's content creators (photographers, filmmakers, musicians, writers, artists).

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September 6:
MYTH: Tornadoes are the biggest weather danger in the Great Plains and Midwest. >>

In the United States, including in the Midwest and Great Plains regions, there is another weather phenomenon that kills and injures significantly more people annually than tornadoes.

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August 22:
Atmospheric moisture content as a potential factor in fast vs slow states of positive lightning leaders >>

The purpose of this study is to investigate the hypothesis that atmospheric moisture content (represented by dewpoint temperature) plays a role in whether positive lightning leaders are slow (highly branched) versus fast (branchless) below cloud base.

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July 29:
Chicago skyscraper lightning extravaganza - July 29, 2023 >>

Nighttime storms produced at least 21 upward lightning events to Chicago's tallest buildings overnight Friday night, including strikes to 4, 5 and 7 of them at once.

Chicago skyscraper lightning extravaganza

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June 30:
Gateway Arch lightning strike: June 30, 2023 >>

The Gateway Arch was struck by lightning during an incredible barrage of lightning in downtown St. Louis between 9PM and 10:15PM on Friday night.

Lightning strikes the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

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June 17:
2023 Great Plains Storm Photography Expeditions >>

After it appeared that the Great Plains would not offer any spring setups worth traveling for, a respectable multi-day tornado risk quickly materialized in mid-June, well after my usual end-of-season time. This resulted in a four-day Plains trip from June 15 to June 18.

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June 11:
Season Epilogue: The year without a classic Great Plains peak storm season >>

I've seen enough of medium-range models that I'm confident in declaring that my annual Great Plains tornado season standby period has ended, and will do so without me having made any Plains expeditions.

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May 31:
May-June 2023 storm photography roundup >>

Here's a summary of events covered during the peak of an uncharacteristically inactive severe weather season in the Plains and Midwest.

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May 25:
Spring storm season update for May 25 >>

We're in the climatological peak of severe weather season in the Midwest and Plains, but you wouldn't know it from my daily schedule the past 2 weeks. It's been life-as-usual here, with very little of significance in the realm of storms to pursue either at home or in the Great Plains.

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April 21:
March-April 2023 storm photography roundup >>

Here's a summary of events covered as the 2023 severe weather season gets going in March and April.

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April 9:
Updates on St. Louis Metrolink/bike trail extension to MidAmerica Airport >>

Work is finally under way on the much-anticipated extension of the St. Louis Metrolink light rail line from its current terminus at Scott AFB to MidAmerica Airport. Tree and brush clearing as well as utility/power line modifications along the right-of-way have been in progress for a few weeks. The plans for the extension have been publicly posted by St. Clair County, and they reveal some interesting details about the project.

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April 6:
Season forecast update 3 - could winter be done? Plus: recent storm catches >>

After this week's big system brings a temporary surge of cold air into the northern US (and a couple of frosts to the middle latitudes), all of the available long-range models and ensembles show what looks like a permanent retreat of major cold air into Canada afterward.

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March 28:
Season forecast update >>

After a cold and mostly-quiet March in the Midwest, things are finally looking to start heating up in the next 2 weeks - both in the temperature and severe storms realms. While medium-to-long range models still show a troubling mass of cold air in Canada that threatens to surge south at a pattern-shift's-notice, the warmth and moisture in the Gulf and southern US is shown to be equally as robust.

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March 15:
Mid-March season update: winter hanging on; hail shield; adding old storm logs >>

A bit of an update as we anticipate the arrival of spring storm season. So far, that hasn't really happened in the traditional sense, outside of a couple of events down in central Texas and the deep South.

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March 1:
Annual March 1 post >>

It's that time of year again! We've made it through another cold winter to the start of the transition into severe weather and tornado season.

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February 28:
January-February 2023 Storms and Weather Roundup >>

While January 2023 was a busy month for weather travels, February was mostly quiet. The following is a recap of weather observed during the first two months of this year.

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January 1:
Music from the Road 11: New Year's 2023 edition >>

Starting out the new year with this 11th edition of Music from the Road, another in the arrangement of a late-1990s era MBN Saturday Night (Moody Radio) broadcast.

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December 31:
Mid-November to December 2022 Storms and Weather Roundup >>

Below-average weather action continued for the lower Midwest into the final weeks of the year.

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November 21:
September to mid-November 2022 Storms and Weather Roundup >>

Interesting weather has been uncharacteristically absent from the lower Midwest since the end of August. Here's a roundup of the (very few) events covered during that time.

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August 31:
June-August 2022 Storms and Weather Roundup >>

The following is a recap of weather observed during meteorological summer of 2022 - a very slow season for photogenic storms, despite one historic event.

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June 16:
2022 Great Plains storm expedition logs >>

The summer ridge has arrived across the central USA, bringing an end to the 2022 severe weather season in the Great Plains. This season was a difficult one for storm photography, with numerous days that had great potential which failed to produce.

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