Posted by Tempest ● July, 2023
Tempest News | July 2023
Ryan Hall is a weather analyst and social media personality based in Eastern Kentucky. Known on YouTube as Ryan Hall, Y'all, Ryan started his weather presence online at just 14 years old. Now, with millions of subscribers across YouTube and TikTok, Ryan strives to make weather fun with his variety of informational and entertaining weather content. We sat down with Ryan this month to learn a little more about how he got his start online, what advice he’d give to young people interested in the weather, and more.
Q: WHEN DID YOUR INTEREST IN WEATHER BECOME A TRUE PASSION?
A: I always joke that I was born loving the weather because I can't remember a time when I didn't. My parents say I used to be scared of tornado warnings and thunderstorms when I was little. I think that fear just changed into being super interested in it all.
Q: YOU STARTED CREATING WEATHER VIDEOS ONLINE AT JUST 14 YEARS OLD. CAN YOU RECAP HOW THAT TURNED INTO A MULTIMEDIA WEATHER EMPIRE?
A: Honestly, it feels like it just happened by chance. I've always loved the weather and thought maybe other people would like to hear what I have to say about it. Turns out, I was right. It kind of just snowballed from there.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PURSUE A CAREER IN METEOROLOGY? WHERE DO THEY START?
A: Start with what you love about the weather. When I was younger, I made websites and practiced predicting the weather. Next, you might want to think about getting a meteorology degree. It opens up a lot of doors in the weather world.
Q: YOU ALSO DO QUITE A BIT OF STORM HUNTING. CAN YOU TEL ME ABOUT THAT?
A: I wish I could do more storm hunting, but I can't always find the time. It's hard to explain, but there's something about being under a crazy, churning cloud that's just awesome.
Q: IT'S CLEAR FROM YOUR CONTENT THAT YOU'RE VERY INTERESTED IN SEVERE WEATHER, BUT IS THERE SOMETHING WEATHER RELATED OUTSIDE OF THE SEVERE STUFF THAT YOU'RE REALLY INTERESTED IN THAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOUR FOLLOWERS?
A: You might think I'm all about thunderstorms and tornadoes because I cover them a lot, but I actually love snow the most. I'd pick tracking a snowstorm over a tornado any day. I just wish we had more of them!
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO WEATHER APPS OR TOOLS?
A: I always check my Tempest app first thing in the morning to see what's happening outside. After that, I usually go straight to the Storm Prediction Center or the National Weather Service's website. For radar info, Radar Omega is my top pick. But if you want to know the forecast, nothing beats the National Weather Service.
Q: WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST WEATHER EXPERIENCE YOU'VE EVER HAD?
A: If we're talking about being out in the weather, then it has to be the time I was in the middle of the massive floods in southeastern Kentucky last year. I was out there with some other storm chasers. It was unfathomable.
Q: CAN YOU PAINT US A PICTURE OF WHAT TO EXPECT MOTHER NATURE TO DO THIS SUMMER IN THE U.S.?
A: As we head into summer, we're in for some interesting weather. El Nino is heating up in the Pacific, and the Atlantic is warmer than usual. These things will have a big impact on hurricane season. It looks like it'll be an average one, but it'll be interesting to see how the warm Atlantic and El Nino interact. This will definitely shake things up across the US. But we won't know exactly what's in store until the storms start rolling in.
Alex Mann founded Smart Grow Agritech in 2018, and what started as a single Raspberry Pi connected to the cloud has grown into a network of IoT devices utilizing edge-to-cloud connectivity and blockchain solutions. As the company has grown, they have maintained a focus on environmental sustainability and green production practices.
Smart Grow Agritech worked with Brix & Columns Vineyards to implement precision agriculture technology. Agritech uses Tempest Weather System data to create a report at the end of this season, speaking to the exact condition the grapes were exposed to. The report is accessible via a QR code printed on the label of the wine bottles and securely stored on the BSV Blockchain, thanks to the help of SmartLedger. This will allow consumers to see the specific weather conditions the grapes were grown in, in addition to a wealth of other sensor data, including Biome Makers (soil health) and more.
- OTHER WEATHER NEWS -
QUANTIFYING THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF WILDFIRE SMOKE
Swaths of the Midwest experienced hazardous air quality during the final weeks of June as wildfire smoke blowing from Canada blanketed parts of the region. Coming right on the heels of wildfires in Quebec earlier in June that brought smoke to New York and parts of the northeastern U.S., a research team set out to quantify some of the effects of downwind wildfire smoke in areas like mortality and economic loss. According to their study, wildfires could cause between 4,000 and 9,000 deaths and cost between $36 and $82 billion per year in the United States.
JUNE 2023 WAS HOT
Last month marked the first time this year that temperatures from around the world reached their highest levels in decades. As the globe enters its first El Niño pattern in several years and human-driven activity continues to emit large amounts of emissions into the environment, professionals from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warn to expect surprises. Effects of the extreme temperatures have been seen in recent weeks, such as in Canada, where a number of wildfires blazed through parts of the country, also sending smoke into parts of the midwestern United States.
EL NINO IS HERE
The World Meteorological Organization urged governments to prepare for more extreme weather events and record temperatures as the onset of an El Niño pattern begins to settle over the globe. Record-breaking extreme heat is expected in parts of the world and in oceans, prompting the WMO Secretary-General to warn to governments that they must establish early warning systems and prepare for more extreme weather this year if they want to protect lives and livelihoods within their countries. El Niño events can include amplified droughts and heat waves, increased wildfire activity, and increased rainfall in some parts of the world, and it can even affect tropical storm and hurricane development.
MORE EXPOSURE TO GREENERY COULD ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE
A study recently published in a peer-reviewed journal suggests that long-term exposure to more greenery could add up to 2.5 years to your life. Scientists were able to measure the “biological age” of participants at a molecular level over a period of 20 years by using blood DNA. Green spaces have been known to reduce premature mortality, anxiety, and stress while improving physical health and mobility.
HEAT AND DROUGHT TOLERANT VEGGIES FOR YOUR GARDEN
It is becoming increasingly important for gardeners to adapt gardening practices to withstand the challenges posed by climate change. By incorporating more heat and drought-resilient vegetables into your garden, you can promote sustainability within your immediate environment and ensure a successful harvest despite heat and drought stress. Check out these ten common heat- and drought-tolerant vegetables that are well-suited for cultivating in changing environmental conditions.
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