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January-February 2015

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Throughout the spring and summer months, meteorologists tracked what looked like a possible strong El Niño weather pattern, which often brings flooding rains to the West and dryer weather to the East. But unfortunately for the drought-stricken West, the El Niñ if it does develop, looks to be a weak one that likely will not lift the drought conditions in parched states. Meanwhile, some meteorologists are predicting that the Polar Vortex, which was responsible for several frigid days last winter, will once again make the East Coast a cold place to be this winter at least part of the time, though a repeat of last year's overall cold, snowy season east of the Rockies is unlikely.

The nature of the publishing business means that we here at Weatherwise are generally writing our articles before the season in which the issue in question is published. In other words, by the time this issue hits newsstands, we will have a verdict on how the winter of 2014–2015 is shaping up instead of the guessing game we face in the fall.

This is one of the reasons why Weatherwise publishes some articles that are timeless and others that provide lessons learned from one season to help us prepare for the next. For example, Randy Cerveny's article on weather and Christian saints falls in the timeless category, as it looks at the history of meteorology in sainthood. In some cases, the saints brought about meteorological phenomena in sync with their unusual abilities, according to legend, while in other cases, saints are associated with specific types of weather.

Ed Darack's article on high dynamic range (HDR) photography is also timeless, though for a different reason. In this case, Darack teaches us how to use HDR photography techniques to create photos that can only be described as works of art. Get ready to grab your camera and head out to try some of his tips yourself.

Finally, we usually associate storm chasing with armored vehicles racing across the Plains of the Midwest amid massive thunderstorms. But as Tim Vasquez tells us, Bangladesh, second only to the United States in supercell activity, actually makes an excellent location. Vasquez was part of the first team of storm chasers to ever capture data in this country, and his work is just the start of what meteorologists hope to learn about supercells halfway across the world.


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