Derechos: The Facts
You've probably heard the term "derecho" before, and perhaps wondered what it was, how they form, and what type of damage they can cause. A derecho, by definition is: a widespread, long-lived, and violent convectively induced 'straight-line' windstorm. It is a type of mesoscale convective system (MCS), and is associated with a fast moving band of severe thunderstorms that usually takes the shape of a bow echo (see the last image).
Backdoor Cold Front: 40's in Late May?
From time to time, especially during the spring months, you may hear meteorologists talk about "Backdoor Cold Fronts", and the impact they have on our local weather. A backdoor cold front is simply a cold front that moves south, or southwest along the Atlantic seaboard and Great Lakes, most frequently during the spring. Winds behind these backdoor fronts are out of the east or northeast off the cooler ocean waters and differ from a typical cold front which generally move eastward across the region, with west or northwest winds behind them.
March 25-26th Blizzard Facts
On March 25th and 26th a powerful storm system developed off the Southeast U.S. coast. The storm took a track from east of Cape Hatteras, NC to a point about 200 miles east of Nantucket Island, MA then north into Atlantic Canada. This was no ordinary storm system, many atmospheric conditions came together just right to cause explosive intensification of this storm off the east coast with a 45 mb pressure drop in just 24 hours recorded!
2013-2014 Northeast Winter Stats
The winter of 2013-2014 has certainly been a very long, cold and snowy one. For some locations, records have been broken in both the snowfall and temperature department. Take a look below to see some of the more impressive statistics and records across the area for select cities during the past three months.
November 17th Severe Weather Outbreak: An In-Depth Look