Derechos: The Facts

Posted: June 9, 2016, 11:55 am by mmurphy

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).

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20th Anniversary of the Blizzard of '96

Posted: January 5, 2016, 1:24 pm by mmurphy


Infrared satellite image courtesy of NOAA at 1015 PM, January 6, 1996. Notice the clouds and moisture surging out of the Gulf of Mexico.


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Sleet Versus Hail

Posted: November 6, 2014, 5:52 am by mmurphy

(Above Left) Truck covered in a mixture of sleet & freezing rain, 2007 Syracuse, IN. Courtesy of the NWS Northern Indiana office. (Above Right) Quarter sized hail from Nazareth, PA.

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Backdoor Cold Front: 40's in Late May?

Posted: May 30, 2014, 3:50 pm by mmurphy

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.

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Active New Jersey Brush Fire Season

Posted: May 2, 2014, 5:04 pm by mmurphy
Photo courtesty of the Jefferson Township Fire Department as it helps to contain a brush fire in Jefferson, NJ (April 19th, 2014)

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40th Anniversary of the Super Outbreak

Posted: April 3, 2014, 1:39 pm by mmurphy

(Above) Aerial damage photo of the Xenia and Wilberforce, OH area courtesy of the National Weather Service Wilmington, OH and Attila Kilinc

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March 25-26th Blizzard Facts

Posted: March 27, 2014, 12:11 pm by mmurphy

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!

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2013-2014 Northeast Winter Stats

Posted: March 9, 2014, 1:26 am by mmurphy


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.

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Remembering the Blizzard of '78

Posted: February 6, 2014, 10:03 am by mmurphy

(Above) The Great blizzard of 1978, looking down Maple Street in Woonsocket, RI. Taken about one week after the storm, when people could finally venture outside. Image credit: Wiki Commons

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