"White Christmas" Climatology!
From the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping to the relaxing quiet time spent with family and friends, the Christmas season is upon us yet again. No matter what the scene, many of the iconic holiday images all have one thing in common: snow! While there are different interpretations of a White Christmas, meteorologists define it as at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on December 25th by 7AM. This means snow does not necessarily have to fall on Christmas to count as a White Christmas.
NJ League of Municipalities Recap
After a rainy start, it was stunning Fall weather for the League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City on November 15-17th! Even though there was no snow or ice, wintry weather was on the minds of the hundreds of mayors, councilmen and Department of Public Works employees that stopped by our booth. We equally enjoyed our time with both prospective and current clients.
Our Big Ten Football Rankings - Weather Edition
Labor Day has come and gone and that means two things: the shores and pools empty out and the college football stadiums fill in. And at WeatherWorks, we love the Big Ten! Not only do we have eight Rutgers and four Penn State meteorology graduates, but our service area spans from New Jersey and Rutgers University to Chicagoland, the home of Northwestern. In addition, our Certified Snowfall Totals are nationwide.
Peak Summer Heat American Road Tour
Summer's in full swing across the USA. Actually...wait. What if we told you some parts of America have already seen their hottest day, on average? It's true! Before getting into July, when school is out and the beaches pack up, a few places in the United States are already on their way down the temperature chart. For the vast majority of us, though, we're still climbing into peak heat, so hop on our WeatherWorks tour bus (yes, groupies are welcome) as we ride on through and explain when and why places see their climatologically hottest day of the year.
Snow has Sprung: Wintry Weekend Outlook
After last week's record breaking high temperatures , one more breath of winter will arrive just in time for this weekend. A low pressure currently departing and an incoming high pressure will funnel in colder air on Friday as a cold front sags southward through the Northeast, which will bring rain, along with a few mixed snow showers overnight. By Saturday morning, temperatures will be below average for the first time in days!
Winter Watches and Warnings
Being deep into the winter season, we've heard a few people ask "why was there a winter storm watch when we knew the storm was coming?". The answer is all in the "when". To start, a warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) means hazardous winter conditions are either occurring or are imminent. Usually, this is issued within 24 hours of an event. In short, when a warning is released, now is the time to take action! A watch, on the other hand, means that there is the potential for hazardous wintry conditions to occur.
Blizzard of 2016! Big Snows, Big Gradients
We are now within 48 hours of the "Blizzard of 2016". Our low pressure system is now in Texas, moving eastward along the Gulf coast. Upper level energy (at 500 millibars) is digging into Texas as well, which will help gather its shape as it becomes our Nor'easter. Severe storms are expected this afternoon in the Deep South, with a couple of inches of snow in the Great Plains. This will shift and pivot into the East Coast as we head into Friday, taking its Gulf moisture along with it.
The Fog Blog
It's a calm, clear summer night. You're looking outside your window to the giant field nearby and see what looks like a cloud right on top of the ground. That's right, you are look at fog. A few months later, fog returns again the day after a snowstorm, as temperatures soared into the 50s. Although both instances created fog, or clouds forming near the ground, they were created by two difference mechanisms. Fog can last anywhere from a few minutes to even a few days. In some cases, the fog is so pronounced, it becomes ingrained in the local culture.
How does the Wind Impact Temperatures?
Enjoying a day at the Jersey Shore in the early summer can go either way. One visit you may be shivering underneath the towel while a few days later you're sweltering, running for the ocean. But what causes these difference? Most likely, it is a simple matter of wind direction. Knowing where the wind is coming from gives important insight into what kind of temperatures we can expect. In fact, wind direction is one of the first things a meteorologist looks at when forecasting the weather.