How the Weather Impacts Fall Foliage
As we head through October, the leaf colors are growing more vibrant with each passing week across the Northeast. While the shorter daylight and longer night hours help change the colors, did you know the weather plays a pivotal role in fall foliage? For beautiful colors, the region ideally needs a wet growing season (April – June), followed by a not too hot, not too cold summer and a fall with plenty of sunny days and cool nights. On the contrary, long dry stretches in summer and fall or excessive wet and warm days can put stress on trees and dull the colors.
Weather's Influence on Wildfires
“Wildfires burning thousands of acres”
“Homes have been evacuated after a wildfire spreads into local communities.”
“The weather is helping firefighters battle the wildfire blaze.”
June 12-13, 2013: Twin Derecho Event
When it comes to severe weather, June is certainly no slouch. Back in 2013 two derechos, containing strong winds, a few isolated tornadoes, and hail, plowed through nearly 1000 miles of U.S. real estate on June 12 and 13th. Let’s take a ride back in time to review these derechos and what made them so notable.
May 2015: A Melting Pot of Seasons
May 2015 had every aspect of weather you can imagine, typical of spring. Heavy rain, severe weather and yes, winter weather all greeted the month of May. Also much like spring, wide temperature variations were seen in the month, with most cities setting both record high and record low temperatures.
Allergies & Weather...How Do They Relate?
After a long, cold winter, spring has come! Baseball season, long walks in the park and getting out to garden or landscape are all enjoyable parts of the season. At the bottom of the springtime list, though are the allergies that come with all of the blooming trees, grasses and plants. Allergies are a big industry. For example, did you know $7.9 billion dollars are spent each year on health care for allergies1? With the below average temperatures we saw this winter, how does this allergy season stack up?
Another Solid One: Winter 2014-2015 Great Lakes Ice Review
While 2010-2013 was below the average of 52.4% ice coverage on the Great Lakes, last winter was one for the record books. Ice coverage on the Great Lakes was 92.5%, peaking on March 6th. Although the 2013-14 winter came in second place to 1979's all-time record extent of 94.7%, last winter's ice broke the record for its longevity. Incredibly, ice lasted until June 5th on Lake Superior! So how does this year's ice coverage compare?
Midwest November Extremes
While the past few months in the Midwest have been on the quiet end of the spectrum, November has been home to some extreme weather in years passed. Severe weather outbreaks, snow storms and even a few warm spells have occurred. Let's go down memory lane and learn what kind of curve balls Mother Nature can throw in November.