What is Freezing Rain?
The heart of winter is upon us, and although rain may seem like a break from snow removal operations during season, it can be treacherous if it falls as freezing rain. But just what is the difference between freezing rain and "plain old" rain?
Ending on a High Note: August 2016
August, the last month of meteorological summer, continued the streak of above-average monthly temperatures. Numerous areas within the mid-Atlantic saw near to just above half of the days of the month above 90 degrees, though New England had their fair share of hot and humid days (Boston and Hartford each reached a high of 98 degrees on August 12th!). Northern New Jersey through southern New Hampshire are still experiencing abnormally dry to drought conditions. Northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire have been the driest, dipping into an extreme drought this month.
Relative Humidity vs Dewpoint
This summer has had many days of hot and sticky weather. You may have checked on the humidity, only to find it was at a meager 50%. How could the humidity be so low, when it feels so high? The answer: dewpoint!
Dewpoint is the temperature at which water vapor in the air condenses into liquid water, such as in the form of dew, fog, or possibly rain. The dewpoint is always lower or equal to the air temperature, hence why dew or fog often occurs during the early morning hours, when the air temperatures are typically lowest and the dewpoint highest.
Wet & Stormy July: Some Drought Relief
July has remained relatively dry across the Northeast (with some exceptions, we'll touch upon that later). As of July 26th, before the locally heavy thunderstorms that plagued the region for the last few days of the month, many areas dipped further into a drought. This resulted in some water restrictions for areas that depend on reservoirs as their main water source, such as in northern New Jersey, Long Island, and parts of Connecticut.