"White Thanksgivings" in the Northeast
Typically, questions surrounding winter weather and holidays are reserved for Christmas. Most of us wonder each year who will experience a “White Christmas”, even though in the Northeast, it historically hasn’t happened that often. This got us thinking… how often has it snowed on Thanksgiving in recent years? We took a look at data for the last 50 years, and came up with answers – some of which were a little surprising!
Top 5 Things I've Learned as a Meteorologist
As a professional meteorologist, there are a lot of lessons you are taught in a relatively fast manner. For perspective, I am just shy of three years into my career, and I've had the privilege of working here at WeatherWorks throughout that entire time. During that period, I have changed the way I think frequently and have learned quite a lot. In fact, it is far too much to write everything here. So, I decided to write a list of the top things I have learned since I started in 2014. Here it goes:
5 Years Ago: The June 2012 Derecho
When called upon to remember a significant weather event within the last 10 years or so, some may bring up a powerful snow storm or blizzard. But for those that were within the path of the June 29, 2012 Derecho, the case is a bit different as that system was one of the top (if not the top) memorable events within the last 15 years or so. This straight-line windstorm, which occurred in the middle of a record heat wave, left millions without power and caused widespread property damage to areas within its path. Here's an idea of what a derecho is:
Winter Storm Fri Night - Saturday!
Last night, an arctic cold front blasted through the region with a bitterly cold Canadian high pressure working in today. This system will be accompanied by very strong wind gusts reaching 40 to 60 mph Thursday afternoon and into the night. The frigid northwest flow has also brought lake effect snow showers and streamers through much of the Northeast already, and will continue to do so into tonight. In fact, there may even be some heavier squalls quickly bringing some coverings. Friday night into Saturday is the next threat for wintry weather, which will be a more substantial one.
Update on the Tropics!
As we continue our march toward the peak of hurricane season (which occurs around September 10th), we appropriately have a few tropical interests going on. Tropical Storm Gaston continues to march across the Atlantic, but will not threaten the United States. We’ve also kept our eyes on Invest 99-L, an area of activity moving through the Caribbean, during the past few days. While it has remained mostly disorganized, there still remains a chance it could develop into a tropical system.
Review of Historic Flooding in Louisiana
A multi-billion dollar natural disaster unfolded last week in Louisiana, but it wasn’t because of a tropical storm or hurricane but rather an unnamed, stationary system that poured prolific amounts of rainfall upon southern parts of the state. It’s being called the worst U.S. flooding disaster since Hurricane Sandy, and put more rain down than did either Hurricane Katrina or Rita (keep in mind, it was the storm surge that made Katrina and Rita so devastating).
Stats on Early April Cold and Snow in the Northeast
As cold air poured into the Northeast during the first 10 days of April, some places were colder (on average) than what it was in March. However, the snow events on April 3 and 4th really put an exclamation point on the April cold for residents of New England. In fact, any mixing with rain was relegated to the southern borders of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Many north of that line received meaningful (in some cases significant) accumulations of snow. Let's investigate whether or not this storm was out of the ordinary.
Remembering the April 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Five years ago today, disaster struck parts of the Southeast U.S. as a multi-day tornado outbreak reached its peak. While there were severe rounds of severe/tornadic storms and systems over the period of April 25 – 28, 2011… the most destructive day by far was today, on the 27th. All in all, 219 tornadoes touched down from midnight to midnight on the 27th. Despite the sheer number of tornadoes that reached the ground that day, what made this outbreak different from the others was the amount of long-track, violent tornadoes (EF-4/5 rating).