Remembering the April 2011 Tornado Outbreak

Posted: April 25, 2016, 3:54 am by abarney

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).

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Two Monster Storms, Two Decades Apart: The Blizzards of '96 and '16

Posted: February 3, 2016, 6:08 am by abarney

In weather, each storm that occurs is going to be inherently different from another of a similar magnitude. This, ultimately, cannot be avoided; there will be subtle differences between even the most remarkably similar storms. However, a significant part of weather prediction involves learning from the past in order to forecast the future.

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Ocean Effect Snowfall

Posted: January 3, 2016, 11:27 pm by abarney


Ocean Effect Snow in Southeast Massachusetts January 5, 2016


From January 4 - 5, 2016, Cape Cod and eastern Massachusetts dealt with enhanced snow bands, driven by anomalously warm ocean temperatures just off the coast. While several inches of snow on the Cape is nothing out of the ordinary, what is unusual is that Boston and areas in eastern MA just 10 miles away from the coastline measured much less! What could be the culprit here?


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El Niño & the Western Drought

Posted: November 16, 2015, 8:23 pm by abarney


Image obtained using Climate Reanalyzer (, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, USA.


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How Katrina Improved Hurricane Forecasts

Posted: August 24, 2015, 11:11 am by abarney


Category 5 Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico August 2005


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Rain & Severe Storms Rule June 2015

Posted: July 8, 2015, 1:20 pm by abarney

June 2015 in the Midwest was a very wet and active month. In fact, many locations across the area reported a top 10 wettest June on record! Rain that fell during June caused flash flooding issues in some areas and there were several rounds of severe weather as well.

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