Cold Weather, Hypothermia, and Frostbite
While weather can be exciting or a nuisance (depending on which season you are fond of…), it can also be quite dangerous. In light of the recent brutal cold stretches we’ve had across the eastern half of the U.S., it becomes pertinent to talk about hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia, in particular, kills up to 1,500 people in the US every year. While this is a frightening statistic, it is most certainly preventable. So, let’s first delve into some science!
November/December 2017: Descending Into Winter
Winter certainly wasted no time making an appearance this season! While November gave us a little taste of the cold, December gave us quite the seasonal shock. Let us dive right into what has been happening over the past two months.
How to Measure: Snowfall
Measuring snowfall sounds like an easy task at first, but a lot more work is involved than it would seem. Plenty of snow-lovers want to quickly run into their backyard and know how much snow fell by excitedly sticking a ruler in the snow. Trust us, we would love to do the same thing. That’s easy, right? Unfortunately, there are many problems with this and it leads to inaccurate totals.
October 2017: Very Warm and Rather Uneventful
October was…quiet. Well, except for the rainstorm at the end of the month but it really was rather uneventful. It felt warm, it was dry until the very end of the month, and even with several frontal passages, there was not much to really make note of.
Temperature Inversion Explainer
If you happen to have a thermometer in your car (which most modern cars do), have you ever noticed that on a given winter morning when skies are clear, it reads warmer on hills? Then, when you descend into the valleys or are in a very open area that lacks development (such as the Pine Barrens), it is much colder? This kind of early morning can see 20-degree temperature swings across a relatively small region. But… why?
A Mainly Dry and Warm September in the Northeast
What a flip-flop of a month September was! While August gave us the impression summer really wasn’t going to make a comeback, September brought back the real dog days of summer. While we were initially cool with tropical influences, the second half of the month was a near non-stop stretch of warmth and largely dry weather.
August 2017: Up and Down End to Meteorological Summer
Dog days of summer? What dog days of summer?
The last holdout of the season for characteristic summer weather didn’t exactly pan out as some typically expect in August 2017. This was not unusual for this year though, especially given the pattern that has dominated over the course of the season. Those looking for extensive, consistent hot and sunny stretches for the last month of meteorological summer were instead left with plenty of storms and temperature swings.
July 2017: Another Active Month in the Northeast
We were dealt quite a wet and variable July across the Northeast. The combination of an active pattern and even a nor’easter-like system brought plenty of rain for the region. The continuous supply of cold fronts also helped moderate temperatures throughout the month. With that said, heat waves still made an appearance, as should be the case during the depths of summer.
June 2017: Ups, Downs, & Severe Weather
Despite being the first month of meteorological summer, June was very much a roller coaster across the East Coast. A cold front leftover from May meandered through the Northeast, allowing unseasonably cool air to dominate the first week of the month. It felt crisp at times as high temperatures were stuck in the 50s and 60s (70s in the Mid-Atlantic). However, this did not come without a bout of rain as it wasn’t too long before a stationary front on the 4th brought several disturbances, resulting in up to 1” of rain across New England over the next few days.