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.
April 2017: Snow to Summer-Like Heat
For those who did not enjoy the cold spells that March brought, April provided some relief as warmer weather made a comeback. Wintry weather from the end of March did spill into the beginning of the month, however, but this was the last major winter storm to affect the Northeast. And while New England dealt with snow, sleet, and freezing rain, the rest of the region experienced mostly rain. In the end, April ended up 3 – 6 degrees above normal with quite a few warm-ups, especially during the second and third week.
March 2017: Where did Spring Go?
Where on Earth did spring go? That was the question most people across the Northeast probably asked after coming off such an incredibly warm February, especially in those last two weeks of the month. Heading into meteorological spring, it felt as if winter was indeed leaving us but never underestimate Old Man Winter because he came back with a vengeance.
Inauguration Weather History
With rain in the forecast this Friday, Inauguration Day is likely to run not too far above average on both the precipitation and temperature front. Naturally we have to ask, how does Inauguration normally fair? As we dig back in time, an interesting mix of weather is revealed on this day despite being in the heart of meteorological winter.
The Weather & Voter Turn Out
When it comes to politics and the public, a favorite talking point that comes up often is how the weather may be affecting voters heading to the polls. For instance, the Iowa caucuses last February were spared from a blizzard that hit the day after, dumping up to a foot of snow. Some in the media questioned how different the results could have been had it moved in earlier. As a political connoisseur and a meteorologist, this always piqued my interest. One has to ask with the presidential election now in full swing; do rain and snow really affect a voter’s decision to hit the polls?