Winter's Ending, but Weather Threats Continue
As a meteorologist, weather always affects my work schedule. However, in the past I worked lawncare and landscaping and certainly felt the pitfalls of a rainy stretch along with the backlog of work that ensued. However, it wasn't just the rain that was problematic, hot and humid days also stressed my crew physically and droughts did a number on my wallet. After my landscaping career, I also worked as a township inspector for an engineering firm. Here, I saw the problems weather could create with paving, concrete pours, earthwork, and storm sewer installation.
Let's Make a Cloud!
During the recent arctic outbreak, our office in Hackettstown, NJ dipped to -4°F! When it gets that cold, all you need is some boiling water to make your very own cloud. Just toss it into the air and voila...a cloud is born! Just be sure to throw the hot water away from you, because not all of it will change into a cloud. We don't need anyone burning themselves! Here are meteorologists Brad Miller and Mike Mihalik demonstrating the experiment...
What is the Polar Vortex?
In recent years, many media outlets have used the word “polar vortex” to explain arctic cold outbreaks, leaving most believing the phenomenon is a new meteorological discovery. However, this term has actually been used in the weather world for decades, first discussed in the 1950s. Although many have hyped up the vortex... insisting it will "hit" the United States at dates in the future, the polar vortex doesn't really "hit" a location, like say, a hurricane's eye wall does.
Meet Meteorologist Megan McCarthy
Meteorologist Megan McCarthy is one of our newest meteorologists and is our guest on the 45 Second Drill...and you'll find out who her favorite NFL team is and what she thinks of the quarterback controversy. Watch the interview below!
2018 - 2019 Winter Forecast
After back-to-back La Niña winters, we’re changing things up with an El Niño for the Winter of 2018-2019. El Niño and La Niña both describe changes in the water temperatures across the Tropical Pacific Ocean that have well-known impacts on the global weather pattern. An El Niño is a warming of those waters, and tends to invigorate the southern jet stream, a key element in this year’s forecast. The El Niño this winter is expected to be weak in intensity and centered closer to the central Pacific.
Listen to Meteorologist Mike Mihalik on WRNJ!
Our very own Meteorologist and Director of Social Media, Mike Mihalik, was featured on WRNJ Radio's Newsline program on Thursday, May 3rd! He was interviewed by Joyce Estey, News Director (wrnjradio.com). They covered a range of topics but mostly focused on this past March and the train of nor'Easters that struck the Northeast United States. If you missed last week's program on WRNJ, or if you're out of their listening area and want to hear what Mike had to say, we have the link to the interview posted below! Be sure to listen in!
Compare 2017-18 Snowfall to Climatology
Well, how did you like that winter? To say the least, it was a pretty unusual end to the season with snowstorms increasing in frequency heading into March and even lingering into early April. In fact, some monthly snowfall amounts for March 2018 even cracked the top 5 snowiest in recorded history for the month.
5 Things to Do on a Rainy Day
It’s raining outside, and you probably are clueless on what to do. We decided to help you out by compiling a list of the top 5 things to do on a rainy day.
1. Watch TV shows or a movie
Movies are a great way to spend a few hours of the day as the rain passes. Catch up on the season of Game of Thrones you haven’t watched, or begin to watch the latest TV show series on Netflix. You can also rent movies and TV shows from Amazon or iTunes if you don’t have a Netflix or Hulu account.
Warm and Cold Fronts
If you are a regular viewer of weather broadcasts, you’ve probably heard from the TV meteorologist: “overcast conditions are expected as a warm front approaches from the south.” Or: “showers and thunderstorms will occur today as a cold front slides through the region.” Usually, when a front approaches, cloudy skies along with precipitation are associated with it. But what makes these weather fronts tick?
I Wish I had This as a Former Landscaper
It was sometime in June 2007, I (Mike Mihalik) was a crew leader for a landscaping company in eastern Pennsylvania. I was riding my Exmark Lazer Z (which I preferred, hopefully Exmark appreciates my plug...LOL) mowing a large multiple warehouse account. Dark clouds were building in the distance and I began becoming concerned about finishing my job and if my crew was safe from lightning. Of course I had a meteorology degree, but I wasn't following the weather pattern closely at the time. If only I could call someone to get a briefing on the current weather situation...