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...
How Can It Freeze at 35 Degrees?
If you are a snow removal expert, you know to watch for refreeze after snowstorms and to do "ice checks" in the morning if temperatures fall to freezing or below. You are also aware to keep a close eye on areas near snow piles where melt water during the day can refreeze at night. BUT, what about when your truck is telling you it's 35°F and your seeing ice up...What gives? Last I checked water still freezes at 32°F!
A Day in the Life of a Meteorologist
It's 2:30 AM...I just woke up, but trust me... I don't suffer from insomnia. This is when I start my day on the early shift at WeatherWorks. With coffee in hand, I'm out the door around or just after 3:00 AM and start work at 4:00 AM. Once at my computer, I begin briefing on the weather situtation for at least the next 5 days.
Should I Have A Private Weather Service?
As a former landscaper and plow truck driver, I was so frustrated waiting for those first flakes to fall. You know how it is, wake-up, check for snow, *try* to sleep, then wake up again, check for snow falling, look at radar, back to sleep...man, it was a vicious and stressful cycle! I NEVER wanted to miss when it started snowing, because I knew if everything was covered without my knowledge, I was bound to receive an angry call from my client or boss...then scrambling to mobilize.
Woolly Bears...Winter Predictors?
Folklore says the woolly bear caterpillar can predict the severity of the winter simply by the length of the red-orange band at the center of its body. Basically, the more red-orange there is the warmer the winter and the less red-orange, the colder, more snowy the winter will be. In the 1940s and 50s a scientist by the name of C. H. Curran studied an admittedly small sample of the woolly bears and actually predicted the subsequent mild winter. Our long range prediction problems are solved, right? Well, not so much. Again, Dr.