Heat Lightning: Fact or Fiction?

Posted: August 14, 2016, 2:40 pm by mikem

Many have probably heard the term “heat lightning” tossed around from time to time throughout the summer. The typical theory is that hot and humid conditions produce lightning, even without rain or thunder, causing the night sky to light up.

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First Winter of 2016 - 17 Preview

Posted: August 4, 2016, 11:50 am by mikem


Our long range team is honing in on some of the key players which will determine how the Winter of 2016 - 17 will pan out. In the short video below, meteorologist Mike Mihalik explains what we are watching and how the oceans give a clues to the potential weather pattern for the upcoming snow season. Get your plows ready! 


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What is Evapotranspiration?

Posted: August 2, 2016, 2:15 pm by mikem

From the big metro areas of Chicago, Indianapolis and Cincinnati to the farmland surrounded cities of Peoria, IL and Lafayette, IN, the late summer months can be quite oppressive. While urban heat islands provide plenty of heat, you might be sweating it out even more in the open fields. And with corn growing tall and strong in the Midwest in August, we believe we have found the right person (err...crop) to blame.

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Turning Up the Heat...

Posted: July 21, 2016, 4:43 pm by mikem

Although we had a reprieve earlier in the week from the heat, Friday into early next week will put many in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast back into a heatwave. Starting with Friday, humidity levels will be increasing ahead of a front pressing in from the northwest. Many from DC to NYC will see temperatures in the 90 - 95 degree range with heat indices nearing 100. The front will also provide the risk of a few strong to even severe storms erupting late in the day and into the first half of the night, especially over New England.

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When Did We Start Studying Weather?

Posted: June 2, 2016, 12:55 pm by mikem

Article from medium.com/@WeatherWorks...

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Why Forecast the Weather?

Posted: March 11, 2016, 5:33 pm by mikem

Ever since humans evolved, I’m sure we were awestruck by the power of the weather and curious how such phenomena as rain, snow, wind, clouds, and lightning could exist. And why shouldn’t we be interested, weather can destroy properties and landscapes, affects our daily lives, and can even kill. In ancient times, we tried to explain it with gods such as Zeus, Jupiter, Thor, and Huracán, but when offerings to said gods didn’t change the weather, we were left with more questions.

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Could Temperature Explain Deflate-Gate?

Posted: November 2, 2015, 3:51 pm by mikem

If you're an NFL fan, it seems you can never watch a pre-game show, go on social media, or read a newspaper without a mention of deflate-gate. I know it's an old story, but can deflated footballs used by the Patriots in the AFC Championship game last year have a relation to the game time temperature? 

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Snow Removal Contracts Start Here.

Posted: August 6, 2015, 8:39 am by mikem


How many of you have been staring at the computer screen, numerous excel sheets, and looking at last year’s snow removal contract, wondering where to begin with the new season’s bids? The 2014-15 winter was above normal from Chicago to the Northeast, with even historic snowfall in New England. Should these extremes be accounted for this year? It’s been said ‘knowledge is power’, and a snowfall history or climatology is the place to begin when creating snow removal contracts.

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Straight Line vs Tornadic Winds

Posted: July 7, 2015, 9:59 am by mikem

During the spring and summer, severe weather rolls through a particular region, creates wind damage and depending on the severity, many may call the storm a tornado. But was it? When there is no striking funnel seen due to rain or the storm occurs at night, it can be hard to tell the difference between straight line winds and a tornado. In this instance, we cannot be fully confident a tornado has occurred until the National Weather Service sends a survey team to investigate, but meteorologists can help determine the difference using weather radar and experience.

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Volcanic Eruptions and Climate

Posted: April 24, 2015, 11:20 am by mikem
Pinatubo eruption in 1991. Photo courtesy of the US Geological Survey.

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