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.
Hermine has Formed, Where Does it Go?
Well after about 2 long weeks of monitoring a disturbance trekking across the Atlantic from Africa into the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Hermine has finally formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, maximum sustained winds are at 45 mph and it's moving slowly north-northeastward around 7 mph. The storm has certainly been looking better orgainzed today with good upper level outflow and a solid low level circulation. Strengthening is expected to continue over the next day or so and forward speed is also forecast to increase.
Heat Lightning: Fact or Fiction?
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.
First Winter of 2016 - 17 Preview
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!
What is Evapotranspiration?
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.
Turning Up the Heat...
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.
Why Forecast the Weather?
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.