Winter Outlook 2014 - 2015

Posted: October 14, 2014, 3:40 pm by mikem

We all remember last year's record setting winter with seemingly endless piles of snow. Our meteorologists worked around the clock creating Storm Alerts and analyzing Certified Snowfall Totals™ as major Northeast cities accumulated a snowfall surplus of 15 - 30+ inches. In fact, Philadelphia recorded their 2nd snowiest winter of all time with 68.0" and New York's Central Park finished with 57.4", the 5th snowiest.

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Winter Outlook Upcoming!

Posted: October 8, 2014, 1:07 pm by mikem

By now you've probably heard plenty of rumors about the upcoming winter - "the farmer's almanac says"..."I saw on facebook that"... "the caterpillar was really dark"... Next week, all the hear say will either be proved or disproved as our full Winter Outlook will be released.

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Will Halloween be a Trick or Treat?

Posted: October 8, 2014, 12:36 pm by mikem

Is it really October already?? That means getting all those pumpkins carved and finding costumes to impress our friends (I’m going as Iron Man this year). Seriously through, it is also time for making those final preparations for winter. In addition, rumors have already been stirring that we are going to have an early snow event this year (considering there were some wet snowflakes in Illinois and Indiana back on October 4th). So after looking at all the guidance and discussing with our long range expert, here is your end of October/Halloween outlook.

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Full Winter Outlook Upcoming!

Posted: October 6, 2014, 11:40 am by mikem

By now you've probably heard plenty of rumors about the upcoming winter - "the farmer's almanac says"..."I saw on facebook that"... "the caterpillar was really dark"... Next week, all the hear say will either be proved or disproved as our full Winter Outlook will be released.

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Hurricane Hugo: 25th Anniversary

Posted: September 22, 2014, 11:54 am by mikem

Infrared image of Hugo at landfall from the National Hurricane Center.

Back on September 22nd, 1989 I was only 8 years old, but the day was far from ordinary. On this day, 25 years ago, Hurricane Hugo made landfall in South Carolina with sustained winds of 135 - 140 mph and also sparked my life-long interest in weather. Let's look back at this incredible storm.

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Labor Day Weekend Update

Posted: August 27, 2014, 10:24 am by mikem

Well some good news... things are looking slightly better for the holiday weekend! Although warmer and more humid conditions will be arriving Saturday, current thinking now keeps much of the day dry for the I-95 corridor as the front stays well northwest over the Great Lakes. Some isolated showers may try to enter Maryland and central PA in the afternoon, but that activity will be spotty. Sunday will likely be the most active day in the Northeast, with showers and storms developing in the afternoon.

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Tornado Strikes Near Boston!

Posted: August 4, 2014, 4:38 pm by mikem

The first tornado in Suffolk County, MA since 1950 struck Revere, MA on July 28th, 2014. Atypical of most severe t-storms in the Northeast, the parent thunderstorm formed over northern RI around 8 AM, then pushed northeast towards Boston. Just before 9 AM, with the storm over west-central Norfolk County, our meteorologists issued warnings for damaging winds in the Boston area as the storm was exhibiting some rotation (indicating the potential for a tornado). By 9:32 AM, the supercell strengthened its rotation, giving a clearer sign that a tornado was likely on the ground:

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Tornado Climatology for the Northeast

Posted: June 10, 2014, 11:28 am by mikem

While many may think tornadoes are mostly relegated to the Plains States, it is important to know that the Northeast is not immune to the phenomenon. In fact, tornadoes as strong as EF-3 (winds of 136 – 165 mph) can impact the region. Springfield, MA experienced one such tornado back on June 1, 2011, which was on the ground for over one hour, left a scar 39 miles long and up to ½ mile wide across south-central MA! While the Springfield tornado is uncommon and typically twisters of EF-0 and EF-1 magnitude occur, it is crucial to realize the danger these storms pose.

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Great Lakes Ice Won't Give Up!

Posted: June 4, 2014, 10:06 am by mikem
Ice remains on Lake Superior. Satellite courtesy of NASA/MODIS.
 

Well it is now early June and air temperatures across the northern Great Lakes have already surpassed 80 degrees. Unfortunately, the lake ice hasn’t received the memo that warmer weather has arrived. In fact, even on June 1st, Marquette, MI still had chunks of ice floating near the coastline of Lake Superior!

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April 27 - 29th Tornado Outbreak

Posted: May 5, 2014, 12:52 pm by mikem
Damage from an EF-4 tornado which struck Vilonia, AR, courtesy of the NWS Little Rock.

 

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