30 Inch Hype: Don't Believe it!
Over the past few days, many have been asking about a 30 inch blizzard next week. My advice to you, is please don't believe it. Many of these blizzard rumors have roots in amateur weather facebook/twitter pages that just post whichever model produces the most snow. Most of these pages are created by those who do not have a degree in meteorology and just like the weather. Every operational forecaster on our staff (including the social media department) have either bachelor's or master's degrees in meteorology and that's why you will NOT find this storm currently mentioned in our media.
Where are the Cicadas?
By now, I'm sure you've heard about the potential for millions of cicadas to swarm the Eastern Seaboard this spring. But where are the hoards of 2" long insects which only emerge every 17 years? Although some have started singing their horrible song (click to listen) over VA and MD, only a few have been spotted in NJ, PA, NY and CT. Well, the major problem has been the cool temperature swings this spring.
Remembering the April 2011 Outbreak
One year ago today, one of the most widespread and deadly tornado outbreaks on record was ravaging southern and eastern portions of the U.S. Though there were several rounds of severe/tornadic t-storms over the span of April 25th – 28th,, 2011 (including 358 confirmed tornadoes across 21 states), the most violent and deadly portion was occurring on the afternoon and evening of April 27th. A record 208 tornadoes touched down in this 24 hour period, but what made this super outbreak unique was the considerable amount of strong, long-tracked tornadoes.