Weather and Football

Posted: November 1, 2017, 8:34 am by rreale

The National Football League (NFL) has become America's most watched and largest grossing sport. Each weekend, tens of millions of people sit down and watch teams battle rain or shine, hot or cold, which adds to the intrigue of each match-up.

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Is Next Tuesday's Storm the One to Watch?

Posted: March 8, 2017, 10:51 am by rreale

While the weekend storm now looks like a miss, that has implications on our next storm, focused around Tuesday of next week (March 14th). Because the prior storm will be further south, colder air will build in its place this weekend into the start of next week. That will lead into what also has the potential to be a big storm, and could mean significant snow for parts of the Northeast.

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Blizzard of 2016: A Crazy NYC Forecast

Posted: January 25, 2016, 2:53 pm by rreale

If I were to tell you one of our forecasts we just 25 miles off several days out, you probably would consider that a good or very good forecast, right? If you ask folks in the Boston, Philly, and D.C. area, they would agree, this was an excellent forecast with 4 to 5 days of lead time. Boston was prepared for a low-end plowable event, and Philly to D.C. was prepared for potential record-setting snowfall. In between, however, in the NYC area, things were not so clear.

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Blizzard of 2016 Potential

Posted: January 18, 2016, 11:24 am by rreale

For those in the Northeast, focus will be glued to this Friday - Saturday (January 22 - 23) for what could be the first widespread and significant snow event of the season. And if all goes right, winter may be turning its gears from 0 to 60 in a hurry. While the pattern is not that favorable for a large scale storm, a strong disturbance will move from west to east this week. And as it does, some phasing (or joining) with other disturbances will occur, resulting in the formation of a larger, stronger storm that originates near the Gulf and rides up the East Coast.

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Warm Christmas, Winter Storm Follows

Posted: December 23, 2015, 1:02 pm by rreale

Since we began monitoring this storm several days ago, guidance is coming into better agreement for a post-Christmas storm, December 28 - 29. What storm you ask and is winter really here? Well for some, yes, it is and we will see it first hand late Monday into Tuesday in New England, parts of the Hudson Valley and even Northern NJ and PA. The overall progression of this storm will be a wintry mix at the onset with sufficiently cold air, followed by a transition to rain as temperatures warm.

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The Next Generation of Winter Risk™

Posted: September 9, 2014, 12:36 pm by rreale

As the old saying goes, Time is Money... and we all know it takes money to fuel our operations! But, did you realize proper planning and implementing a well developed "Strategy" not only before but during a winter season can be one of the most cost effective measures a company can take? Making the correct decisions on when to purchase materials, rent equipment and how to manage employees is key to an efficient winter snow removal operation.  Now you can plan ahead and find better solutions for your company to minimize the disasters like last year's salt shortage!

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"Sharknado": From a Meteorological View

Posted: September 9, 2014, 12:00 pm by rreale

While global warming has led and may lead to different weather phenomena in the future, raining flesh eating sharks is not one of those. However, Sci-Fi’s original movie “Sharknado” portrayed that exact scenario. A land falling hurricane in Los Angeles spawned shark-sucking tornadoes that swept into Hollywood leaving Tara Reid and the bunch scrambling for safety as they fight off flying sharks. While its awful, yet extremely entertaining acting and plot made for a good laugh, the lack of physical and meteorological accuracy was nothing to joke about.

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Surfs Up, Temps Down

Posted: August 5, 2014, 4:29 pm by rreale

It's been a windy and wavy month along the shores of Lake Michigan. In fact, near record summer wave heights were observed from July 27-28th as persistent strong northerly winds resulted in waves over 10 feet! Additionally, water temperatures were 10 - 15 degrees below normal during this time, dipping into the upper 50s in parts of the lake. Lets examine the causes of the record cold water and high wave heights, along with the connection between the two.

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Five Ways To Be Struck By Lightning

Posted: July 31, 2014, 12:21 pm by rreale

Lightning results in 51 deaths per year in the US on average, but did you know there are 5 different ways to get struck by nature's hottest phenomenon. At 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, any cloud to ground lightning strike is a threat to human life and should not be taken lightly. In fact, lightning can be fatal from a strike that hit the ground up to 100 feet away, or originated from a thunderstorm several miles away. Let's examine the 5 ways lightning can strike a human.

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Record Setting 2013-14 Winter

Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:59 am by rreale

Despite the last storm mainly only bringing snow to the Mid-Atlantic and extreme coastal areas, this winter will still be engraved in the record books. While the entire Northeast - and majority of the entire eastern half of the US for that matter - is above average in terms of snowfall, the departures are particularly high through New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania...where snowfall is 20 - 40 inches above normal! This can be seen in the image above. That figure is enough to rank in the top 5 snowiest winters all-time for many.

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