2013 - 2014 Midwest Winter Stats
As referred to in our main summary, this past winter season has featured an abundance of cold and snow. As such, the winter of 2013 – 2014 will certainly go down in history as one of the busiest of all time. Take a look below to see some of the most impressive statistics and records across the area for select cities during the past three months.
WeatherWorks Winter Forecast Foreshadows Cold & Snowy Midwest
WeatherWorks 2013-14 Winter Forecast an Overall Success
Although it has certainly been a busy and arduous year for workers in the snow and ice industry, at least this go around there was fair warning. The complete Winter Outlook issued by WeatherWorks back on October 18, 2013 captured many of the finer details of the forecast with overwhelming accuracy - in terms of both temperature and snowfall departures. Verification or observed conditions during the December 1st through February 28th time period are depicted below for reference.
Super Typhoon Haiyan
Just over 10 days after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, damage reports continue to come in and the death toll, unfortunately, continues to rise. It is now estimated by the local government that nearly 3,500 people have perished as a result of this storm. The United Nations puts this total higher, at 4,460. Either way, this would make Haiyan the second deadliest tropical cyclone in the nation’s history, behind Tropical Storm Thelma of 1991. Damage is now estimated at around $14 billion, which is over 5% of the Philippines’ GDP.
Winter Outlook 2013 - 2014
Although the official start of winter is still over two months away, parts of the I-95 corridor could see the first flakes of the year a lot sooner than that. As previously mentioned in an earlier WeatherWorks blog, the last week of October promises to bring a much chillier and potentially snowy weather pattern to the region. Despite the warm start to the month, plenty of cold air has been building across parts of the Arctic Circle, including Siberia and Western Canada.
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
Today marks the 75-year anniversary of the landfall of one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever impact New England. Back in 1938, what is now known as the “Great New England Hurricane” barreled ashore with an estimated forward speed of 60 mph. The storm first moved over Suffolk County, Long Island before traversing the sound and heading nearly due north making a second landfall near Milford, Connecticut. After that, the storm continued along its path of destruction into interior New England before dissipating across the Canadian Maritimes.
Gain an Edge with Long-Range Forecasts
Surprised by yet another July of above average temperatures? Clients that utilize WeatherWorks Long Range Forecast products weren’t! Our long-range team of meteorologists continually monitor global oscillation patterns and utilize innovative industry techniques in order to compile our suite of products. These procedures aided in our recent success regarding our July forecast, which is perhaps one of the trickiest in recent memory.
Heat Watches & Warnings
During the summer, you may have noticed that the National Weather Service issues a variety of watches, warnings and advisories in order to protect the public from various heat related illnesses…including heat cramps, exhaustion and stroke. However, based on client feedback, sometimes the general public is left in the dark as to what the exact criteria is for these alerts to be issued.
Heat Index Explained
As we head deeper into the summer months, we will start to see the words "heat index" thrown out by meteorologists to the public. In fact, you'll hear it over the next few days as heat and humidity build in! But what exactly does this mean? While most people may have a pretty good guess at what the heat index is in general, the science behind the term is often lost in translation.
How many times have you heard your local TV meteorologist mention phrases like "you can expect showers out ahead of the warm front," or "the humidity will drop behind the cold front" and weren't quite sure what they were talking about? Although terms such as warm and cold fronts are used all the time by meteorologists, many folks not in the weather industry can sometimes confuse the two.