Open House Recap!
Celebrating our 30th year serving the snow and ice industry, the staff of WeatherWorks hosted an Open House of our office in Hackettstown, NJ on September 30, 2016. We wanted to thank our clients for their years of loyalty and learn more about their unique operations. We value all opportunities to meet face-to-face with our clients so we can build personal relationships and better serve their weather needs. The Open House was definitely a success and the event was full of laughs and great conversations.
Typical First Freeze & Snow Stats
With the days growing shorter and temperatures cooler, those in the snow and ice industry are busy preparing for the upcoming winter season. Most are especially curious when we will see our first freeze and eventually first snow here in the Northeast. Let's take a look at the climatological data to find out when the mercury levels usually drop to 32°F for the first time, ending the growing season, and when the first measurable snow of the season typically occurs.
Summer 2016 Recap
One thing is for sure. The summer of 2016 will be remembered for its heat and dry weather! Not only did nearly ever major airport along the I - 95 corridor rank the past three months within the top 10 hottest summers of all - time, but many ended with precipitation deficits. In fact, by the end of the season, the U.S Drought Monitor placed parts of eastern New England in an extreme drought! When did those scorching temperatures occur and when were the longest dry spells? Read on as we take a trip down memory lane of summer 2016.
Historic Flash Flooding to End July
In a month when folks across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland wondered if ongoing drought conditions would worsen due to a persistent dry and hot pattern, Mother Nature brought a very wet end to July. Due to a stalled frontal boundary and a plume of moisture rich air streaming from the Gulf of Mexico, widespread and beneficial rainfall fell on July 30th and 31st. Many received 0.5 – 2 inches of rain which helped ease drought concerns and saved many from finishing July with nearly 50% rainfall deficits.
Beat the Heat with Science!
Wow, it sure is hot out there and it's only going to get hotter! During an extended period of hot and humid days, it can be difficult (not to mention frustrating) to keep cool. To add to the aggravation, cooling costs can really add up and many may be reluctant to turn on the air conditioner. But what else can we do? Actually, some simple science may provide solutions to beat the heat.
Midwest Final Freeze Stats
It's that time of year again. Landscapers and home gardeners alike are wondering when Mother Nature will unleash her final freeze of the winter season so our sprouting flowers and plants can grow without worry and the growing season can officially begin. As seen in the chart below, the Midwest typically dips down to the freezing mark for the last time in late April with Indianapolis, IN usually the earliest to observe its last first while Rockford, IL is still susceptible to damaging cold until nearly the end of the month.
April '16 Cold & Final Freeze Stats
Now that the final snow events of the winter season are likely behind us, most are transitioning into warm season operations. As the winter and spring season battle it out, these early weeks of spring can be especially frustrating for landscapers. Mother Nature often “tricks” sprouting flowers with warm and sunny days only to be followed by a hard freeze overnight. However, by definition, the growing season does not officially begin until we have seen our last freeze of the winter. But when does that typically happen? See the chart below to find out.