Midwest 2015-2016 Winter Stats

Posted: March 1, 2016, 10:57 am by cspeciale

 

Temperature anomalies Dec '15 - Feb '16. Courtesy of MRCC

 

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2015-2016 Winter Stats

Posted: March 1, 2016, 7:40 am by cspeciale

 

Snowfall Departures Oct 2015 - Feb 2016. Courtesy of the NRCC

 

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How is Snow Measured?

Posted: January 7, 2016, 8:20 am by cspeciale

There are plenty of snow enthusiasts out there who love to see their backyards turn into a winter wonderland each year. It’s even more exciting learning how much snow accumulated in your area, but how are official snow totals measured? Most think it’s as simple as sticking a ruler in the ground, however, you may be surprised to learn there is a list of do’s and don'ts weather observers follow to ensure accurate measurements.

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Polar Vortex Explained

Posted: January 6, 2016, 3:48 pm by cspeciale

The media in recent years used the word “polar vortex” to explain arctic cold outbreaks with most believing the phenomenon is a new meteorological discovery. However, this term has actually been used in the weather world for decades, first discussed in the 1950s. Although some hyped up this normal meteorological event coining hyperboles such as “polar hurricane”, let’s discuss what exactly the polar vortex is and how it can impact temperatures during the winter season.

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Top Ten Extreme Weather Events of 2015

Posted: December 29, 2015, 8:03 pm by cspeciale

 

Extreme River Flooding in Oklahoma in June 2015

 

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An Unprecedented December!

Posted: December 23, 2015, 1:16 pm by cspeciale

 

Monthly temperature departures as of December 23, 2015. Courtesy of NRCC

 

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A Warm and Wet November 2015

Posted: December 3, 2015, 12:21 pm by cspeciale

 

Sunset over Illinois during November 2015

 

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Historic November Storm Recap!

Posted: December 2, 2015, 3:38 pm by cspeciale

A strong cold front passage on November 19th ushered in the coldest air of the season and set the stage not just for the first Midwest snowfall on the 20 - 21st but also one of the most historic November storms on record! The storm left a 300 mile wide swath of snow across Iowa, northern Illinois, Indiana and northwest Ohio in its wake, as shown in the visible satellite image, and smashed records in nearly all categories.

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November 2015: Record Warmth!

Posted: November 30, 2015, 4:32 pm by cspeciale

 

Above graph shows daily temperature departures for Philadelphia, PA in November 2015, its warmest November on record!

 

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October 2015 Highlights

Posted: October 30, 2015, 7:01 pm by cspeciale

 

Water Vapor Image Above Courtesy of WeatherTap. Moisture from Hurricane Joaquin combined with a front to bring heavy rain to the Northeast in Oct 2015. 

 

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