How is Snow Measured?
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.
Polar Vortex Explained
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.
Historic November Storm Recap!
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.