What Exactly is Normal Weather?
During extreme weather events spanning from heat waves to blizzards to floods, meteorologists often compare impressive temperature and precipitation values to “normal” to help put unusual weather events into perspective. But how exactly do scientists know the “normal” or “average” weather for any given location? Read on to find out.
A Warm & Dry End to Summer: August 2015
August started off hot with temperatures reaching the upper 80s to low 90s for the first four days of the month. By the 4th, severe weather broke out as a cold front traversed the Northeast with New England especially hard hit. In fact, a supercell or rotating thunderstorm pummeled through Massachusetts, producing 50 - 60mph wind gusts and golf ball sized hail stones.
A Taste of Summer! May 2015 Review
Looking back at May 2015, many will remember the abundant dry, warm days and the first real taste of the upcoming summer. Not only did most of the major cities across the region rank May 2015 among the top five warmest on record, but a slew of bone dry days mixed with limited rain events helped place most of New England and North Jersey in a moderate drought. Let’s take a look back at this final month of climatological spring.
Winter Kicks into High Gear: January and February 2015
After record snow deficits and warmth in December 2014, Mother Nature completely switched gears ushering record breaking cold and a seemingly endless parade of winter storms for January and February 2015. Some of the coldest air in over 20 years poured into the Northeast, leading to consecutive days with temperatures 10 to 25 degrees below normal. In terms of snowfall, New England was by far hardest hit where an astonishing 50 - 80 inches of snow fell in under three weeks, challenging the record for snowiest winter! Let's look into the highlights from the heart of winter 2015.