Highlights of 2014 Thus Far
Remembering Springtime Floods
Streets, rivers and even basements flooded during the recent heavy rain event on April 29 – May 1, 2014 when 3 – 6 + inches of rain pounded the Northeast for nearly 24 – 36 hours. In fact, some rivers reached major flood stage for the first time since Sandy in 2012. Most think nor’easters are the culprit for our springtime floods as these storms usually originate in the moisture rich Gulf of Mexico and perpetually dump heavy rain as they travel up the eastern seaboard.
April 2014: A Spring Soaker
Spring months are noted for having drastic swings in both temperature and precipitation and April 2014 was certainly no exception. The Northeast experienced everything one would expect in a typical spring month including the first warm spell of 70s and 80s, one last blast of winter and even a major flooding event that ranks this April among the wettest on record. Let’s take a look back at the variety of weather the Northeast endured over the past month.
How Late in the Season can it Snow?
After experiencing a blockbuster 2013 – 2014 winter season, winter kept its strong grip on the Northeast even into mid - April when one last round of snow blanketed the region from the 15th to the 16th. Many may be wondering if snow this late in the year is truly an anomaly or if we have experienced more impressive late season snow events in years past. We analyzed the records and snow normals to find the answers.
Nov. – Jan. 2013: A Busy Start to Winter
Now that we have reached the mid - point of the 2013 – 2014 winter season, it is very apparent that we are in the midst of an unusually active and cold winter. In fact, a few places along I -95 have recorded some of their snowiest and coldest winter months ever on record. Let’s take a look back at November through January to learn just how busy Mother Nature has kept the Northeast this winter.
Thanksgiving Weather Extremes
With all eyes on a potential coastal storm looming for the days preceding Thanksgiving this year, it’s interesting to look back when those along the I-95 corridor enjoyed their Turkey with a side of extreme weather. Everything from heavy rain, unseasonable warmth, to even a few snowstorms has occurred on past Thanksgiving Days in the Northeast. Let’s review some of the more remarkable weather events for this national holiday.
First Measurable Snow
**Above is a NASA satellite image from the October 2011 snow event**
Now that we are well into October, many in the Northeast are busy preparing for the upcoming winter season. In fact, places in the Rockies and northern Great Plains have already received their first flakes of the season. Given the trend in recent years for October to hold extreme events for us here in the Northeast, let’s take a look back to see when our first snow usually occurs in comparison to some impressive records.