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.
What is "Normal" Weather?
Above left: Plantsville, CT after the February 8, 2013 Blizzard. Above Right: Satellite Image of Hurricane Sandy. Credit: NOAA
The Summer of 2013 was a wet one and meteorologists often explained how "above normal" precipitation was to illustrate the anomaly. Even last year, which was one the warmest years on record, was compared to the "normal" annual temperature to add perspective to the extreme. But how exactly do meteorologists know what the “average” weather is for a given location?
What Exactly is a Monsoon?
Parts of the Northeast have certainly experienced a very wet summer this year and some have gone as far as to describe it as a "monsoon". However, the rainfall folks along the I-95 corridor have experienced this summer is far less intense than the true monsoon thunderstorms some areas of the world rely upon each summer.
Northeast Tornado Climatology
After the devastation Moore, OK experienced from the EF-5 tornado on May 20, it’s important to remember that tornadoes are not just Midwest phenomena. In fact, a tornado hit Copake Lake in Upstate NY as recently as May 21st! Now, more than ever, is the time to learn about tornadoes and look back at some historic tornado events in the Northeast.
U.S Weather Myths Busted!
Ever wonder if some of the common weather descriptions regarding several U.S cities and states are true? Well, we selected some of the most well-known weather myths for places in the US and discovered some surprising facts.
Is Florida truly "The Sunshine State"?
Blizzard of 2013!
One thing is for certain…the New England blizzard of 2013 will be remembered for years to come! As the two pieces of energy came together Fri night creating our historic nor’easter, intense snow bands inundated Long Island up into New Hampshire dumping large snowflakes at rates up to 2-4+ inches per hour through the night! Also, widespread thundersnow and flashes of lightning were reported under these great intensities. An "eye" of the storm could even be seen in satellite imagery.
Christmas Eve 1966 Snowstorm
For most of the baby boomers growing up in the Northeast, the white Christmas of 1966 likely stands out. An intense nor’easter not only blanketed coastal Virginia all the way to Maine with snow, but also lit up the sky with plenty of lightning and thunder!