First Measurable Snow

Posted: October 10, 2013, 6:38 pm by cspeciale

**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.

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What is "Normal" Weather?

Posted: September 26, 2013, 7:44 pm by cspeciale

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?

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Weather Extremes: NYC vs The World

Posted: August 28, 2013, 6:21 pm by cspeciale


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What Exactly is a Monsoon?

Posted: August 18, 2013, 1:43 pm by cspeciale

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.

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Northeast Tornado Climatology

Posted: May 22, 2013, 5:04 pm by cspeciale

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.

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U.S Weather Myths Busted!

Posted: April 29, 2013, 10:36 pm by cspeciale

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"?

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Blizzard of 2013!

Posted: February 9, 2013, 4:24 pm by cspeciale

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.

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Christmas Eve 1966 Snowstorm

Posted: December 24, 2012, 2:00 am by cspeciale


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!

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Reduce your Risk on the Road

Posted: December 12, 2012, 2:40 am by cspeciale

Oh the weather outside is frightful…especially when you have to drive in it. By taking a few extra precautions, you can ensure safe driving throughout the winter season.

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Stay Healthy this Winter Season

Posted: November 7, 2012, 9:59 pm by cspeciale

How many times have you heard the old saying, “Don’t go outside with wet hair or you’ll catch cold”? Did you ever wonder why that was or if it was even true? Actually, many of those old wives' tales do have some validity and we'll break it down for you so you can stay healthy this winter season while plowing snow and salting the streets.

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