Why is Election Day on Tuesday?
Did you ever wonder why Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November? You may be surprised to learn the weather played a role in establishing this date. An official Election Day was declared in 1845, when most Americans worked in agriculture. By early November, the growing season had ended which gave farmers time to vote. Also, many local roads were still clear of snow. Since people went to church on Sunday and then needed a day to travel to their county seat, Tuesday was left as the day to vote.
Earliest and Latest First Snowfall
Now that the recent first freeze of the season has ended the growing season in many places in the Northeast, many are beginning their preparations for winter. Last year’s historic October snowstorm taught us it's possible to pull out the snowplows even before Halloween. The records for the earliest accumulating snow shows now is the time to get ready, because snow has fallen as early as mid-October. Although a few past winters didn't have measurable snow until after we rang in the New Year, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The Inevitable Fall Freeze
Now that most of us have bid farewell to those lazy, hazy days of summer, we start to think of autumn and those cooler days ahead. For landscapers and home gardeners, this means beginning to plan how our plants and vegetation will be affected by the season’s first frost and eventual freeze, marking the end of the growing season.
What's That In The Sky?
Ever spot an interesting feature in the sky but are not quite sure what it is? Is it a bright form around the sun or resemble a rainbow? Well, these phenomena are called atmospheric optics and they can be spectacular sights to view and photograph. Read on to learn about optics spanning from the common rainbow to halos, sundogs and tangent arcs! As always, if you spot any of the images below, share them with us on the WeatherWorks Facebook page.
Finally, A Tornado Spotted!
Thursday, June 7, will be a date I remember for years to come. Why? Because it is the day we saw an amazing, jaw dropping supercell thunderstorm that produced a tornado! We experienced the most exciting adrenaline rush as we chased down this cell, witnessing its rotation, extremely low clouds, and lightning practically overhead!
Storm Chasing from Kentucky to Texas!
Amazing, unbelievable, and spectacular are the words that come to mind when I think about my first six days of the storm chase. We left New Brunswick, NJ on May 30 and hit the open road keeping our fingers crossed that we would see thunderstorms and even a tornado. Our first night we stayed in Shelbyville, KY on our way toward our first chase target - southwest Kentucky. The following day, we ended up at an airport to view the building convection in Madisonville, KY. The storms did not grow into towering cumulus as we hoped, but still produced some great lightning and rain shafts.
Follow Me On My Tornado Chase!
Tornado Alley here I come! Today, May 29th, I'll be embarking on my first chasing experience! Now the question is, where will the severe weather occur? The majority of my trip takes place in June and climatology says tornados are most likely to form in the northern plain states. Why? Well, the major ingredients for severe weather come from the contrast between cold Canadian air masses against the moist, warm air out of the Gulf of Mexico. However, as we enter into summer, the air from Canada is not as cold and usually only dips into the northern plain states.