May 2019: Tornado Outbreak Caps Off an Active Month
May of 2019 will be remembered for a lot of rain and severe weather across the Midwest. The first half of the month was the quieter half, with the bulk of the severe weather and flooding occurring after mid-month.
May 2019: Severe Weather and Flooding Rain
After a few below normal severe weather seasons over the previous years, the last month of meteorological spring turned quite active for not only the traditional spots across the southern Plains, but also across the Ohio Valley through the Mid-Atlantic. The pattern that fell in place for this to occur also lent to an unusually wet month across many regions, with the exception of New England.
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How Climate Impacts Wine Grapes
While walking through your local grocery store for a bottle of wine, have you ever wondered why there isn’t more selection from New Jersey or New York compared to California? Why do they get all the shelf space? The main reason California gets all the love is because of their unique terrain and, in particular, the climate. California is the leading wine producer in the United States, with approximately 90% of the market share. New York ranks third just behind the evergreen state of Washington.
How Do Thunderstorms Form?
Thunderstorms are one of the most common types of hazardous weather you will experience if you live in the United States. On average, we see 100,000 thunderstorms develop in the U.S. each year, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory. So how do they form? You really need three things: moisture, instability, and lift. Each are kind of a prerequisite for the next, in a way.
2019 Summer Forecast
The summer of 2018 was not a friendly one for outdoor activities from the Midwest to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Warm, humid conditions were common with a boatload of rain for many as well. The winter wasn’t snowy for everyone, but it remained wet and active, with only a few limited stretches of dry weather as we head through the spring months. The result? Wetter conditions than normal over the last 12 months across almost the entire Continental U.S. east of the Rockies.
2019 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook
The 2018 hurricane season was busier than normal and featured significant impacts in the Southeastern United States from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, though no direct impacts up the coast into the Northeast. As we approach June 1st, the official beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, let’s take a look at factors that will influence tropical activity and how the U.S. landfall risk looks compared to normal.
El Niño’s Influence
When is the Best Time to Plant?
Looking for some help deciding when to plant this spring? No matter if you’re a seasoned gardener or just looking to try it out, you need some information on the types of plants you're adding to the garden. You need to know the best time to plant, and it just so happens that the weather will impact that decision. There is a lot that goes into this equation, but for the sake of simplicity, we will focus on two main things: your location, and what you’re trying to put in the ground.
How Does Hail Develop?
When a thunderstorm rumbles through your area, a myriad of associated hazards are on the table. Depending on the atmospheric ingredients in place at the time, strong storms can bring damaging winds, torrential rain, and in particular instances, tornadoes and large hail. While a significant majority of hail is often the size of pea to penny size, or ¼” to ¾”, more robust storms can produce much larger hailstones. The largest that has been recorded in the United States, occurred back on July 23rd of 2010.
April 2019: Mild with Record Snow?
From severe thunderstorms to record breaking, out of season snowfall, April 2019 certainly had it all across the Midwest! Amazingly, even with the snowfall, it was a generally mild month across the region. Let’s dive into some specifics…
The Monthly Totals: