February 2019: A Unique Month of Weather
We leaped into February with the typical high expectations of knee-deep snow and record setting cold as years of brutal winters have conditioned us to know. However, February displayed a spring-like pattern more typical of March at times, throwing many of us for a loop. But as we look back, it was quite evident that this February followed no true mold, but instead delivered weather of all types and sizes.
Winter's Ending, but Weather Threats Continue
As a meteorologist, weather always affects my work schedule. However, in the past I worked lawncare and landscaping and certainly felt the pitfalls of a rainy stretch along with the backlog of work that ensued. However, it wasn't just the rain that was problematic, hot and humid days also stressed my crew physically and droughts did a number on my wallet. After my landscaping career, I also worked as a township inspector for an engineering firm. Here, I saw the problems weather could create with paving, concrete pours, earthwork, and storm sewer installation.
Blizzards are no Strangers in February
We come to a crossroad in the month of February where our love for winter is truly tested. As we await the headlines for the next ‘storm of the century’, our hearts begin to race as we scramble to prepare. Children become inflated with curiosity as the thought of another snow day looms. Shovels and plows fatigue as they echo down the same snow covered streets. And yet, just as soon as it began, those long 28 days in the year’s shortest month are but a distant memory.
A Cold and Snowy January 2019
January 2019 certainly made up for a relatively mild and snowless December, with record-setting cold at times and above-average snowfall across the Midwest.
In terms of monthly totals, Chicago finished 2.8 degrees colder than average. Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus also finished below normal, but by less than a degree. Dayton was the mild spot, coming in a degree warmer than average for January (which is not necessarily warm with average lows near 20 and high near 35).
Northeast Weather Summary: Jan. 2019
The season so far has been a tale of two regions, where the Mid-Atlantic and central-northern New England have been bearing the brunt of winter while those in between are lagging behind. Despite trouble in the snowfall department, there was much cold air to spare for everyone by the second half of January.
Winter Isn't Over Yet
We get it. Baltimore hit 70, Boston 65 last week. Even the Midwest enjoyed at least a day or two in the 50s or 60s. On top of that, the Groundhog didn’t see his shadow! Many people are wondering, was that it? The answer to that is no, and it’s not simply due to the calendar…we only have to go back to last year to see snow well into April…but the upcoming weather pattern will be conducive to more bouts of cold weather along with opportunities for snow.
Let's Make a Cloud!
During the recent arctic outbreak, our office in Hackettstown, NJ dipped to -4°F! When it gets that cold, all you need is some boiling water to make your very own cloud. Just toss it into the air and voila...a cloud is born! Just be sure to throw the hot water away from you, because not all of it will change into a cloud. We don't need anyone burning themselves! Here are meteorologists Brad Miller and Mike Mihalik demonstrating the experiment...
What is the Polar Vortex?
In recent years, many media outlets have used the word “polar vortex” to explain arctic cold outbreaks, leaving most believing the phenomenon is a new meteorological discovery. However, this term has actually been used in the weather world for decades, first discussed in the 1950s. Although many have hyped up the vortex... insisting it will "hit" the United States at dates in the future, the polar vortex doesn't really "hit" a location, like say, a hurricane's eye wall does.
Meet Meteorologist Megan McCarthy
Meteorologist Megan McCarthy is one of our newest meteorologists and is our guest on the 45 Second Drill...and you'll find out who her favorite NFL team is and what she thinks of the quarterback controversy. Watch the interview below!