Unsettled Weather Ahead for the I-95 Corridor
Ask, and you shall receive....Some much needed rain is in the forecast for areas that could certainly use it. The question is, could we see too much of a good thing? It has been a dry and hot summer for many, especially those of us along the I-95 corridor from Boston to Washington, DC. However, over the next few days, the weather pattern looks to favor an extended period of wet weather. So, here's the set-up. A cold front will sweep through the mid-Atlantic and New England with some periods of rain and even a few rumbles of thunder tonight and early tomorrow.
High and Low Pressure
If you are a regular viewer of weather broadcasts, chances are you’ve heard the following from your local TV meteorologist: “plenty of sunshine is in store today as high pressure is in control over the area.” Or: “expect rain to spread into the area as a low pressure system approaches.” It is well established that high pressure is generally associated with nice weather, while low pressure is generally associated with cloudy, rainy, or snowy weather. But have you ever wondered why?
What Happened to Hermine?
The impacts of Hurricane Hermine were certainly less than expected, which is undoubtedly a good thing, especially for people who live along the coastline. However, many people are left wondering, “What went wrong with the forecast?” The strong winds and flooding rainfall were replaced by mostly sunny skies and comfortable temperatures. Even at the shore, the storm surge flooding was several feet less than anticipated, and only reached minor levels for most locations.
Our Big Ten Football Rankings - Weather Edition
Labor Day has come and gone and that means two things: the shores and pools empty out and the college football stadiums fill in. And at WeatherWorks, we love the Big Ten! Not only do we have eight Rutgers and four Penn State meteorology graduates, but our service area spans from New Jersey and Rutgers University to Chicagoland, the home of Northwestern. In addition, our Certified Snowfall Totals are nationwide.
Hermine has Formed, Where Does it Go?
Well after about 2 long weeks of monitoring a disturbance trekking across the Atlantic from Africa into the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Hermine has finally formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, maximum sustained winds are at 45 mph and it's moving slowly north-northeastward around 7 mph. The storm has certainly been looking better orgainzed today with good upper level outflow and a solid low level circulation. Strengthening is expected to continue over the next day or so and forward speed is also forecast to increase.
The Tropics Remain Busy
After days of speculation and uncertainty, we are still looking at two tropical depressions across the Atlantic Basin. Tropical Depression 8 (TD 8), which formed on Sunday, continues to slowly approach the coast of North Carolina. Despite remaining over warm water (sea surface temperatures in the low to mid-80s), wind shear and dry air has prevented TD 8 from reaching tropical storm status. However, the system could strengthen just enough to become a tropical storm at any point in the next couple of days.
Summer 2016 Recap
One thing is for sure. The summer of 2016 will be remembered for its heat and dry weather! Not only did nearly ever major airport along the I - 95 corridor rank the past three months within the top 10 hottest summers of all - time, but many ended with precipitation deficits. In fact, by the end of the season, the U.S Drought Monitor placed parts of eastern New England in an extreme drought! When did those scorching temperatures occur and when were the longest dry spells? Read on as we take a trip down memory lane of summer 2016.
A Wet and Active August for the Midwest
Severe weather was largely held in check during the months of June and July 2016 as a relatively quiet summer continued across the Midwest. August, on the other hand, told a different tale as an increase in the activity brewed across the region. Just how active did it get for the Corn Belt states? Let’s review.
Ending on a High Note: August 2016
August, the last month of meteorological summer, continued the streak of above-average monthly temperatures. Numerous areas within the mid-Atlantic saw near to just above half of the days of the month above 90 degrees, though New England had their fair share of hot and humid days (Boston and Hartford each reached a high of 98 degrees on August 12th!). Northern New Jersey through southern New Hampshire are still experiencing abnormally dry to drought conditions. Northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire have been the driest, dipping into an extreme drought this month.