Cool Weather Bookends a Warm September 2016
September began on a fairly cool note in the Midwest as the first three days of the month averaged anywhere from 2 - 6 degrees below normal (highs in the mid to upper 70s and lows in the 60s to even the upper 50s). The cooler spell would not last, however, as around a week of 80 degree plus days followed after the 4th. In fact, some of the hottest days of the month occurred in this span, with Rockford, IL reaching 92°F and Chicago, IL hitting 91°F both on the 6th.
Open House Recap!
Celebrating our 30th year serving the snow and ice industry, the staff of WeatherWorks hosted an Open House of our office in Hackettstown, NJ on September 30, 2016. We wanted to thank our clients for their years of loyalty and learn more about their unique operations. We value all opportunities to meet face-to-face with our clients so we can build personal relationships and better serve their weather needs. The Open House was definitely a success and the event was full of laughs and great conversations.
Typical First Freeze & Snow Stats
With the days growing shorter and temperatures cooler, those in the snow and ice industry are busy preparing for the upcoming winter season. Most are especially curious when we will see our first freeze and eventually first snow here in the Northeast. Let's take a look at the climatological data to find out when the mercury levels usually drop to 32°F for the first time, ending the growing season, and when the first measurable snow of the season typically occurs.
Woolly Bears...Winter Predictors?
Folklore says the woolly bear caterpillar can predict the severity of the winter simply by the length of the red-orange band at the center of its body. Basically, the more red-orange there is the warmer the winter and the less red-orange, the colder, more snowy the winter will be. In the 1940s and 50s a scientist by the name of C. H. Curran studied an admittedly small sample of the woolly bears and actually predicted the subsequent mild winter. Our long range prediction problems are solved, right? Well, not so much. Again, Dr.
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.