Should I Have A Private Weather Service?
As a former landscaper and plow truck driver, I was so frustrated waiting for those first flakes to fall. You know how it is, wake-up, check for snow, *try* to sleep, then wake up again, check for snow falling, look at radar, back to sleep...man, it was a vicious and stressful cycle! I NEVER wanted to miss when it started snowing, because I knew if everything was covered without my knowledge, I was bound to receive an angry call from my client or boss...then scrambling to mobilize.
Which Snowfall Average is Right for You?
It’s that time of year again: Snowfall Contract Season. Our Data & Stats Department has been hard at work preparing snowfall climatology reports for our clients so they have the most representative data available. However, this raises a good question: “What data is right for me?” Unfortunately, from region to region and client to client, this answer will change based on whether your contract is by the storm, by the inch, by the hour, or by the season.
The Weather & Voter Turn Out
When it comes to politics and the public, a favorite talking point that comes up often is how the weather may be affecting voters heading to the polls. For instance, the Iowa caucuses last February were spared from a blizzard that hit the day after, dumping up to a foot of snow. Some in the media questioned how different the results could have been had it moved in earlier. As a political connoisseur and a meteorologist, this always piqued my interest. One has to ask with the presidential election now in full swing; do rain and snow really affect a voter’s decision to hit the polls?
Another Warm Month for the Midwest
In the spirit of Halloween, October brought many more treats than tricks weather-wise. Outside of a cool finish to September, the warmer than average conditions continued into fall’s first full month. Was the warm weather also accompanied by an active pattern? Let’s review.
Remembering the 2011 Snowtober Nor'easter
Five years ago today, on October 29, 2011, a powerful nor'easter battered the East Coast and produced an unusually early snowfall across the Northeast. For most, that Saturday morning started fairly wet with rain falling. However, as the storm strengthened, cold air rushed in on the backside of the system and was also dragged down from aloft from heavy precipitation. As a result, temperatures fell into the low and mid 30s by late morning and the rain mixed and changed to heavy wet snow.
Winter Forecast 2016-2017
It's that time of year again...the leaves are changing, the football season is heating up and it's also WeatherWorks Winter Forecast time! Let's begin by taking a brief look at ENSO, or the El Niño Southern Oscillation. Last winter, the focus of our forecast was El Niño (anomalous warmth in equatorial Pacific Ocean waters), which was among the strongest in recorded history. That gave us high confidence in a fairly mild winter with the potential for one or two bigger storms. For the most part, that's pretty much what happened.
Wild Weather for the West Coast
The Pacific Northwest can be known for patterns of constant waves of potent mid latitude cyclones which can bring high winds and torrential rains. Thanks to a blocking pattern downstream, this region is in one of those patterns, with the first of a pair of powerful storm systems crashing ashore today. The second of the two powerful lows is set to follow this weekend, and it has an interesting story to tell.
Can I Flood?
Major weather events are typically preceded with meteorologists calling for preparedness, while the days after a storm are often times filled with inevitable devastation & shock. Too many times we see 24-hour coverage of locations flooding which seemingly had no chance to flood. But is this truly the case? Unfortunately, areas which have not seen flooding in 50, 100, or even 200 years typically are overlooked as having a flooding threat by even the most deeply rooted locals.