What is Freezing Rain?

Posted: December 31, 2016, 10:30 am by spatrick

The heart of winter is upon us, and although rain may seem like a break from snow removal operations during season, it can be treacherous if it falls as freezing rain. But just what is the difference between freezing rain and "plain old" rain?

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The Top Ten Weather Events of 2016

Posted: December 27, 2016, 9:35 pm by jmartucci

(Image courtesy of Christmasstockimages.com under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

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A Day in the Life of a Meteorologist

Posted: December 21, 2016, 10:41 am by mikem

It's 2:30 AM...I just woke up, but trust me... I don't suffer from insomnia. This is when I start my day on the early shift at WeatherWorks. With coffee in hand, I'm out the door around or just after 3:00 AM and start work at 4:00 AM. Once at my computer, I begin briefing on the weather situtation for at least the next 5 days.

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Winter Precipitation Types

Posted: December 21, 2016, 8:57 am by nsharr
Freezing rain downs a large branch in Downingtown, PA.


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Winter Storm Fri Night - Saturday!

Posted: December 14, 2016, 9:58 pm by abarney

Last night, an arctic cold front blasted through the region with a bitterly cold Canadian high pressure working in today. This system will be accompanied by very strong wind gusts reaching 40 to 60 mph Thursday afternoon and into the night. The frigid northwest flow has also brought lake effect snow showers and streamers through much of the Northeast already, and will continue to do so into tonight. In fact, there may even be some heavier squalls quickly bringing some coverings. Friday night into Saturday is the next threat for wintry weather, which will be a more substantial one.

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The Lake Effect Snow Machine

Posted: December 6, 2016, 7:11 pm by cspeciale


Buffalo Area After Historic Lake Effect Snow Event Nov 2014. Credit: Anthony Quintano Flickr


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Lake Effect Snow in the Midwest

Posted: December 5, 2016, 6:28 pm by mpeters

Lake effect snow (or LES), a common occurrence in Michigan during the late fall and early winter months, also happens frequently in the Midwest. It is a phenomenon that occurs when cold air moves over the relatively warm early season waters of the Great Lakes. Typically the temperature difference between the air and the lake needs to be at least 13 degrees Celsius, or around 23 degrees Fahrenheit. When this temperature difference occurs, the warmer lakes heat the air right above it, which then forces that moisture-rich air to rise through the surrounding cooler air.

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A Tale of Two Regions: November 2016

Posted: December 5, 2016, 6:48 am by spatrick


Route 17 in Bergen County, New Jersey November 20, 2016


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Warm Weather Continues into November

Posted: December 3, 2016, 1:39 pm by ccastellano

The fall season for the Midwest has been a warm one so far, and October finished up to be well above normal for the region. The pattern that kept the first part of the season mild proved to have lasting strength into the home stretch. Along with remaining warm, the pattern was dry as well. Let’s review.

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NJ League of Municipalities Recap

Posted: November 30, 2016, 9:51 am by jmartucci

After a rainy start, it was stunning Fall weather for the League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City on November 15-17th! Even though there was no snow or ice, wintry weather was on the minds of the hundreds of mayors, councilmen and Department of Public Works employees that stopped by our booth. We equally enjoyed our time with both prospective and current clients.

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