WeatherWorks Open House 2016
Have you ever wanted to meet the WeatherWorks meteorologists you consult with each winter and learn what goes into creating your forecasts? Now is your chance! In honor of celebrating 30 years in the snow and ice industry, the WeatherWorks staff would like to invite you to our open house event on September 30, 2016 from 10 AM - 4 PM at our office located at 103 Mountain Court in Hackettstown NJ.
Update on the Tropics!
As we continue our march toward the peak of hurricane season (which occurs around September 10th), we appropriately have a few tropical interests going on. Tropical Storm Gaston continues to march across the Atlantic, but will not threaten the United States. We’ve also kept our eyes on Invest 99-L, an area of activity moving through the Caribbean, during the past few days. While it has remained mostly disorganized, there still remains a chance it could develop into a tropical system.
Hurricane Irene - 5 Year Anniversary
Hard to believe but 5 years have passed since Hurricane Irene devestated the East Coast of the United States. The hurricane made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina before cutting through the Northeast and New England eventually dissipating over eastern Canada. Unfortunately, a total of 56 people were killed and the storm caused over 15 billion dollars in damage in the U.S making Irene one of the top 10 costliest hurricanes in United States history.
Review of Historic Flooding in Louisiana
A multi-billion dollar natural disaster unfolded last week in Louisiana, but it wasn’t because of a tropical storm or hurricane but rather an unnamed, stationary system that poured prolific amounts of rainfall upon southern parts of the state. It’s being called the worst U.S. flooding disaster since Hurricane Sandy, and put more rain down than did either Hurricane Katrina or Rita (keep in mind, it was the storm surge that made Katrina and Rita so devastating).
Heat Lightning: Fact or Fiction?
Many have probably heard the term “heat lightning” tossed around from time to time throughout the summer. The typical theory is that hot and humid conditions produce lightning, even without rain or thunder, causing the night sky to light up.
Relative Humidity vs Dewpoint
This summer has had many days of hot and sticky weather. You may have checked on the humidity, only to find it was at a meager 50%. How could the humidity be so low, when it feels so high? The answer: dewpoint!
Dewpoint is the temperature at which water vapor in the air condenses into liquid water, such as in the form of dew, fog, or possibly rain. The dewpoint is always lower or equal to the air temperature, hence why dew or fog often occurs during the early morning hours, when the air temperatures are typically lowest and the dewpoint highest.
A Cool Start to July, then Stormy
Back in June, summer heat finally arrived across the Midwest, however, the month ended with a few cooler days before flipping the calendar to July. Was this cool down signifying below normal temperatures once again in July or would summer temperatures prevail? Let’s review.
First Winter of 2016 - 17 Preview
Our long range team is honing in on some of the key players which will determine how the Winter of 2016 - 17 will pan out. In the short video below, meteorologist Mike Mihalik explains what we are watching and how the oceans give a clues to the potential weather pattern for the upcoming snow season. Get your plows ready!
Historic Flash Flooding to End July
In a month when folks across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland wondered if ongoing drought conditions would worsen due to a persistent dry and hot pattern, Mother Nature brought a very wet end to July. Due to a stalled frontal boundary and a plume of moisture rich air streaming from the Gulf of Mexico, widespread and beneficial rainfall fell on July 30th and 31st. Many received 0.5 – 2 inches of rain which helped ease drought concerns and saved many from finishing July with nearly 50% rainfall deficits.