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.
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.