June Midwest Summary: Flooding Rains and Intense Heat
Throughout the month of June, Chicago and Rockford saw multiple rounds of flash-flood-inducing heavy rain while numerous stationary fronts sparked sporadic shower and storm activity in the Ohio River Valley. However, regardless of where you were in the Midwest during June, several potent heat waves brought temperatures into the 90s. Summer-time work became difficult when associated heat indices rose over 100 degrees at times throughout the month.
June 2018: A Seasonable Start to Summer
After coming off an unusually warm May, the first month of meteorological summer proved to be rather seasonable. However, much of the Northeast outside of Maryland and parts of southern Pennsylvania dealt with dry conditions. This unfortunately has transpired into a drought across central and northern New England, which is still persisting into July as we speak.
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.
Heat Advisories & Excessive Heat Warnings
During the summer, you may have noticed that the National Weather Service issues a variety of watches, warnings and advisories in order to protect the public from various heat related illnesses…including heat cramps, exhaustion and stroke. However, based on client feedback, sometimes the general public is left in the dark as to what the exact criteria is for these alerts to be issued.
6 Years Ago: The June 2012 Derecho
When called upon to remember a significant weather event within the last 10 years or so, some may bring up a powerful snow storm or blizzard. But for those that were within the path of the June 29, 2012 Derecho, the case is a bit different as that system was one of the top (if not the top) memorable events within the last 15 years or so. This straight-line windstorm, which occurred in the middle of a record heat wave, left millions without power and caused widespread property damage to areas within its path. Here's an idea of what a derecho is:
Quick Outlook for Summer 2018
With an active end to winter and a cold entry into spring now safely behind us, our thoughts trend toward how summer-time heat and storms will play out in the upcoming season. For forecast clues, attention turns to a large-scale pattern favorite, the El Nino Southern Oscillation, or ENSO for short. As ENSO arguably plays one of the biggest roles when it comes to seasonal temperature and precipitation trends, our 2018 Summer Forecast analyzes these progressions closely.
2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook
It felt like winter just ended yesterday but we are currently on the cusp of hurricane season, which begins June 1st. So, now is a good time to gauge what has been happening pattern-wise and what trends are in store for the future. While the Northeast was spared from the active 2017 hurricane season, will this year be just as busy? Let’s take a look at the factors that will influence tropical activity over the next several months.
(Snow) History 101?
The key to excelling in the future is by looking at the past. A great example is with snowfall climatology. Being armed with the knowledge of past snowfall data can give you the extra edge with next winter’s snowfall contacts. See a sample of what we can add to you pre-season bidding process below with a customizable 10 , 20 or 30 year analytical breakdown for any location with our Snowtistics product. Add in the ability to display month and event counts, and your customers will be impressed during contract time.
April 2018: Slow Transition to Spring
Indeed, winter would not give up as colder than normal conditions persisted well into the first two-thirds of April. While it was effectively over in states like Maryland, Virginia, and most of Delaware, snow continued to fall across northern states as temperatures remained stubbornly below normal otherwise. Seasonable weather would arrive eventually but took until the pattern broke by the final week, making April arguably one of the worst transition months into Spring in a while.
Listen to Meteorologist Mike Mihalik on WRNJ!
Our very own Meteorologist and Director of Social Media, Mike Mihalik, was featured on WRNJ Radio's Newsline program on Thursday, May 3rd! He was interviewed by Joyce Estey, News Director (wrnjradio.com). They covered a range of topics but mostly focused on this past March and the train of nor'Easters that struck the Northeast United States. If you missed last week's program on WRNJ, or if you're out of their listening area and want to hear what Mike had to say, we have the link to the interview posted below! Be sure to listen in!