A Look Back at the Weather of 2018
December 2018: Wet, but not very Snowy
After a chilly November with multiple rounds of snow across the Midwest, winter largely backed off for most of December. It was a mild and wet first month of meteorological winter, with all major cities finishing well-above normal in the temperature department and also wetter than average.
December 2018: More Wet than White
It was a relatively warm December despite it being the first meteorological month of winter. Of course, this meant more days warming into the 40s and 50s than the 30s. And while it was not a record breaker in that department, December certainly helped solidify 2018 as one of the wettest years, and in some spots the wettest year on record!
What is a Forensic Meteorologist?
According to the Dictionary, the term "forensic" denotes the application of scientific methods, techniques and knowledge to solving legal problems and/or crimes. Did you know that there is such a career as a Forensic Meteorologist, and WeatherWorks, LLC has several Forensic Meteorologists on staff?
October 2018 Northeast Summary
For what is supposed to be the heart of fall, October presented quite a few twists and turns. For starters, summer continued to grapple with the region and even when the pattern finally flipped, rain seemed to persist every few days. Wintry weather was still on the back burner though, as only the interior parts of the Northeast received some of the white stuff. Let’s take a look at how the month panned out.
2018 - 2019 Winter Forecast
After back-to-back La Niña winters, we’re changing things up with an El Niño for the Winter of 2018-2019. El Niño and La Niña both describe changes in the water temperatures across the Tropical Pacific Ocean that have well-known impacts on the global weather pattern. An El Niño is a warming of those waters, and tends to invigorate the southern jet stream, a key element in this year’s forecast. The El Niño this winter is expected to be weak in intensity and centered closer to the central Pacific.
Midwest September 2018 Summary: Rainy and Warm!
Summer was slow to depart this September, with all locations in the Midwest finishing much warmer than average. It was an odd month rainfall-wise as there were extended dry periods; but when it rained, it poured, with large parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois doubling their average rainfall for the month.
September 2018: Unseasonable Warmth and Drenching Rains!
So much for meteorological fall! It seemed summer was quite hesitant to depart the Northeast, making September yet another record breaker in various departments. While severe weather took a back seat, unseasonable warmth, high humidity, and drenching rainfall would define what is climatologically a rather quiet month.
Weather and Football
The National Football League (NFL) has become America's most watched and largest grossing sport. Each weekend, tens of millions of people sit down and watch teams battle rain or shine, hot or cold, which adds to the intrigue of each match-up.
Temperature Inversion Explainer
If you happen to have a thermometer in your car (which most modern cars do), have you ever noticed that on a given winter morning when skies are clear, it reads warmer on hills? Then, when you descend into the valleys or are in a very open area that lacks development (such as the Pine Barrens), it is much colder? This kind of early morning can see 20-degree temperature swings across a relatively small region. But… why?