(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!
A Look Into Weather Models - And What's Ahead
The science of weather is not an easy one to grasp, as the atmosphere is a complex fluid of rising, sinking, and circulating air. Of course, there are old school methods of forecasting weather, by analyzing ground and air observations and extrapolating that data into figuring out approximately where certain airmasses will travel to using textbook principles of physics, thermodynamics, and yes... calculus. That can get time-consuming and complicated. Thankfully, in today’s need-to-know-now world, we have computer models.
What Makes for a Bad Allergy Season?
As winter winds down, many of us become intoxicated with the idea of an early spring. Outside, there is newly greened grass, the scent of fresh soil, and the sound of songbirds signaling the awakening of the biological world. At first your senses may be dazzled, but then you notice your body feels less than 100% as symptoms of sneezing, coughing, runny nose and itchy eyes plague you.
Switching Gears to Summer
As winter takes its final breaths, our minds begin to switch gears in anticipation for the warm season ahead. Whether it means preparing the mowers for landscaping or just putting away the shovels and plows, we find ourselves running through the to-do list to get set for the big year ahead.
Northeast U.S. Final Freeze Stats
Now that the final snow events of the winter season are mostly behind us, most are transitioning into warm season operations. As the winter and spring season battle it out, these early weeks of spring can be especially frustrating for landscapers. Mother Nature often “tricks” sprouting flowers with warm and sunny days only to be followed by a hard freeze overnight. However, by definition, the growing season does not officially begin until we have seen our last freeze of the winter. But when does that typically happen? See the chart below to find out.
Compare 2017-18 Snowfall to Climatology
Well, how did you like that winter? To say the least, it was a pretty unusual end to the season with snowstorms increasing in frequency heading into March and even lingering into early April. In fact, some monthly snowfall amounts for March 2018 even cracked the top 5 snowiest in recorded history for the month.
How Radar can be Misleading
What’s my relationship with radar? Well, sometimes it has trouble putting the pieces together, and other times it blows things out of proportion. It plays games by saying it’s in a certain spot when it isn’t, and even stands me up on occasion by not bothering to show up! Like most relationships, we go through ups and downs; and while there are many great points to using radar, there is also a good deal that can elude the interpreter.