A Look Into Weather Models - And What's Ahead

Posted: May 8, 2018, 10:14 am by ccastellano

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.

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Spring Arrives Late in the Midwest: April Summary

Posted: May 8, 2018, 12:53 am by askinner

The month of April felt like a continuation of winter featuring well below average temperatures combined with above average monthly snowfall across the Midwest. 

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What Makes for a Bad Allergy Season?

Posted: May 5, 2018, 5:14 pm by askinner

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.

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Switching Gears to Summer

Posted: April 15, 2018, 12:00 am by nmarguccio

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.

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Northeast U.S. Final Freeze Stats

Posted: April 14, 2018, 11:59 am by cspeciale

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.

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Compare 2017-18 Snowfall to Climatology

Posted: April 13, 2018, 11:26 am by mikem

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.

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How Radar can be Misleading

Posted: April 11, 2018, 3:56 pm by askinner

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.

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Spring? Are You There?!

Posted: April 8, 2018, 12:00 am by chewitt

What a tease February was in its final week when temperatures soared into the 60s and 70s across the entire Northeast! As we know now though, the party did not last long as winter came roaring back for seconds not even a week into the month of March. For those hoping for a smooth transition into spring, well, the pattern just was not your friend.

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March 2018: Temperature Swings & Broken Records

Posted: April 8, 2018, 12:00 am by askinner

The first day of March marks the start of meteorological spring and while the month began warmer than average in the Midwest, many of us were fooled into believing that warmer days were here to stay. It didn’t take long for a roller coaster of up and down temperature swings to unfold, bringing with it sporadic snow storms and a few record breaking precipitation events.

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Why Was March 2018 So Active?

Posted: April 3, 2018, 1:06 pm by ccastellano

Winter in the Mid Atlantic and Northeast in some ways saved its best for last. The earlier half of the season had its moments, but it simply did not compare to what March ultimately brought. So what created such an active finish?

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