Do You Remember... The 'Heart Attack Snowstorm'?
30 years ago this month, a massive storm system impacted the central United States. This system spread a path of snow from New Mexico all the way into Ontario, Canada. What would forever be known as Chicago’s ‘heart-attack’ snowstorm not only caused at least 26 deaths in the Chicago area but also took several lives and injured hundreds in Arkansas and Tennessee as a tornado shredded through the region.
Northeast White Christmas Climatology
Jingle bells, jingle bells... It's here, ladies and gentlemen! The winter holiday season has officially arrived! While there are a variety of holidays that people celebrate across the Northeast U.S., the most popular one we get questions about regarding snowfall is Christmas.
"White Christmas" Climatology!
From the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping to the relaxing quiet time spent with family and friends, the Christmas season is upon us yet again. No matter what the scene, many of the iconic holiday images all have one thing in common: snow! While there are different interpretations of a White Christmas, meteorologists define it as at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on December 25th by 7AM. This means snow does not necessarily have to fall on Christmas to count as a White Christmas.
How to Keep Warm at a Tailgate
After a long week filled with anticipation, it's finally time for the big game, but first, the fun-filled tailgate. You've packed the coolers, prepped the grill, and piled into the car with family and friends. Turning into the stadium, you’re graced with a sunny sky and a surge of happiness. You open the car door only to be smacked with a wall of unforgiving cold air, you’ve been blitzed! Here are some tips to avoid this cruel scenario and stay warm throughout the tailgate so you can enjoy the game afterwards.
How to Measure: Snowfall
Measuring snowfall sounds like an easy task at first, but a lot more work is involved than it would seem. Plenty of snow-lovers want to quickly run into their backyard and know how much snow fell by excitedly sticking a ruler in the snow. Trust us, we would love to do the same thing. That’s easy, right? Unfortunately, there are many problems with this and it leads to inaccurate totals.
The Miller Classification
No, we aren't talking about our two meteorologists, Brad Miller and Mark Miller (who by the way aren't even related). The Miller classification is something meteorologists use to classify types of Nor'easters, named after the researcher J.E. Miller who came up with this system in 1946. Nor'easters can happen at almost any time of the year, but are most frequent and strongest between September and April. These are rapidly developing low pressure systems that form along the eastern seaboard and bring strong northeast winds (hence the name), heavy precipitation and coastal flooding.
October 2017: Very Warm and Rather Uneventful
October was…quiet. Well, except for the rainstorm at the end of the month but it really was rather uneventful. It felt warm, it was dry until the very end of the month, and even with several frontal passages, there was not much to really make note of.
Another Warm Month Finishes Chilly
With the recent cold and snow in early November, it certainly seems like summer-like weather has been gone a long time, doesn’t it? However, very warm weather that dominated the final half of September persisted through a good chunk of October. Circumstances changed significantly to close out the month and although severe weather was not particularly notable, active weather did highlight the period at times.
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.