Tornado Climatology for the Northeast
While many may think tornadoes are mostly relegated to the Plains States, it is important to know that the Northeast is not immune to the phenomenon. In fact, tornadoes as strong as EF-3 (winds of 136 – 165 mph) can impact the region. Springfield, MA experienced one such tornado back on June 1, 2011, which was on the ground for over one hour, left a scar 39 miles long and up to ½ mile wide across south-central MA! While the Springfield tornado is uncommon and typically twisters of EF-0 and EF-1 magnitude occur, it is crucial to realize the danger these storms pose.
Introducing Our Staff, Part 9
Next up in our employee bios is Mike Mihalik, who started working at WeatherWorks in the fall of 2008. Mike is the head of our social media department, producing content for Facebook, Twitter, etc. Along with social media, he produces daily forecasts, Certified Snowfall Totals, past weather reports, along with radio forecasts for the many stations we work with across NJ/NY. Mike graduated from Penn State University in May 2003, earning with Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology.
How Do Hurricanes Work?
With hurricane season underway and Arthur currently churning off the Southeast coast (as of July 2, 2014), now is the time to get prepared in the event you find yourself in the path of one of these storms. Although most of us understand what a hurricane is, specific details related as to how they develop are sometimes not as clear. Let's investigate the basics of hurricane formation and find out how these storms differ from typical mid-latitude systems.
Supercell Intercepted while Chasing!
Well it has been an exciting week in Tornado Alley! Tuesday, June 3rd, was by far the most active. We began our day near Grand Island, NE as storms started to brew. By the late afternoon, we were closing in on a tornado warned storm near Ord, NE that was moving east. Although we were approximately 10 miles away from the tornado warned storm at one point near Central City, NE, our data went down and we had to bail out for our safety. As we bolted for the cars, a few members from our group thought they glimpsed a funnel.
Great Lakes Ice Won't Give Up!
Well it is now early June and air temperatures across the northern Great Lakes have already surpassed 80 degrees. Unfortunately, the lake ice hasn’t received the memo that warmer weather has arrived. In fact, even on June 1st, Marquette, MI still had chunks of ice floating near the coastline of Lake Superior!
Backdoor Cold Front: 40's in Late May?
From time to time, especially during the spring months, you may hear meteorologists talk about "Backdoor Cold Fronts", and the impact they have on our local weather. A backdoor cold front is simply a cold front that moves south, or southwest along the Atlantic seaboard and Great Lakes, most frequently during the spring. Winds behind these backdoor fronts are out of the east or northeast off the cooler ocean waters and differ from a typical cold front which generally move eastward across the region, with west or northwest winds behind them.
Introducing Our Staff, Part 8
Our next featured meteorologist is Brian Silviotti, who is going on his 4th year at WeatherWorks. Brian holds the distinction of being the first Science Officer at the company and incorporates his knowledge in helping to oversee and advance numerous WeatherWorks’ products. Brian graduated from University of Albany earning both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in atmospheric science along with a minor in Mathematics.
The Chase is on!
And we're off! We left New Brunswick, NJ at 9 AM today, in hopes of studying some exciting weather out in in the Northern Plains. As June approaches, severe weather tends to trend northward. After a team weather discussion on Tuesday, it was determined that the Dakotas and possibly Montana would be a good first stop for Friday and Saturday, as a cold front will be passing through. Saturday is looking somewhat more favorable than Friday. Four ingredients are typically needed to produce severe weather, and what we're looking for - tornadoes!
Join Us at the SIMA Symposium!
It’s that time of year again!! WeatherWorks will be exhibiting at the 17th Annual Snow and Ice Symposium in Columbus, Ohio from June 18-20th. The SIMA Symposium is always a fun experience as we help educate each other on the best principles of business management, snow and ice operations along with leadership. The symposium features educational sessions, a trade show, and several different networking events.
Follow Me on My Tornado Chase!
Hellooooo severe weather! In one week, I will be attending an orientation before driving out to Tornado Alley storm chasing for two weeks. Although we will not know if we are leaving on May 28th or 29th until the day of the orientation, I'm hoping we can leave as soon as possible to analyze and predict these powerful storms! Tornadoes were what initially sparked my interest in meteorology, in particular, the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. Ever since that day, I knew I wanted to go storm chasing, and I am extremely excited over this opportunity!