Midwest Independence Day Weather Statistics
The Fourth of July is nearly here and the Midwest has firmly settled into a warm pattern. Average highs for the 4th are typically in the mid-80s, with normal lows tending to fall back around or just below 65°F. With that being said, there has been a lot of variability over the years, with readings ranging the gambit from scorching hot, to at times, unusually chilly. Since 1872, Chicago has seen 25 days with highs reaching over 90 degrees (approximately 15% of days), while just two of those days saw the mercury climb to over 100°F.
Active June Brings Heavy Rain to the Midwest and Ohio Valley
The month of June proved to be stormy and wet for much of the Midwest and Ohio Valley. Several precipitation complexes moved across the area, bringing thunderstorms and torrential downpours. Some of these thunderstorms brought strong winds, large hail, and even some isolated tornadoes across Illinois and south central Indiana.
Tornado Chase Highlights
Well after 7,174 miles and 122 hours in the car, my tornado chase with Rutgers University has come to an end. All in all, the chase was a success and culminated in spotting a tornado! Let's cover two of the biggest highlights from the trip.
Hopefully all that made it out to the SIMA show last week in Columbus, OH had an awesome time. We would like to thank everyone that stopped by our booth as it was nice to see our current clients along with some brand new faces. From the many educational sessions to keynote speakers, we picked up some great tips on how to enhance our customer’s experience. There was certainly a good deal of excitement at this year’s show coming off one of the most active winters in history, where most everyone across the country saw plenty of winter weather.
The Science Behind Sea Breezes
A relatively common summertime occurrence took place across coastal Illinois during the afternoon of June 24th. No, it was not a thunderstorm or any kind of severe weather; instead it was something much more subtle. A lake breeze from Lake Michigan moved onshore and backed first through the coastal plain before eventually making it several miles inland through downtown Chicago. As a result, easterly winds from off the lake itself resulted in cooling temperatures during the hottest part of the day across these locations.
Introducing Our Staff, Part 10
Our next featured meteorologist, Ken Elliott, started full time at WeatherWorks in November of 2006. Ken graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2005 with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science. Ken is a jack of all trades as he helps in Forensics, Long Range, Graphics, IT and developing new products for clients. Ken’s main area of forecasting is for the Northeast and Midwest, especially focusing on the Hudson Valley area and NYC/Long Island. I spoke with Ken and asked him a few general questions:
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.