Introducing Our Staff, Part 7
Our next featured meteorologist is Long Range Expert, Nick Troiano. Nick started in the fall of 2010 after graduating with his Master’s Degree from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire in 2009. Aside from long range duties, Nick forecasts for the New England area and heads Winter Risk, which alerts our clients of temperature and precipitation patterns up to 1 month in advance.
I sat down with Nick and asked him a few general questions:
2014 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook
For those of you who follow tropical weather, it should come as no surprise that last year’s hurricane season can be described as a total “dud.” In fact, statistically speaking, it was the least active non-El Niño season in recorded history. This resulted in minimal impacts for the nation as a whole. Aside from the season’s first named storm, Andrea, no other system had a direct impact as a tropical entity on the United States. Looking ahead, the main question is will we luck out for yet another year, or will this season prove to be more destructive?
Remembering Springtime Floods
Streets, rivers and even basements flooded during the recent heavy rain event on April 29 – May 1, 2014 when 3 – 6 + inches of rain pounded the Northeast for nearly 24 – 36 hours. In fact, some rivers reached major flood stage for the first time since Sandy in 2012. Most think nor’easters are the culprit for our springtime floods as these storms usually originate in the moisture rich Gulf of Mexico and perpetually dump heavy rain as they travel up the eastern seaboard.
El Niño's Impacts on Summer 2014 & Beyond
Over the past few months, our long range department has been noticing the increasing potential that El Niño conditions could develop by later this summer / early autumn and carry us through winter 2014 – 2015. The big question is, what types of impacts can we expect across the nation over the next several months based on this projection? Let's investigate the possibilities.
April 2014: A Spring Soaker
Spring months are noted for having drastic swings in both temperature and precipitation and April 2014 was certainly no exception. The Northeast experienced everything one would expect in a typical spring month including the first warm spell of 70s and 80s, one last blast of winter and even a major flooding event that ranks this April among the wettest on record. Let’s take a look back at the variety of weather the Northeast endured over the past month.
The Science Behind El Niño
Many times, meteorologists use some technical terminology during weather discussions. Some of the acronyms used can understandably come off as a form of alphabet soup. Perhaps one of the most widely used terms in the industry is “El Niño” or its counterpart “La Niña.” While you may have heard these terms mentioned many times in passing, what do they actually mean and how can they impact weather patterns in your neck of the woods? Let's investigate...
How Late in the Season can it Snow?
After experiencing a blockbuster 2013 – 2014 winter season, winter kept its strong grip on the Northeast even into mid - April when one last round of snow blanketed the region from the 15th to the 16th. Many may be wondering if snow this late in the year is truly an anomaly or if we have experienced more impressive late season snow events in years past. We analyzed the records and snow normals to find the answers.