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!
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.