Mid-Winter Report Card
Well the winter of 2013-2014 is just about at its half-way point. Meteorological winter is considered to be December, January and February; although winter weather will often linger into at least the first half of March. Based on the definition of meteorological winter the mid-point would be January 15th. With this in mind, I was curious how this winter "stacks up" so far. I'm sure anyone can tell you that this winter is off to a fast, very active start; all areas in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic have already seen several snow and ice events along with outbreaks of brutal cold.
WeatherWorks Storm Alert Service
With the threat for significant snow Thursday and Friday in the Northeast, many snow "predictions" have been thrown out from just a few inches to a foot or more. Imagine if your company could have 24/7 consultation with a meteorologist specifically covering your region to clarify reality from fantasy? WeatherWorks provides just that with our Storm Alert service.
Introducing Our Staff, Part 4
The next employee I would like to introduce is Christina Speciale. After graduating from Rutgers with her B.S. in meteorology in 2011, Christina started working at WeatherWorks immediately after and is marking her 2nd year with us. Christina helps with many different departments including, data and stats, social media, publications, and of course forecasting. I asked Christina a few questions about weather and some other interesting topics:
1. What sparked your interest in meteorology?
Introducing Our Staff, Part 3
For this next staff interview, we’ll be focusing on another more recently hired employee, Matt Potter. Matt began at Weatherworks in August of 2012. Born in one of my favorite cities to pronounce, Worcester, MA, he has since spent most of his life since in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Matt has received his B.S. degree in Meteorology from Millersville where he also graduated Cum Laude back in 2010. More recently, Matt received his M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Albany in August 2012.
I sat down with Matt and asked him a few general questions:
Thanksgiving Weather Extremes
With all eyes on a potential coastal storm looming for the days preceding Thanksgiving this year, it’s interesting to look back when those along the I-95 corridor enjoyed their Turkey with a side of extreme weather. Everything from heavy rain, unseasonable warmth, to even a few snowstorms has occurred on past Thanksgiving Days in the Northeast. Let’s review some of the more remarkable weather events for this national holiday.
Super Typhoon Haiyan
Just over 10 days after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, damage reports continue to come in and the death toll, unfortunately, continues to rise. It is now estimated by the local government that nearly 3,500 people have perished as a result of this storm. The United Nations puts this total higher, at 4,460. Either way, this would make Haiyan the second deadliest tropical cyclone in the nation’s history, behind Tropical Storm Thelma of 1991. Damage is now estimated at around $14 billion, which is over 5% of the Philippines’ GDP.
Introducing Our Staff, Part 2
Next in our list of meteorologists is our Midwest guy, Matt Gillen. Matt was born in Naperville, IL which is a western suburb of Chicago. He graduated from Northern Illinois in May of 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, a minor in Geography, and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Matt works with GIS at the company to help all the departments, including forensics. Matt is a huge Chicago Bears fan but enjoys watching/playing many sports. I sat down and asked Matt a few questions:
Sandy: One Year Anniversary
On October 22nd, 2012 at 8 AM a tropical depression developed in the Southwest Caribbean Sea, about 305 miles south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica. Approximately 6 hours later, this depression became a tropical storm and Sandy was born. From there, Sandy tracked northward, striking Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas with Category 3 winds of 115 MPH at its peak. In addition to its intensification, Sandy rapidly grew, nearly doubling its original size by October 26th.
Winter Outlook 2013 - 2014
Although the official start of winter is still over two months away, parts of the I-95 corridor could see the first flakes of the year a lot sooner than that. As previously mentioned in an earlier WeatherWorks blog, the last week of October promises to bring a much chillier and potentially snowy weather pattern to the region. Despite the warm start to the month, plenty of cold air has been building across parts of the Arctic Circle, including Siberia and Western Canada.