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.
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!