The Science Behind Sea Breezes
If you’ve ever been to the beach on a hot and sunny day, you have probably noticed that it can get pretty breezy during the afternoon. You may have also noticed that areas closest to the ocean are often much cooler than places just inland. Many local news and weather stations simply refer to this phenomenon as a “Sea Breeze", but what exactly is it?
Get to Know Our Staff, Part 1
First, I want to thank all of you for reading our blogs on the site. Our meteorologists work hard to write blogs that are interesting and at the same time informative. Speaking of our meteorologists, I have decided to do a mini-series going a little more in-depth into the workers here at WeatherWorks. My goal with these blogs is to take you behind the forecasts, blogs, and all the other products we provide to show you the great employees that put it all together.
Heat Watches & Warnings
During the summer, you may have noticed that the National Weather Service issues a variety of watches, warnings and advisories in order to protect the public from various heat related illnesses…including heat cramps, exhaustion and stroke. However, based on client feedback, sometimes the general public is left in the dark as to what the exact criteria is for these alerts to be issued.
Heat Index Explained
As we head deeper into the summer months, we will start to see the words "heat index" thrown out by meteorologists to the public. In fact, you'll hear it over the next few days as heat and humidity build in! But what exactly does this mean? While most people may have a pretty good guess at what the heat index is in general, the science behind the term is often lost in translation.
Upwelling And Its Coastal Effects
It was a hot and humid 4th of July weekend, so it was only natural to head to the closest beach. You arrive after battling some of the worst traffic of the year - perhaps on the New Jersey Parkway - and feel the nice ocean breeze as you sink your feet in the sand. It is time to jump in the water and cool off when... ouch! Pins and needles!? But it's July, why is the water so cold? That was the question many asked along the New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia coasts this past Holiday Weekend... And the reason, upwelling.
Where are the Cicadas?
By now, I'm sure you've heard about the potential for millions of cicadas to swarm the Eastern Seaboard this spring. But where are the hoards of 2" long insects which only emerge every 17 years? Although some have started singing their horrible song (click to listen) over VA and MD, only a few have been spotted in NJ, PA, NY and CT. Well, the major problem has been the cool temperature swings this spring.
Northeast Tornado Climatology
After the devastation Moore, OK experienced from the EF-5 tornado on May 20, it’s important to remember that tornadoes are not just Midwest phenomena. In fact, a tornado hit Copake Lake in Upstate NY as recently as May 21st! Now, more than ever, is the time to learn about tornadoes and look back at some historic tornado events in the Northeast.
U.S Weather Myths Busted!
Ever wonder if some of the common weather descriptions regarding several U.S cities and states are true? Well, we selected some of the most well-known weather myths for places in the US and discovered some surprising facts.
Is Florida truly "The Sunshine State"?
Using Radar To Detect Tornadoes
Tornadoes are one of the most violent natural phenomena that mother nature has to offer. While they are quite rare on the East Coast (and typically weak if they do occur), they are much more common over the central part of the country and can produce winds in excess of 200 mph, destroying virtually everything in its path. Tornadoes are responsible for around 50 deaths per year in the US, although extreme outbreaks have unfortunately led to over 500 deaths in a calander year.