November/December 2017: Descending Into Winter
Winter certainly wasted no time making an appearance this season! While November gave us a little taste of the cold, December gave us quite the seasonal shock. Let us dive right into what has been happening over the past two months.
Top Ten Weather Events of 2017
The year of 2017 has come and gone and as we embark on the 2018 voyage, we are bombarded with the uncertainty of weather phenomena to come. Despite the yearly resolution many of us attempt to follow, there are always aspects of our lives that are simply out of our control, like powerful weather events. Here we reflect on some of the most costly, destructive, and immobilizing atmospheric incidents of the past year.
Do You Remember... The Blizzard of 1999?
Thousands were out celebrating the first weekend of 1999 when snow slowly pushed into the Midwest late on New Year’s Day. States from Illinois to Ohio and Michigan were under the radar for a major snow event, but it would be Chicago and bordering areas around Lake Michigan that would take the brunt of the storm. It would go down as the second-worst blizzard of the 20th Century according to the National Weather Service.
Blizzard of 2018 Recap...
Wow... What. A. Storm! That's probably the best way to describe the Blizzard of 2018. This was a winter storm that wreaked havoc from Florida all the way to eastern Canada. 12 - 18 inches of snow fell in spots along the New Jersey Shore into eastern New England. Additionally, Norfolk, Virginia saw nearly a foot of fresh snowfall. There was 3-6 inches into the eastern Carolinas, and even coatings of snow were seen across northern Florida (including Tallahassee).
Warming Up the Car in Winter: Good or Bad?
Given the choice this winter, would you rather extend the life of your car or the life of the planet? The good news is that you don't have to choose! Enter the well-known myth: you should let your car warm-up before driving it in the winter. However, by skipping this pre-drive ritual, you’ll find that both your car and the environment benefit. Let’s look into where the notion came from and why it no longer holds.
Winter Weather Travel, Are You Prepared?
Picture this: You're traveling on a road in a very remote area during a snowstorm. You take the necessary precautions while driving, but find that it becomes difficult to navigate the roads. Before you know it, your car is now stuck on the side of the road in the snow and you're also running low on gas. The snow also doesn't show any signs of stopping and temperatures are in the lower 20s. What do you do?
Do You Remember... The 'Heart Attack Snowstorm'?
30 years ago this month, a massive storm system impacted the central United States. This system spread a path of snow from New Mexico all the way into Ontario, Canada. What would forever be known as Chicago’s ‘heart-attack’ snowstorm not only caused at least 26 deaths in the Chicago area but also took several lives and injured hundreds in Arkansas and Tennessee as a tornado shredded through the region.
Northeast White Christmas Climatology
Jingle bells, jingle bells... It's here, ladies and gentlemen! The winter holiday season has officially arrived! While there are a variety of holidays that people celebrate across the Northeast U.S., the most popular one we get questions about regarding snowfall is Christmas.
"White Christmas" Climatology!
From the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping to the relaxing quiet time spent with family and friends, the Christmas season is upon us yet again. No matter what the scene, many of the iconic holiday images all have one thing in common: snow! While there are different interpretations of a White Christmas, meteorologists define it as at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on December 25th by 7AM. This means snow does not necessarily have to fall on Christmas to count as a White Christmas.