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.
How many times have you heard your local TV meteorologist mention phrases like "you can expect showers out ahead of the warm front," or "the humidity will drop behind the cold front" and weren't quite sure what they were talking about? Although terms such as warm and cold fronts are used all the time by meteorologists, many folks not in the weather industry can sometimes confuse the two.
Blizzard of 2013!
One thing is for certain…the New England blizzard of 2013 will be remembered for years to come! As the two pieces of energy came together Fri night creating our historic nor’easter, intense snow bands inundated Long Island up into New Hampshire dumping large snowflakes at rates up to 2-4+ inches per hour through the night! Also, widespread thundersnow and flashes of lightning were reported under these great intensities. An "eye" of the storm could even be seen in satellite imagery.
Christmas Eve 1966 Snowstorm
For most of the baby boomers growing up in the Northeast, the white Christmas of 1966 likely stands out. An intense nor’easter not only blanketed coastal Virginia all the way to Maine with snow, but also lit up the sky with plenty of lightning and thunder!
WeatherWorks Long-Range Forecasts
Surprised by the mild start to December? Perhaps the average person was, but clients who subscribe to WeatherWorks Long Range Forecast products were anything but! Beginning back in mid-late October, long-range meteorologists here at WeatherWorks began to key in on atmospheric signs that the first month of meteorological winter had a good chance to start off on a warm note. This was a particularly gutsy call considering that November ended up averaging well below normal across most of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
1950 Thanksgiving Day Storm
After being down in Atlantic City and along the shore and seeing how so many people were affected by Sandy, I decided to write about another big storm that hit the northeast on Thanksgiving Day 62 years ago. This storm had everything, high winds, heavy snow, and very cold temperatures all the way into the South. It started as a strong upper level low pressure system moved over the Great Lakes area.
Does Early Snow Mean More Snow?
In the table below, we've listed snowfall totals for selected cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic through November 15th of this year and last year. As you can see we are off to another fast start in the snow department. Does this mean we will see heaps of snow this upcoming winter?? Not necessarily. If you take a look at last year's totals through November 15th you can see that we were off to what seemed like a record start for high snowfall totals...but in the end, most places ended the season with well below average snowfall.