First Measurable Snow
**Above is a NASA satellite image from the October 2011 snow event**
Now that we are well into October, many in the Northeast are busy preparing for the upcoming winter season. In fact, places in the Rockies and northern Great Plains have already received their first flakes of the season. Given the trend in recent years for October to hold extreme events for us here in the Northeast, let’s take a look back to see when our first snow usually occurs in comparison to some impressive records.
What is "Normal" Weather?
Above left: Plantsville, CT after the February 8, 2013 Blizzard. Above Right: Satellite Image of Hurricane Sandy. Credit: NOAA
The Summer of 2013 was a wet one and meteorologists often explained how "above normal" precipitation was to illustrate the anomaly. Even last year, which was one the warmest years on record, was compared to the "normal" annual temperature to add perspective to the extreme. But how exactly do meteorologists know what the “average” weather is for a given location?
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
Today marks the 75-year anniversary of the landfall of one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever impact New England. Back in 1938, what is now known as the “Great New England Hurricane” barreled ashore with an estimated forward speed of 60 mph. The storm first moved over Suffolk County, Long Island before traversing the sound and heading nearly due north making a second landfall near Milford, Connecticut. After that, the storm continued along its path of destruction into interior New England before dissipating across the Canadian Maritimes.
Weather & the Seaside Fire
In less than a year’s time since Sandy tore through Seaside Heights, yet another disaster has struck the area. This time it wasn’t directly weather related, but the atmospheric conditions definitely magnified the disaster. Let’s discover how weather played an important role in the fire that tarnished the recently restored communities of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.
Weather Radars Explained
We all use radar to assist in planning outdoor activities. Should we bring an umbrella? Is a severe thunderstorm on its way? Or will we be dry the rest of the day? While radar helps us forecast upcoming weather, few understand exactly how it works. The evolution of radar is an interesting one and it's surprising how such a vital instrument got its start.
What Exactly is a Monsoon?
Parts of the Northeast have certainly experienced a very wet summer this year and some have gone as far as to describe it as a "monsoon". However, the rainfall folks along the I-95 corridor have experienced this summer is far less intense than the true monsoon thunderstorms some areas of the world rely upon each summer.
Gain an Edge with Long-Range Forecasts
Surprised by yet another July of above average temperatures? Clients that utilize WeatherWorks Long Range Forecast products weren’t! Our long-range team of meteorologists continually monitor global oscillation patterns and utilize innovative industry techniques in order to compile our suite of products. These procedures aided in our recent success regarding our July forecast, which is perhaps one of the trickiest in recent memory.
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?