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.
Stay Healthy this Winter Season
How many times have you heard the old saying, “Don’t go outside with wet hair or you’ll catch cold”? Did you ever wonder why that was or if it was even true? Actually, many of those old wives' tales do have some validity and we'll break it down for you so you can stay healthy this winter season while plowing snow and salting the streets.
Why is Election Day on Tuesday?
Did you ever wonder why Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November? You may be surprised to learn the weather played a role in establishing this date. An official Election Day was declared in 1845, when most Americans worked in agriculture. By early November, the growing season had ended which gave farmers time to vote. Also, many local roads were still clear of snow. Since people went to church on Sunday and then needed a day to travel to their county seat, Tuesday was left as the day to vote.
Earliest and Latest First Snowfall
Now that the recent first freeze of the season has ended the growing season in many places in the Northeast, many are beginning their preparations for winter. Last year’s historic October snowstorm taught us it's possible to pull out the snowplows even before Halloween. The records for the earliest accumulating snow shows now is the time to get ready, because snow has fallen as early as mid-October. Although a few past winters didn't have measurable snow until after we rang in the New Year, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The Inevitable Fall Freeze
Now that most of us have bid farewell to those lazy, hazy days of summer, we start to think of autumn and those cooler days ahead. For landscapers and home gardeners, this means beginning to plan how our plants and vegetation will be affected by the season’s first frost and eventual freeze, marking the end of the growing season.
El Azizia Falls to Death Valley
The hottest place in the United States is and has been for a long time Death Valley, California. Averaging a high temperature of 115 degrees F during the month of July, frying an egg on pavement would hardly be an issue. The highest temperature ever recorded there was 134 degrees F back on July 10, 1913, which for the past 90 years has sat second in the world to the 136 degree F reading, measured in El Azizia, Lybia. That is until today, when the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) officially announced the 136 degree measurement to be invalid.
What's That In The Sky?
Ever spot an interesting feature in the sky but are not quite sure what it is? Is it a bright form around the sun or resemble a rainbow? Well, these phenomena are called atmospheric optics and they can be spectacular sights to view and photograph. Read on to learn about optics spanning from the common rainbow to halos, sundogs and tangent arcs! As always, if you spot any of the images below, share them with us on the WeatherWorks Facebook page.