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.
Finally, A Tornado Spotted!
Thursday, June 7, will be a date I remember for years to come. Why? Because it is the day we saw an amazing, jaw dropping supercell thunderstorm that produced a tornado! We experienced the most exciting adrenaline rush as we chased down this cell, witnessing its rotation, extremely low clouds, and lightning practically overhead!
Storm Chasing from Kentucky to Texas!
Amazing, unbelievable, and spectacular are the words that come to mind when I think about my first six days of the storm chase. We left New Brunswick, NJ on May 30 and hit the open road keeping our fingers crossed that we would see thunderstorms and even a tornado. Our first night we stayed in Shelbyville, KY on our way toward our first chase target - southwest Kentucky. The following day, we ended up at an airport to view the building convection in Madisonville, KY. The storms did not grow into towering cumulus as we hoped, but still produced some great lightning and rain shafts.
Follow Me On My Tornado Chase!
Tornado Alley here I come! Today, May 29th, I'll be embarking on my first chasing experience! Now the question is, where will the severe weather occur? The majority of my trip takes place in June and climatology says tornados are most likely to form in the northern plain states. Why? Well, the major ingredients for severe weather come from the contrast between cold Canadian air masses against the moist, warm air out of the Gulf of Mexico. However, as we enter into summer, the air from Canada is not as cold and usually only dips into the northern plain states.