How Do We Measure Temperature?
You’ve seen it before: on the evening weather report, in your home, on your phone, and even displayed on your local bank’s signage. Temperature is everywhere. It is one of the most crucial points in any forecast. It can determine whether you’re sweating or shivering, or if it’s wet or frozen outside. For the busy person on the go, the temperature can be the difference between a light jacket and a full-fledged parka during the winter.
August 2017: Up and Down End to Meteorological Summer
Dog days of summer? What dog days of summer?
The last holdout of the season for characteristic summer weather didn’t exactly pan out as some typically expect in August 2017. This was not unusual for this year though, especially given the pattern that has dominated over the course of the season. Those looking for extensive, consistent hot and sunny stretches for the last month of meteorological summer were instead left with plenty of storms and temperature swings.
Harvey and Irma Wreak Havoc
Before 2017, the last major hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. was Wilma in 2005, leaving some to believe that they were still in the clear while others felt that their time was almost up. Regardless of the odds, there is no real pecking order to where the next tropical system will set its eye on. In fact, from the start of June to the end of November anywhere along east coast of North America and the Caribbean Sea is fair game for the next landfall.
Will Fall Foliage be Vibrant in 2017?
Believe it or not, the summer is already winding down and fall is right around the corner. The burning question everyone has now is, "how long until the leaves start to change?" Before we can pinpoint exactly when the leaves will change, we have to understand how the weather affects trees and what causes the leaves to change colors.
Hurricane Watch vs. Warning
If you have been following the active tropics this season, you've probably heard the terms "Hurricane Watch" and "Hurricane Warning", but what is the difference and what should you do if a watch or warning is issued for your area?
Active Pattern Quiets Down for August
For the first two months of the summer, it seemed as if rain was a daily occurrence. Not only was it an active period of time, in many cases, it was record-breaking between June and July. August then came around and the pattern broke to bring a much drier period. Still, it remained cooler than normal, staying consistent with the theme of the earlier part of the 2017 summer.
Harvey Rewrites History
On August 17th, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) first gave Harvey its name as tropical storm warnings were issued for the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. As it tracked through the islands and towards the Yucatan Penisula, it had weakened into a tropical wave but was expected to re-strengthen as it reached the warm Gulf waters over the Bay of Campeche. From there, weather models indicated intensification, some quicker than others, but most agreed that Texas was next for what would soon be Hurricane Harvey.
Weather History: Hurricane Andrew
August 24th marks the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew striking the south Florida Coast back in 1992. To this day Andrew remains one of only three Category 5 hurricanes to ever make landfall along the US Mainland. At the time of landfall, it was the costliest hurricane in our nation’s history, causing over $26 million in damages. Although Hurricanes Katrina and Ike (2005 and 2008, respectively) have since passed Andrew on this list, its impacts will not soon be forgotten. Additionally, the storm was responsible for 26 direct fatalities, including 15 in the state of Florida alone.
Long Range Review: Summer 2017
The summer of 2017 has featured much less prolonged, widespread warmth and fewer dry stretches than the summer of 2016 across the eastern United States, which was expected going in and has eased the burden on farmers and water resources across the region. As of this writing, only small portions of Maine, Long Island, and parts of Virginia are in the “abnormally dry” category on the drought monitor, which is a vast improvement to last summer when large portions of the Northeast saw a moderate to severe (and in a few cases extreme) drought develop.
July 2017: Another Active Month in the Northeast
We were dealt quite a wet and variable July across the Northeast. The combination of an active pattern and even a nor’easter-like system brought plenty of rain for the region. The continuous supply of cold fronts also helped moderate temperatures throughout the month. With that said, heat waves still made an appearance, as should be the case during the depths of summer.