Do You Maximize Your Outdoor Work Potential?

Posted: March 5, 2018, 12:00 am by khopler

 We have been experiencing a wild late winter stretch of weather with the record warmth in late February to the active wintry pattern during the start of March. Although winter is certainly not over yet, the official start of the spring season is only a month and a half away. As many landscape, paving and construction companies know, it is never too early to start thinking about the warm weather.  

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Do You Remember... Chicago's March '17 Heavy Lake Effect?

Posted: February 28, 2018, 12:48 pm by nwiles

The 2016 winter season started on point in Chicago after what was an above average snowfall for the month of December. At no point after Christmas Day, however, did Chicago have one inch of snow on the ground as the Windy City turned silent for January and February of 2017. That would soon change in mid-March as a winter storm rolled into the Midwest.

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January/February 2018: Quite the Roller Coaster!

Posted: February 28, 2018, 12:00 am by chewitt

 As the ball dropped in Times Square in New York City, the temperature was a whopping..9 degrees under clear skies. Quite chilly! Up and down the coast the Northeast rang in 2018 in the single digits, and in many other cases, below zero. Despite this frigid pattern that held early in January, it has been rather tumultuous over the past two months. Let’s dig in.

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Do You Remember...The Storm Of The Century?

Posted: February 27, 2018, 11:53 am by bmiller

Hard to believe that it's been 25 years since the 1993 Storm of the Century impacted the eastern third of the United States.  Record snowfall, severe weather, and coastal flooding were the greatest impacts with the storm. Low pressure developed in the Gulf of Mexico on March 12th and quickly deepened as it expanded northward. At its height, the storm stretched from eastern Canada to Honduras in Central America! The storm finally dissipated over the North Atlantic on March 15.

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Heart of 2018 Winter: A Wild Pattern of Ups and Downs in the Midwest

Posted: February 26, 2018, 7:08 pm by ccastellano

In many ways, the heart of 2018 winter that encompassed January and February was a wild ride of ups and downs in terms of both temperature and precipitation in the Midwest. While Chicago saw a significant increase in snowfall as compared to the prior year, it was mild weather and flooding rains that stole much of the headlines toward the end of the period in the Ohio Valley. There was plenty of significant weather to talk about, with a good deal of broken records as well.

A MUCH SNOWIER CHICAGO:

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Cold Weather, Hypothermia, and Frostbite

Posted: February 9, 2018, 2:16 pm by chewitt

While weather can be exciting or a nuisance (depending on which season you are fond of…), it can also be quite dangerous. In light of the recent brutal cold stretches we’ve had across the eastern half of the U.S., it becomes pertinent to talk about hypothermia and frostbite.  Hypothermia, in particular, kills up to 1,500 people in the US every year. While this is a frightening statistic, it is most certainly preventable. So, let’s first delve into some science!

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Remembering the Blizzard of '78

Posted: February 2, 2018, 10:17 am by mpriante
40 years ago today marks the Blizzard of 1978, a storm that will always be remembered in infamy. In its wake, it left 20 to even 40 (!!!) inches of the white stuff across parts of the Mid-Atlantic and especially New England. Although we aren’t strangers to big snowstorms (we've seen a few big powerhouses in the last decade like the Boxing Day Blizzard of 2010 and the Blizzard of 2016), this storm was a very special one. 
 

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November/December 2017: Descending Into Winter

Posted: January 22, 2018, 12:44 pm by chewitt

Winter certainly wasted no time making an appearance this season! While November gave us a little taste of the cold, December gave us quite the seasonal shock. Let us dive right into what has been happening over the past two months.

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Top Ten Weather Events of 2017

Posted: January 11, 2018, 6:22 pm by askinner

The year of 2017 has come and gone and as we embark on the 2018 voyage, we are bombarded with the uncertainty of weather phenomena to come. Despite the yearly resolution many of us attempt to follow, there are always aspects of our lives that are simply out of our control, like powerful weather events. Here we reflect on some of the most costly, destructive, and immobilizing atmospheric incidents of the past year. 

 

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Do You Remember... The Blizzard of 1999?

Posted: January 11, 2018, 4:09 pm by nwiles

Thousands were out celebrating the first weekend of 1999 when snow slowly pushed into the Midwest late on New Year’s Day. States from Illinois to Ohio and Michigan were under the radar for a major snow event, but it would be Chicago and bordering areas around Lake Michigan that would take the brunt of the storm. It would go down as the second-worst blizzard of the 20th Century according to the National Weather Service. 

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