Warm and Cold Fronts
If you are a regular viewer of weather broadcasts, you’ve probably heard from the TV meteorologist: “overcast conditions are expected as a warm front approaches from the south.” Or: “showers and thunderstorms will occur today as a cold front slides through the region.” Usually, when a front approaches, cloudy skies along with precipitation are associated with it. But what makes these weather fronts tick?
I Wish I had This as a Former Landscaper
It was sometime in June 2007, I (Mike Mihalik) was a crew leader for a landscaping company in eastern Pennsylvania. I was riding my Exmark Lazer Z (which I preferred, hopefully Exmark appreciates my plug...LOL) mowing a large multiple warehouse account. Dark clouds were building in the distance and I began becoming concerned about finishing my job and if my crew was safe from lightning. Of course I had a meteorology degree, but I wasn't following the weather pattern closely at the time. If only I could call someone to get a briefing on the current weather situation...
April 2017: Snow to Summer-Like Heat
For those who did not enjoy the cold spells that March brought, April provided some relief as warmer weather made a comeback. Wintry weather from the end of March did spill into the beginning of the month, however, but this was the last major winter storm to affect the Northeast. And while New England dealt with snow, sleet, and freezing rain, the rest of the region experienced mostly rain. In the end, April ended up 3 – 6 degrees above normal with quite a few warm-ups, especially during the second and third week.
A Warm and Rain-Soaked April
The run of well-above normal average temperatures was slowed in March courtesy of more frequent cold spells and even the re-emergence of snow. Once again, however, this was fairly short lived, as the warmer pattern roared back for the meteorological spring’s second month, April. In terms of the old adage “April showers bring May flowers,” there was certainly plenty of rain to go around in what turned out to be an active month as well.
March 2017: Where did Spring Go?
Where on Earth did spring go? That was the question most people across the Northeast probably asked after coming off such an incredibly warm February, especially in those last two weeks of the month. Heading into meteorological spring, it felt as if winter was indeed leaving us but never underestimate Old Man Winter because he came back with a vengeance.
Winter Rallies Back in March
As time in the 2016-2017 winter season went by, the snowless-ness continued across the Midwest courtesy of a January and February that finished with unprecedentedly meager numbers and mild temperatures. Ironically, the transitional month of March brought some winter back to the region, in some cases in record numbers. Old Man Winter’s frosty grip did not totally dominate the month as some of that warm influence of the previous two months would intervene at times. However, it proved to be a bumpy, and at times, chilly ride into the spring season.
Investigating Snow, Sleet, & Freezing Rain
As we begin to count the first days of spring and much of the Northeast continues to thaw from the “pi-day nor’easter”, we wanted to visit one of the most difficult parts of the storm for both forecasters and snow removal experts: Sleet. While the amount of sleet which occurred along the East Coast didn’t quite stack up to the 2+ feet of snow which buried parts of Northeast PA and Upstate New York, the changeover to sleet and freezing rain made this storm uniquely difficult for states along the Eastern Seaboard. But why?
Is Next Tuesday's Storm the One to Watch?
While the weekend storm now looks like a miss, that has implications on our next storm, focused around Tuesday of next week (March 14th). Because the prior storm will be further south, colder air will build in its place this weekend into the start of next week. That will lead into what also has the potential to be a big storm, and could mean significant snow for parts of the Northeast.
The Certified Snowfall Totals Difference
Today’s world tends to operate under the adage If You’re Not First, You’re Last. Here at WeatherWorks, we don’t appreciate that adage. Instead, one of our main mottos is Accuracy Above All Else. With that said, as the amount of accessible snowfall data on the internet increases, we are often asked why can we only assure our Certified Snowfall Totals 24-48 hours after an event, and not 24-hours or less?