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.
Active Weather Pattern Continues in July
Rain has been a big part of the summer across the Midwestern United States so far. A high level of activity continued into July, with a multitude of heavy thunderstorm events that led to another surplus of rainfall for the region. Some of these events were severe with the amount of rainfall, to the point of flooding issues in the surrounding areas of the region’s major cities.
5 Things to Do on a Rainy Day
It’s raining outside, and you probably are clueless on what to do. We decided to help you out by compiling a list of the top 5 things to do on a rainy day.
1. Watch TV shows or a movie
Movies are a great way to spend a few hours of the day as the rain passes. Catch up on the season of Game of Thrones you haven’t watched, or begin to watch the latest TV show series on Netflix. You can also rent movies and TV shows from Amazon or iTunes if you don’t have a Netflix or Hulu account.
Top 5 Things I've Learned as a Meteorologist
As a professional meteorologist, there are a lot of lessons you are taught in a relatively fast manner. For perspective, I am just shy of three years into my career, and I've had the privilege of working here at WeatherWorks throughout that entire time. During that period, I have changed the way I think frequently and have learned quite a lot. In fact, it is far too much to write everything here. So, I decided to write a list of the top things I have learned since I started in 2014. Here it goes:
Another Rain Surplus for the Midwest: June 2017
June 2017 came in as another wet month for the Midwest. The typical hot and stifling weather that the central United States can often see in June was held in check for at least another month, though bouts of it were felt throughout the period. This was thanks, partially, to the ample rainfall activity, which found its way into the record books quite a few times.