A Day in the Life of a Meteorologist
It's 2:30 AM...I just woke up, but trust me... I don't suffer from insomnia. This is when I start my day on the early shift at WeatherWorks. With coffee in hand, I'm out the door around or just after 3:00 AM and start work at 4:00 AM. Once at my computer, I begin briefing on the weather situtation for at least the next 5 days.
Winter Storm Fri Night - Saturday!
Last night, an arctic cold front blasted through the region with a bitterly cold Canadian high pressure working in today. This system will be accompanied by very strong wind gusts reaching 40 to 60 mph Thursday afternoon and into the night. The frigid northwest flow has also brought lake effect snow showers and streamers through much of the Northeast already, and will continue to do so into tonight. In fact, there may even be some heavier squalls quickly bringing some coverings. Friday night into Saturday is the next threat for wintry weather, which will be a more substantial one.
Lake Effect Snow in the Midwest
Lake effect snow (or LES), a common occurrence in Michigan during the late fall and early winter months, also happens frequently in the Midwest. It is a phenomenon that occurs when cold air moves over the relatively warm early season waters of the Great Lakes. Typically the temperature difference between the air and the lake needs to be at least 13 degrees Celsius, or around 23 degrees Fahrenheit. When this temperature difference occurs, the warmer lakes heat the air right above it, which then forces that moisture-rich air to rise through the surrounding cooler air.
Warm Weather Continues into November
The fall season for the Midwest has been a warm one so far, and October finished up to be well above normal for the region. The pattern that kept the first part of the season mild proved to have lasting strength into the home stretch. Along with remaining warm, the pattern was dry as well. Let’s review.
NJ League of Municipalities Recap
After a rainy start, it was stunning Fall weather for the League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City on November 15-17th! Even though there was no snow or ice, wintry weather was on the minds of the hundreds of mayors, councilmen and Department of Public Works employees that stopped by our booth. We equally enjoyed our time with both prospective and current clients.
Should I Have A Private Weather Service?
As a former landscaper and plow truck driver, I was so frustrated waiting for those first flakes to fall. You know how it is, wake-up, check for snow, *try* to sleep, then wake up again, check for snow falling, look at radar, back to sleep...man, it was a vicious and stressful cycle! I NEVER wanted to miss when it started snowing, because I knew if everything was covered without my knowledge, I was bound to receive an angry call from my client or boss...then scrambling to mobilize.