Remembering the 2011 Snowtober Nor'easter
Five years ago today, on October 29, 2011, a powerful nor'easter battered the East Coast and produced an unusually early snowfall across the Northeast. For most, that Saturday morning started fairly wet with rain falling. However, as the storm strengthened, cold air rushed in on the backside of the system and was also dragged down from aloft from heavy precipitation. As a result, temperatures fell into the low and mid 30s by late morning and the rain mixed and changed to heavy wet snow.
Winter Forecast 2016-2017
It's that time of year again...the leaves are changing, the football season is heating up and it's also WeatherWorks Winter Forecast time! Let's begin by taking a brief look at ENSO, or the El Niño Southern Oscillation. Last winter, the focus of our forecast was El Niño (anomalous warmth in equatorial Pacific Ocean waters), which was among the strongest in recorded history. That gave us high confidence in a fairly mild winter with the potential for one or two bigger storms. For the most part, that's pretty much what happened.
Wild Weather for the West Coast
The Pacific Northwest can be known for patterns of constant waves of potent mid latitude cyclones which can bring high winds and torrential rains. Thanks to a blocking pattern downstream, this region is in one of those patterns, with the first of a pair of powerful storm systems crashing ashore today. The second of the two powerful lows is set to follow this weekend, and it has an interesting story to tell.
Can I Flood?
Major weather events are typically preceded with meteorologists calling for preparedness, while the days after a storm are often times filled with inevitable devastation & shock. Too many times we see 24-hour coverage of locations flooding which seemingly had no chance to flood. But is this truly the case? Unfortunately, areas which have not seen flooding in 50, 100, or even 200 years typically are overlooked as having a flooding threat by even the most deeply rooted locals.
Cool Weather Bookends a Warm September 2016
September began on a fairly cool note in the Midwest as the first three days of the month averaged anywhere from 2 - 6 degrees below normal (highs in the mid to upper 70s and lows in the 60s to even the upper 50s). The cooler spell would not last, however, as around a week of 80 degree plus days followed after the 4th. In fact, some of the hottest days of the month occurred in this span, with Rockford, IL reaching 92°F and Chicago, IL hitting 91°F both on the 6th.
Open House Recap!
Celebrating our 30th year serving the snow and ice industry, the staff of WeatherWorks hosted an Open House of our office in Hackettstown, NJ on September 30, 2016. We wanted to thank our clients for their years of loyalty and learn more about their unique operations. We value all opportunities to meet face-to-face with our clients so we can build personal relationships and better serve their weather needs. The Open House was definitely a success and the event was full of laughs and great conversations.
Typical First Freeze & Snow Stats
With the days growing shorter and temperatures cooler, those in the snow and ice industry are busy preparing for the upcoming winter season. Most are especially curious when we will see our first freeze and eventually first snow here in the Northeast. Let's take a look at the climatological data to find out when the mercury levels usually drop to 32°F for the first time, ending the growing season, and when the first measurable snow of the season typically occurs.
Woolly Bears...Winter Predictors?
Folklore says the woolly bear caterpillar can predict the severity of the winter simply by the length of the red-orange band at the center of its body. Basically, the more red-orange there is the warmer the winter and the less red-orange, the colder, more snowy the winter will be. In the 1940s and 50s a scientist by the name of C. H. Curran studied an admittedly small sample of the woolly bears and actually predicted the subsequent mild winter. Our long range prediction problems are solved, right? Well, not so much. Again, Dr.