Let us help you AFTER the storm
You just finished plowing for the day. You’re tired, but you flick on the news anyway to see the snowfall totals that were reported. Well to your surprise, the news said 8 inches fell, you measured 9 inches, but a guy on Facebook said he had 10 inches all in the same town! What gives?
Spring-Like Warmth Continues!
It’s been quite a warm stretch over the past week or so. As a result, snow melt in the Northeast has been kicked into high gear. The graphic below really sums up just how much the snow cover has been reduced. Unfortunately for the snow lovers, we expect the melting to continue into the weekend as mild weather remains, but a cool down and some wintry weather it possible into next week.
Another Warm-Up this Week!
For many across the Northeast and Midwest, this past weekend was not only the first taste of spring but also record breaking. Highs soared up into the 70s across the Mid-Atlantic and the 60s for much of the Northeast, breaking high temperature records in Philadelphia (70°), Trenton (69°), Taunton (61°), and Hagerstown (68°). While most of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southeastern Massachusetts saw temperatures rise into the 60s, the remainder of New England was not able to heat up quite as much due to snow pack from preceding winter storms.
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?
Can Big Snow Happen in February? You Bet!
Many snow enthusiasts across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are chomping at the bit for a major winter storm. Heading into February there may be a feeling that winter is on the downswing, but not so fast! Technically speaking, we have passed the halfway point in meteorological winter (which spans from December 1st through March 1st), however, it is worth noting that February is the snowiest month on average for many locations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
How Can It Freeze at 35 Degrees?
If you are a snow removal expert, you know to watch for refreeze after snowstorms and to do "ice checks" in the morning if temperatures fall to freezing or below. You are also aware to keep a close eye on areas near snow piles where melt water during the day can refreeze at night. BUT, what about when your truck is telling you it's 35°F and your seeing ice up...What gives? Last I checked water still freezes at 32°F!
Inauguration Weather History
With rain in the forecast this Friday, Inauguration Day is likely to run not too far above average on both the precipitation and temperature front. Naturally we have to ask, how does Inauguration normally fair? As we dig back in time, an interesting mix of weather is revealed on this day despite being in the heart of meteorological winter.
December Cold Punch for the Midwest
For much of the Midwest, December will be remembered as a particularly active month of weather. Chicago received 17.7” of snow, making it the 8th snowiest December on record. In addition to a healthy amount of snow, the Midwest also had by far its coldest air of the season push in during mid-December, in a two part arctic blast.
December 2016: Cold and Snowy
The meteorological fall leading into December was one of the warmest on record across the Midwest. The run of consecutive months with above-normal temperatures was a long one, going all the way back to spring for the Corn Belt states. The first month of meteorological winter rang a different tune, however, as it was back to reality for many. December proved to not only be a much colder month, but an active one as well.
Wind Chill Science
Ever wondered why it feels so much colder when the wind blows? At some point during the winter, most people will hear meteorologists talk about the “Wind Chill Factor”. This factor is determined though a formula using air temperature and wind speed. Basically, the stronger the wind speed, the colder it will feel. But why does it feel colder when the actual air temperature hasn't changed? First off, your body is surrounded by a thin layer of warm air from your own heat. The wind strips this warm layer of air away from your body, making it feel colder.