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.
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.
Update on the Tropics!
As we continue our march toward the peak of hurricane season (which occurs around September 10th), we appropriately have a few tropical interests going on. Tropical Storm Gaston continues to march across the Atlantic, but will not threaten the United States. We’ve also kept our eyes on Invest 99-L, an area of activity moving through the Caribbean, during the past few days. While it has remained mostly disorganized, there still remains a chance it could develop into a tropical system.
Review of Historic Flooding in Louisiana
A multi-billion dollar natural disaster unfolded last week in Louisiana, but it wasn’t because of a tropical storm or hurricane but rather an unnamed, stationary system that poured prolific amounts of rainfall upon southern parts of the state. It’s being called the worst U.S. flooding disaster since Hurricane Sandy, and put more rain down than did either Hurricane Katrina or Rita (keep in mind, it was the storm surge that made Katrina and Rita so devastating).
Stats on Early April Cold and Snow in the Northeast
As cold air poured into the Northeast during the first 10 days of April, some places were colder (on average) than what it was in March. However, the snow events on April 3 and 4th really put an exclamation point on the April cold for residents of New England. In fact, any mixing with rain was relegated to the southern borders of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Many north of that line received meaningful (in some cases significant) accumulations of snow. Let's investigate whether or not this storm was out of the ordinary.
Remembering the April 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Five years ago today, disaster struck parts of the Southeast U.S. as a multi-day tornado outbreak reached its peak. While there were severe rounds of severe/tornadic storms and systems over the period of April 25 – 28, 2011… the most destructive day by far was today, on the 27th. All in all, 219 tornadoes touched down from midnight to midnight on the 27th. Despite the sheer number of tornadoes that reached the ground that day, what made this outbreak different from the others was the amount of long-track, violent tornadoes (EF-4/5 rating).
Two Monster Storms, Two Decades Apart: The Blizzards of '96 and '16
In weather, each storm that occurs is going to be inherently different from another of a similar magnitude. This, ultimately, cannot be avoided; there will be subtle differences between even the most remarkably similar storms. However, a significant part of weather prediction involves learning from the past in order to forecast the future.