A Mostly Mild and Dry January for U.S., Punctuated by Big Storms

By: Bob Henson, 04:56 PM GMT on Veljača 11, 2016

The strong El Niño event dubbed “Godzilla” by one oceanographer behaved more like a hero than a monster in January, at least when it came to conditions across the United States. Mild and dry weather prevailed over much of the nation, and where it was wet or snowy, the moisture was generally well predicted and widely appreciated, apart from a titanic Northeast snowstorm (see below).

Last month was the 34th warmest and 36th driest January for the cont...

Climate Summaries

Northeast Braces for a Frigid, Windy Weekend

By: Bob Henson, 06:04 PM GMT on Veljača 10, 2016

A quick but intense shot of blustery cold will sweep across the northeast U.S. this weekend, reminiscent of the “polar vortex” outbreaks from the last two winters. Compared to the multi-day blasts of cold that were common in early 2014 and 2015, this will be more of a glancing blow, but stout breezes will push wind chills far below zero in many areas.


Figure 1. Surface air temperatures in °F predicted by the 12Z Wednesday run of the GFS model f...

Extreme Weather Winter Weather

Updated: 04:18 AM GMT on Veljača 11, 2016

Hurricane Patricia's 215 mph Winds: A Warning Shot Across Our Bow

By: Jeff Masters, 05:12 PM GMT on Veljača 08, 2016

The Eastern Pacific's Hurricane Patricia--rated the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere with 200 mph sustained winds on October 23, 2015--was actually much stronger, with 215 mph winds, said the National Hurricane Center (NHC) last week, after completing a detailed post-season review. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft measured a surface wind of 209 mph in Patricia at 0600 UTC October 23 using a Stepped-Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFM...

Hurricane Climate Change

Updated: 10:13 PM GMT on Veljača 08, 2016

Five Weathercasters Who Made History

By: Bob Henson, 05:05 PM GMT on Veljača 05, 2016

Happy National Weatherperson’s Day! This American holiday takes place each year on February 5, the birthdate of John Jeffries (1745-1819). Jeffries was a military surgeon during the American Revolution, and later the family physician to future President John Adams, but he gained his greatest meteorological fame by taking observations from a hot-air balloon above London.

To salute the occasion, I thought I’d spotlight a tiny sample of the hundreds of ...

TV Weather Broadcast Meteorology

Updated: 07:16 PM GMT on Veljača 05, 2016

Absurd January Warmth in Arctic Brings Record-Low Sea Ice Extent

By: Bob Henson, 07:23 PM GMT on Veljača 04, 2016

This winter’s freezing season in the Arctic is falling short. The extent of Arctic sea ice this week is hovering near record-low values for early February, based on observations that extend back to the start of satellite monitoring in 1979. Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that last month had the lowest overall Arctic sea ice extent of any January in the satellite record (Figure 1). As detailed in an NSIDC report on Thursday, the total...

Arctic Climate Change

Updated: 12:04 AM GMT on Veljača 05, 2016

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