Category Archives: Winter Weather

The Polar Vortex Isn’t Going Away

I’d like to nominate polar vortex as Meteorological Term of the Year. It wasn’t too long ago that you couldn’t watch the evening news or visit your favorite online site and not see the term polar vortex. Not only that, but it was usually followed by “and if you think this one is bad (cold) […]

Traveling to the coldest location on earth? Better bring a jacket and a meteorologist.

It may have felt like a frozen tundra outside your home this morning, but imagine being stranded in temperatures plummeting to -30 degrees for several days. For a group of 74 passengers onboard the Russian-flagged Akademik Shokalkiy, this became a reality last week. According to CNN, a team of scientists and researchers travelled to one […]

The new definition of “emergency”: when hospitals are impacted by severe weather

Like a scene from a blockbuster horror movie or sci-fi thriller, the quiet town of Estes Park, Colorado, is facing the daunting reality of being cut off from the rest of the world with limited roadways available to and from the rural hamlet. Following the recent historic flooding in the state, a majority of the […]

Significant Snow Alert on the First (Full) Day of Spring

But it’s the so-far unending progression of snow storm after snow storm moving across the mid-section of the U.S. that is gathering the headlines and with the next penciled-in for this weekend there will be many more headlines to come.

“ENOUGH,” Says New England But More Snow is on the Way

The pattern is an interesting one, as a look at ImpactWeather’s “Day One” image to the left indicates. Not one, but two low pressure areas are combining to draw abundant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, abundant moisture from the Atlantic and abundant cold from the northern regions of Canada.

Complex Pattern Keeps East Coast Forecast Less Than Certain

It’s a complicated pattern as the Plains low follows quickly on the heels of a low pressure area now moving off to Nova Scotia as it brings snow to New England. Additionally, an area of strong high pressure moves into eastern Canada by the end of the week; it’s position and strength will directly influence the track of the low as it reaches the Mid-Atlantic in 72 hours time.

On the Heels of Bitter Cold, An Ice Storm is On Deck

Because it’s January there’s still a lot of winter yet to come and some of it next week will be none too pretty. And what could be worse than bitter, miserable cold? What could be worse than heavy snowfall or even a blizzard? What’s the worst winter can throw at us? Ice.

Not a Quiet Pattern: Weather in the U.S. Next Week Might Be Fairly Severe

There’s a flurry (forgive the pun) of activity in the ImpactWeather Operations Center this morning. First, there’s the discussion of a wintry mix of precipitation in Southeast Texas tonight. Granted, it’s the northern parts of Southeast Texas, but wintry precip is a big deal down here. Not only does it make travel conditions a nightmare (if it sticks) but it throws the general population into excitement-slash-panic mode. Not fun. Plus, it’s a real bear to forecast. And by that I mean that the conditions that bring about freezing precip are well-known, but actually getting those conditions is very tricky this close to the Gulf Coast and its moderating influence on the local air mass. It’s like the difference between a cupcake and a scone — substitute yeast instead of baking powder and the outcome may surprise you.

Naughty or Nice, You Might Be in for Some Rocky Weather Tonight or Tomorrow

It’s all over the news: Christmas Day weather is going to be, well – a mixed bag. From a highly probably white Christmas in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas, to blizzards and cold in the Plains to yet another strong winter storm pushing into the Pacific Northwest and lingering snow in New England, it really feels like Christmas for much of the country. However, it’s the severe weather potential — including tornadoes — from Texas to Alabama that has residents of those states wondering if such a thing could really happen on Christmas Day. The answer unfortunately, is that yes, it can happen on Christmas Day and in some places, likely will happen on Christmas Day.

Christmas Tradition: NORAD Santa Tracker Turns 57

3 days, 11 hours, 34 minutes and — as of right now — 19 seconds until the NORAD Santa Tracker becomes active. For more than half a century, the NORAD Santa Tracker has been tracking and disseminating Santa’s exact location as he leaves the North Pole and journeys around the world delivering presents on Christmas […]