Monthly Archives: December 2010

Nor’easter Threat? Doubtful…For Most

In true Nor’easter fashion, a winter storm (or, in this case, pre-winter storm) can just explode when it reaches the Gulf Stream off the Mid-Atlantic Coast as the contrast in temperatures (cold storm, warm waters) allows the bottom to fall out of the low and central pressures to plummet. From there, and if the upper flow is right, the strengthening low is then driven up the coast effecting every place from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Cape Cod, to Nova Scotia, to Newfoundland with battering winds, torrential rain and — if cold enough — blizzard conditions.

When It’s Cold, Protect Your Pipes!

Born and raised in the South, I’m a typical southerner who thinks highs in the 50’s and 60’s is cold. It’s true us southerners also freak out when there’s a mention of snow in the forecast, even if no accumulation is expected. People here make mad dashes to the grocery stores where they’re willing to […]

Will Santa Need Rudolph? Christmas Weekend Weather Forecast

[Guest-posting today for ImpactWeather’s StormWatch Manager Fred Schmude . . . Thanks for the outlook, Fred!] “The weather pattern has been virtually locked for nearly 3 weeks now and I don’t see much of a change when you consider most of the long-range ensemble signals are locked in place, including the position of the latest MJO […]

Holiday Weather Affecting Shopping Trends? Maybe

Those of us in the Western Hemisphere are solidly inside the 2010 holiday season and for many of us, it’s a time to rejoice, reflect, reach out to others, be thankful . . . and spend lots of money.  Not that spending is a requirement but for any number of reasons, we usually find ourselves […]

On Prancer! On Geminid! On Eclipse! Busy Skies in December!

Some are already calling the approaching Geminid meteor shower to more spectacular than the New Years Eve fireworks, but they haven’t been to my house (with an open field and a lake nearby I can light up the sky!). No doubt the meteor shower will be cool but, deep down, I must admit a show from the Cosmos will always outshine one from my backyard.

Winter Season December Update [8-min. video]

Dave Gorham and Fred Schmude teamed up to produce a brief look at what we expect for the next month or so and Dave posted an 8-minute video this afternoon. Chock full of wintery goodness, the video covers: Past analog years in comparison 2010-2011 flow patterns Chances for Nor’easters Gulf Coast freeze possibilities White Christmas?  […]

A Warm Pet Is a Happy, Healthy Pet—Winter Pet Safety Tips

We’re less than two weeks away from the first day of winter and already this week temperatures across parts of the Tennessee/Ohio Valley have been 20-25 degrees below average for this time of year. Temperatures are beginning to moderate today across the area, but with winter just around the corner we can expect to see […]

2010 Hurricane Season Review: 10-Minute Video

The unusually busy and oddly behaved 2010 Atlantic Tropical Storm Season came to an official end last week.  ImpactWeather’s seasonal forecast was pretty much right on target but no one predicted an entire season that resulted in no direct hits on the U.S., especially considering that it was the third busiest season in recorded history.  In […]

Typical December? Maybe Not [Free 20-Min. Recorded Webinar]

This past Thursday we hosted the first update of our 2010-2011 winter season outlook and, just as we predicted early last month, we expect a drier, slightly warmer season overall.  This is true especially compared to last winter which was busy enough to bestow upon us the (unfortunately) unforgettable terms snowpocalypse and snowmageddon. Not this […]

Rush vs. Impact

Not that I’ve been paying much attention, but it was on June 17, 2010 that Rush Limbaugh decided to strap on his meteorologist hat and proffer his prediction for the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season.