Blocking High Brings Warmth to West, Cold to East, and yes…Boston snow

Hello everyone, Last time I wrote about how above-average ocean temperature's off the coast of New England were contributing to Boston's historic snowfall. Today I'd like to discuss another factor, as well as the reason for this winter's warm temperatures in the western US and colder temperatures in the east. A blocking high, or blocking …

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Above-Average Ocean Temperatures Contributing to Historic Boston Snowfall

Hello everyone, The top weather story this week is still all of the snow in my hometown of Boston. The totals are historic and many records have been broken. The regional transit system, the MBTA, has been crippled by the snow and the roads have not feared much better. The core of the problem is …

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The Pineapple Express and California’s Rain

Another week and another big storm, so another post. Welcome back! California has seen some flooding rains the past few days. How much rain? San Francisco received 3.75 inches in one day, about one-third of the total received during the 2013-14 rain year. Hurricane force winds have been reported, major highways were closed, and 4.5 …

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How Nor’Easters Form

Good evening everyone, I grew up in New England, an exciting place for a budding meteorologist. The weather is ever-changing with so many types of storms; hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards are all possibilities. The most representative of the region is, of course, the nor'easter. Nor'easters like The Blizzard of '78 and the February 2013 Blizzard …

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The Cut-off Low and the Colorado Floods: In Pictures

Good evening everyone, I was watching Monday Night Football tonight in Colorado and I couldn't help but think about the terrible flooding that state has experienced. Lives have been lost, more people are missing, and roads, homes, and businesses have been left in ruin. The numbers are staggering: 17 to 18 inches of rain in …

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TS FLOSSIE takes aim at Hawaii: Why is it so invulnerable to hurricanes?

Surfs up! Flossie is about to begin lashing Hawaii's big island with strong winds, heavy rain, and some big waves. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for all but the northernmost islands, which are still under watches. It seems the tropical storm season is beginning to wake up, and its chose an unusual place to …

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