After a wild spring season that featured the 2nd coldest April and warmest May on record since 1981, summer 2018 is shaping up to be warmer than normal across most of the country, though not quite as hot as in some recent years. Because the last decade has seen some sweltering summers, the average summer temperature over the previous ten years is much warmer than the 30-year normal. Note also that the higher population areas of the East and West Coasts, as well as all of the southern US, have trended warmer while the lower population areas of the north-central US have seen little to no warming trend. So, not only have summers been trending warmer, but that warming trend has primarily been focused on the higher population areas of the country.Topics: Heat | Frontier |
While many may think of WDT as the parent company of WeatherOps forecasts or RadarScope, we are much more than that. We also work with all types of weather data using GIS, APIs, and more. Let's take a look at the variety of images we can produce using data from the recent Tropical Storm Alberto.Topics: RadarScope | Developers | Tropical | Frontier | Flood | GIS |
The heat has been on across much of the US with the hottest area making a bullseye in the center of the country. Over Memorial Day weekend, high temperatures soared into the upper 90s and low 100s …temperatures that hot haven’t been seen in May since the 1930s! Below are just a few locations that experienced one of the hottest Memorial Day weekends on record:Topics: Heat | Frontier |
Here in Oklahoma, pleasant spring weather didn’t get going until about April 24th when we finally saw consistent highs over 60F and lows over 40F. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long as we jumped right into the 90s by early May state-wide and have seen many 90s since then. Other areas of the country have seen similar extremes, going from a cold April to a very warm May. The plots below show the differences in temperature anomalies between April and how May is expected to end up.
While Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, the volcano has become more active in recent weeks, spewing both large quantities of lava on the northeastern flank of the volcano into some populated areas, and sending explosive bursts of ash into the atmosphere at the summit. So, will the volcanic activity there have any impact on the weather going forward? The short answer is no, though the reasons why are interesting.Topics: Frontier |
After a very cold month of April, the pattern has turned markedly warmer during May. While that has generated above-normal cooling demand as portions of the country reach the 90s and portions of the Southwest even reach the 100s, much of the Midwest and Northeast is finally seeing some pleasant weather. There is still usually some heating demand across the northern US in early May, but the warmer weather this month has limited that.
Spring, especially the month of April, has been unseasonably cold for the Central to Eastern US. Aside from the relentless snowstorms across the Northern Tier, many locations have seen anomalies of 5 degrees or more below normal for the entire month! These temperatures have caused many to experience their coldest April ever, while the continental US encountered one of the top-5 coldest Aprils on record.Topics: Frontier |
It may be mid-April, but it sure doesn't feel like spring in many US locations. It's more like January 16th, as opposed to April 16th. It has been cold, windy, and snowy at a time when we usually see warm blue skies, leaves on trees, and flowers blooming.Topics: WeatherOps | RadarScope | Frontier |