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Mike Steinberg is Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives at AccuWeather Inc in State College, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the National Weather Association and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

June 30, 2017

With the beginning of hurricane season in June, last month we began to look back on some of the most notable hurricanes that hit the United States in the early 20th century. Time marches on: Hurricane season will continue until November 30, and this month we spotlight the most severe late–20th-century hurricanes. See the worst hurricanes from the first half of the 20th century. Hurricane Carol In August 1954, Hurricane Carol caused 72 fatalities and $462 million in damage, making it at the time... more

June 26, 2017

The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that today’s 4th of July festivities will bring fireworks in the sky … from thunderstorms! In honor of nature’s fireworks, we are taking a look at some thunder lore and how thunder is born! What is Thunder? Thunder is born in the instant when the return lightning stroke leaves the earth and spears upward through the channel of ionized air. The channel is viciously expanded outward and bursts in the sonic shock wave that reaches up as a thunderclap. This initial... more

May 23, 2017

With the start of hurricane season upon us, let’s look back on some of the worst, most destructive hurricanes that have hit the United States. This month, we’ll look at five from the first half of the 20th century; in coming months, we’ll look at more recent major hurricanes. Note that it was not until 1953 that Atlantic/Gulf Hurricanes were given women’s names—with men’s names added in 1979—so the earlier storms are known by the region they most affected. The Galveston Hurricane (1900) The... more

April 25, 2017

With winter behind us, let’s look ahead to see our most likely weather over the rest of spring and the coming summer. The key to our upcoming weather is that Solar Cycle 24 is now well into its declining phase after reaching double peaks in late 2011 and early 2014. Despite having two maxima, this cycle is the smallest in more than 100 years; solar activity will continue to decline from these low peaks toward its expected minima in early 2019. With the current neutral ENSO (El Niño–Southern... more

April 3, 2017

There were a record number of high and low temperatures across the U.S. and Canada in 2016—and the same goes for 2017 thus far. Last winter was so much warmer than normal that I thought we could not possibly surpass that record warmth this winter. However, we keep breaking new weather records, especially for warmth. For you weather nerds (and I count myself among you), here are a few items that you might find of interest. Causes of Record Warmth Just paging through Science News, an article... more

February 28, 2017

As I write this, winter 2017 has been mild across nearly all of the country, with above-normal temperatures and below-normal snowfall being the rule in most locations. This is generally in agreement with The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s long-range forecast for this winter with the most significant exception being the heavy precipitation that fell across all of California. While we did forecast rainfall to be above normal across northern California, we forecast below-normal rain in the central and... more

February 6, 2017

With our forecast of a blizzard in many spots this February, it might be interesting to look at a few of the worst blizzards in history. Let’s stick to recent history—blizzards we remember! Worst Blizzards in (Recent) History Does anyone remember the blizzard of February of 1972?  I was near Ithaca, New York, where it snowed heavily between around 9:00 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m., leaving an accumulation of 29 inches during the 5 hours or so that it snowed. Helping to push cars that were stuck... more

January 24, 2017

For winter 2017, the Almanac has predicted colder-than-normal temperatures for most of the United States. Here’s a weather update. By November and December, temperatures at and around the North Pole were rising above freezing, while Siberia shivered through record cold. The north polar region has been experiencing temperatures some 30 to 50 degrees F above normal, which has kept sea ice formation at record low levels. Meanwhile, temperatures in Siberia have plummeted to –30° to –50° F,... more

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