About the Weather Update
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.
February 28, 2017
As I write this, winter 2016–2017 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... 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 2016–2017, 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