Save Sat. Oct. 18 to Attend the Fifth Tri-State Weather Conference co-sponsored by NYC/LI AMS Chapter

Saturday, October 18, 2014 will be a memorable day for those who attend the Fifth Tri-State Weather Conference in Danbury, CT at Western Connecticut State University (WSCU).

Sponsored by
WestConn Student Chapter of the AMS, New York City/Long Island Chapter of the AMS, NOAA/National Weather Service/Upton/NYC, NY and NOAA/National Weather Service/Taunton/BOS, MA

Attached is a colored flyer announcing the preliminary program, including speakers and topics that meteorologists and weather enthusiasts will enjoy including:

Paul Kocin (Forecast Operations Branch NOAA/NWS)

Dr. David Robinson (NJ State Climatologist/Rutgers Univ)

Jason Dunion (NOAA Hurricane Research Division)

Joe Bastardi (Weatherbell Analytics LLC) plus many others.

Registration is now open at: https://www.wcsu.edu/weatherconference/application.asp

Conference updates, directions, etc., are at: http://www.wcsu.edu/weatherconference/

The AMS Chapter and WCSU have minimized the cost of registration to $30 which includes breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks. Please join us at another diverse, yet informative conference with speakers and topics from near and far.

By all means, forward the flyer and/or e-mail to your friends and colleagues. Middle, high, and college students interested in meteorology are encouraged to attend.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you all on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Mark Kramer, Chair

Frank Castelli, Vice-Chair

Jeff Tongue, Secretary – Webmaster

Lisa Bastiaans, Treasurer

New York City/Long Island Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

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Freak Hailstorm Hits Siberian Beach

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28299459

See the weather acts up overseas too!

Remember to come see the NWS Open House 7/27/14 at Upton, BNL.

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Reminder – Volunteers need to sign up by 7/7 for AMS Mtg & NWS Open House Sunday-7/27

From: NYCLI AMS CHAPTER [mailto:nycliams@weathermarkpro.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:45 AM
To: nycliams@weathermarkpro.com
Subject: AMS Mtg & NWS Open House Sunday-7/27 – NWS Eastern Region Director Dr. Jason Tuell to Speak
Importance: High

Sunday, July 27 NWS Open House at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY

This year’s theme is “Communicating with the NWS”

Sunday – July 27, 2014 Meeting from 9 – 10 am (For AMS Members & Guests)

Speaker: NWS Eastern Region Director Dr. Jason Tuell

Topic: Science and Weather Ready Nation

Abstract: The presentation will provide an overview of the NWS Weather Ready Nation (WRN) initiative and how science is a critical and integral part. The science initiatives within WRN go beyond the traditional infusion of new meteorological and hydrological techniques into our forecast processes. They now include social science to increase the effectiveness of our forecasts.

The guest speaker at this meeting will be Dr. Jason Tuell. Dr. Tuell joined the NWS in 2002 as chief of the office of Science and Technology’s Development Branch and has supported many projects since then, including the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, or AWIPS, Next Generation Weather Radar, or NEXRAD, and Automated Surface Observing System, or ASOS, programs. As chief of the Meteorological Services Division he played a key role in improving operations and services for fire weather, aviation, marine, tsunami, and coastal services.

You will not be admitted to BNL for the AMS meeting unless you register to attend. To register for the AMS meeting, e-mail nycliams with “AMS Meeting” as the subject or call 914-777-1729. Please provide your name and telephone number.

AMS volunteers are wanted to answer questions on meteorology, educational opportunities, meteorology & social media as well as careers in meteorology from 10 am to 3:30 pm (or part time). Volunteers who assist NWS and AMS will be entitled to a free polo shirt and lunch. E-mail or call in your name, times available, shirt size and if you are staying for lunch (indicate veggie or meat) to nycliams or 914-777-1729. The NWS needs this information by 7/7/14. No registration is needed to attend the open house or arrive after 10 am. Regardless of the time you can attend, please let us know if you can help NWS/AMS.

Location: BNL, William Floyd Parkway, County Road 46 (eastern side) 1.5 miles north of the LIE at Exit 68 (I-495). Maps and driving directions provided in the attachment.

Admission is free and no reservations are needed for the Open House. However, to be admitted on the grounds of Brookhaven National Laboratory, all visitors age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

Summer Sundays at Brookhaven Lab : http://www.bnl.gov/stakeholder/summerSundays.php

July 13 – Brilliant Light, Dazzling Discoveries

July 20 – Ultra-small, Tremendous Impact

July 27 – Storm Trackers / Family Fun Day

August 3 – Atom-Smashing Fun

We look forward to seeing you at our meeting and/or volunteering to assist us at the NYC/LI AMS information table interact with the public. Ideas for displays welcome.

Mark Kramer, Chair

Frank Castelli, Vice-Chair

Jeffrey Tongue, Secretary

Lisa Bastiaans, Treasurer

7-27 AMS Mtg & NWS Open House.pdf

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AMS Mtg & NWS Open House Sunday-7/27 – NWS Eastern Region Director Dr. Jason Tuell to Speak

Sunday, July 27 NWS Open House at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY

This year’s theme is “Communicating with the NWS”

Sunday – July 27, 2014 Meeting from 9 – 10 am (For AMS Members & Guests)

Speaker: NWS Eastern Region Director Dr. Jason Tuell

Topic: Science and Weather Ready Nation

Abstract: The presentation will provide an overview of the NWS Weather Ready Nation (WRN) initiative and how science is a critical and integral part. The science initiatives within WRN go beyond the traditional infusion of new meteorological and hydrological techniques into our forecast processes. They now include social science to increase the effectiveness of our forecasts.

The guest speaker at this meeting will be Dr. Jason Tuell. Dr. Tuell joined the NWS in 2002 as chief of the office of Science and Technology’s Development Branch and has supported many projects since then, including the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, or AWIPS, Next Generation Weather Radar, or NEXRAD, and Automated Surface Observing System, or ASOS, programs. As chief of the Meteorological Services Division he played a key role in improving operations and services for fire weather, aviation, marine, tsunami, and coastal services.

You will not be admitted to BNL for the AMS meeting unless you register to attend. To register for the AMS meeting, e-mail nycliams with “AMS Meeting” as the subject or call 914-777-1729. Please provide your name and telephone number.

AMS volunteers are wanted to answer questions on meteorology, educational opportunities, meteorology & social media as well as careers in meteorology from 10 am to 3:30 pm (or part time). Volunteers who assist NWS and AMS will be entitled to a free polo shirt and lunch. E-mail or call in your name, times available, shirt size and if you are staying for lunch (indicate veggie or meat) to nycliams or 914-777-1729. The NWS needs this information by 7/7/14. No registration is needed to attend the open house or arrive after 10 am. Regardless of the time you can attend, please let us know if you can help NWS/AMS.

Location: BNL, William Floyd Parkway, County Road 46 (eastern side) 1.5 miles north of the LIE at Exit 68 (I-495). Maps and driving directions provided in the attachment.

Admission is free and no reservations are needed for the Open House. However, to be admitted on the grounds of Brookhaven National Laboratory, all visitors age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

Summer Sundays at Brookhaven Lab : http://www.bnl.gov/stakeholder/summerSundays.php

July 13 – Brilliant Light, Dazzling Discoveries

July 20 – Ultra-small, Tremendous Impact

July 27 – Storm Trackers / Family Fun Day

August 3 – Atom-Smashing Fun

We look forward to seeing you at our meeting and/or volunteering to assist us at the NYC/LI AMS information table interact with the public. Ideas for displays welcome.

Mark Kramer, Chair

Frank Castelli, Vice-Chair

Jeffrey Tongue, Secretary

Lisa Bastiaans, Treasurer

7-27 AMS Mtg & NWS Open House.pdf

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New York to build most sophisticated early warning weather system in U.S.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/new_york_severe_weather_irene_sandy_flooding_early_warning.html

New York to build most sophisticated early warning weather system in U.S.

Brought to our chapter’s attention by Patrick Brennan of MES.

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June 19 (Th) – 7 -9 pm: Oyster Bay Hurricane/Emergency Management Seminar

FYI – A public event on June 19 (7-9pm) Thursday with Louis Uccellini on Hurricane Preparedness.

http://oysterbaytown.com/supervisor-john-venditto-announces-town-oyster-bay-hurricaneemergency-management-seminar-june-19th/

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Flooding rainfall – May 15-16, 2014 – Central Maryland

Well we had another spring deluge here in my Bennington neighborhood in NW Gaithersburg/central Maryland and the surrounding metro area starting late on Thursday, May 15 and extending through mid-morning of Friday, May 16. Flood watches turned to flood warnings throughout the region. Friday morning traffic on the way into my office from Bennington was heavy but luckily my route was not blocked by flooded roads like it generally was in the more rural parts of Montgomery County. The MARC commuter train that normally runs regularly on the eastern extremity of Bennington to and from Washington D.C. did not run on Friday, as the tracks to my NW around Point of Rocks MD bordering up to West Virginia near Harpers Ferry were flooded out from the Potomac and its tributaries. According to my Vantage Pro 2 datalogger which logs data for every 5 minute period, the heaviest rainfall amounts fell between 4:30 AM and 6:50 AM early Friday morning, during which 2.63″ of rain fell. The maximum instantaneous rainfall rate my weather station recorded was 5.88″/hour at 4:41 AM. I was asleep during this heaviest action so I did not observe it, but my Vantage Pro 2 weather station does a great job logging the rainfall amounts while I am sleeping or otherwise occupied.

Both Thursday’s total of 1.06″ and Friday’s total of 2.67″ eclipsed old daily records for greatest 24 hour rainfalls on those days (old records were 0.93″ on Thursday 5/15 and 2.30″ on Friday 5/16). The 2 day event total was 3.73″ was probably not a record for a 2 day rain in May, but I don’t keep those kinds of records conveniently which would require doing a lot of research that I don’t have time for right now. The month of May has received 5.44″ of rain so far which isn’t close to the monthly record yet, but we still have 2+ weeks to go through to add to that total. Right now if the month ended today this May would already be the 12th wettest of all time (35 years of records – going back to 1979). Our spring total rainfall (April and May) already is over 10 inches at 13.10″ – a full spring precipitation analysis will be forthcoming in a few weeks with my May monthly summary.

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APRIL 2014 – WEATHER SUMMARY – GAITHERSBURG 2 WNW MARYLAND – by Kevin Shaw, Observer

APRIL 2014 – GAITHERSBURG 2 WNW MARYLAND
BRIEF SUMMARY STATISTICS FOR THE NJWO BLOG
by Kevin Shaw, Observer in charge

Average high temperature 65.7° (- 0.5°)
Average low temperature 43.1° (+ 1.4°)
Mean temperature 54.4° (+ 0.4°)
Precipitation 7.66″ (+4.00″)
Greatest daily amount 4.15″ (30)
Greatest storm amount 5.67″ (28-30)
Year to date precipitation 19.95 ” (+6.27″)
Snowfall (Sleet) T (-0.4″)
Greatest daily amount T (15)
2013-2014 Season snowfall 56.6″
High temperature for the month (date) 85° (13)
Low temperature for the month (date) 31° (16)

Highest barometric pressure (date) 30.67″ (17)
Lowest barometric pressure (date) 29.47″ (8)
Peak wind gust (date/direction): 25 (15/N)

Heating degree days for the month: 335
Cooling degree days for the month: 16
Greatest diurnal range (date): 36.6° (21)
Least diurnal range (date) 3.3° (29)

Fog days: 7
Sleet/Freezing Rain days: 1/0
Snow days : 0
Thunder days: 2
Sunny/clear days: 11 Partly Cloudy days: 11 Cloudy days: 8

Days with measurable precipitation (=>.01″) = 8
Days with minimum temperatures of 32 or less = 3
Days with maximum temperatures of 80 or more = 2
Days with minimum temperatures below 40 = 10

April 2014 Station Highlights – Gaithersburg 2 WNW Maryland

April 2014 was relatively dry and seasonable for the first 27 days of the month (1.99″),
but the last 3 days changed that in a big way with long-time monthly and daily records
falling by the wayside. The 4.15″ of rain that fell on the last day of the month not only
set a daily record for the 30th, but also set an all-time daily April record for any day,
surpassing the old record of 4.08″ set back on April 22, 2006. On the day before, the
1.32″ that fell also set a daily record for the 29th. Combined with the 0.20″ that fell
on the 28th and 0.18″ on the 1st of May, the four day total of 5.85″ was also an event
record breaker for April (5.67″ for Apr 28-30). This late “rally” put my monthly
total well above normal, and in fact set a new April monthly record of 7.66″, surpassing
the old monthly record of 7.50″ set back in 1983. Flooding was quite widespread for
several days in the region, but my neighborhood was spared any water damage that I
know of. A few daily temperature records were set, nothing as spectacular as the
precipitation records though. The 85 high temperature on the 13th set a daily record,
the 50 maximum temperature on the rainy 29th set a low maximum temperature
record for the date, and the 64 minimum temperature on the 14th set a high minimum
temperature daily record. A trace of sleet at the end of the storm (15th) also set a
daily record for snow/sleet on the date (Sleet and snow are considered the same for
record-keeping).

Notable April 2014 weather was confined to mostly precipitation events. Temperatures
were quite seasonable, as the average maximum temperature for the month of 65.7° was
only 0.5° below the normal value of 66.2°. The average minimum temperature was a bit
warmer than normal, coming in at 43.1° which was 1.4° above the long-term average of
41.7°. The resulting mean average temperature for the month of 54.4° computes out to
just 0.4° above normal for the April mean. was quite a month. Three total minimum
temperature days of 32 or less was below the long term average of about 5.
Notable extremes of temperature were not to be found in April after having quite a
few during the first three months of 2014.

The monthly precipitation total of 7.66″ was 4.00″ above the normal amount of 3.66″.
The monthly snowfall total of a T was 0.4″ below the normal amount of 0.4″. My seasonal
snowfall total now stands at 56.6″, which ranks 4th greatest all-time.

Barometer readings varied significantly, though not as wild as March. The 30.61″ highest
reading on the 17th at the outset of our longest dry spell of the month (6 days – from
April 16 through April 21) followed the lowest reading of 29.47″ low reading on the 8th,
during our first significant rainfall of the month. . On the mid-month rainstorm of over
an inch, I hit my rather meager peak wind gust for the month of 25 MPH from the north.
Thankfully no power outages during that storm and peak wind, nor none the rest of the month.

The distribution of 11 sunny, 11 partly cloudy and 8 cloudy days was not necessarily in
concert with the number of measurable precipitation days (8), and above normal monthly
precipitation values, which were skewed due to the large dump on the 30th.

There was 1 day with at least a trace of snow, 4 days with fog, 1 day with sleet (in
concert with the snow day as sleet and snow are considered in the same statistic),
2 days with thunder and but no days with glaze. There was 16 cooling degree days
and 335 heating degree days.

My maximum temperature frequencies included 2 days of 80 or above, 7 days of 70-79,
13 days from 60-69, 7 days from 50-59, and 1 day from 40-49. On the minimum
temperature frequency side of things, there were 3 days of 32 or less, 7 days between
33-39, 14 days between 40-49, 4 days between 50-59, and 2 days between 60-69.

The diurnal range average was a bit below normal (22.6° vs the normal 24.5°). The max
daily range of 36.6° on the 8th occurred in the middle of our longest dry spell of the
month, and also the day of the lowest humidity value for the month (18%) while the 3.3°
lowest daily temperature range on the 29th occurred on our 2nd wettest day of the
month (1.32″), and when under the cool, cloudy stable air prior to the warm frontal
passage on the 30th. There were 3 days total with diurnal ranges lower than 10.0°,
two days near the beginning and this lowest value at the end of the month.
Conversely, the 6 days with ranges of 30° or more mostly occurred in the early part
of the month – all of those 6 days were on or before April 21.

After a cold and snowy winter, April reversed that trend. On April 1, the vegetation
in my immediate area looked like mid-winter after the cold March we had, but
spring warmth proliferated most of April, accelerating spring growth/tree blossom
generation. An analysis of my past 35 years of snowfall records places the winter
of 2013-2014 at 56.6″, the fourth snowiest of all time, with only the winters of
2009-2010 (80.7″), 1995-96 (63.2″) and 2003-2004 (59.0″) having more. With
ice still chiliing parts of the Great Lakes here in early May, there are thoughts by
many that this summer will be cooler than normal, especially if we can keep up
frequent frontal passages under NW flow.

Here are a few top monthly rainfall totals, in light of our most recent record rainfall
at the end of the month:

January 3.00” 1/20/2013 February 2.80” 2/14/2007 March 2.86” 3/13/1993 April 4.15” 4/30/2014

2.12” 1/14/2005 1.81” 2/29/2012 2.43” 3/23/1991 4.08” 4/22/2006

May 2.75” 5/5/1989 June 4.09” 6/25/2006 July 2.79” 7/20/1986 August 4.68” 8/11/2001

2.71” 5/18/1988 3.11” 6/18/1996 2.57” 7/27/1994 3.71” 8/6/1995

3.01” 6/19/1996 3.58” 8/19/1979

September 5.41” 9/5/1979 October 5.20” 10/29/2012 November3.03: 11/27/1993 December 2.10” 12/7/2011

5.20” 9/30/2010 3.50” 10/23/1990 2.95” 11/16/2006 2.09” 12/24/1986

4.92” 9/8/2011 3.22” 10/1/1979 2.71” 11/7/1997

4.31” 9/6/2008 3.07” 10/2/2012 2.58” 11/8/1996

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NCEP 1979 Presidents’ Day Snowstorm Colloquium May 28, 2014 (Wednesday) & Save Sunday July 27 for the KOKX NWS Open House – NYC/LI AMS Mtg

Subject: NCEP 1979 Presidents’ Day Snowstorm Colloquium

The colloquium commemorating the 1979 Presidents’ Day snowstorm, hosted by the NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction, will be held Wednesday, May 28.

Dear Colleagues,

This past February was the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Presidents’ Day snowstorm. To recognize the advances madesince this storm in the understanding, predictive capability, and service advancements of extratropical cyclones, NCEP will be hosting a one day colloquium at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) in College Park, MD on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

We will have six key speakers followed by shorter contributions (15 min) in the afternoon. A preliminary schedule is available on the Colloquium website. We plan on leaving time for discussion at the breaks and more formally in the meeting room. There will be a tour of the 4th floor operations following the talks. We realize that travel may be difficult for some,however, we will be able to facilitate remote participation.

We are hoping to have participation (remote or in person) by students, operational forecasters, and developers as this is a truly unique opportunity to discuss openly the challenges of the past, present, and future.

Registration, information, and flyer are available at: http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/35th.php. There is no registration fee. We have made arrangements for snacks, beverages, and lunch with the Kloud Cafe on site for an individual fee. The sign up, menu, and selection for lunch is available on the Colloquium website.

We look forward to having you participate and help make this a memorable event. Please share this with your departments, colleagues, and anyone you think would be interested in taking part.

Best Regards,

Joe Sienkiewicz, NOAA/NWS Ocean Prediction Center

joseph.sienkiewicz

Dave Novak, NOAA/NWS Weather Prediction Center

david.novak

Colloquium_May28_Update.pdf

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Stewartsville April 2014 Summary

Month certainly ended on a wet note!

Stewartsville Monthly Weather Observation Summary
Apr-14
DAY MAX MIN MEAN PRECIP SNOW SOG COMMENTS
1 61.0 31.0 46.0 0.00      
2 58.0 39.0 48.5 0.06      
3 65.0 42.0 53.5 0.15      
4 48.0 40.0 44.0 0.16      
5 51.0 38.0 44.5 0.00    
6 60.0 30.0 45.0 0.00      
7 51.0 33.0 42.0 0.26      
8 62.0 45.0 53.5 0.29      
9 62.0 37.0 49.5 0.00      
10 66.0 31.0 48.5 0.00      
11 75.0 51.0 63.0 0.02      
12 72.0 44.0 58.0 0.01      
13 82.0 54.0 68.0 0.00      
14 76.0 62.0 69.0 0.10      
15 67.0 35.0 51.0 2.10 T Storm total: 2.20″ Sleet and snow at end
16 47.0 28.0 37.5 0.00      
17 53.0 29.0 41.0 0.00      
18 53.0 31.0 42.0 0.00      
19 66.0 39.0 52.5 0.00      
20 61.0 40.0 50.5 0.00      
21 71.0 31.0 51.0 0.00      
22 72.0 47.0 59.5 0.01      
23 60.0 42.0 51.0 0.00      
24 62.0 39.0 50.5 0.00      
25 67.0 37.0 52.0 0.42      
26 67.0 45.0 56.0 0.18      
27 60.0 42.0 51.0 0.00      
28 65.0 38.0 51.5 0.00    
29 54.0 42.0 48.0 0.24      
30 53.0 42.0 47.5 3.33     Storm total into 5/1 3.94
7.33 0.00
Extreme High 82.0 Date: 13-Apr Season Snow Total: 61.30
Extreme Low 28.0 Date: 16-Apr
Mean Max: 62.2
Mean Low: 39.5
Mean: 50.9
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