August 2016 Gaithersburg 2 WNW Maryland weather summary and statistics for the NJWO blog

AUGUST 2016 – GAITHERSBURG 2 WNW MARYLAND
BRIEF SUMMARY STATISTICS FOR THE NJWO BLOG
by Kevin Shaw, Observer in charge

Average high temperature 87.8° (+ 2.9°)
Average low temperature 69.2° (+ 5.1°)
Mean temperature 78.5° (+ 4.0°)
Precipitation 2.97″ (- 0.70″)
Greatest daily amount (date) 1.51″ (17)
Year to date precipitation 31.23″ (+ 1.28″)
High temperature for the month (date) 97° (13,14)
Low temperature for the month (date) 60° (23)
Highest barometric pressure (date) 30.37″ (23)
Lowest barometric pressure (date) 29.76″ (6)
Peak wind gust (date/direction): 18 (14/WSW)
Heating degree days for the month: 0
Cooling degree days for the month: 419
Greatest diurnal range (date): 25.2° (7)
Least diurnal range (date) 11.3° (3)

Fog days: 0
Thunder: 4
Sunny/clear days: 10 Partly Cloudy days: 17 Cloudy days: 4

Days with measurable precipitation (=>.01″) = 6
Days with maximum temperatures of 90 or more = 9
Days with minimum temperatures of 70 or more = 15

AUGUST 2016 MONTHLY SUMMARY
GAITHERSBURG 2 WNW MARYLAND
by Kevin Shaw, observer in charge

Once again this month of August was warmer than normal, and
also drier than normal. There were several daily records set, mostly with maximum low temperatures with many very warm,
muggy overnights. I had the warmest August mean temperature
(78.5°) and the warmest average minimum temperature (69.2°)
ever. The maximum average temperature (87.8°) only came in as the sixth warmest ever. The 9 days with maximum temperatures of 90 or greater was actually just about normal. 6 days with measurable precipitation was predictably below the normal of about 9 days. The wettest day of the month of 1.51″ on the 17th failed to break a daily record, but the 1.31″ that fell on the 15th did break a daily record, the only such record in this dry month. An all-time record high dew point temperature of 82 was set on the 12th (records on this variable only go back through 2013 unfortunately). The highest temperature of the month of 97°
was reached on the 13th and 14th. Only the reading on the 13th went into the record book as a tied daily max temp value with the reading recorded back in 2002. Numerous daily record high
minimum temperatures were either set or tied, including 5 days in a row during our hottest temperatures of the month between the 10th and 14th, and also on the 6th, 17th and 26th.

The average maximum temperature for the month was 87.8°
(+2.9°), the average minimum temperature was 69.2° (+ 5.1°). The resultant mean average temperature for the month was
78.5° (+ 4.0°).

The month’s total precipitation amount of 2.97″ was 0.70″
below the normal August amount of 3.67″. My current year to date precipitation total of 31.23″ through August 31 is 1.28″ above the normal amount of 29.95″. All measurable amounts of precipitation fell between the 12th and 21st. Trace amounts also fell on the 8th and 9th. 6 days of measurable rain at my station was below the long-term normal amount of 8.9 days.

The month’s highest barometric pressure reading of 30.37″ on the 23rd occurred on the day with our lowest monthly minimum air (60°) and dew point (57°) temperatures of the month. The modest lowest pressure reading of the month of 29.76″ on the 6th occured during a bit of a cloudy period (but without rain) from the 5th to the 9th.

The distribution of 10 sunny, 17 partly cloudy and only 4 cloudy days fit in with the dry conditions found during most of the month, particularly at the beginning and end of the month. With plenty of muggy dew points around, there was plenty of fuel around for cloud formation; they just didn’t develop into many full overcasts at all.

There were 419 cooling degree days (CDD) and 0 heating degree days. I didn’t observe any fog in August, but with the dew points frequently as high as they were, I probably missed early morning fog occurrences when I was sleeping. There were essentially a normal amount (4) of thunderstorm days, all occurring during our wettest period of the month between the 14th and 17th. The peak wind gust during the month was a very modest 18 MPH out of the WSW on the 14th during evening light thunderstorm activity that mostly missed the station. It was a generally calm month as only 19 days recorded a PWG of 10 MPH or more. The dominant daily wind direction was 16 days with a W/SW/WSW component, followed by 11 days with an
easterly component and 4 days with a northerly component.

My maximum temperature frequencies included 9 days at or above 90°, 21 days between 80° and 89° (including 11 days with max temps of either 88° or 89°), and 1 day with 79°. On the minimum temperature frequency side of things, there were 16 days between 60° and 69° and 15 days with minimum temperatures of 70° or greater.

The diurnal range average was below normal (18.6° vs the normal of
20.8°). The max daily range of 25.2° occurred on the 7th at the end of the beginning of the month dry period (with a dew point of 58° recorded that day – 89°-64°). There were an additional 10 days with daily ranges at or above 20°, The lowest daily temperature range of 11.3° (80°-69°)
occurred on a non-descript partly cloudy August 3rd day. There were only a total of 6 days during August with daily temperature readings less than 15°.

Late July finished up relatively cool with a long 90°+ streak broken that continued into August 2016 with the first 9 days failing to reach 90° but then on August 10 we started a streak of 8 straight days of 90° or more, along with dew point temperatures well up into the 70s and even low 80s. This was probably the most oppressive period of August, if not the entire summer. Only the thunderstorms from the 14th-17th provided any sort of relief. The rest of the month finished moderately hot and muggy, but without needed rain. The tropics appear to be getting active finally as we head into September, and perhaps will be transporting needed moisture into our area in September. We shall see. Check back later to see how September works out. Please continue to watch the tropics closely for the next several weeks.


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REISTERSTOWN MARYLAND – AUGUST 2016 – MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY

AUGUST 2016 CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY
FOR DOWNTOWN REISTERSTOWN MARYLAND
by NJWO Observer Ray Muller

Average maximum temperature 86.8°
Average minimum temperature 69.1°
Average mean temperature 78.0°
High temperature 96° (13/1626)
Low temperature 60° (23/0554)
Max daily range in temperature 21° 81°-60° (23)
Min daily range in temperature 11° 84°-73° (20)
Min max temperature 79° (14/0705)
Max min temperature 79° (3/1558)
Max temperature of 90° or more 5
Min temperature of 70° or more 13

Monthly precipitation 1.55″
Year-to-date precipitation (through 8/31) 29.44″
Max rain rate in 30 minutes 0.26″ (14)
Max precipitation in 12 hours 0.46″ (14)
Max precipitation in 24 hours 0.82″ (14)
Number of precipitation days with .01″ or more 7
Number of precipitation days wth .10″ or more 3
Number of precipitation days with .50″ or more 1
Number of precipitation days with 1.00″or more 0

Weather types
Fog 9
Dense Fog 2
Thunder 5
Haze 9
Smoke 1

Pressure
Highest barometric pressure 30.38″ (23/1158)
Lowest barometric pressure 29.73″ (21/1554)

Winds
Average Daily Wind Speed 7.8 MPH
Average Daily prevailing wind direction 220°
Fastest Mile and direction 22 MPH from 210° (15/1608) Peak Wind Gust 34 MPH from SW (15/1608) Gale wind days 0
Damaging wind days 0

Relative Humidity
Minimum relative humidity 40% (7/1330)
Maximum relative humidity 100% on 5 separate days

Number of days with cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning 4

Character of day: Clear 8 Partly cloudy 15 Cloudy 8
Sky cover (sunrise to sunset): 5.2
Estimated total percent of possible sunshine: 46%
Minimum visibility: 1/16th mile in dense fog (1/0658)

0700 data averages
Sky cover 4.0
Temperature 70.7°
Dew Pt 67.5°
Humidity 89%
Wind 230° @ 3.6 MPH
Barometric pressure 30.06″

1300 data averages
Sky cover 5.2
Temperature 82.6°
Dew Pt Temp 69.0°
Humidity 64%
Wind 200° @ 9.1 MPH
Barometric pressure 30.08″

1900 averages
Sky cover 5.1
Temperature 83.4°
Dew Pt Temp 69.3°
Humidity 68%
Wind 220° @ 6.3 MPH
Barometric pressure 30.05″

Cloud types
Stratus 3
Fractostratus 7
Cumulus 17
Towering cumulus 8
Altostratus 9
Altocumulus 10
Cirrus 15
Cirrocumulus 6
Cirrostratus 7
Cumulonimbus 4
Mammatus 0

Remarks: Prevailing daily wind data averages are based
on 3 hourly observations from 0700 to 2200 daily and
special observations during thunderstorms.
Sky cover (sunrise to sunset) is based on 3 hourly
observations from sunrise to sunset.
Cloud types are based on 3 hourly observations and
special observations during severe weather.


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Time to Buckle Down & Register for Oct. 1st – 6th Tri State Weather Conf. Robert Hart Speaker – Quoted in NY Times attached article

What are you waiting for? It’s time to register for the diverse line-up of presentations and posters at the 6th Tri-State Weather Conference. Come socialize and talk about the recent weather aka Labor Day Weekend, heat waves, floods, etc.

What: The Sixth Tri-State Weather Conferencehttp://www.wcsu.edu/weatherconference/

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Science Bldg Rm 125, Midtown Campus of Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT

Tell: Please forward this e-mail to your weather friends, students and colleagues

Register: http://www.wcsu.edu/weatherconference/registration.asp

Registration details: The registration fee of $30 includes a continental breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks and a full buffet lunch, along with conference materials. Registrations and payments after the September 23 deadline will be accepted on a ‘space available’ basis.

Please make checks payable to WCSU and mail before the registration deadline to:

Gary Lessor
WCSU Weather Center
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Sixth Tri-State Weather Conference Schedule – MC Craig Allen – TV & WCBS Radio Meteorologist

8:00-8:40 Register, socialize and continental breakfast.
8:40-8:50 Opening remarks
8:50-9:50 Louis Uccellini, Head of the National Weather Service (NWS), Silver Spring, MD.
9:50-10:10 Jeffrey Tongue, NOAA/NWS, New York, NY
A Paradigm Change for Meteorological Data.
10:10-10:40 Anthony Praino, I.B.M.
An integrated modeling and observing system for the study of ecology of Lake George in the Jefferson Project.
10:40-11:05 Morning break
11:05-11:40 Robert Hart. F.S.U.
The diverse roots of our beloved meteorology and the arbitrary definition of hurricane landfall & droughts (including the current one!)
11:40-12:25 Quincy Vagell, Freelance Storm chaser.
Storm Chasing: the Dangers and Excitement.
12:30-1:40 Lunch – Student Center Cafeteria
1:40-2:00 Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, NOAA/NWS, Taunton, MA
The 25th Anniversary of Hurricane Bob.
2:00-2:25 Michael Erickson, Weather Prediction Center
New Ways of Displaying Convection Allowing Ensemble Data for WPC Forecasters.
2:25-2:45 Megan Martin, Climate Central.
2:45-3:05 Afternoon break
3:05-3:25 Carlie Buccola, NOAA/NWS, New York, NY
Social Media and High Impact Weather Events: The Good, Bad, and The Ugly
3:25-3:45 Gary Conte, NOAA/NWS, New York, NY
Communicating Risk for Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate.
3:45-4:20 Dr. Joseph D’Aleo, Weatherbell
We have seen Some Wild Winters in Recent Years, Will this be another to remember?
4:20-5:00 Panel discussion with speakers.

Poster presentations:

  1. Melissa Fleming, The Weather Gamut and Studio MF. Art Can Help Broaden the Public Conversation on Climate Change.
  2. Anthony Praino, IBM. An Integrated Modeling and Observing System for the Study of Ecology of Lake George in the Jefferson Project.
  3. Eleanor Vallier-Talbot NWS Taunton, The 25th Anniversary of Hurricane Bob, a look back in time.
  4. Steven Barabas, Storm Chaser, Storm chasing vehicle.

For further information, contact Gary Lessor, Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Meteorology, Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 (tel: 203-837-8552; email: lessorg or Mark Kramer, co-chair c/o WeatherMark LLC 914-777-1729, e-mail at nycliams

The conference is presented by the Meteorology Program at Western Connecticut State University and co-sponsored by the WestConn Student Chapter of the AMS, the New York City/Long Island Chapter of the AMS, NOAA/National Weather Service/Upton, N.Y and NOAA/National Weather Service/Taunton, MA. The purpose of the conference is to enhance education, professional development and communication among private and public sector meteorologists, researchers, educators, students, emergency management officials, and weather enthusiasts.

Mark Kramer,Co-Chair

6th Tri-State Weather Conference and

Chair, New York City/Long Island AMS Chapter

http://www.nws.bnl.org/meetings.html

Mark Kramer, Chair

New York City/Long Island AMS Chapter

http://www.nws.bnl.org/meetings.html

Hurricane Season Is Heating Up So Is the Planet Coincidence-9-3-16.pdf

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Register Now for the Sixth Tri-State Weather Conference Sat 10/1

What: The Sixth Tri-State Weather Conference http://www.wcsu.edu/weatherconference/

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Where: Science Bldg Rm 125, Midtown Campus of Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT

Tell: Please forward this e-mail to your weather friends, students and colleagues

Register: http://www.wcsu.edu/weatherconference/registration.asp

Registration details: The registration fee of $30 includes a continental breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks and a full buffet lunch, along with conference materials. Registrations and payments after the September 23 deadline will be accepted on a ‘space available’ basis.

Please make checks payable to WCSU and mail before the registration deadline to:

Gary Lessor
WCSU Weather Center
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Preliminary Sixth Tri-State Weather Conference Schedule

8:00-8:40 Register, socialize and continental breakfast.
8:40-8:50 Opening remarks
8:50-9:50 Louis Uccellini, Head of the National Weather Service (NWS), Silver Spring, MD.
9:50-10:10 Jeffrey Tongue, NOAA/NWS, New York, NY
A Paradigm Change for Meteorological Data.
10:10-10:40 Anthony Praino, I.B.M.
An integrated modeling and observing system for the study of ecology of Lake George in the Jefferson Project.
10:40-11:05 Morning break
11:05-11:40 Robert Hart. F.S.U.
The diverse roots of our beloved meteorology and the arbitrary definition of hurricane landfall & droughts (including the current one!)
11:40-12:25 Quincy Vagell, Freelance Storm chaser.
Storm Chasing: the Dangers and Excitement.
12:30-1:40 Lunch – Student Center Cafeteria
1:40-2:00 Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, NOAA/NWS, Taunton, MA
The 25th Anniversary of Hurricane Bob.
2:00-2:25 Michael Erickson, Weather Prediction Center
New Ways of Displaying Convection Allowing Ensemble Data for WPC Forecasters.
2:25-2:45 Megan Martin, Climate Central.
2:45-3:05 Afternoon break
3:05-3:25 Carlie Buccola, NOAA/NWS, New York, NY
Social Media and High Impact Weather Events: The Good, Bad, and The Ugly
3:25-3:45 Gary Conte, NOAA/NWS, New York, NY
Communicating Risk for Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate.
3:45-4:20 Dr. Joseph D’Aleo, Weatherbell
We have seen Some Wild Winters in Recent Years, Will this be another to remember?
4:20-5:00 Panel discussion with speakers.

Poster presentations:

  1. Melissa Fleming, The Weather Gamut and Studio MF. Art Can Help Broaden the Public Conversation on Climate Change.
  2. Anthony Praino, IBM. An Integrated Modeling and Observing System for the Study of Ecology of Lake George in the Jefferson Project.
  3. Eleanor Vallier-Talbot NWS Taunton, The 25th Anniversary of Hurricane Bob, a look back in time.
  4. Steven Barabas, Storm Chaser, Storm chasing vehicle.

For further information, contact Gary Lessor, Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Meteorology, Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 (tel: 203-837-8552; email: lessorg or Mark Kramer, co-chair c/o WeatherMark LLC 914-777-1729, e-mail at nycliams

The conference is presented by the Meteorology Program at Western Connecticut State University and co-sponsored by the WestConn Student Chapter of the AMS, the New York City/Long Island Chapter of the AMS, NOAA/National Weather Service/Upton, N.Y and NOAA/National Weather Service/Taunton, MA. The purpose of the conference is to enhance education, professional development and communication among private and public sector meteorologists, researchers, educators, students, emergency management officials, and weather enthusiasts.

P.S. Excellent blog:

What Fueled Louisiana’s Deadly Flood?

DOT Earth, August 17, 2016

By former April 2016 AMS LI/NYC Speaker Andrew Revkin

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/08/17/how-an-inland-brown-ocean-and-climate-change-may-have-fueled-louisianas-deadly-flood/

Mark Kramer

Co-Chair Sixth Tri-State Weather Conference

Chair New York City/Long Island AMS Chapter

http://www.nws.bnl.org/meetings.html

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REISTERSTOWN MARYLAND – JULY 2016 – MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY

JULY 2016 CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY
FOR DOWNTOWN REISTERSTOWN MARYLAND
by Observer in charge/NJWO member Ray Muller

Average maximum temperature 86.5°
Average minimum temperature 69.8°
Average mean temperature 78.2°
High temperature 96° (25/1602)
Low temperature 63° (2/0658)
Max daily range in temperature 22° 93°-71° (24)
Min daily range in temperature 11° 75°-64° (3)
Min max temperature 75° (3/1632)
Max min temperature 76° (25/0604)
Max temperature of 90° or more 8

Monthly precipitation 5.14″
Year-to-date precipitation (through 7/31) 27.89″
Max rain rate in 30 minutes 0.78″ (30)
Max precipitation in 24 hours 1.56″ (29)
Number of precipitation days with .01″ or more 8
Number of precipitation days wth .10″ or more 8
Number of precipitation days with .50″ or more 3
Number of precipitation days with 1.00″or more 2

Weather types
Fog 14
Dense Fog 2
Thunder 8
Haze 10

Pressure
Highest barometric pressure 30.26″ (20/1237)
Lowest barometric pressure 29.76″ (8/0435)

Winds
Average Wind Speed 7.3 MPH
Daily prevailing wind direction 220°
Fastest Mile and direction 26 MPH from 230° (16)
Gale wind days 0
Damaging wind days 0

Relative Humidity
Average relative humidity at 0700 85% at 1300 58% at 1900 64% Minimum relative humidity 36% (21/1409)
Maximum relative humidity 100% on 5 separate days

Number of days with cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning 4

Character of day: Clear 6 Partly cloudy 17 Cloudy 8
Sky cover (sunrise to sunset): 6.3
Estimated total percent of possible sunshine: 42%
Minimum visibility: 1/16th mile in dense fog (31)

Remarks: Predominantly hot and humid weather with temperatures and
humidity above normal. Temperatures averaged more than 2° above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.31″ above normal for the month. Normal temperatures and precipitation values are based on records from the old COOP station at Woodstock Maryland, about 10 miles from my station.Year-to-date precipitation is now slightly above normal (+1.06″). The minimum relative humidity for the month (36%) was the highest monthly minimum relative humidity for the year so far. There were 12 days with minimum temperatures in the 60s and 19 days with mins in the 70s. There were only 2 days with maximum temps in the 70s, while there were 21 days with maximum temps in the 80s, and 8 days with maximum temps of 90° or more. On the 25th the sun solar temperature reached 116° at 1555 while the maximum ambient temperature was only 96°.


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July 2016 Gaithersburg 2 WNW Maryland weather summary and statistics for the NJWO blog

JULY 2016 – GAITHERSBURG 2 WNW MARYLAND
BRIEF SUMMARY STATISTICS FOR THE NJWO BLOG
by Kevin Shaw, Observer in charge

Average high temperature 88.8° (+ 2.0°)
Average low temperature 69.8° (+ 4.1°)
Mean temperature 79.3° (+ 3.1°)
Precipitation 5.88″ (+ 2.14″)
Greatest daily amount (date) 1.51″ (30)
Year to date precipitation 28.26″ (+ 1.98″)
High temperature for the month (date) 98° (25)
Low temperature for the month (date) 62° (11,21)
Highest barometric pressure (date) 30.25″ (20)
Lowest barometric pressure (date) 29.79″ (8)
Peak wind gust (date/direction): 24 (19/ENE)
Heating degree days for the month: 0
Cooling degree days for the month: 443
Greatest diurnal range (date): 28.3° (21)
Least diurnal range (date): 5.7° (4)

Fog days: 5
Thunder: 7
Sunny/clear days: 4 Partly Cloudy days: 17 Cloudy days: 10

Days with measurable precipitation (=>.01″) = 11
Days with maximum temperatures of 90 or more = 17
Days with minimum temperatures of 70 or more = 18

JULY 2016 MONTHLY SUMMARY
GAITHERSBURG 2 WNW MARYLAND
by Kevin Shaw, observer in charge

July 2016 featured plenty of heat and humidity, along with an abundance of precipitation with a late month rally of heavy
rainfall from numerous thunderstorms and downpours.
Numerous records were set of many types. Two record high
temperatures were recorded on the 14th (96°) and the hottest day of the month on the 25th (98°). 17 days with maximum
temperatures of 90° or greater was considerably above the
normal amount of 10 days, but not a record (22 days in July
1999). 18 days with minimum temperatures of 70° or greater
was well above normal I am sure, though I don’t keep track
of that statistic in the long term. A cool wet July 4th helped set a record low max for the date (71°). There were 6 days
with record high mins set. Rainfall was running below normal through the 27th, but then a late month rally between the 28th and 31st when 3.05″ of rain fell brought the month to 5.88″, fifth wettest all-time, and over 2 inches above normal. Daily precipitation records were set on my birthday, the 29th
(0.93″) and the wettest day of the month on the 30th (1.51″). On that day record rains fell nearby in the Ellicott City MD area with incredible devastating floods of epic proportions. NOAA declared it a 1 in a 1000 year rainfall event.

The average maximum temperature for the month was 88.8°
(+2.0°), the average minimum temperature was 69.8° (+ 4.1°). The resultant mean average temperature for the month was
79.3° (+ 3.1°).

The month’s total precipitation amount of 5.88″ was 2.14″
above the normal July amount of 3.74″. My current year to
date precipitation total of 28.26″ through July 31 is 1.98″
above the normal amount of 26.28″. Precipitation was a bit
scarce the first 27 days of the month, with 7 day (July 9-15) and 8 day (July 20-27) dry streak periods and a total of
only 2.83″ rain falling. But the previously mentioned end of month wet period of 3.05″ between July 28 and July 31 put
us above normal for the month. 11 days of measurable rain at my station was essentially normal (long term average of 10.7)

The month’s modest highest barometric pressure reading of 30.25″ on the 20th occurred at the start of our longest dry streak of the month and our hottest temperatures of the month during that streak. The equally modest lowest pressure reading of the month of 29.79″ on the 8th occurred during a generally lower pressure time of July, started around the wet 4th of July.

The distribution of 4 sunny, 17 partly cloudy and 10 cloudy days fit in with the muggy, wet conditions commonly found during much of the month. There was definitely a good deal of clouds around most of the month with the rather low amount of sunny days.

There were 443 cooling degree days (CDD) and 0 heating degree days. There were a below normal amount of 5 days with fog and a bit above normal amount (7) of thunderstorm days. The peak wind gust during the month was a modest 24 MPH out of the ENE on the 19th, during a mid-evening thunderstorm. It was a generally calm month as this day was the only day of the month with a PWG over 20 MPH. There were a large amount of days (17) during the month with a daily PWG of under 10 MPH. The dominant daily wind direction was 22 days with a SW/WSW component, followed by a much lower 8 days with an easterly component and 1 day with a northerly component.

My maximum temperature frequencies included 17 days at or above 90°, 11 days between 80° and 89°, and 3 days between 70° and 79°. On the minimum temperature frequency side of things, there were 13 days between 60° and 69° and 18 days with minimum temperatures of 70° or greater.

The diurnal range average was a bit below normal (19.1° vs the normal of
21.1°). The max daily range of 28.3° occurred on the 20th at the beginning of our longest hot spell of the month (90° – 62°) on our hottest day of the month (94°- 60°). There were an additional 14 days with daily ranges at or above 20°, The lowest daily temperature range of only 5.7° (71°-65°) occurred on July 4th when we had our 2nd highest daily rainfall amount during the month. There was only 1 additional day during July with daily temperature readings less than 10°.

July 2016 started out relatively cool and wet, but that general pattern changed around the 9th and we were mostly dry and hot through the 27th. Hopefully this pattern will break down during August and we will have a more moderate rest of the summer. The wet period at the end of July initially broke our consecutive days of 90° max temperatures and has followed us into early August so far. We shall see. Check back in a few weeks to see how August finishes out. Don’t forget we are now in Hurricane Season! We just had a lull through most of July but Hurricane
Earl has brought us a hurricane in early August, and the tropical Atlantic has started to get active once again. So pay close attention to the tropics and beware!


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Sixth Tri-State Weather Conference Ready To Go Oct. 1st

We finally  have our website for the Sixth Tri-State Weather Conference ready to go with a list of speakers and a preliminary schedule. Registration is now open. Please post the info
for your members. The website is www.wcsu.edu/weatherconference.

Louis Uccellini the head of the NWS, Bob Hart from FSU, Dr. Joseph D’Aleo from Weatherbell and Anthony Praino from IBM are just  a few of the presenters.

Thank you.

Take care,
Gary

Gary Lessor
Assistant to the Director of Meteorological Studies and Weather Center
Meteorology Club Advisor
Meteorology Bridge Program Coordinator
Tri-State Weather Conference Organizer
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
203 837 8552

October 1, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Science Building Room 125 on the Midtown Campus of Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, Connecticut.

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REISTERSTOWN MARYLAND – JUNE 2016 – MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY FOR THE NJWO BLOG

JUNE 2016 CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY
REISTERSTOWN MARYLAND CITY OFFICE
by Observer in charge/NJWO member Ray Muller

Average maximum temperature 81.0°
Average minimum temperature 63.4°
Average mean temperature 72.2°
High temperature 90° (11/1632)
Low temperature 50° (9/0640)
Max daily range in temperature 27° 77°-50° (9)
Min daily range in temperature 3° 71°-68° (3)
Min max temperature 66° (8/1607)
Max min temperature 74° (12/0654)
Number of days with max temp of 90 or more 1

Monthly precipitation 3.95″
Year-to-date precipitation (through 6/30) 22.75″
Max rain rate in 30 minutes 0.31″ (24)
Max precipitation in 24 hours 0.72″ (24)
Number of precipitation days with .01″ or more 13
Number of precipitation days wth .10″ or more 9
Number of precipitation days with .50″ or more 3
Number of precipitation days with 1.00″or more 0

Weather types
Fog 13
Dense Fog 0
Thunder 5
Haze 8

Pressure
Highest barometric pressure 30.34″ (18/1032)
Lowest barometric pressure 29.50″ (7/1330)

Winds
Mean speed 7.9 MPH
Fastest mile 27 MPH from 320° (8/1336)
Peak wind gust 38 MPH from the NW (8/1337) Daily average peak wind gust 20.8 MPH from the NW
Gale wind days 1
Damaging wind days 0

Relative Humidity
Minimum relative humidity 14% (12/1512)
Maximum relative humidity 100% on 6 separate days

Number of days with cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning 3

1900 averages
Average temperature 75.2°
Average dew point 56.8°
Average relative humidity 56%
Prevailing wind direction 330°
Average wind speed 8.8 MPH
Average pressure 29.96″
Average sky cover 5.7
Average visibility 5 miles

Remarks: Temperatures for the month averaged near normal and precipitation slightly below normal (-0.11″). Year-to-date precipitation
was slightly below normal (-0.15″). Minimum monthly visibility was 1/2 mile in thunderstorms and heavy rain showers on the 24th. On the 11th the sun solar temperature reached 109° at 1600 hours while the maximum ambient temperature was only 90°.


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6th Tri-State Weather Conf-Sat-Oct 1 & Is it Time to Lengthen the Hurricane Season? – No NYC NWSFO Open house

FYI -The New York City National Weather Service will not be having an open house at Brookhaven Nat’l Lab (BNL) this summer. See below for this summer’s BNL program schedule.

The Sixth Tri-State Weather Conference will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Science Building Room 125 on the Midtown Campus of Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, Connecticut. Continental breakfast will be served from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. in the Science Building Atrium. Please arrive early for check-in and breakfast.

The conference is presented by the Meteorology Program at Western Connecticut State University and co-sponsored by the WestConn Student Chapter of the AMS, the New York City/Long Island Chapter of the AMS, NOAA/National Weather Service/Upton, N.Y and NOAA/National Weather Service/Taunton, MA. The purpose of the conference is to enhance education, professional development and communication among private and public sector meteorologists, researchers, educators, students, emergency management officials, and weather enthusiasts.

Submissions, in the form of oral presentations and posters, are being solicited on high impact weather events that affect the Tri-State region of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Potential topics would include, but are not limited to, nor‘easters and winter weather, severe thunderstorms, tropical weather and hurricanes, climate change, and mesoscale meteorology. We are especially interested in presentations about significant historical weather events from the region from the past twenty-five, fifty, seventy-five and one hundred years or more. The deadline for abstracts is July 15, 2016.

Registration details

The registration fee is $30 and will include continental breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks and a full buffet lunch, along with conference materials. Registrations and payments after the September 23 deadline will be accepted on a ‘space available’ basis.

For further information, contact Gary Lessor, Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Meteorology, Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 (tel: 203-837-8552; email: lessorg or Mark Kramer, co-chair c/o WeatherMark LLC 914-777-1729, e-mail at nycliams

Register at http://www.wcsu.edu/weatherconference/

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JUNE 2016 – GAITHERSBURG 2 WNW MARYLAND – Report for the NJWO Blog

JUNE 2016 – GAITHERSBURG 2 WNW MARYLAND
BRIEF SUMMARY STATISTICS FOR THE NJWO BLOG
by Kevin Shaw, Observer in charge

Average high temperature 83.4° (+ 0.5°)
Average low temperature 63.2° (+ 2.1°)
Mean temperature 73.3° (+ 1.3°)
Precipitation 3.96″ (- 0.44″)
Greatest daily amount (date) 1.24 (21)
Year to date precipitation 22.38″ (- 0.16″)
High temperature for the month (date) 94° (11)
Low temperature for the month (date) 50° (9)
Highest barometric pressure (date) 30.39″ (19)
Lowest barometric pressure (date) 29.54″ (7)
Peak wind gust (date/direction): 22 (8/SW)
Heating degree days for the month 2
Cooling degree days for the month: 252
Greatest diurnal range (date): 33.6° (11)
Least diurnal range (date ): 11.0° (3)

Fog days: 3
Thunder: 4
Sunny/clear days: 16
Partly Cloudy days: 8
Cloudy days: 6

Days with measurable precipitation (=>.01″) = 9
Days with maximum temperatures of 90° or more = 2
Days with maximum temperatures of less than 60° = 5

JUNE 2016 MONTHLY SUMMARY
GAITHERSBURG 2 WNW MARYLAND
by Kevin Shaw, observer in charge

June 2016 had slightly above normal temperatures, particularly on the minimum side as has been the case the past few years, and slightly below normal precipitation. Extremes of daily precipitation and temperatures were limited to just a few days. The wettest day of the month, 1.24″ on the 21st set a daily record, and a more modest amount of 0.72″ on the 16th also set a daily record. The total precipitation amount of 3.96″ was my 19th wettest/driest June ever in 38 years of record going back to 1979. Nine days of measurable rainfall came in a bit below my long-term normal amount of 11.4. The 71° maximum temperature on the 8th tied a record for the date with 2003 for lowest max temperature. A pair of 69° minimum temperatures on the 3rd and 4th tied a record on the 3rd with 2010 for highest min and set a new daily record on the 4th. The extreme values for the month came close, but did not eclipse or tie the daily records for the dates. (94° high on the 11th which followed the 50° low just two days before on the 9th). 2 days with max temps of 90° or more and 5 days with min temps in the 50s are pretty typical for the month of June. At least no long heat waves!!!

The average maximum temperature for the month was 83.4°
(+0.5°), the average minimum temperature was 63.2° (+ 2.1°). The resultant mean average temperature for the month was
73.3° (+ 1.3°).

The month’s total precipitation amount of 3.96″ was 0.44″
below the normal June amount of 4.40″. My current year to
date precipitation total of 22.38″ through June 30 is 0.16″
below the normal amount of 22.54″. Precipitation was fairly
well distributed throughout the month, with the longest dry
spell of 6 days between the 9th and 14th the longest period. The 9 days of measurable precipitation for the month was half the amount we had in May, but only about 2 1/2 days below the long-term average of 11.4.

The month’s highest barometric pressure reading of 30.39″ on the 19th occurred in the middle of our 2nd mini-heat wave of the month. The lowest pressure reading of the month was 29.54″ on the 7th at the beginning of our coolest period of the month on the 8th and 9th.

The distribution of 16 sunny, 8 partly cloudy and 6 cloudy days fit in the drier, sunnier June 2016 pattern. 10 of the 16 sunny days during the month occurred during the middle part of the month, between the 8th and 20th.

There were 252 heating degree days (HDD) and 2 cooling degree days. There were a below normal amount of 3 days with fog and a just about normal amount (4) of thunderstorm days. The peak wind gust during the month was a modest 22 MPH out of the SW on the 8th, once again behind the strongest traditional cold frontal passage of the month, and our resultant coolest period of the month through the 9th. It was not a very windy month, with only 2 days registering peak wind gusts over 20 MPH.
The dominant daily wind direction was 16 days with a SW
component, and then 13 days with an E component.

My maximum temperature frequencies included 2 days of 90°,
25 days between 80° and 89°, and 3 days between 70° and 79°. On the minimum temperature frequency side of things, there
were 5 days with minimums between 50° and 59°, 24 days
between 60° and 69° and 1 day with a minimum greater than 70°.

The diurnal range average was only a little bit below normal (20.2° vs the normal of 21.8°). The max daily range of 33.6° occurred on the 11th on our hottest day of the month (94°- 60°). There were an additional 11 days with daily ranges at or above 20°, same as in May. The lowest daily temperature range of
only 11.0° (80°-69°) occurred on the 3rd on our second
day of the month (1.04″). There were only 4 additional days
during June with daily temperature ranges of less than 15°.

June 2016 was yet another reversal to the wet, cloudy patterns
of May, with warmer, drier skies on the whole compared with the previous month. Strong indications currently are a prevalent theme among many forecasters that we are going to have a hot
rest of the summer. We shall see. So far July has started out relatively cool, cloudy and wet, but forecasts for the coming week include those all too familiar summertime descriptive
terms of hot and humid. Check back in a few weeks to see how July finishes out. Don’t forget we are now in Hurricane Season! We haven’t had much tropical activity yet or in the past few years here in this area of Maryland but it could start anytime!


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