December 8

D.J.’s Monthly Digits: Warm & Somewhat Dry November 2016

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser). We are starting to see a broken record each month, and November was no exception, with numerous records broken across the country. Many areas saw one of their warmest Novembers on record, meanwhile a select few locations saw either a top ten wettest or driest on record. In this edition of D.J.’s Monthly Digits, let’s take a look back some of the weather extremes of November 2016. The Lower 48 Baked In November 2016 Clearly one of the biggest headlines of November was the widespread heat across the...

December 7

There’s a Weather Index For That!

We are all familiar with the direct impact weather conditions can have on our day-to-day lives. There are days where hanging out at the beach seems like a no-brainer. On the contrary, we have all experienced circumstances that prevented us from doing something as simple as driving to the supermarket. As technologies have advanced we have been able to not only observe and report current conditions, but also accurately provide weather forecasts. To some degree, we can literally predict the future. But what if we took that one step further? What if we were able to forecast the potential for...

December 1

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends and Meteorological Winter Begins

First above-average season in the Atlantic Basin since 2012 The 2016 Atlantic, Eastern Pacific and Central Pacific Hurricane Seasons officially ended on Wednesday, November 30th and according to NOAA’s NHC, all 3 regions finished with an above-normal amount of storms this year! Interestingly, this season was the most active the Atlantic basin has been since that of 2012! Note that this year saw 5 landfalling U.S. storms. Hurricane Matthew may have been one of the most newsworthy storms as it rapidly developed in the Caribbean, reaching its peak intensity as a major category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 160mph...

November 24

HealthCast: Global Warming Aggravates Allergies

Allergies got you down? You’re not alone. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Allergies are also a leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.  In a warming world expect to be wheezing, coughing, and sneezing more often as global warming aggravates allergies. Global Warming Aggravates Allergies Whether you are a strong believer in anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming, natural (long & short timescales) or a combination of both the global climate is changing. Many climate scientists warn of devastating hurricanes and biblical floods as a result of a changing climate. But there is a little lesser known...

November 17

How to Survive a Winter Storm

How to Survive a Winter Storm The time is nigh–it will soon be time for heavy coats, ice scrapers and snow plows. Winter storms will soon become a part of our vocabulary and their impact can vary greatly. Generally, a winter storm is defined as a storm that produces winter precipitation such as snow, sleet or freezing rain. For most of us in the U.S., winter storms are most common between December and March, though there have been many instances of significant winter storms outside of these months, such as the 1991 Halloween Blizzard in Minneapolis that began at the...

November 10

When Will The 1st Freeze Come To The Twin Cities?

Minneapolis made it all the way to November without hitting the freezing mark this late in fall for only the 8th time.  The coldest we chilled the MSP Airport thermometer was only 36° TWICE. That happened OCT – 24th and again on NOV – 9th. Killer Frost is among my personal favorite super-villains. Her one-liners are as legendary as they are smelling of Green Bay Packer’s cheese. For example: “that gives me chills” is a classic. But our icy villain has yet to chill us down to the freezing mark. The Twin Cities have already broken the record for latest freeze...

November 3

D.J.’s Monthly Digits: An Extreme October 2016

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser). October 2016 was another wild month across the United States when it came to extremes. Between a hurricane and constant storms affecting the Northwest, numerous rainfall records were broken. We also saw drought expanding across parts of the south, leading to a number of heat and dry records being set. In this edition of D.J.’s Monthly Digits, let’s take a look back some of the weather extremes of October 2016. Stretch Of Warmth Across The Nation Continued In October Do you like the warm weather we’ve been...

October 27

25th Anniversary of the 1991 Halloween Blizzard

25th Anniversary of the 1991 Halloween Blizzard If you lived in the Upper Midwest on Halloween back in 1991, chances are you can recall what you were doing as one of the most significant early season snow storms on record affected parts of the Upper Midwest. Heavy snow started in earnest on Halloween, which made it a very memorable night for trick or treating. I was a cow that year and vividly remember snow piling up on my snout as I slid on the slippery sidewalks from house to house. Boy was that fun! 1991 Halloween Forecast Interestingly, the initial...

October 20

HealthCast: Winter Weather and Human Health

What kind of weather do you think is the cause of most heart attacks? A. Floods B. Lightning C. Tornadoes D. Heat Waves E. Winter Storms Although heat tends to strain the heart, winter storms prompt the most heart attacks. Cold Killer Winter heart attacks are often more damaging. The cold itself is to blame as well as the exertion and strain of shoveling ice and snow. This physical activity often creates excess stress on weak hearts. In addition cold air constricts blood vessels putting even more stress on the heart. Heart attacks, however, are not the only killer in...

October 13

A Guide to Frost

As chilly temperatures begin to unfold, we often get to experience of one of nature’s most beautiful phenomena: frost. Frost is also a defining highlight of the Fall season. During the warm Summer months, we often see dew covering the grass in the morning. However, when surface temperatures hit freezing or below, we start to notice frost and there are various types of frost that you may notice throughout the cold weather season. This is due to a process called “deposition,” which is when water vapor molecules turn from gas directly to a solid. Deposition is the reason for the...