With these predictions in mind, let's look back at the crazy year we've had so far and take a glimpse at what could be in store for the upcoming months.
It’s Beginning to (Not) Look A Lot Like Christmas!
12 PM TEMPS- New record high temps already today! You like that?? pic.twitter.com/43awZ2TinT— Tucker Barnes (@TuckerFox5) December 24, 2015
A WHAT in January?!?!
Even forecasters were amazed at this one. Hurricane season starts on June 1st, or at least it was supposed to, but Mother Nature did not get the memo. To the surprise of many, meteorologist were tracking the first hurricane of the year in the Atlantic on January 13th, when Hurricane Alex developed. Alex is only the second known hurricane to ever form in January.
Hurricane Alex! The first Jan. hurricane in the Atlantic since the 1938...WOW!— Gary McGrady (@garyfox5dc) January 14, 2016
Max sustained winds 85mph. pic.twitter.com/z07ChxrYJH
Seemingly determined to make up for lost ground, Mother Nature brought winter to the DC region with one heck of a bang on January 22-23rd. Now known as #TheWinterAwakens or Snowzilla, portions of the region were buried in 30-40” of snow. It was the 4th worst blizzard on record for Washington, DC (17.9”) and the worst of all time for Baltimore (29.2”) with many schools and businesses around the region closed for a week following the storm.
Here is latest snowfall map. Tightened up the gradient on the coastline a bit. Blockbuster amounts still west of DC. pic.twitter.com/vrjHtfaLIg— Mike Thomas (@MikeTFox5) January 22, 2016
Thunder, Wind, and Tornadoes…Oh My!
Deadly tornado in Virginia around Waverly. That's in Sussex County not too far from Williamsburg. Three fatalities pic.twitter.com/J8JULltV2d— Sue Palka FOX 5 DC (@suepalkafox5dc) February 24, 2016
Seasonal April Fools
Spring At Last!
Summer Is Almost Here!
The unofficial start of summer is Memorial Day, which is only 19 days away. The good news is there are a number of weather signs that say we may get rid of this muddy May pattern by that time, and see temperatures more typical of late spring and early summer. Summer itself does not actually begin until the summer solstice, June 20th at 6:35pm. This will also be the longest day of the year, with (hopefully…) 14 hours, 53 minutes, and 54 seconds of glorious sunshine!
As The Merrymen Would Say…It’s Looking Hot Hot Hot!
Hungry Hungry Hurricanes
The past few summers, the East Coast has gotten pretty lucky in terms of hurricanes. 2012 was really the last very active hurricane season, and that was the year that brought the region Sandy so it has been a welcome break. However there are concerns that the break could be at an end, and 2016 could be a more active tropical season. Once again we must look to La Niña and what effect it has on the atmosphere. Cooler waters in the central pacific mean less thunderstorm activity in the region as well. Less thunderstorm activity in this region actually translates to lighter winds over the Atlantic basin. Due to their size, hurricanes need lighter ambient winds to help them stay organized, making La Niña an ideal pattern for them. In addition, waters in the Atlantic remain abnormally warm. We believe both of these factors will contribute to an above normal hurricane season. We are forecasting 12-15 named storms with 8-12 of those becoming hurricanes, and 3-5 of those being major hurricanes (category 3 or higher). Despite our best attempts, it is impossible to forecast whether or not an East Coast landfall is more likely this year than any other year.