After seeing a post on the WeatherMatrix Facebook Page about strange lights in New Jersey... I searched around for pictures of ice pillars but couldn't find any, except from earlier this week in Alaska (see Storify below). Ice pillars would normally only be found in areas where the temperature is well below zero.
Typically, ice pillars, or "light pillars," which I have blogged about in 2008 under similar weather conditions in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic, would only be seen in areas that have below-zero temperatures. However, they must also be seen with very small specific snowflake types, and there was snow in the sky last night in New Jersey. It's possible urban sprawl or newer types of streetlights are making this phenomenon more likely.
I caught an awesome lightning storm on the Dropcam at AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions' office in downtown Wichita Wednesday night.
Hurricane Arthur set a number of records and caused damage across eastern North Carolina. View the storm through maps, webcams and more.
Meteorologically, Hurricane Arthur is a beautiful storm -- almost a textbook example of a hurricane, especially when the right color palettes are applied.
What other Tropical Storms have threatened the U.S. on July 4th, or the days leading up to it? Very few since 1980. Here's a list.
Ten years ago, a hurricane formed off the North Carolina coast while I was on vacation. A similar storm with a similar track is setting up this week.
There are three hacks that you may want to do if you're going to use the indoor Dropcam as a weather web camera.