• The Peak of Hurricane Season

    The Atlantic Basin typically reaches its peak in tropical activity during the first few weeks of September, specifically around Sept. 10.

  • Hurricanes and Inland Flooding

    Damaging winds, flooding rain and destructive storm surges are just a few of the factors that make a hurricane very dangerous as the center makes landfall.

  • NOAA Policy Changes After Hurricane Sandy

    Determining whether or not Sandy was a hurricane or post-tropical system had big implications on which branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would issue watches and warnings.

  • Saharan Dust: How Does it Impact Atlantic Storms?

    The Saharan Air Layer, or known more commonly as Saharan Dust, is a layer of tiny aerosols like sand, dirt, and dust that occasionally push from east to west across the tropical Atlantic Ocean during hurricane season.

  • How Do Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Form?

    Similarly to the natural process of pregnancy in humans, an animal, or other living creatures, storm systems have a distinct set of factors and processes to go through before a tropical storm or hurricane can be born.

  • What is the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale?

    The Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale is a categorical classification of hurricanes based on their wind speed, used by the U.S. government's National Hurricane Center.

  • Retired Hurricane Names

    Hurricanes that have a severe impact on lives or the economy are remembered by generations after the devastation they caused, and some go into weather history.

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This Day In Weather History

New York City, NY (1835)
"Most furious storm in 20 years .... Snow rollers were seen in Battery Park when natural snowballs, formed when a strong gusty wind blows over a moist snow surface, were pushed along by the wind until they grew to a 24-inch diameter. At this point, they became too heavy and were left to dot Battery Park like so many boulders in a New England hayfield". (New York Post)

New Jersey (1970)
Snowy Easter when 16-20" fell across the northern part of the state. Temperature fell from 60 degrees on 26th to 2 degrees on the 30th.

Northeast (1977)
Early heat wave, but the heat was welcome after a bitterly cold January. Binghamton, NY, reached 82 degrees, a new March record. Another March record was set in Hartford, CT, as the mercury there soared to 87. Baltimore Airport had a record high of 87, also a March record.