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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...

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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...

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October 6

D.J.’s Monthly Digits: How Warm Was September 2016?

Follow Meteorologist D.J. Kayser on Twitter (@dkayserwx) or on Facebook (Meteorologist D.J. Kayser). The first month of meteorological fall felt a lot more like summer across parts of the nation. In this edition of D.J.’s Monthly Digits, let’s take a look back some of the weather extremes of September 2016. Summer Extends Into Fall   The heat that many areas saw across the country during the summer continued into the month of September, with 99 long-term NWS climate locations seeing a top ten warmest September 2016 on record. Just like August, many of the places that saw a top ten...