2015 was certainly interesting from a meteorological standpoint. In time we will remember the snow blitz of late January and February and the warmth of December. Here is my top 5 for Southern New England.
Honorable mention- 90 degree weather in September, distant impacts from Hurricane Joaquin (flooding rains in late September), 49 degree weather on June 1st.
5. Long Term Persistent Moderate Drought
One year ago here is what the drought monitor looked like for the Northeast. The yellow indicates abnormal dryness.
|Regional drought monitor 12/30/14|
|US drought monitor 12/29/15|
4. August 4, 2015 severe weather event
Two rounds of severe weather ripped across the region on 8/4/2015. I posted after the first round knocked out power to thousands in Rhode Island and Southeastern MA. A mid/upper level speed max moved into New England which also had very strong wind shear aloft (ie winds turning with height). As a result several supercell thunderstorms formed. These storms prompted tornado warnings in Franklin, Worcester, and Middlesex counties.
|SPC storm reports 8/4/2015|
|Via the Boston Globe hail at their headquarters in Boston|
3. January 26-27, 2015 Blizzard
This storm started it all. Winter 2014-15 had started slowly with some cold but little snow. After a 3-6" snowstorm the weekend of Jan 24-25 mother nature dropped the real bomb on us. This was a true New England special. Snow started to fall around 5-6 PM Monday night and did not stop until 10 PM Tuesday night. All in all Worcester ended up with 34.5" of cold fluffy snow, a new record.
|NESIS snowfall map for Jan 26-27 storm|
|NOAA GOES_EAST water vapor loop 1/26/15|
2. December Warmth
For the second year in a row we were able to play football outside on Christmas Day. Christmas Eve featured temperatures in the upper 60's. The final stats are not in yet but for much of the Eastern US December 2015 will go down as the warmest on record.
|December 2015 month to date temperature anomaly|
1. February 2015
It started shortly after Malcolm Butler intercepted Russel Wilson. A widespread 15-20" fell February 2-3
|NESIS 2/2-2/3 2015|
|Global temperature anomaly Feb 2015 (image Weatherbell)|