Eight ways to get ready for the next big winter storm

Winter Storm Stella, a nor’easter that blasted across the Northeast and Midwest, claimed several lives. At least some of those deaths were a result of physical exertion from snow removal. Keith Tidball, an expert in emergency response at Cornell University, recommends eight things to do immediately to prepare families for future storms, disasters and emergencies. […]

Tips to safely share the road with snow plows

David Orr, director and senior engineer at the Cornell Local Roads Program provides safe driving tips on how to safely navigate the roads with snow plows during winter weather. Orr says: “As snow hits New York State and the Northeast, there are a few things all motorists should remember. Whether an emergency has been declared […]

Stella snowstorm to slam NYC, may not be last time this winter

  Cities along the Northeast coast, including New York City, are preparing for more than a foot of snow and strong winds as Winter Storm Stella moves in. Mark Wysocki, a meteorologist who specializes in forecasting and weather analysis at the Northeast Regional Climate Center, expects blizzard conditions to arrive Tuesday morning, and says this […]

A look at the epic Blizzard of ’77, by the numbers

Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of ’77. Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, looks back at what is considered one of the region’s snowiest seasons on record. Bio: http://www.eas.cornell.edu/people/research.cfm?netid=jlr98 Spaccio says: “On Jan. 28, winds were above 35 mph for nine consecutive hours and […]

Less ‘gloom and doom’, more action ahead of winter storm

The impending winter storm slated to hit the Mid-Atlantic region has prompted several states to declare emergencies, and triggered widespread closures. Keith Tidball, an expert in emergency response at Cornell University, says communicating actions to the public instead of ‘gloom and doom’ would prompt citizens to get prepared.   Tidball says: “There are three key […]

Cornell climatologist looks at top five storms to hit Washington D.C.

As the Mid-Atlantic prepares for a blizzard with up to two feet of snow possible, Cornell climatologist Jessica Spaccio has compiled a list of the top five storms recorded at Washington D.C. since 1885. Click here to find her list of the top five storms. Spaccio is a climatologist at the Northeast Regional Climate Center […]

White Christmas only in your dreams, thanks to El Niño

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, crunched numbers from over 50 years of winters – including El Niño winters ­– to calculate which cities will see a white Christmas this year. Media Note: Charts comparing snowfall in the northeast can be downloaded from: https://cornell.box.com/WhiteChristmas2015   Spaccio says: […]

History suggests a snow-free Thanksgiving for most

It’s still fall, but the air has turned colder and the evenings have gotten darker. Will you see snow on the ground for Thanksgiving? Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, offers a historical perspective on if you will see snow this Thanksgiving holiday. […]

National White Christmas predictions, see your chances

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, crunched numbers from the past 50 years of weather observations – from 1964 through 2013 – to calculate the best places for snow on the ground come Christmas and a dry drive to those New Year’s Eve parties. From Alaska to […]

Storm to bring mixture of rain, sleet, snow to region

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, reviews the forecast as a coastal storm approaches the region. Spaccio says: “A coastal storm is developing and is expected to bring accumulating snow to the Finger Lakes area. A winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday […]