Michael Friedmann

WeatherTalk: How do meteorologists estimate the amount of snowfall?

You’ve no doubt heard the harrowing predictions that have been disseminated in recent hours and days: “12 to 18 inches,” “a foot-and-a-half plus,” “two feet plus.”These snowfall totals are, indeed, epic, if not historic! But if one ingredient deviates enough from the forecast, those totals may...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:04 AM

WeatherTalk: Another bout of crazy weather

Here we are again, facing a risk of strong, if not severe thunderstorms far too early in the year.While the number of February thunderstorm-days for the Tri-State area is likely less than one, that number creeps up ever so slightly in March. In fact, it’s ironic that our second shot at...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 5:00 AM

WeatherTalk: Thunderous February

If you watched in raw wonder, mouth agape, on Saturday as an iron-clad vanguard of severe thunderstorms advanced on New York from the west, you were not alone.Thunderstorms? Severe thunderstorms in February?Though reduced to just heavy downpours once they reached the city and Long Island, this line...

Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:00 AM

WeatherTalk: Too soon for spring cleaning?

Is winter over?That seems to be the question, at least from the general din of a few recent evenings’ worth of chatter here in the city. So, am I ready to leave all my chips on the table, risk ridicule and reputation and make a wishful declaration? Can I reject and repudiate the Great Rascal...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

WeatherTalk: What causes 'snow bombs' that bury us in snow?

Now that we've had a taste of more typical winter stuff, with two coastal winter storms, let's take a closer look at these ocean snow "bombs."It's actuallyvery, very hardto get the perfect nor'easter -- the one that buries us under a foot or more of crystal crunchiness and slaps us silly with its...

Monday, February 13, 2017, 3:30 PM

Who could be considered America's first weatherman?

Nowadays, in this age of social media and hyper-mass-marketing, it seems there's a “National "Day" for everything: sunglasses, hot dogs, ice cream, etc.Yesterday was National Weatherpersons' Day, and while I'm loathe toevince even the slightest appearance ofself-indulgence,it's a funday to ponder...

Monday, February 6, 2017, 3:30 PM

Mild winter weather could extend into February

May I see an imaginary show of hands, please? How many of you,having enjoyed a noticeably milder January, have ever gotten that nagging premonition that we will have to "pay the piper" with a bitter cold, snow-filled February?Maybe, more than anything, that's just a little guilt for sneaking...

Monday, January 30, 2017, 5:00 AM

Feeling the ripple effect of global weather

On this Monday, as we face a thrashing wind and a rain storm from a low brushing northeastward off our coast, I’d like to invoke a word that has some heavy political and social intones: “globalization.”But this time, I mean it in the sense of global weather. We are, especially all around the...

Monday, January 23, 2017, 5:00 AM

Weather Ahead: Mild January, so far

Rugged New Yorkers that we are, we face our winters head-on. With studied resolve, we forge on, cocooned in all manner of stuffed nylon and wool, commiserating, slogging through our days and commutes.But through our strength, we’re philosophical about nature’s visitations upon our city. So how...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 5:00 AM