Chad Merrill Weathercaster
Chad Merrill joined WeatherBug in August of 2008 as a meteorologist. Prior to joining WeatherBug and as he pursued his interest in weather, he conducted numerous science projects relating to the atmosphere and was a weather watcher for Channel 9, WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.
After graduating from college, Merrill was a news producer and part-time meteorologist for the NBC affiliate in Johnstown, PA. Merrill also served as a weekend meteorologist and multi-media producer for NBC25 in Hagerstown, MD, where he covered notable events such as massive area floods in 2006, as well as the MidAtlantic severe weather outbreak in 2008.
Merrill graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from the California University of Pennsylvania. When he is not working, Merrill enjoys golfing, swimming, tennis, skiing and going to the beach.
Fewer hours of daylight and dry, cool air is the perfect recipe for frost. When is Washington most likely to see temperatures dip far enough to end the growing season?
As the number of daylight hours diminishes and darkness lengthens, fall will bring out the vibrant hues during the foliage season. So, what is the ideal recipe that brings out the best in leaf color?
The Washington area has been prone to thunderstorms this summer and early this month. Cold fronts have produced lines of thunderstorms over the last few months and those some of those storms have produced a special cloud type; shelf clouds.
As late summer gives way to fall in the nation’s capital, brilliant colors will emerge, the air will turn crisp and festivals will be numerous. Despite the trend toward cooler temperatures and fall festivals, the season is also the favored time for fog formation that can slow the commute to work or school.
While the nation’s capital couldn’t have seen a more perfect July 4th for fireworks viewing with low humidity and comfortable temperatures, the dog days of summer return next week. The hot spell will also bring a greater thunderstorm risk but this is a typical July pattern.