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.
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.
Following a cooler, less humid weekend, typical summer heat and humidity will return to Washington with a vengeance early next week. As a matter of fact, a few record highs will fall by the wayside.
The backdoor on a house is the door that doesn’t get used as frequently, so how does that relate to a “backdoor cold front” that is will be on the move towards the nation’s capital next week?