Thursday, February 21, 2013

1971 Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

RT @wxhistorian 2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak.  #mswx #weather

Here is a post I wrote last year on the 41st anniversary...

Saturday, February 9, 2013

"Eye" Like Feature

An "eye" like feature has formed...  What an amazing nor'easter!

*Connecticut got crushed! WOW! Lots of areas well over 30"... A couple near/at 40". I really wish I was there!

The seemly crazy 00z NAM did well. Overdone in some spots, but still pretty darn good overall... The band that setup over New Haven County, CT was one of the strongest I have ever seen! Easily near if not slightly over 6" an hour. That's crazy for a nor'easter!

Friday, February 8, 2013

1979 Presidents' Day Storm

My favorite "eye" like feature in a nor'easter/blizzard...

Presidents' Day Storm - February 19th, 1979

"Before the storm, the forecast from the NWS for Washington D.C. called for 1 to 3 inches of snow. Instead, almost two feet of snow fell." Oops!


Bombogenesis is well underway (nearing 985mb and dropping)... Expect this historic nor'easter/blizzard to continue to wrap up as phasing completes. I expect to see an "eye" like feature tomorrow morning when the sun comes up. Sure wish I was in southern New England tonight! Enjoy!

UPDATE - 2am:

The pressure measured at a buoy southeast of Nantucket appears to have bottomed out at 973.5 millibars (28.75"). The center of the cyclone may not have passed exactly overhead, but it came close, and ~973 mb is probably a good estimate of the current central pressure of the storm. (Via Stu Ostro)

Thursday, February 7, 2013


00z NAM has gone BONKERS! This is just a 3-hour snowfall chart, between 7pm Friday and 10pm Friday, near the height of the storm. Snowfall rates over 4" + an hour, and maybe higher. That's with a 10:1 ratio, where I can easily see ratios approaching 15:1 by that time. 6" + an hour average snowfall rates, over several hours, is on the verge of impossible for a nor'easter. You see rates like this in the snow belt of the Great Lakes often (higher ratios - lake effect), but "if" this is correct, you are looking at one of the strongest snowstorms New England has seen in recorded time. 30" + amounts will be common if this verifies... 

*I obviously think the NAM is overdone, hence why I said on the verge of impossible. BUT, this is going to be a historic snowstorm! You'll see 30" + amounts somewhere. Bet on that!

I sure wish I was there! 

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Historic Snowstorm On The Way

This may be the only time you'll ever hear a die hard Lakers fan say this... Man I wish I was in/near Boston tomorrow! Historic snowstorm on the way!