East Coast Blues

NOAA CLOUDSWe have mentioned through the past couple of days about the storm system that has been non-stop for people on the East Coast. This system, which is almost a stand still storm, has caused so many problems; I have no idea where to start. Between the flight cancellations, to road closures, and power outages, this Nor’easter is refusing to slow down.
Nor’easters are relentless storms that have a constant feed of moisture coming in from the ocean. As this moisture wraps around the low, it encounters cold-arctic air. This is not your everyday fluffy snow, this is wet, heavy (meaning weight and snowfall rate) snow. So far this storm has dumped 36” in Stramford, NY, 26” in Tuxedo, NY and 20+ inches scattered around Pennsylvania. New York’s Central Park has received 17 inches… so far.
Besides snow, this storm has also produced a 91 mph hurricane forced wind. The minimum for a CAT 1 hurricane is 74 mph. A 60 mph wind gust was measured in Long Island all the down to Massachusetts.
Almost 700,000 homes and business are without power in the Northeast. The area with the most power outages is New Hampshire with 237,000. To put that into perspective, the state has a population of 1.3 million. New York has 220,000, Maine- 130,000 and Massachusetts is around 90,000.
The only thing we are getting from this storm is a cloudy weekend and a few snow showers. I will take that any day then a full-force Nor’easter. Have a great weekend everyone!

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This post was written by Cyndi Kahlbaum on February 26, 2010

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  1. Renee February 26, 2010 11:17 AM

    I suspect you’re just trying to make us feel better about this never-ending winter –and it’s NOT working! :-)

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