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3rd coldest winter on record: NWS

Posted by feww on February 27, 2010

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Winter storms pummel New York, U.S. Northeast

New York: Frozen Ghost Town, but New Yorkers may soon wish the snow hadn’t gone away!

Large scale climatic oscillations and wild, wild weather may soon become the global norm.

February 26, 2010: Winter Storm Hits New York City

A wave breaks over an occupied car as people attempt to tow it to safety Friday in Saco, Maine. The driver left the car as the tide continued to rise, flooding local streets. Credit: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

More About the Latest Record-Breaking Winter Storm:

  • This month was the 4th coldest February on record, NWS said
  • It pummeled New York and much of the U.S. Northeast,  depositing about 60cm (2 feet) of snow in NYC.
  • Schools were closed in New York City, Philadelphia and other cities in the Northeast.
  • Businesses were forced to close down.
  • City’s transportation systems were shut down.
  • The National Weather Service said more than 50cm (20 inches) of snow had fallen so far, making the storm the third heaviest on record. The record snow for New York was set in February 2006 when more than 68cm (~ 27 inches) of the fluffy stuff covered NYC.
  • As of Friday, a new all time snow record was set for the month of February with the latest storm raising the month’s total to 91.5cm (36 inches).
  • The storm started on Thursday and could last through Saturday with another 10-20cm of additional  snow forecast for NYC.
    It was the third storm to strike the U.S. Northeast in four weeks.
  • About one million homes and businesses across the region experienced blackouts on Thursday and 75 percent were still without 24 hours later, Associated press reported.
  • Strong winds, gusting up to 100 km per hour (60 mph) were recorded in eastern Long Island, the National Weather Service said.
  • In Philadelphia, winds gusted managed only 80 km per hour (50 mph) prompting the city to declare its fourth snow emergency of the winter, local reports said.
  • A man was killed in Central Park, NYC, on Thursday after  he was hit by a tree limb that broke off under the weight of the snow.
  • Up to 1,200 flights were canceled throughout the region.
  • Most train and commuter bus services in the area were also canceled.



For a weather briefing (Ark-La-Miss Region) by NWS click here.

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Second ice storm in 3 days pummels NE U.S.

Posted by feww on December 22, 2008

Ice storms pummel much of the northern and northeastern United States

Two winter storms in three days hit the U.S. northeast causing havoc across the region.  In the West, parts of Washington state were hit with heavy snow storms. As much as 10 inches of snow fell, causing  power outages  and traffic congestion.

Not so fast!
Bags being returned from canceled flights jam the baggage claim area at a crowded Sea-Tac Airport [Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Washington, United States.] Numerous flights were canceled after heavy snow moved through the area. Leaving the airport is difficult as surface transportation is also being disrupted because of snow (December 21, 2008). Photo: Karen Ducey/Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Image may be subject to copyright.

Heavy snows and strong winds forced the closure of Snoqualmie Pass, east of Seattle on highway I-90. Conditions there were “just a complete whiteout blizzard” on the pass, Washington State Patrol trooper Dan McDonald told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. “I’ve never seen anything like this. The side winds are probably easy 70 mph. They’re taking us off the road.”

Up to 30 cm of snow is expected in areas west of Boston, leading to long delays and cancellations at regional airports throughout New England. In New Hampshire up to 20,000 customers were without power, while in Massachusetts power outages affected about 6,000 households and businesses.

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