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Snow Emergencies Declared in Midwest, Northeast

Posted by feww on December 15, 2013


Heavy snow affects 18 States in Midwest, Northeast

About 53 percent of the continental U.S. was covered by snow, including all or parts of 18 states in the Midwest and Northeast exactly a week before the first official day of winter.

Heavy snow prompted authorities in dozens of counties, cities and towns across Midwest and Northeast to declare snow emergencies. The snowstorm trekked more than 1,000 miles across the Midwest on Saturday and into the Northeast states overnight, affecting every major city, town and rural area in the region. States affected include Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Snow Cover by Region [December 15, 2013]

  • Continental U.S.: 53.0%
  • Northeast: 99.1%
  • Midwest: 61.3%
  • Allegheny Front: 99.6%
  • Northern Great Lakes: 100%
  • Southern Great Lakes: 100%
  • Southern Appalachia: 23.3%
  • Upper Midwest: 95.5%
  • Great Basin: 77.7%
  • Northwest: 50%
  • Intermountains: 81.4%
  • Northern Rockies: 95.5%
  • Sierra Nevada: 54.0%

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Map of National Snow Cover. Source: nohrsc.noaa
(Animate: Season Two weeksOne Day)

Flight Delays and Cancellations

Extreme Weather Events have forced thousands of flight cancellations as well as very many delays.

  • Total flight cancellations within, into, or out of the United States so far this week:  8,141
  • Total flight cancellations globally: 11,609
  • Total flight delays this week:  100,373 -source: FlightAware

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Posted by feww on February 10, 2011

Epic Flooding Could Inundate Large Parts of the U-S

1.5 trillion m³ of snow covers the United States – FIRE-EARTH Estimate

At an average temperature of 20ºF, the water equivalent of the US snow cover is about 100 billion m³ (26.4 trillion gallons).

[NOTE: Based on the average figure of 1.8in provided by NOHRSC, the total snow water equivalent is 2.76 times greater than the FIRE-EARTH estimate.]

National Snow Analysis

Snow Depth February 10, 2011

Source: NWS/NOHRSC. Click images to enlarge.

Snow Water Equivalent

February 10, 2011

Area Covered By Snow: 64.9%
Area Covered Last Month: 61.7%
Snow Depth
Average: 8.3 in
Minimum: 0.0 in
Maximum: 909.6 in
Std. Dev.: 13.3 in
Snow Water Equivalent
Average: 1.8 in
Minimum: 0.0 in
Maximum: 450.4 in
Std. Dev.: 3.7 in

U.S. and Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover

Northern Hemisphere

Continental U.S.

Snow and Ice Covered Southern U.S.

South central U.S. was hit by a second snowstorm in a week, which broke multiple local records for snowfall in a month. This photo-like image was captured by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite at 01:25 CST on February 10, 2011. “Snowfall totals topped 20 inches (50 centimeters) in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas … Tulsa, Oklahoma, received 5.5 inches (14 cm) of snow on February 9, bringing its total to 20.9 inches (53 cm) for the winter, the snowiest on record. In Oklahoma City, 6 inches (15 cm) fell as well, making February 2011 the second snowiest month (18 inches so far) in the state’s records, behind March 1911 (20.7 inches) …  80 storm-related injuries reported …  [up to] 17 inches of new snow fell in eastern and south central Kansas, [more snow so far] this February as it usually does for an entire winter.” Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge.

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Latest US Snowstorm Exits, ‘Two More’ Arriving

Posted by feww on February 7, 2011

The Latest US Snowstorm Left the East Coast, Making Room for Two More

The latest storm left East Coast on Sunday, after dumping another 3 inches of snow over Chicago.

A new front is departing from the Midwest and is forecast “to bring snow from the Ohio Valley throughout the Northeast starting Sunday night,” a forecaster said.

“Schools in Seabrook, New Hampshire, have been closed since Wednesday of last week and those in Methuen, Massachusetts, schools are expected to remain shut through at least Wednesday of this week to remove rooftop snow,” a report said.

Click Images to enlarge. (24-Hr FE ED). Click HERE to Animate Image. (Source: SSEC/Wisc-Uni)

US Weather Forecast – NOAA

US Snow Cover: February 6, 2011

Area Covered By Snow: 48.3%
Area Covered Last Month: 44.9%
Snow Depth
Average: 7.3 in
Minimum: 0.0 in
Maximum: 909.9 in
Std. Dev.: 12.8 in
Snow Water Equivalent
Average: 1.6 in
Minimum: 0.0 in
Maximum: 448.9 in
Std. Dev.: 3.6 in

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Another Nor’easter Dumps a Foot of Snow on the East Coast

Posted by feww on January 27, 2011

Nor’easters Blamed on Arctic Oscillation

AO Carves an Icy Path from Western Canada to Eastern United States

The 8th snowfall in New York since December 14 (6th this year) dumps another 19 inches of high compact snow on the city.

A bus stop in Queens, NY. An optimistic man waits for a bus as a fast moving winter storm causes a whiteout all the  way up the northeastern coast of the U-S. Photo credit: Mike Segar/Reuters. Image may be subject to copyright.

Once again a major snowstorm engulfed the Northeast United States, dumping as much as 10 inches of snow in some places.

“Classes were called off and commutes were snarled from Tennessee to New England as cars and buses slipped and slid on highways. The New York area’s airports, among the nation’s busiest, saw hundreds of delayed or canceled flights. Pedestrians struggled across icy patches that were on their way to becoming deep drifts.” AP reported.

New York region experience its eights snowfall since December 14, 2010,  including the “Bloomberg Blizzard” that dumped  20 inches on New York City after Christmas. When the snows arrived Wednesday, the city had already seen 36 inches of snow this season in comparison with the full-winter average of 21 inches.”

Snowfall Totals (so far this winter)

  • NYC: 60 inches (compared with the average of 21 inches for the entire winter season)*
  • Boston:  50.4 inches (about 270 percent increase over normal seasonal snowfalls for the same period)
  • Providence, RI: 31.7 inches (two-fold increase)
  • Connecticut (Bradley Int Airport):  59.1 inches ( more than double the normal)

Source: National Weather Service
* Not confirmed by NWS

Storm Highlights

  • More than 1,000 flights canceled in New York area’s three major airports
  • Thousands of airline passengers are stranded
  • At least 300,000 customers is Washington DC metro area are without power
  • Public schools remained closed for a second day Thursday

January 26, 2011

Area Covered By Snow: 45.5%
Area Covered Last Month: 52.9%
Snow Depth
Average: 16.5 cm
Minimum: 0.0 cm
Maximum: 2385.7 cm
Std. Dev.: 32.2 cm
Snow Water Equivalent
Average: 3.7 cm
Minimum: 0.0 cm
Maximum: 1138.5 cm
Std. Dev.: 8.9 cm


Arctic Oscillation Chills North America, Warms Arctic

“Technically, the Arctic Oscillation (AO) is a climate pattern caused by the ring of winds that blow around the North Pole from west to east. When they are strong, they trap the Arctic air mass north of 55°N. That’s north of Edinburgh, Moscow and Ketchikan, Alaska. When they are weak, however, the frozen polar air escapes south and can visit sunny California.” Source.

United States, Canada, eastern Siberia, and Greenland land surface temperature anomalies  for January 9 to 16, 2011, against 2003 to 2010 base averages, as observed by
MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Above-average temperatures are in red and orange, below-average temperatures in shades of blue. “Oceans, lakes, and areas with insufficient data (usually because of persistent clouds) appear in gray.” Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (3 MB, JPEG)

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