Northeastern US digging out from not-quite-record snowstorm

Posted: February 3, 2021 by oldbrew in News, weather

Credit: CBC News

Not your run-of-the-mill winter snowfall, only six weeks after a similar event described by the BBC as ‘record-breaking’ .
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People of the northeastern U.S. shoveled themselves out Tuesday after a two-day snowstorm that shut down public transport, canceled flights and closed coronavirus vaccination sites, reports

Some bands of snow were still moving through parts of Maine and Pennsylvania in the morning, but the worst was over, with more than 30 inches (76 centimeters) in parts of New Jersey and just a few inches in Boston.

Lara Pagano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in College Park, Maryland, noted that while several areas in the mid-Atlantic saw measurable snowfall for a few consecutive days, that hasn’t shattered such records.

For example, she said the most consecutive days with measured snowfall for Washington is four, while the mark is five for New York City and six for Philadelphia.

“While this storm has been a prolonged event, it’s not a record-setter in that sense, but it does rank up there pretty high of course,” she said.

The sprawling, lumbering storm had already walloped the eastern United States by Monday. More than 17 inches (43 centimeters) of snow dropped on Manhattan’s Central Park, and as much as 30 inches (76 centimeters) was reported in northern New Jersey.

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  1. Bob Greene says:

    I live in Virginia, south of the area (DC) where the experts said a years ago that snow was a thing of the past. They were right. The past was Sunday and we only had 5 cm. But the temperature stayed around 0C, so there still is the thing of the past (Sunday) lingering in my yard.

    The heavy snow to the north is in an area where most believe they need to change the climate back to when there was more snow. They have succeeded.

    We all dream about how wonderful snow is, we sing about it around Christmas, wish for it, have cards with snow, Clydesdales pulling beer wagons through the snow in ads. Before the first flake hits the ground we have total panic.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Polar vortex discussion – NOAA.

    On the sudden stratospheric warming and polar vortex of early 2021
    January 28, 2021

    (7) Has global warming influenced sudden stratospheric warmings in either hemisphere or is it projected to?
    Butler: For the Northern Hemisphere, the short answer is that there’s been no robust trend in SSWs observed, though there is significant variation from decade to decade, with some periods like the 1990s showing almost no SSWs and others, like the 2000s, showing one almost every year. In the future, climate models do not agree about what will happen in a warmer climate. Some show significant strengthening of the polar vortex while others show weakening.

  3. P.A.Semi says:

    I understood posting this “not-quite-record snowstorm” here being somehow related to the Message I’ve posted in another thread here
    about God displaying “USA Cold Hell” on the Sun, which was followed by multiple inscriptions changing quite fast and thereby less well defined than usually, first of which was “DC Ewict” (why double “w” ?) and either “Filth” (but with “T” upside-down?) or “Full” and then “Darkness” in hebrew and other… I’m still decoding the rest… Sometime later on 2021-02-02 there is again “Evict”…

    That “Cold Hell” with 30 inches of snow somewhere was just the beginning…

    Then I’ve read this:
    Natgas Prices Jump 11% As Weather Models Point To “Widespread Cold”
    from 2021-02-01

    “The pattern ahead as we get deeper into mid-February supports a widespread colder than normal look across the US we haven’t seen since February 2014. A combination of finally tapping into the Polar Vortex and favorable atmospheric tropical forcing has data showing some of the coldest air on the Planet pushing South into the US, starting next week,” Hinz stated.

    Let’s see, how it will evolve… They’ve got some map there with prediction showing coldest air across midwest north this time, in western Canada and going south into North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa with anomaly (difference from some average) about -15..-20 °F…

    I’d wish if people could prepare better…


  4. oldbrew says:

    Another one, but less snowy…

    Remember That Crazy Nor’easter We Just Had? Get Ready for an Encore

  5. oldbrew says:

    Here it is…

    FEBRUARY 8, 2021
    2nd major snowstorm in a week blankets Northeast

    Another major snowstorm hit the Northeast on Sunday, less than a week after a storm dumped as much as 2 feet on the region.

    The National Weather Service predicted around up to 8 inches of snow New York City and 2 to 4 inches in Washington, D.C.

    Forecasters predicted several inches of snow would fall along the New England coast, saying the precise amount would depend on how quickly the storm moved through the region.
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    On the sudden stratospheric warming and polar vortex of early 2021
    January 28, 2021

    These SSWs can eventually cause the tropospheric jet stream to weaken, which allows cold air bottled up near the polar cap to escape and expand into the middle latitudes, such as the United States, Europe, and parts of Asia. The impacts on the surface are not guaranteed and they are not necessarily experienced everywhere.
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    2-3 SSWs recently.

    Sudden Stratospheric Warmings
    First published: 23 November 2020

    We observe that variability of the stratospheric circulation (SSWs being an extreme event) is associated with shifts in the jet stream and the paths of storms, with associated effects on rainfall and temperatures. The likelihood of cold weather spells and damaging wind storms is also affected. Almost all SSWs have occurred in the Northern Hemisphere, but there was one spectacular major SSW in 2002 in the Southern Hemisphere.

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