…BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 PM EST WEDNESDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 PM EST WEDNESDAY.
* LOCATIONS…THE EAST COAST MASSACHUSETTS…INCLUDING BOSTON AND
INTERIOR PLYMOUTH COUNTY.
* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS…12 TO 16 INCHES OF SNOW.
A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OVER 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND/OR
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. VISIBILITIES WILL BECOME POOR WITH
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY
BECOME LOST OR DISORIENTED…SO PERSONS IN THE WARNING AREA ARE
ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS.
I know, I know, it’s winter and mid January… what’s the big deal…
Well, there has been a pattern of colder weather than ‘normal’, and more snowfall than normal so far this winter season – even in other parts of the world. ‘Normal’ being what we’ve become accustomed to lately.
The Northeast U.S., New York and Boston, just recently went through a blizzard and a major winter storm event not long ago, bringing about much news reporting of slow snow cleanup in New York City, etc…
The fact is, the Northeast U.S. gets a-lot of attention because of the very high population density of the region, 40 million people, slightly more than the entire state of California. Lots of people are effected.
An interesting fact is that most of the youngsters living in the Northeast region today have not yet experienced winters like there used to be years ago, when there would be so many snow school closing days that you had to make it up later in the year. Maybe this year will be their chance. As a youngster, I can remember major snow accumulations when I was living in Eastern Massachusetts decades ago.
Weather tends to go in cycles, and it appears that we are now in a ‘La Nina’ cycle which is cooling things off a bit. We’ll see how the rest of this winter unfolds. In the mean time, be sure to run to the grocery store and get all the bread and milk that you can (just kidding – although that’s what happens nearly each and every storm).
Actually, I wish I were there to experience the blizzard – what fun…
Instead, I’ll watch it on the news while everyone complains about their street not getting plowed first, while remembering how I used to wish my street would be plowed last – so as to enjoy the fresh fallen snow.
Snow Cover Depth, USA, 12-Jan-2011
SnowStorm pictures from somewhere in Connecticut where some spots received between 20 and 30 inches!
24 hour snow totals – western Connecticut wins with 31 inches
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