Ph.D. Student - Earth System Science (UC Irvine), B.Sc. - Atmospheric Sciences (Cornell University)
By: Zachary Labe , 9:58 PM GMT on December 17, 2007
Well the severe ice storm has finally ended for us here in southcentral Pennyslvania...
Here are the latest reports from the storm from Harrisburg, PA. Also these are pictures I took after the storm from around my neighborhood.
We were very fortunate at my house that we did not lose power. In my county over 160,000 people were with out power during some point of the storm. In some areas people are still without power waiting till Wednesday for it to return. PPL, our electric company for central PA, is calling for help in Ohio to fix power. Shelters are being opened. Also I would say 1 out of every 3 homes lost trees in my community. Including us, which we lost several large limbs and branches. Interviewed tree trimers in the newspaper said this was the worst storm in 32years. In one area of the county along a few miles worth of road, over 100 trees fell on a single powerline. Also I noticed that at a nearby golf coarse I saw unbelievable damage. It is a driving range and the large nets with metal poles the size of a 3-story building actually snapped in half. WOW!
My totals for my weather station...
.5inch of sleet
.25inch of snow (lake effect)
.5inch of freezing rain
Quite a mess...
The beauty though of the ice when the sun came out was out of this world. Yet the ice is so destructive
The rest of December...
It looks like most of Pennsylvania stays below average in temperatures and we remain nearby an active storm track. It tends to look like we remain on milder sides of storms with more ice than snow. But there could be come surprise snows still. Especially with clippers. Looks like this Thurs. night and Friday we need to watch for a small clipper and also we need to watch a coastal storm sometime this weekend. Maybe??? The models are everywhere with that coastal storm.
Furthur short updates everyday this week...
For now (short term)...
Well were are in what I call relatively boring weather pattern. No major storms are headed our way towards Pennsylvania. There are two small systems of note in the short term though. One will come and affect Northern Pennsylvania with snow showers. This will be on Wednesday. Only expect flurries in the southern half. A coating to an inch of snow is expected in the north. No accumulation in the south. Then on Friday maybe a little more significant of a storm is possible. Many questions still remain. It looks like mainly snow. Accumulations will be minor if anything at all even occurs. The Philadelphia region is in the rain/snow mix area. Temperatures should remain below normal with highs in the mid 30's in the mountains to mid 40's near the Philadelphia region. I do not think anyone will hit 50 again anytime soon. Maybe Philadelphia on Sunday, but i doubt it. Also little lake effect snow will occur this week, but some areas could pick up an inch near Bradford from Lake Effect late in the week.
***Christmas Weather...(subject to change)
For now across the state it is sunny and cold with highs in the 30's statewide. Some flurries are possible in the northwest. Some snowcover will remain in just the northwest snowbelt regions. Everyone else should be just plain old ground. It does not look like a white christmas for many people this year.
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