Top Ten U.S. Weather Events of 2012

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:04 AM GMT on December 21, 2012

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It was another year of incredible weather extremes unparalleled in American history during 2012. Eleven billion-dollar weather disasters hit the U.S., a figure exceeded only by the fourteen such disasters during the equally insane weather year of 2011. I present for you now the top ten weather stories of 2012, chosen for their meteorological significance and human and economic impact.

Video 1. Hour-by-hour animation of infrared satellite images for 2012. The loop goes in slow-motion to feature such events as Hurricane Sandy, the June Derecho, Summer in March, and other top weather events of 2012. The date stamp is at lower left; you will want to make the animation full screen to see the date. Special thanks to wunderground's Deb Mitchell for putting this together!

1) Superstorm Sandy
Hurricane Sandy was truly astounding in its size and power. At its peak size, twenty hours before landfall, Sandy had tropical storm-force winds that covered an area nearly one-fifth the area of the contiguous United States. Sandy's area of ocean with twelve-foot seas peaked at 1.4 million square miles--nearly one-half the area of the contiguous United States, or 1% of Earth's total ocean area. Most incredibly, ten hours before landfall (9:30 am EDT October 29), the total energy of Sandy's winds of tropical storm-force and higher peaked at 329 terajoules--the highest value for any Atlantic hurricane since at least 1969, and equivalent to five Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. At landfall, Sandy's tropical storm-force winds spanned 943 miles of the the U.S. coast. No hurricane on record has been larger. Sandy's huge size prompted high wind warnings to be posted from Chicago to Eastern Maine, and from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Florida's Lake Okeechobee--an area home to 120 million people. Sandy's winds simultaneously caused damage to buildings on the shores of Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore, and toppled power lines in Nova Scotia, Canada--locations 1200 miles apart! Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ on October 29, with sustained winds of 80 mph and a central minimum pressure of 946 mb--the lowest pressure on record along the Northeast coast. The Battery, in New York City Harbor, had an observed water level of 13.88 feet, besting the previous record set by Hurricane Donna in 1960 by 3 feet. Sandy also brought torrential rainfall to the Mid-Atlantic, with over 12 inches of rain observed in parts of Maryland. In addition, Sandy generated blizzard conditions for the central and southern Appalachians with more than a foot of snow falling in six states from North Carolina to Pennsylvania, shattering October snow records. Over 130 fatalities were reported and over 8.5 million customers lost power--the second largest weather-related power outage in U.S. history, behind the 10 million that lost power during the Blizzard of 1993. Damage from Sandy is estimated at $62 billion.


Figure 1. Cabs lie flooded on October 30, 2012, in Hoboken, NJ, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. AP photo: Charles Sykes.

2) Warmest Year on Record
Spring, March, July, and the annual temperature were all warmest on record in the contiguous U.S. July was the warmest month of any month in the 1,400+ months of the U.S. data record, going back to 1895. The spring temperature departure from average was the largest on record for any season, and March temperatures had the second largest warm departure from average of any month in U.S. history. All-time hottest temperature records were set over approximately 7% of the area of the contiguous U.S., according to a database of 298 major U.S. cities maintained by wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt. Given the very warm December temperatures so far, the final 2012 annual temperature is likely to break the previous warmest year on record (1998) by at least 0.7°F--a colossal margin to break an annual record by. It is likely that 15 states will end up with their warmest year on record in 2012, and 42 states will have a top-ten warmest year.


Figure 2. One of 2012's incredibly hot days: high temperatures on August 1 in Oklahoma from the Oklahoma Mesonet. It was the hottest day in Oklahoma since August 1936, with more than half of the state recording temperatures of 110° or higher. Oklahoma City hit 112°, tied for the city's 3nd highest temperature since record keeping began in 1890. The only hotter days occurred two days later--on August 3, 2012--and back on August 11, 1936 (113°.)

3) The Great Drought of 2012
The Great U.S. Drought of 2012 may well turn out to be the biggest weather story of 2012, since its full impacts have not yet been realized. The area of the contiguous U.S. in moderate or greater drought peaked at 61.8% in July--the largest such area since the Dust Bowl drought of December 1939. The heat and dryness resulted in record or near-record evaporation rates, causing major impact on corn, soybean and wheat belts in addition to livestock production. Drought upstream of the Lower Mississippi River caused record and near-record low stream flows along the river in Mississippi and Louisiana, resulting in limited river transportation and commerce. Crop damages alone from the great drought are estimated at $35 billion. As the total scope of losses is realized across all lines of business in coming months, this number will climb significantly.


Figure 3. Corn in Colby, Kansas withers in the Great Drought of 2012 on May 27. Image credit: Wunderphotographer treeman.

4) Wildfire Season of 2012
The 2012 U.S. fire season was the 3rd worst in U.S. history, with 9.2 million acres burned--an area larger than the state of Maryland. Since the National Interagency Fire Center began keeping records in 1960, only two years have seen more area burned--2006, when 9.9 million acres burned, and 2007, when 9.3 million acres burned. New Mexico had its largest fire in state history, Colorado its most destructive and 2nd largest in state history, and Oregon had its largest fire since the 1860s. More than 3.6 million acres burned in the U.S. during August--the most on record for any August in recorded history.


Figure 4. Wunderphoto of Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire of 2012, the largest fire in New Mexico history. Wunderphoto submitted by AZMountaineer21.

5) March 2 - 3 Tornado Outbreak
A massive tornado outbreak of stunning violence swept through the nation's midsection March 2 - 3, spawning deadly tornadoes that killed 41 people. Hardest hit were Kentucky and Southern Indiana, which suffered 22 and 13 dead, respectively. The scale of the outbreak was exceptional, with 70 tornadoes touching down in eleven states, from southern Ohio to southern Georgia. At one point, 31 separate tornado warnings were in effect during the outbreak. An area larger than Nebraska--81,000 square miles--received tornado warnings, and tornado watches were posted for 300,000 square miles--an area larger than Texas. The outbreak spawned two EF-4 tornadoes, one which devastated Henryville, Indiana, and another that plowed through Crittenden, Kentucky. Total damage was estimated at $4 billion.


Figure 5. A school bus mangled by the EF-4 Henryville, Indiana tornado of March 2, 2012. Image credit: NWS Louisville, Kentucky.

6) June 29 Multi-State Derecho
A violent line of organized severe thunderstorms called a derecho swept across the U.S. from Illinois to Virginia on June 29, damaging houses, toppling trees, bringing down power lines. The storms killed 22 people, and left at least 3.4 million customers without power. The thunderstorms in a derecho (from the Spanish phrase for "straight ahead") create violent winds that blow in a straight line. The derecho was unusually intense due to extreme heat that set all-time records at ten major cities on the south side of the derecho. This heat helped create an unstable atmosphere with plenty of energy to fuel severe thunderstorms. At least 38 thunderstorms in the derecho generated wind gusts in excess of hurricane force, making the derecho one of the most severe derechoes on record. Total damage was estimated at $3.75 billion.


Figure 6. Turbulent clouds gather over Mettawa, Illinois on June 29, 2012, as the historic 2012 derecho begins to organize. Image credit: Wunderphotographer LarrySmit.

7) Hurricane Isaac
Hurricane Isaac slowly lumbered ashore near the mouth of the Mississippi River on August 28 as a Category 1 Hurricane with 80 mph winds. Isaac's large size and slow motion caused a storm surge more characteristic of a Category 2 hurricane--up to eleven feet--but New Orleans' new $14.5 billion levee upgrade held against Isaac's surge. The surge moved up the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish near Port Sulphur, causing overtopping of the levees and flooding of homes in the mandatory evacuation areas behind the levees. These levees were not part of the $14.5 billion levee upgrade. Isaac brought torrential rainfall, with more than twenty inches observed in some areas of New Orleans. Isaac also provided some drought relief to the Lower Mississippi and Ohio Valleys. Isaac dumped up to 18" of rain in Florida, and disrupted the 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa. Isaac did $2 billion in damage.


Figure 7. Tropical Storm Isaac on August 28, a few hours before it intensified into a hurricane.

8) The Non-Winter of 2011-2012
"Flowers are sprouting in January in New Hampshire, the Sierra Mountains in California are nearly snow-free, and lakes in much of Michigan still have not frozen. It's 2012, and the new year is ringing in another ridiculously wacky winter for the U.S. In Fargo, North Dakota yesterday, the mercury soared to 55°F, breaking a 1908 record for warmest January day in recorded history. More than 99% of North Dakota had no snow on the ground this morning, and over 95% of the country that normally has snow at this time of year had below-average snow cover." That was the opening of my January 6, 2012 blog post, called "Remarkably dry and warm winter due to record extreme jet stream configuration." The contiguous U.S. saw its 3rd lowest snow cover on record during both winter and spring, and the winter of 2011 - 2012 was the 4th warmest and 24th driest winter in U.S. history, going back to 1895. A primary cause of this warm and snowless winter was the most extreme configuration of the jet stream ever recorded, as measured by the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). The NAO index was +2.52 in December 2011, which was the most extreme difference in pressure between Iceland and the Azores ever observed in December (records of the NAO go back to 1865.) The positive NAO conditions caused the Icelandic Low to draw a strong south-westerly flow of air over eastern North America, preventing Arctic air from plunging southward over the U.S.


Figure 8. Flowers sprouting on January 1, 2012 in Keene, New Hampshire, thanks to unusually warm December temperatures and lack of snow. Image credit: Wunderphotographer lovne32.


9) April 30 - May 1 Severe Weather Outbreak
A severe weather outbreak in the Ohio Valley April 30 - May 1 caused 38 tornadoes and $4 billion in damage.

10) Late-Spring Freeze: Northeast/Midwest
After the record-warm "Summer in March" weather in the Great Lakes and Northeast, an April freeze damaged crops across the region. New York's fruit production was the lowest since 1948, and it was the worst fruit season for Michigan since 1945. Damage in Michigan alone was estimated at $500 million.



Honorable Mentions (text courtesy of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, with damage estimates from AON Benfield):

Severe Weather Outbreak (May):
A strong cold front moving through the country on May 25 - 30 spawned 27 tornadoes from Texas to the Northeast. Damage was estimated at $2.5 billion, much of it from hail.

Severe Weather Outbreak (April):
A tornado outbreak on April 13 - 14 in the Plains spawned 98 tornadoes and caused at least 6 fatalities. Damage was estimated at $1.75 billion.

Severe Weather Outbreak (June):
Several days of severe storms across the Southwest spawned 25 tornadoes from June 6 - 12. Significant hail damage occurred across the Rocky Mountain Front Range, with total damage estimated at $1.75 billion.

Tropical Storm Debby/Wet Florida (June):
Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Debby in early June caused damage estimated at $310 million, but Debby's rains helped break a drought in Northern Florida. Florida had its wettest summer on record, partially due to Debby.

Duluth Flooding (June):
Training thunderstorms caused record flooding in and around Duluth Minnesota on June 20, with over 8 inches of rainfall observed in 24 hours in parts of the city. Two rivers in the Duluth area, the Nemadji and St. Louis, reported their highest flood heights on record. Damage was estimated at $175 million.

Pacific Northwest Winter Storm (January):
A massive winter storm impacted the Pacific Northwest on January 18 - 23. Huge amounts of rain and snow fell, and hurricane-force wind gusts knocked out power to 250,000 customers. Damage was estimated at $100 million.

Hawaiian Hail Storm (March):
On March 9, a cut-off low pressure system impacted the Hawaiian Islands, bringing heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms. A rare EF-0 tornado hit the towns of Lanikai and Kailua on Oahu, causing minor damage. Another storm dropped a hailstone measuring 4.25 inches long, 2.25 inches tall, and 2 inches wide--the largest hailstone on record for Hawaii. Damage from the storms was estimated at $37 million.

Near-Record Low Great Lakes Levels (by end of 2012):
Record warm temperatures throughout 2012 combined with low precipitation and low winter ice cover created high evaporation rates across the Great Lakes. In December, Lakes Michigan and Huron had fallen to within inches of the all-time record low lake levels set back in 1964. Low lake levels have a significant impact on recreational and commercial boating as well as tourism.

Slow Tornado Year (annual):
Despite an active March, 2012 saw relatively low tornado numbers compared to recent history.

Mount Evans Tornado (July):
A high elevation tornado was observed along the slope of Mount Evans at 11,900 feet--the second highest observed tornado in the U.S.

Alaska Cold Winter/Snow Record (winter):
Several Alaskan locations had their coldest January on record. The monthly average temperature at Bettles, AK was -35.6°F. The statewide average January temperature was record cold--14°F below average. Record snow (134.5 inches) fell in Anchorage during the winter season, breaking the previous record set in 1954 - 55.

Alaskan Storms and Flooding (September):
Several large extratropical cyclones impacted Alaska during September. Significant flooding occurred along the Sustina River and along its tributaries, causing the worse flooding in 30 years. Over 800 structures and dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed. The storms also brought early snowfall to southern portions of the state.

Death Valley sets world record for highest minimum temperature
On Thursday morning, July 12, 2012 the low temperature at Death Valley, California dropped to just 107°F (41.7°C), after hitting a high of 128° (53.3°C) the previous day. Not only did the morning low temperature tie a record for the world's warmest low temperature ever recorded, the average temperature of 117.5°F was the world's warmest 24-hour temperature on record. According to weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, the only other place in the world to record a 107°F low temperature was Khasab Airport in the desert nation of Oman on June 27, 2012.

NOAA's National Climatic Data Center will release their top-ten list of U.S. weather events of 2012 on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Have a great holiday, everyone! I'll be back on December 26 with a new post.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting LargoFl:
oh thank you for that, now i can stop worrying lol..I was just looking at the internet sites on hersey, wow what a fantastic place that is ..to be there Christmastime..boy they sure go all out on decorations etc huh...well thanks again.
Yes, it is quite beautiful BUT even better in summer at their amusement park! Awesome. And that smell of chocolate is intoxicating! Great park that has ALWAYS been my girls favorite attraction next to Knoebels in PA also. Have a very Merry Christmas!
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winter has arrived, stay warm folks...............
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Quoting JustPlantIt:
Hershey, PA is Chocolate Capital of the world. Ooooh, you can smell it for miles!
Not to worry, Hershey about 40 miles away from where I reside. No blizzard warnings. Further west in PA maybe around State College.
oh thank you for that, now i can stop worrying lol..I was just looking at the internet sites on hersey, wow what a fantastic place that is ..to be there Christmastime..boy they sure go all out on decorations etc huh...well thanks again.
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Quoting LargoFl:
my daughter and her family are driving to Hersey penna to visit with santa today..i told her a blizzard winter storm is there..she laughed..oh well young people need to learn huh..hope she makes it ok..the lil one's eyes will light up when she sits with santa..good for her...
Hershey, PA is Chocolate Capital of the world. Ooooh, you can smell it for miles!
Not to worry, Hershey about 40 miles away from where I reside. No blizzard warnings. Further west in PA maybe around State College.
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Quoting LostInUtah:
Beautiful sunny day here in Moab, Utah in the 20s.

Looks like either the world ended and nobody knows it yet or the Mayans were full of it—or maybe just the people trying to make a few bucks off how gullible people are.
yeah but it gave people something to watch and see what happened, something different than the everyday doldrums..
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Beautiful sunny day here in Moab, Utah in the 20s.

Looks like either the world ended and nobody knows it yet or the Mayans were full of it—or maybe just the people trying to make a few bucks off how gullible people are.
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I think this may be the next big storm.



GFS at 144 hours.
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Quoting JustPlantIt:
Snow flurries in PA:) YAY
my daughter and her family are driving to Hersey penna to visit with santa today..i told her a blizzard winter storm is there..she laughed..oh well young people need to learn huh..hope she makes it ok..the lil one's eyes will light up when she sits with santa..good for her...
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wow even out in California..............WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST SATURDAY
ABOVE 3000 FEET...

THE WINTER STORM WARNING ABOVE 3000 FEET IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL
4 PM PST SATURDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO
10INCHES ARE LIKELY THROUGH SATURDAY WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
POSSIBLE.

* LOCATIONS...INTERIOR DEL NORTE AND HUMBOLDT COUNTIES. SNOW
WILL MAY AFFECT ALL REGIONAL PASSES.

* HIGHWAYS IMPACTED...36...96...199...AND 299.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR ANY PLANNED TRAVEL. PACK A CAR SAFETY KIT.
FOR UPDATED ROAD CONDITIONS AND POSSIBLE CHAIN REQUIREMENTS CALL
1-800-427-7623.

BE PREPARED FOR CHANGING CONDITIONS. REMEMBER THAT ROCK SLIDES
OCCUR IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS THAT HEAVY SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED
ACROSS A LARGE AREA.

&&

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Snow flurries in PA:) YAY
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The winter storm and blizzard warnings are gradually being replaced with winter weather advisories. A sign that Draco is winding down.

It was a wonderful storm. I am waiting for the next one.
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
1030 AM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

NYZ012-019>021-085-212330-
/O.CON.KBUF.WS.W.0005.121221T1600Z-121222T2100Z/
WYOMING-CHAUTAUQUA-CATTARAUGUS-ALLEGANY-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WARSAW...JAMESTOWN...OLEAN...
WELLSVILLE...ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE
1030 AM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST
SATURDAY...

* LOCATIONS...SOUTHERN ERIE...WYOMING...CHAUTAUQUA...
CATTARAUGUS...AND ALLEGANY COUNTIES. GREATEST ACCUMULATIONS
EXPECTED ACROSS HIGHER TERRAIN.

* TIMING...LATE THIS MORNING THROUGH LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THE
MAJORITY OF THE ACCUMULATION EXPECTED FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH
EARLY AFTERNOON SATURDAY.

* HAZARDS...HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...AN INCH OR LESS TODAY...4 TO 6 INCHES
TONIGHT...AND 4 TO 6 INCHES SATURDAY...LEADING TO STORM TOTALS
OF 8 TO 14 INCHES.

* WINDS...WEST 25 TO 35 MPH PRODUCING BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IN
OPEN AREAS LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY AND WIND CHILLS IN
THE SINGLE DIGITS TONIGHT.

* VISIBILITIES...AS LOW AS A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW ALONG WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL
PRODUCE VERY DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS ACROSS HIGHER
TERRAIN. EXPECT SNOW COVERED ROADS AND VERY POOR VISIBILITY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS
EXPECTED. HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS
DRIVING CONDITIONS. IF YOU WILL BE TRAVELING IN THE WARNING AREA
YOU SHOULD CHOOSE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE IF POSSIBLE...OR YOU SHOULD
USE EXTREME CAUTION IF TRAVEL IS UNAVOIDABLE.

IF YOU LOSE POWER AND PLAN ON RUNNING A GENERATOR...MAKE SURE
THAT THE GENERATOR IS LOCATED OUTDOORS AND IS PROPERLY
VENTILATED. SPACE HEATERS SHOULD ALSO BE PROPERLY VENTILATED AND
USED ONLY IF THEY ARE OPERATING PROPERLY. MAKE SURE SNOW DOES NOT
BLOCK EXHAUSTS AND FRESH AIR INTAKES FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY FURNACES
AND WATER HEATERS.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF
WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. ADDITIONAL DETAILS
CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BUFFALO.

&&
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boy they are going to have a white christmas huh.......URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
1023 AM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

MDZ501-VAZ503-WVZ501-503-505-212330-
/O.CON.KLWX.BZ.W.0002.000000T0000Z-121222T2300Z/
EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-WESTERN HIGHLAND-WESTERN GRANT-
WESTERN MINERAL-WESTERN PENDLETON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FROSTBURG...HIGHTOWN...BAYARD...
MOUNT STORM...ELK GARDEN...CIRCLEVILLE
1023 AM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST SATURDAY...

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 12 INCHES.

* TIMING...THROUGH SATURDAY. THE WORST CONDITIONS FROM SNOW AND
BLOWING SNOW WILL OCCUR THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT...THEN
TAPERING OFF SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S.

* WINDS...WEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* IMPACTS...STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW
WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED AT TIMES...WITH VISIBILITIES
OF ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. WIND
CHILL TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.
DOWNED TREES AND POWERLINES COULD RESULT FROM THE STRONGEST
GUSTS ON SATURDAY. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO TAPER OFF BY LATE
SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

&&

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1211 PM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

...STRONG WINDS WITH PERHAPS SOME ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES WILL
CONTINUE THROUGH MID AFTERNOON...

CTZ002>004-MAZ004-009-011-012-026-RIZ001>007-2120 00-
/O.CON.KBOX.WI.Y.0013.000000T0000Z-121221T2000Z/
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-
WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-
NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-EASTERN KENT RI-
BRISTOL RI-WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARTFORD...WINDSOR LOCKS...UNION...
VERNON...PUTNAM...WILLIMANTIC...BARRE...FITCHBURG ...BLANDFORD...
SPRINGFIELD...MILFORD...WORCESTER...AYER...FOSTER ...SMITHFIELD...
PROVIDENCE...WEST GREENWICH...WARWICK...BRISTOL...NARRAGANSETT...
WESTERLY...NEWPORT
1211 PM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON...

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS BETWEEN 40 AND 50 MPH.

* TIMING...STRONGEST WINDS THROUGH MID AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE COULD DOWN A FEW TREE LIMBS
AND BRANCHES...LEADING TO ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BE
31 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS WILL RANGE BETWEEN 46 AND 57 MPH. WINDS
THIS STRONG ARE CAPABLE OF DOWNING SMALL TREE LIMBS AND
BRANCHES...POSSIBLY CAUSING ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES. DRIVING CAN
ALSO BE DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

&&

$$
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Quoting LargoFl:
whew long time since we have had all day winds like this..


LOL. Draco produced the same kind of winds well inland.

Being out in that thing felt like being in the middle of a dust storm.
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whew long time since we have had all day winds like this..
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227. Skyepony (Mod)

Explanation: Welcome to the December solstice, a day the world does not end ... even according to the Mayan Calendar. To celebrate, consider this dramatic picture of Orion rising over El Castillo, the central pyramid at Chichén Itzá, one of the great Mayan centers on the Yucatán peninsula. Also known as the Temple of Kukulkan it stands 30 meters tall and 55 meters wide at the base. Built up as a series of square terraces by the pre-Columbian civilization between the 9th and 12th century, the structure can be used as a calendar and is noted for astronomical alignments. In fact, the Mayans were accomplished astronomers and mathematicians, accurately using the cyclic motions of the stars, Sun, Moon, and planets to measure time and construct calendars. Peering through clouds in this night skyscape, stars in the modern constellation Orion the Hunter represented a turtle in the Mayan sky. Tak sáamal.
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looks like everything is back to normal around here.



I must thank Draco for the snow. I am going to have a white Christmas this year!
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225. Skyepony (Mod)
Tidal gauge mishap or something. Some of the mid Atlantic ones are odd with the surge & tide not adding up to the anomaly. Most are showing surge goes negative as the backside of the front comes through.
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There is another band of showers and storms moving into the british isles

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Quoting wildheron:
as you drive, the heat from your tires will melt some of the snow, the wind will immediately refreeze it. happens frequently up here.


Here too. Wherever the poster was writing from they have no heavy snow experience.
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Quoting bappit:

That's what they want you to think.


Exactly. The world ended as predicted, but there's a government cover up.
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Currently 58 here at 1:40 PM, getting down to 40 tonight, very appropriate for the winter solstice.
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This is more like an early spring storm for us up here in New England,just topped 50 degrees winds gusting 50-60
Pressure dropped to 987mb
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Quoting bappit:

That's what they want you to think.


LOL!
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Quoting weathermanwannabe:
Thank You for the detailed summary of weather events for 2012 Dr. A great read and very insightful.

I would only remind you that we still have several days left in 2012.............Thankfully, as of Sunrise this morning in the Yucatan Peninsula.
I would've thought the Mayans would be looking for some "midday" occurrence ....
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Afternoon all.

Just wanted to mention that the cold front has arrived in Nassau with a vengeance... lol

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Quoting Bluestorm5:
The world was supposed to end at 6:12 am EST this morning. It's over.

That's what they want you to think.
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Colorado was still having forest fires in December in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History even suggested that historical calculations to synchronize the Mayan and Western calendars might be off a few days. It said the Mayan Long Count calendar cycle might not really end until Sunday. Either way they still agree nothing will happen.

The believer i talked too said just wait a few hours lol
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I read all of the Von Daniken Chariots of the Gods books when I was a kid a long time ago and was clued into this date decades ago. However, my Wife would not let me book a flight this week to the Yucatan ruins to meet the possible Mothership because of normal family commitments and work at home.... :(

All kidding aside, I hope everyone has a safe weekend. Lot's of winter weather to track going into the New Year and some pretty serious cold snaps and systems on the horizon for Conus over the next several weeks. I am hoping, with the decline of El Nino conditions, that our Spring severe weather season will not be as bad in 2013 as this year. Time will tell.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
it's about 12:50 PM EST here...so we have covered 52.5% of the day and here we are still
The world was supposed to end at 6:12 am EST this morning. It's over.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
it's about 12:50 PM EST here...so we have covered 52.5% of the day and here we are still
Heck, an asteroid behind the moon could be here in 4 hours. There's still time.
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Quoting Skyepony:
That video of the year in review in the entry..pretty awesome. Great year in review blog too.







I agree..it took quite a bit of info and time to put it together..
Well worth the wait from the last posting.IMO
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it's about 12:50 PM EST here...so we have covered 52.5% of the day and here we are still
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208. Skyepony (Mod)
That video of the year in review in the entry..pretty awesome. Great year in review blog too.





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Brad Panovich12:37 PM - Public
Interesting to see how this fresh snow cover affect subsequent air masses moving south from Canada. This will like keep modification of cold air very low thus meaning colder air moving south.
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Quoting Luisport:
Thank's, and do you know if it will rise more and untill when?

It'll be a while.
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Thank You for the detailed summary of weather events for 2012 Dr. A great read and very insightful.

I would only remind you that we still have several days left in 2012.............Thankfully, as of Sunrise this morning in the Yucatan Peninsula.
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Quoting Luisport:
Weather Underground‏@wunderground

We are seeing water levels over 4 feet above normal in some areas along the East Coast. See here http://wxug.us/vejr
Please anyone knows why???
Leap tide due to the solstice. Alignment of the planets. That's my guess anyway. If you had the wind coming from the east, it would be higher.
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folks in the northeast-this storm still in your area 48 hours from now, stay safe up there ok............
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202. txjac
Figures ...my family from Ohio are driving to Houston to spend Christmas with me and my sister and our families ...and it looks like they will have a lot of wind and snow attempting to get out of Ohio. Praying and keeping my fingers crossed that they make it safely
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URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1211 PM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

...STRONG WINDS WITH PERHAPS SOME ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES WILL
CONTINUE THROUGH MID AFTERNOON...

MAZ022>024-RIZ008-212000-
/O.EXT.KBOX.HW.W.0006.000000T0000Z-121221T2000Z/
BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-BLOCK ISLAND RI-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHATHAM...FALMOUTH...PROVINCETOWN...
VINEYARD HAVEN...NANTUCKET...BLOCK ISLAND
1211 PM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

...HIGH WIND WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON...

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS BETWEEN 50 AND 60 MPH.

* TIMING...STRONGEST WINDS THROUGH MID AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE COULD DOWN A FEW TREES AND
POWERLINES...LEADING TO ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES. THESE WINDS ARE
ALSO CAPABLE OF CAUSING SOME PROPERTY DAMAGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 MPH ARE
EXPECTED FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR...WITH GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR GREATER
AT ANY TIME. DAMAGE TO TREES...POWER LINES...AND PROPERTY ARE
POSSIBLE WITH WIND OF THIS MAGNITUDE. POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY.
TAKE ACTION NOW TO SECURE ANY LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS.

&&

$$
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

The counterclockwise motion around the low pressure area is causing the water to pile up towards the coast.
Thank's, and do you know if it will rise more and untill when?
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1228 PM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY NJ HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN...
MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA...

* UNTIL 345 PM EST

* AT 1228 PM EST...AT 1221 PM EST...THE PERKIOMEN CREEK AT EAST
GREENVILLE REMAINED ABOUT FLOOD STAGE, BUT HAD CRESTED. THE
WISSAHICKON CREEK AT FORT WASHINGTON ALSO HAD CRESTED, BUT REMAINED
ABOVE FLOOD STAGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

DRIVING INTO FLOOD WATERS COULD PUT YOUR LIFE AT RISK AND COST YOU
THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN VEHICLE REPAIRS. FLOOD WATERS MAY BE DEEPER
THAN YOU THINK. TURN AROUND AND FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.

&&

LAT...LON 4044 7553 4015 7503 4014 7501 4005 7510
4009 7522 4006 7526 4001 7521 3998 7527
4007 7536 4006 7539 4011 7547 4013 7547
4014 7551 4016 7551 4015 7553 4024 7560
4022 7561 4024 7570

$$

KRUZDLO
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Quoting Luisport:
Weather Underground‏@wunderground

We are seeing water levels over 4 feet above normal in some areas along the East Coast. See here http://wxug.us/vejr
Please anyone knows why???

The counterclockwise motion around the low pressure area is causing the water to pile up towards the coast.
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
1023 AM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

MDZ501-VAZ503-WVZ501-503-505-212330-
/O.CON.KLWX.BZ.W.0002.000000T0000Z-121222T2300Z/
EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-WESTERN HIGHLAND-WESTERN GRANT-
WESTERN MINERAL-WESTERN PENDLETON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FROSTBURG...HIGHTOWN...BAYARD...
MOUNT STORM...ELK GARDEN...CIRCLEVILLE
1023 AM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST SATURDAY...

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 12 INCHES.

* TIMING...THROUGH SATURDAY. THE WORST CONDITIONS FROM SNOW AND
BLOWING SNOW WILL OCCUR THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT...THEN
TAPERING OFF SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S.

* WINDS...WEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* IMPACTS...STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW
WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED AT TIMES...WITH VISIBILITIES
OF ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. WIND
CHILL TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.
DOWNED TREES AND POWERLINES COULD RESULT FROM THE STRONGEST
GUSTS ON SATURDAY. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO TAPER OFF BY LATE
SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

&&

$$
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...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBANY HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON. THE
WIND ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...GREATER CAPITAL REGION INCLUDING THE SARATOGA
AREA...WASHINGTON COUNTY...SOUTHERN TACONICS...THE MID HUDSON
VALLEY...THE SOUTHERN BERKSHIRES AND LITCHFIELD COUNTY.

* HAZARDS...STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* TIMING...STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE THIS MORNING.

* IMPACTS...STRONG WIND GUSTS WILL BRING DOWN SOME TREES OR TREE
LIMBS...WHICH COULD RESULT IN SOME POWER OUTAGES. ALSO LOOSE
OBJECTS MAY BE PROPELLED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.
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Good afternoon everyone! I picked up about an inch and a half of snow this morning and now it's blowing around ferociously.
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