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By: trHUrrIXC5MMX , 2:49 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
A historic Northeast blizzard dumps snow that is best measured in FEET. This blizzard is nothing we have seen since that on 1978. 35 years ago.
Hurricane winds along with dangerous coastal flooding were the extra ingredients. Connecticut was the hardest hit state, 40" (the highest snowfall) was reported in Hamden, CT closely followed by 38" in Milford, CT.
At night on Feb 8...getting to the height of the storm
Around midnight, as the radar below indicates, the storm was peaking in intensity across Connecticut
People were stranded in highways on their way home. Over 100 cars were stuck in Long Island Expressway 495 after the heavy snow was blocking their progress more and more.
President Obama declared Sate of Emergency in Connecticut. Massachusetts and Rhode Island were hit very hard as well, reports of 20 to 30 inches from there with hurricane wind gusts also reported.
First time TWC Storm:CON uses the 10/10 ever...
Watches and warnings... About 23 million people under BLIZZARD WARNINGS at one point
Storm's lowst pressure hit 970 mb or 28.644 "late on February 8.
Travels bans were issued in all Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. All transportation was suspended... Amtrak, MTA, NJT, NYCT etc...
Power outages were another big issue, as some people were found stranded with hypothermia in cars, others were at home without power. Over 650,000 customers (not people) lost power in the Northeast. Recovery will take a long time for some, specially for where winds or trees knocked down power lines and buried then in the snow. So by moving and towing the cars away for space to get into, digging out the power poles and setting them up will take a long time in many areas over 20 to 30 inches of snowfall.
At NYC NWS Office, over 30" fell in the area and all around central Long Island.
NYC was spared as NY Governor Cuomo said "God was kind last night because it was a terribly dangerous situation. Many people got very lucky" 11.4" recorded at Central Park.
TWC Stephanie Abrams took a measurement of 7.5"
While snowing in my area.. heavy snow falling by early morning
I measured 21"
I took some good pictures as I was going around towns here... Take a look.
1. This is a frozen Lake and covered with snow (in the back). I was in New Canaan, CT where they reported 22" .
2. Near Downtown New Canaan, CT. At left you see a Wells Fargo bank and at right New Canaan Library
3. Can you make out the buried car here? Go from the center to the left a little... That's also in New Canaan.
4. I took this picture on my way to the Mall in Danbury, CT. That's the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) northbound.. Lots and lots of snow here.
5. And lastly, I took a picture on my desk from yesterday's (left) and today's (right) newspapers... amazing articles they have on there about the storm.
IF YOU WANT CLICK ON ANY IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW... HOPE YOU LIKE THEM!
At dawn of Feb 8 at my area.. About 6:30 AM
...WHAT I WONT FORGET...
crazy NWS snowfall forecast
Second time under a blizzard warning... my area is in CT Panhandle...
Handem, CT reports 40"
The "eye" of the hurricane-looking blizzard
As you can see my 18" steel ruler was not long enough... never measured snow bigger than it
I have to give credit to the NAM model, although people here criticized the model for it's over-done snowfall forecasts (me inclusive), it was not all off with it's prediction. But most of the credit for the EMCWF European model for it's great job forecasting this storm.Secondly, "hats off" for all the snow-plowing crew in NYC, Long Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, (especially Boston), Rhode Island and Maine, they did an outstanding job cleaning roads, highways bridges with safe precautions. Great job!
Third, for Mass. Gov Deval Patrick, CT Gov Dan Malloy and Rhode Island Gov Lincoln Chafee for their great job handling the situation by thinking always on the safety of all the residents and their safety at home and on the roads. The Travel Bans were very effective, with no cars on the streets the plowing trucks could get the roads (especially highways) cleaned fast. With only allowing limited transport for emergency vehicles, the plowing trucks (obviously) and news media.
To all of those who reported weather, either by pictures, videos and information for all of us to see.
To the National Guard, rescuers, samaritans and anyone who helped out others in need. Their help was vital for those who were in danger.
Also thanks for The Weather Channel for their live coverage at all times, Cantore, Abrams, Noziol, Brown, Rocker and many others reporting the storm (some in the headquarters). Thanks to other reporters who were in the storm as well.
And lastly to you, all of you (including myself) for keeping up with the storm at almost all time.
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