Historic Blizzard buries the Northeast...

By: trHUrrIXC5MMX , 2:49 AM GMT on February 11, 2013

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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



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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....

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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29. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:49 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Quoting 28. Astrometeor:


I would like to think of it as more of a polishing touch, myself.


which sucks
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28. Astrometeor
11:47 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Quoting 27. trHUrrIXC5MMX:


Astro...

don't dirt my beautiful memoirs....!


I would like to think of it as more of a polishing touch, myself.
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27. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:45 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Quoting 26. Astrometeor:


Ikr:



Lawlz.


Astro...

don't dirt my beautiful memoirs....!
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26. Astrometeor
11:44 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Quoting 25. trHUrrIXC5MMX:
Aww I love going through the old blogs..
This one is one of my favorites



Ikr:

Quoting 6. Astrometeor:




What Doppler said, don't start another losing battle for yourself. :)


Lawlz.
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25. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:41 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Aww I love going through the old blogs..
This one is one of my favorites

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24. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:29 PM GMT on February 13, 2013
trHUrrIXC5MMX has created a new entry.
23. trHUrrIXC5MMX
6:43 PM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting aspectre:
Just me, but 2feet of snow blizzarding onto bare or nearly bare ground feels to be FAR less intense than 1foot of snow blizzarding onto a 3foot snowpack.
Don't know whether it's from recent memory or from watching documentaries, but NewEngland having 2feet of snow cover in February feels more normal to me than the bare ground this year previous to Nemo.


kinda true if having more snow onto the stack already on the ground...
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22. aspectre
6:39 PM GMT on February 11, 2013
Just me, but 2feet of snow blizzarding onto bare or nearly bare ground feels to be FAR less intense than 1foot of snow blizzarding onto a 3foot snowpack.
Don't know whether it's from recent memory or from watching documentaries, but NewEngland having 2feet of snow cover in February feels more normal to me than the bare ground this year previous to Nemo.
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21. trHUrrIXC5MMX
6:27 PM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting Bluestorm5:
Nice blog! I really like the radar image the most!


thanks
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20. Bluestorm5
6:21 PM GMT on February 11, 2013
Nice blog! I really like the radar image the most!
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19. MAweatherboy1
12:12 PM GMT on February 11, 2013
Great pics! I really like the radar loops showing how that heavy band set up in eastern CT.
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18. trHUrrIXC5MMX
6:11 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting originalLT:
Nice Blog, Looking at that radar again, too bad that dark blue area couldn't have rotated a bit more to the west, then you and I could have gotten into the 30-40" "fun"! I think it was trying to, but the whole area was moving generally ENE so the dark blue area of super heavy snow kind of got stuck in the same place. Again ,nice post. LT, Stamford CT.


you got your big slice still.. I was in Stamford yesterday morning checking around. I went by the train station, mall, target, court and by Hope St. Lots of snow there.
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17. originalLT
6:02 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Nice Blog, Looking at that radar again, too bad that dark blue area couldn't have rotated a bit more to the west, then you and I could have gotten into the 30-40" "fun"! I think it was trying to, but the whole area was moving generally ENE so the dark blue area of super heavy snow kind of got stuck in the same place. Again ,nice post. LT, Stamford CT.
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16. trHUrrIXC5MMX
5:44 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting Civicane49:
Nice images.


thank you..
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15. Civicane49
5:16 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Nice images.
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14. trHUrrIXC5MMX
3:33 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting Astrometeor:
Did you end up buying a yard stick for that blizzard?

Hope you have fun with the historic blizzard of 2013, I wish I could bet some snow.


I'll have to know...lol Maybe get Cantore's but his yardstick was stolen... :( lol
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13. Astrometeor
3:32 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Did you end up buying a yard stick for that blizzard?

Hope you have fun with the historic blizzard of 2013, I wish I could bet some snow.
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12. etxwx
3:10 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
I like that you put up your own pics from your area...good job!

Appreciate the tracking all you folks did with the tornadoes tonight too. Well done.
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11. trHUrrIXC5MMX
3:05 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Thank you all for your thumbs up.. still working on it
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10. PedleyCA
3:03 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Nice blog for the Feb 09/2013 Blizzard..... lol
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9. Doppler22
3:02 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting Astrometeor:


I know what you mean, I was just adding on my personal touch. Sensitive.

lol ok "personal touch." night
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8. Astrometeor
3:01 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting Doppler22:

Hey now.... I didn't mean it that way Astro


I know what you mean, I was just adding on my personal touch. Sensitive.
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7. Doppler22
2:59 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting Astrometeor:




What Doppler said, don't start another losing battle for yourself. :)

Hey now.... I didn't mean it that way Astro
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6. Astrometeor
2:58 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting wxchaser97:

I like calling it Nemo...


Quoting Doppler22:

Don't start :p


What Doppler said, don't start another losing battle for yourself. :)
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5. trHUrrIXC5MMX
2:55 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
wow.. that was fast.. I did't even get to announce it on the main blog...

Im still putting some more pictures up and yes only once I call it Nemo
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4. Doppler22
2:54 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting wxchaser97:

I like calling it Nemo...

Don't start :p
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3. wxchaser97
2:53 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Quoting Astrometeor:
Good post Max, love the pictures and the fact that "Nemo" is only mentioned once.

I like calling it Nemo...
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2. Doppler22
2:52 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Lots of good pictures!
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1. Astrometeor
2:52 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Good post Max, love the pictures and the fact that "Nemo" is only mentioned once.
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