Bitter cold and snow in the Northeast, Midwest

By: Christopher C. Burt , 4:43 PM GMT on January 23, 2013

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Absolutely bitter cold is gripping the Northeast and Midwest this week, the likes of which they haven't seen in at least 4 years. High temperatures are running 15 to 30 below normal from New England to the Northern Plains.

A few recent winter weather extremes:

Fulton, NY: 3-day total of 38.0 inches
Phoenix, NY: 3-day total of 36.5 inches
Lacona, NY: 3-day total of 24.8 inches

Early this morning on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, the wind chill dipped to an incredible -84°!

And then there's this crazy image from the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, PA. This band of snow was being generated by the steam that was billowing from the stacks at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant near Shippingport. They say that up to an inch of snow has fallen from this band!



Angela (filling in for Chris)

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8:40 PM GMT on January 29, 2013
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2. Christopher C. Burt , Weather Historian
4:43 PM GMT on January 25, 2013
Quoting Snowfire:
An inch of snow from a cooling tower?! The ski areas should take note of this new technology. If it was real snow, that is far better than the sleet-like material put out by the typical "snowmaking" equipment.

PS-on the world minimum page, the Amery Ice Shelf has come in two days running with alleged readings of -82� and -74�, respectively. Do you believe this? Readings like that are not common on the coast even in midwinter, let alone in January. Vostok, Dome C, and Amundsen-Scott are nowhere near such temperatures now. What gives?


Those readings from the Amery Ice Shelf are METAR glitches and not accurate.
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1. Snowfire
2:46 AM GMT on January 25, 2013
An inch of snow from a cooling tower?! The ski areas should take note of this new technology. If it was real snow, that is far better than the sleet-like material put out by the typical "snowmaking" equipment.

PS-on the world minimum page, the Amery Ice Shelf has come in two days running with alleged readings of -82 and -74, respectively. Do you believe this? Readings like that are not common on the coast even in midwinter, let alone in January. Vostok, Dome C, and Amundsen-Scott are nowhere near such temperatures now. What gives?
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Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.