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Snows begin in Northeast U.S. as historic Nor'easter strengthens

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:17 PM GMT on February 08, 2013

Snow has begun falling from New York City to Massachusetts, where blizzard warnings are flying in anticipation of the arrival of one of the most severe and dangerous Nor'easters in U.S. history. The great storm, dubbed "Nemo", has just emerged into the waters off the coast of Virginia, and is predicted to "bomb" to a central pressure of 975 - 980 mb by Saturday afternoon. Cold, Arctic air spilling southwards behind a strong 1038 mb high over Canada will collide with warm, moist air over the Atlantic, where ocean temperatures are unusually warm--about 5°F warmer than average over a large swath from New Jersey to Nantucket, Massachusetts. The contrast between the cold and warm air will help intensify the storm, and the unusually warm waters will pump large quantities of moisture into the air, which will be capable of feeding record-breaking snows over New England. The latest NWS forecast for Boston calls for 22 - 30" of snow by Saturday morning, with additional snows though Saturday afternoon. Since Boston's all-time heaviest snow storm is 27.5" (February 17-18, 2003), Winter Storm Nemo has a chance of exceeding that. According to NWS, here are the top snowstorms since 1936 for Logan Airport:

1. February 17-18, 2003 27.5"
2. February 6-7, 1978 27.1"
3. February 24-27, 1969 26.3"
4. March 31-April 1, 1997 25.4"
5. January 22-24, 1945 22.8"
6. January 22-23, 2005 22.5"
7. January 20-21, 1978 21.4"
8. March 3-5, 1960 19.8"
9. February 16-17, 1958 19.4"
10. February 8-10, 1994 18.7"
11. January 7-8, 1996 18.2"
11. December 20-22, 1975 18.2"
11. December 26-27, 2010 18.2"


The weight of all that heavy snow on rooftops will create the danger of roof collapses. In addition to the heavy snow, the storm will bring coastal wind gusts over hurricane force, and moderate to major coastal flooding. During the peak of the storm, Friday night into Saturday morning, snowfall rates of 2 - 3" per hour can be expected. These intense bursts of snow may be accompanied by lightning and thunder. The cites of Hartford, Providence, and Portland are all likely to get more than a foot of snow, and two feet of snow will probably fall along a swath from South Central Connecticut to Southwest Maine, with isolated amounts of 3'. Ferocious sustained winds near 50 mph will occur at the coast, with wind gusts in excess of hurricane force--74 mph. The combination of heavy snow and high winds will make travel extremely dangerous or impossible, with near-zero visibility in white-out conditions. The snow and high winds are likely to cause many power outages.


Figure 1. Predicted snowfall for Winter Storm Nemo from Friday's 00Z run of the European (ECMWF) model. The highest snowfall amounts (> 24") are predicted for Long Island, Southern Connecticut, and Eastern Massachusetts, including Boston. This forecast assumes that the ratio between liquid water equivalent and snow depth will be 10:1. In some areas away from the coast, this ratio may be closer to 15:1, leading to snow amounts near 36".


Figure 2. Predicted wind speeds in knots at 7 am EST Saturday, February 9, 2013, from the 00Z February 8, 2013 run of the European (ECMWF) model. The model is predicting sustained winds of 50 knots (57.5 mph) will be just offshore of Cape Cod and Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Multiply by 1.15 to convert knots to mph.

Serious coastal flooding expected in Massachusetts
The high winds from the storm will drive a damaging storm surge of 2 - 4' along the coast of Eastern Massachusetts Friday night and Saturday morning. High tide Friday night will occur between 9:30 - 10 pm EST, and minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected along east and north-facing shores, when the storm surge of 2 - 3' rides in on top of the tide. Battering waves of 8 - 17' will hit the coast south of Boston in Cape Cod Bay, causing severe beach erosion. Of greater concern is the flooding that will occur during the Saturday morning high tide cycle, as that is the time of the new moon, which will bring the highest tide of the month. The ocean's height near Boston varies naturally by about ten feet between low tide and high tide, so it matters greatly when the storm surge arrives, relative to the tidal cycle. Thus we speak of the "storm tide"--how high the water gets above the high tide mark, due to the combination of the storm surge and the tide. During Hurricane Sandy, on October 29, 2012, a potentially very damaging storm surge of 4.57' hit Boston, but arrived near low tide, so the water level during the peak surge did not rise above the normal high tide mark. Fortunately, it appears that the peak storm surge from Nemo will arrive at the time of low tide early Saturday morning, and the surge will have fallen about a foot by the time the high tide arrives near 10 am EST Saturday. As of 9am EST on February 8, 2013, the latest storm surge forecast from the GFS model was calling for a storm tide of about 3.4' above high tide (MHHW, Mean Higher High Water) in Boston on Saturday morning. This would cause minor to moderate flooding in the city, and would be approximately the 10th highest water level on record. The official top 5 storm tides since 1921 at the Boston tide gauge, relative to MHHW, are:

1. 4.82' - February 7, 1978 (Blizzard of 1978)
2. 3.92' - January 2, 1987
3. 3.86' - October 30, 1991 (Perfect Storm)
4. 3.76' - January 28, 1979
5. 3.75' - December 12, 1992

More serious flooding is expected in Cape Cod Bay to the southeast of Boston, where the northeast winds from the storm will pile up a higher storm surge. A storm surge of 3 - 4' is predicted from Scituate to Sandwich Harbor Saturday morning. The surge will be accompanied by battering waves 18 - 26' feet high, and major flooding and significant coastal erosion is expected. Major coastal flooding is also expected on the east end of Nantucket Island.

Severe beach erosion is also expected along the north and northeast facing shores of Long Island, NY, where a storm surge of 3 - 5' will combine with 4 - 8' breaking waves. Minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected along western Long Island Sound. New York City is expecting a 2 - 4' storm surge, which will cause mostly minor flooding, with a few areas of moderate flooding.


Figure 3. Coastal flooding hazards during the high tide cycle on Saturday morning, February 9, 2013, as predicted at 5 am EDT Friday, February 8, 2013, by the NWS Boston.

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Reader Comments

Quoting 1900hurricane:

Exactly, and that's what can what can make snow so tricky to forecast. Without some way of profiling the atmosphere, there is no way you can get an accurate snowfall forecast, which is why I've been using RAP soundings so often tonight.

The band near Boston, even with less moisture content and lower reflectivities, could have the same snowfall rates that the crazy band from Long Island/Connecticut had earlier just because the snow to liquid ratios make up for it.



Exactly, I have even seen cases of such dry snow where sites report heavy snow but there is almost no reflectivity on radar at all.

Also, that red color earlier probably was due to sleet and maybe even small hail!
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Extremely low but not unheard of.


Thank you
Quoting Skyepony:

A winter storm began to intensify just off the East Coast of the US on 08 February 2012. A sequence of 1-km resolution POES AVHRR 0.86 µm, MODIS 0.65 µm, and Suomi NPP VIIRS 0.64 µm visible channel images (above) revealed the formation of gravity waves in the lower-tropospheric cloud field within the southwest quadrant of the area of low pressure.




You haven't been reading all the Emanuel homework I handed out over the years??



I apologize, but apparently not!
With snow to liquid ratios probably >15:1 based on this sounding, snowfall rates in the Boston area are probably very high.

Quoting ConnecticutWXGuy:


It is getting down there, but there have been a few that got down to the 950's that I remember... always after they passed by New England though.

Even at 100 posts per page comments get lost. Thanks for the answer, I live in upstate NY but probably in my mostly internet education know more about tropical storms than winter ones. Plus I was 6 for the storm of 93, so I don't remember very much from that storm other than being taller than me.
1006. Gaara
20.5" in Milford, CT using the stacked 22oz beer bottle method.
Fresh OSCAT
Albany Intl. Airport


Buffalo Niagara Intl. Airport
Quoting 1900hurricane:
With snow to liquid ratios probably >15:1 based on this sounding, snowfall rates in the Boston area are probably very high.


Looks to be running 7-8"/hr in Boston. I text my friend about a half hour ago when the snow total in the city was 14". It's now up to 18".

bit old but still
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Best video I have seen yet.



That just reminds me why I live in Florida! lol
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Looks to be running 7-8"/hr in Boston. I text my friend about a half hour ago when the snow total in the city was 14". It's now up to 18".

Wow, that goes very well with what I was originally going to post. Sub out "very high" with "in the WTF zone." :P
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Looks to be running 7-8"/hr in Boston. I text my friend about a half hour ago when the snow total in the city was 14". It's now up to 18".


My god, you'd think there'd be a limit to how hard it can snow!

Funny, I always used to think of things like 'thundersnow' and '3 inch per hour snowfall rates' as rarities found in only very strong winter storms.

But nowadays that just seems commonplace.
New winter storm in 132 hours:



Another one:



Another one:

Quoting CosmicEvents:
I really appreciated your accurate reports during Sandy. I lived in your area for years. This one looks like a swing and miss for NYC and I predict "I Survived Nemo" t-shirts will be on super-duper discount come tomorrow in Times Square.

Wow, thank you! I am surprised anyone remembers me or my posts from then!

We really have done a complete 180 from two hours ago. Amazing. We must have gotten two inches in the last hour, which is more than we got in the last 7 hours all together!
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
New winter storm in 132 hours:



Another one:



Another one:


I may finally top 10,000 post at this rate! :P
I've posted way too much this evening/morning so I'm going to bed. It'll be interesting to see what the final snowfall totals are.
My aunt in Canton, MA, posted images of her measuring the snow. In one hour it went from 16" to 21".

Dedham, MA.


Bristol CT


Boston, MA


Boston, MA
At least I hope that's erroneous!

NWS Boston ‏@NWSBoston
And the wind issues continue. The 119kt gust at Brainard Airport (HFD) is erroneous.
So a bit ago I said how I can't record webcam footage of the storm anymore because the snow has drifted over my window... perhaps I should clear something up. I live on the 3rd floor, 1 story below my window is the roof to part of the 2nd floor. Just tells you how high the snow drift is that is blocking my window.


Heavy Snow Freezing Fog

27°F

-3°C

Humidity92%
Wind SpeedNA
Barometer29.76 in (1007.1 mb)
Dewpoint25°F (-4°C)
Visibility0.25 mi

Last Update on 8 Feb 11:51 pm EST

Current conditions at

New York City, Central Park (KNYC)

Lat: 40.78 Lon: -73.97 Elev: 144ft.



It's not over for New York yet, I knew it would be more intense later tonight.
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I've posted way too much this evening/morning so I'm going to bed. It'll be interesting to see what the final snowfall totals are.

I'm probably going to end up with my computer falling in my face. :P

Boston, MA
@TimLanning
Pressure at a buoy, near center is 974 and falling rapidly.

Link
Quoting wilsongti45:
Pressure at a buoy, near center is 974 and falling rapidly.

Link

Will it bottom out below 970!?!
Quoting wilsongti45:
Pressure at a buoy, near center is 974 and falling rapidly.

Link

Looks like the RAP is a bit off.

Quoting wilsongti45:
Will it bottom out below 970!?!

Probably a bit. I was seeing lots of 967s or so from the model output yesterday and the day before.
Final video of the night.... taken about 2 hours ago

Link
Farmingdale, Long Island on the border of Nassau and Suffolk County here. Snow rates are at the highest they have been through out the storm. Radar confirms my observations. This thing but be really bombing out.
Quoting 1900hurricane:

Probably a bit. I was seeing lots of 967s or so from the model output yesterday and the day before.


One for the record books for sure. I wouldn't be surprised to see multiple reports of 3'+.
Quoting wilsongti45:
Will it bottom out below 970!?!


Very possible. These types of storms seem to shed quite a few millibars during the hike further up the coast.
There is some really cold air at 850 mb on the immediate backside of this. It really tapped into that banana high!

Here's a RAP sounding for right about where the surface low is, just 'cause.

Scott McClellan ‏@alastormspotter
Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Massachusetts is being shut down, due to loss of off-site power. #mawx #blizzard2013
pikappkaz Tom Kaz 22m
@wxbrad from my sister in Shelton, CT "shoveled 3 hours ago"
TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
1 snow-related death confirmed in Poughkeepsie NY - 18yo driver lost control of car in snow, struck 74yo walking on shoulder of road. #nemo
Scott McClellan @alastormspotter
Nearly 530,000 customers have lost power in 9 states. #blizzard2013
SkyWatcher1280 ‏@SkyWatcher1280
To all you NorEasters if the power goes out put your fridge stuff in the snow to keep it good. ;) (Smart thinkin)

@Bradley_Airport Bradley Intl Airport
BDL Gate #1 at 10:45pm. Heavy Snow.
Wow, we mush have gotten five inches or more in the last two hours in Nassau County.
JAG3686 Johnny G
@SenhW @Ants_SNEweather here ya go boys!!!!
Bristol, CT 29"
Johnny G@JAG3686
CT DOT TRUCK OVERTURNED RT4 HARWINTON, CT ALL DOT IN NWCT ORDERED STOP AND STAY PUT
Quoting AussieStorm:
SkyWatcher1280 ‏@SkyWatcher1280
To all you NorEasters if the power goes out put your fridge stuff in the snow to keep it good. ;) (Smart thinkin)


I used to work for a call center that handled calls for a power company in the area and it is unbelievable the amount of people that during a winter power outage would expect compensation for spoiled food.
We've broken the two foot barrier!

TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
WOW - now 26" of snow in Hamden, CT. #ctwx #nemo
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
1244 AM EST SAT FEB 09 2013

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 36
HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION
IS EXTENDED TO HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...SKYWARN
SPOTTERS AND MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE
ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/NYC

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS
SNOWFALL OF
/INCHES/ MEASUREMENT

CONNECTICUT

...FAIRFIELD COUNTY...
SHELTON 14.3 1150 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
NORWALK 10.8 1115 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
NEW CANAAN 10.3 1000 PM 2/08 CT DOT
DARIEN 8.8 1000 PM 2/08 CT DOT
DANBURY 7.0 1030 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
BETHEL 6.0 1030 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...MIDDLESEX COUNTY...
CLINTON 12.2 1000 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
OLD SAYBROOK 12.0 1000 PM 2/08 CT DOT

...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...
HAMDEN 26.0 1100 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
WOLCOTT 24.5 1200 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTH GUILFORD 24.0 1100 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NEW HAVEN 22.0 1200 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTH BRANDFORD 21.0 1143 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
NORTH BRANFORD 19.0 1053 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
BRANFORD 17.0 1111 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
NORTHFORD 16.5 909 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
CHESHIRE 16.0 1100 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
SOUTHBURY 14.0 1200 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MILFORD 13.0 1000 PM 2/08 CT DOT
MERIDEN 12.2 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTH HAVEN 12.0 900 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WATERBURY 7.5 1000 PM 2/08 CT DOT
BEACON FALLS 7.0 1000 PM 2/08 CT DOT

...NEW LONDON COUNTY...
COLCHESTER 15.5 1000 PM 2/08 CT DOT
LISBON 15.0 1100 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
GILMAN 15.0 1000 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
NORWICH 14.0 1000 PM 2/08 CT DOT
GROTON 8.0 1000 PM 2/08 CT DOT
STONINGTON 7.5 1030 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

NEW JERSEY

...BERGEN COUNTY...
RIVER VALE 12.1 1200 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
BERGENFIELD 10.4 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
HILLSDALE 9.5 1100 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
RIVERVALE 9.0 900 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
RAMSEY 7.8 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
RIDGEWOOD 7.7 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
TENAFLY 7.2 1130 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
PARK RIDGE 7.0 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MAHWAH 6.6 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
HARRINGTON PARK 6.1 1000 PM 2/08 TRAINED SPOTTER
WYCKOFF 6.0 951 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
SADDLE BROOK 5.8 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...ESSEX COUNTY...
CEDAR GROVE 7.3 1115 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
NEWARK AIRPORT 4.6 1200 AM 2/09 FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER

...HUDSON COUNTY...
JERSEY CITY 4.7 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
HOBOKEN 3.5 945 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...PASSAIC COUNTY...
WAYNE 8.4 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
HASKELL 7.3 1200 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
LITTLE FALLS 5.8 1000 PM 2/08 TRAINED SPOTTER
POMPTON LAKES 5.8 850 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
RINGWOOD 5.5 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...UNION COUNTY...
ELIZABETH 6.1 1200 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WESTFIELD 5.0 1200 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NEW PROVIDENCE 4.0 1140 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
UNION 4.0 930 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

NEW YORK

...BRONX COUNTY...
MIDDLETOWN 9.0 800 PM 2/08 AMATEUR RADIO
EASTCHESTER 4.5 600 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
BRONX 2.3 155 PM 2/08 PUBLIC

...KINGS (BROOKLYN) COUNTY...
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS 4.0 1135 PM 2/08 NYC OEM
GREENPOINT 3.0 930 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
SHEEPSHEAD BAY 2.0 1100 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...NASSAU COUNTY...
BAYVILLE 7.3 1045 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
ALBERTSON 7.0 1200 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
PLAINVIEW 5.5 900 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
FARMINGDALE 4.5 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTH MERRICK 4.5 1130 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
CARLE PLACE 3.8 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NEW HYDE PARK 3.3 1104 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
SEAFORD 2.1 930 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...NEW YORK COUNTY...
CENTRAL PARK 6.3 1200 AM 2/08 CENTRAL PARK ZOO
RIVERBEND HOUSES 1.4 900 AM 2/08 COCORAHS

...NEW YORK (MANHATTAN) COUNTY...
UPPER WEST SIDE 5.0 1110 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...ORANGE COUNTY...
NEW WINDSOR 9.4 1130 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
CORNWALL ON HUDSON 9.0 1119 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WASHINGTONVILLE 8.9 1200 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
MOUNTAIN LODGE PARK 7.0 911 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MIDDLETOWN 7.0 1030 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
ROCK TAVERN 6.1 845 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
FLORIDA 4.9 823 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
GOSHEN 4.4 830 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
HARRIMAN 4.3 630 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
CHESTER 4.1 534 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
GREENVILLE 4.0 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NEWBURGH 3.8 455 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MILBURN 3.5 800 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
OTISVILLE 3.3 700 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
SOUTH BLOOMING GROVE 1.5 308 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...PUTNAM COUNTY...
KENT CLIFFS 8.0 1100 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
MAHOPAC 7.5 1126 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...QUEENS COUNTY...
NYC/LA GUARDIA 6.4 1200 AM 2/09 FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER
RICHMOND HILL 4.5 1130 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
COLLEGE POINT 4.0 1100 PM 2/08 NWS EMPLOYEE
FRESH MEADOWS 3.2 930 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
NYC/JFK AIRPORT 2.9 1200 AM 2/09 FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER
BAYSIDE 1.5 810 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...RICHMOND COUNTY...
STATEN ISLAND 6.8 1146 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
SUNNYSIDE 3.0 907 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
GREAT KILLS 2.5 1155 PM 2/08 PUBLIC

...ROCKLAND COUNTY...
NEW CITY 9.2 1100 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
SUFFERN 9.0 1130 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
NYACK 6.0 1115 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
VALLEY COTTAGE 5.5 800 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NEW HEMPSTEAD 1.5 1230 PM 2/08 PUBLIC

...SUFFOLK COUNTY...
UPTON 22.4 1230 AM 2/09 NWS OFFICE
MOUNT SINAI 21.0 1200 AM 2/09 COOP OBSERVER
EAST SETAUKET 20.5 1130 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
CENTEREACH 20.0 1025 PM 2/08 BROADCAST MEDIA
ST. JAMES 20.0 1105 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
SETAUKET 19.0 1015 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
COMMACK 19.0 1158 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
PORT JEFFERSON STATI 19.0 1100 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
SHOREHAM 16.5 1030 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
PORT JEFFERSON 16.0 859 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
WADING RIVER 15.0 900 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
ROCKY POINT 14.7 930 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
CENTRAL ISLIP 14.7 1127 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
SMITHTOWN 13.3 900 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
YAPHANK 13.0 1020 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
LAKE RONKONKOMA 12.9 1201 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTH BABYLON 12.5 1150 AM 2/08 PUBLIC
SOUND BEACH 11.3 815 PM 2/08 NWS EMPLOYEE
ISLIP AIRPORT 11.2 1000 PM 2/08 FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER
EAST NORTHPORT 11.0 1115 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MEDFORD 11.0 1030 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
BAY SHORE 10.5 1200 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
SAINT JAMES 10.0 845 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTHPORT 9.8 845 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
HOLBROOK 9.5 1040 PM 2/08 NWS EMPLOYEE
BAITING HOLLOW 8.5 945 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
RONKONKOMA 8.5 1000 PM 2/08 NWS EMPLOYEE
EAST MARION 7.5 900 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
SHIRLEY 5.0 1100 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
HUNTINGTON 4.0 1047 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
WEST ISLIP 4.0 1000 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WESTHAMPTON BEACH 2.9 1037 PM 2/08 NWS EMPLOYEE

...WESTCHESTER COUNTY...
SCARSDALE 13.0 1145 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WHITE PLAINS 11.0 1100 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
PORT CHESTER 10.5 1030 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
DOBBS FERRY 10.5 1030 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
YONKERS 10.0 1035 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
ARMONK 9.7 1000 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON 8.0 1030 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
MOUNT PLEASANT 8.0 945 PM 2/08 HAM RADIO
MILLWOOD 7.1 1155 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
BRONXVILLE 7.0 837 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
MOUNT KISCO 7.0 800 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS 6.3 945 PM 2/08 HAM RADIO
ELMSFORD 6.3 945 PM 2/08 HAM RADIO
PEEKSKILL 5.5 945 PM 2/08 HAM RADIO
***********************PEAK WIND GUST***********************

LOCATION MAX WIND TIME/DATE COMMENTS
GUST OF
MPH MEASUREMENT

CONNECTICUT

...FAIRFIELD COUNTY...
1 ENE PORT CHESTER 50 210 PM 2/08 MESONET

...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...
WATERBURY 48 935 PM 2/08 ASOS
NEW HAVEN 47 858 PM 2/08 ASOS
2 SSE NEW HAVEN 45 924 PM 2/08 MESONET

...NEW LONDON COUNTY...
GROTON AIRPORT 60 656 PM 2/08 ASOS

NEW YORK

...ANZ338...
2 N TOMPKINSVILLE 49 236 PM 2/08 MESONET

...ANZ345...
2 SSE EAST MORICHES 47 415 PM 2/08 MESONET

...ANZ350...
20 SE EAST HAMPTON 65 750 PM 2/08 MESONET
BUOY 44017 65 750 PM 2/08 BUOY

...ANZ355...
13 S ATLANTIC BEACH 47 250 PM 2/08 MESONET
BUOY 44065 47 250 PM 2/08 BUOY

...ANZ370...
30 S ROBERT MOSES ST 51 550 PM 2/08 MESONET
BUOY 44025 51 350 PM 2/08 BUOY

...SUFFOLK COUNTY...
4 ENE PLUM ISLAND 75 1057 PM 2/08 MESONET
3 W HITHER HILLS STA 57 831 PM 2/08 MESONET
MONTAUK HIGHWAY 52 1200 AM 2/09 MESONET
MONTAUK 49 707 PM 2/08 ASOS
ISLIP AIRPORT 48 312 PM 2/08 ASOS
EATONS NECK 47 155 PM 2/08 MESONET
2 WSW FISHERS ISLAND 47 1200 AM 2/09 MESONET
WESTHAMPTON BEACH AI 46 934 PM 2/08 ASOS
TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
Latest #NYC snow totals range from 1.5" in Bayside, Queens to 9.0" in parts of the Bronx. 6.3" at Central Park. #nemo
Scott McClellan ‏@alastormspotter
People trapped in cars on LI Expressway and Sunrise Highway, being rescued by snowmobile. #nywx #blizzard2013

Andrea Butera ‏@AndreaButera
Live stream of #snow / winter storm out of Manahawkin, NJ, via @CoasterStorm: http://ustre.am/2uWG
1052. Gaara
...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...
HAMDEN 26.0 1100 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
WOLCOTT 24.5 1200 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTH GUILFORD 24.0 1100 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

Hamden reportedly well over 30 now. 22" here.
I'm going to church, I'll say a little prayer for you all being affected by #Blizzard2013

Quoting 1900hurricane:
Here's a RAP sounding for right about where the surface low is, just 'cause.



Wow.
Quoting Jedkins01:


That just reminds me why I live in Florida! lol


I was just thinking about how me and mine will be moving north (from Central FL) once established, the weather here is just...boring most of the time. Many (most) like "boring" weather, but me, I want a good thunderstorm and some hot days in the summer (which FL certainly has), a breezy fall with beautiful colors and, yes, a few snow storms in the winter and consistent cold for a couple months. I know I am in the minority.
Quoting SyriboTigereyes:
Wow, we mush have gotten five inches or more in the last two hours in Nassau County.


National Weather Service Doppler radar and observations indicate
a large band of snow over the area. Moderate to heavy snow will
occur in spots. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour with
near zero visibility are expected to occur. A few rumbles of
thunder are also possible. In addition... windy conditions with
gusts between 40 and 50 mph will lead to dangerous travel
conditions. Many roads are closed with numerous vehicles stranded.
Travel is not recommended and should be avoided if possible.

Nassau County here as well. I thought this thing was all over a couple hours ago. I wanted to say that the snow rate must me 2"+ per hour. Now I have some justification. The amazing part is that it looks as if we have several more hours this intensity.
Quoting EricSpittle:


I used to work for a call center that handled calls for a power company in the area and it is unbelievable the amount of people that during a winter power outage would expect compensation for spoiled food.


Homeowners/renters insurance does cover it. Usually a $100 deductible and up to $500 worth of product.
Here's a cool water vapor imagery loop on the winter storm intensifying off of the US northeast coast from the CIMSS Satellite Blog.
Quoting wilsongti45:


Wow.

That's the old one, here's the new one.

Quoting Gaara:
...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...
HAMDEN 26.0 1100 PM 2/08 PUBLIC
WOLCOTT 24.5 1200 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTH GUILFORD 24.0 1100 PM 2/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

Hamden reportedly well over 30 now. 22" here.

Maybe the NAM wasn't completely crazy after all. It's still mostly crazy, but not completely.
Quoting wilsongti45:


National Weather Service Doppler radar and observations indicate
a large band of snow over the area. Moderate to heavy snow will
occur in spots. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour with
near zero visibility are expected to occur. A few rumbles of
thunder are also possible. In addition... windy conditions with
gusts between 40 and 50 mph will lead to dangerous travel
conditions. Many roads are closed with numerous vehicles stranded.
Travel is not recommended and should be avoided if possible.

Nassau County here as well. I thought this thing was all over a couple hours ago. I wanted to say that the snow rate must me 2"+ per hour. Now I have some justification. The amazing part is that it looks as if we have several more hours this intensity.

It really did take so long for those intense bands to start! I hope the wind stays low. Not looking forward to anymore power outages after Sandy ;)
1063. ianjos
Don't know if it was a bad radar image, but at approx 10:30 PM Friday night, it appeared that there was an "eye" of calm wind off of Cape Cod. Does anyone have more info. on this?
It almost looks like there is a small convective feature close to the center near Nantucket.


No blizzard in DC area, not even one flake of snow.

Some morning mist, cool and humid until late afternoon then some sun, north wind and a cold front after 7pm.

Currently 20 kt breezes with occasional gusts 10 kt higher (estimated).
Quoting 1900hurricane:

Maybe the NAM wasn't completely crazy after all. It's still mostly crazy, but not completely.


Agreed. Give credit where is due. Maybe none of the models predicted the the location of the highest amounts perfectly. However, the NAM called the 30-40' snowfalls which we are currently seeing. I remember seeing the the ranges on it and laughing as well. Just food for thought...
This is unbelievable. Like a complete white out. I want to say there have been over six inches in two hours. There look to be some two foot drifts covering our entire driveway and back yard. All in less than three hours!
Quoting EricSpittle:


I used to work for a call center that handled calls for a power company in the area and it is unbelievable the amount of people that during a winter power outage would expect compensation for spoiled food.
Many foods can't be frozen, and there are problems with keeping food outside. Vermin is a big one.
Do you like black bears, raccoons, possums, coyotes, wild dogs, cats and the like hanging around your house?

Add to this the problem of assuming you've got your stuff stored at the right temperature, as say, in an enclosed garage. Many people forget, and it warms up, then it cools down again.

One of the worst things you can do to food is change its temperature often. It activates the bacteria living on or in it, and dramatically shortens the useful life of a refrigerated food product. The exception, as always, would be your condiments with high acidity, but even these will go bad if they've got enough sugar in them, and have been opened a time or two.

Food spoilage is very common and reasonable during cold weather power outages.

Make a list of what you throw out, and take some photos.

NEVER keep meat of ANY kind that hasn't been kept at a constant low temperature. If it fluctuates more than a few degrees, it's ruined and could make you very ill.
1069. timmib
From central ct (unionville) snow is 21 inches deep off the back steps. Probably deeper in the flat areas.
Quoting SyriboTigereyes:
This is unbelievable. Like a complete white out. I want to say there have been over six inches in two hours. There look to be some two foot drifts covering our entire driveway and back yard. All in less than three hours!


Where on the island are you?
Just saw a 98mph gust on the ASOS at Logan International in Boston. Was immediately suspicious and checked out NWS Taunton's twitter and found this. Seems like the extremely high snowfall rates are messing with the ASOS measurements.

NWSboston@NWSboston
Regarding winds: At this time please ignore all ASOS wind reports due to anemometer/snow problems until we evaluate, we will let you know.
Quoting wilsongti45:


Where on the island are you?

I am in Elmont. At least the plows keep going by!
Feeling helpless down here on Amelia Island, FL. I have family in Huntington, Long Island in NY. They were slammed with Superstorm Sandy & suffered a lot of damage to their home on the bay. Also have family in Endfield, CT and Avon, Ct, and in Natick, MA. Lots of friends in NJ & NYC.

I love Wunderground and have been reading a lot and looking at photos tonight. This is the first time I am commenting on a blog.

It's now 1:50 AM, 2/9/13. Will take a look at CNN and head to bed. I wish all of you, who are dealing with Nemo, the best of luck. Hope you do not lose electricity. Take care.
1076. Gaara
I'm looking at about 26-27" in Milford now.. The bottle method was a failure as there was 3" of snow beneath the bottom bottle.. Apparently I underestimate the ratios on the first couple inches of snow.
This storm is just incredible! The heavy bands keep comming. What's the pressure in the storm right now?
1078. code1
I'm just wondering Doc Master.'s. My pittances of $5 isn't much as i told u Arron long ago. I'm I'm FL ,interested in Nemo as i lived ''78 storm. 83 one as well looked to bringing true storm central!
Feel's so weird living in Northern Maine and watching Southern Maine get pounded...Usually we are the ones that get smashed (by big Canadian storms dipping into us)

Now we might get...6 inches here in presque Isle from this storm, while Portland is going to top 3 feet in the next two Hours...that's just absolutely insane!
Quoting HurricaneLovr75:
This storm is just incredible! The heavy bands keep comming. What's the pressure in the storm right now?


974 and still falling. This was over an hour ago though...

Link
The band moving towards NYC from the west has bow echos in it.... incredible!
Quoting ConnecticutWXGuy:
The band moving towards NYC from the East has bow echos in it.... incredible!

Just saw that! Should be coming through here soon..
Quoting ConnecticutWXGuy:
The band moving towards NYC from the East has bow echos in it.... incredible!


Snow is still falling at an incredible rate here on Long Island. I figure this intensity will continue for another 2-3 hours until that band comes though. Not over yet


all warnings ended in ontario
==weather event discussion==

A major and memorable winter storm continues to impact portions of
Eastern Ontario and stubbornly is hanging onto the Niagara
Penisula. General snowfall amounts of 20 to 40 cm have been
Reported so far with over 40 cm reported in a handful of locales.
The snow accumulated rapidly and was blown around by gusty winds
From the northeast. This led to hazardous driving conditions across
much of Southern Ontario as well as multiple closures and flight
cancellations.

Below are snow amounts reported as of 11:00 PM.

------------------------------------------------- ------------
Location snow amount (cm)
------------------------------------------------- ------------

Windsor Airport 7
Chatham 6*
Tillsonburg 29*
Mount Brydges 23*
Goderich 14
London Airport 20
Dorchester 25*
Foldens (sw Woodstock) 23
Roseville (sw Kitchener) 25
Cambridge 25
Kitchener Stanley Park 29*
Kitchener west 31*
Waterloo - north 40*
Waterloo Airport 20*
Guelph 23*
Fergus 33*
Fergus shand dam 29*
Delhi 27
Welland 30*
Grimsby mountain 27
Grimsby west (lakeshore) 29*
St Catharines 30*
St Catharines - south 44*
Fort Erie 13*
Port Colborne 19*
Dundas 35*
Hamilton - west mtn 32
Hamilton arpt 15
Brampton 25
Georgetown 31*
Toronto - Pearson 26
Toronto - downtown 28
Toronto - Downsview 30
Toronto - East York 34*
Pickering 30*
Vaughan 34*
Jarvis 30*
Markham 27*
Woodbridge 30*
Buttonville 35
Thornhill 34*
Richmond Hill 29
Aurora 40*
Newmarket 25
Baldwin (S Sutton) 30*
Sharon 28*
Caledon 25*
Orillia 39
Coldwater 32
Shanty Bay (ne Barrie) 37
Midland 20*
Haliburton 23*
Thornbury 29*
Wiarton 27
Blackstock (Port Perry) 29*
Kaladar 30*
Trenton 31
Stirling 24*
Brighton 33*
Bowmanville 26*
Peterborough 33*
Tapley (sw Peterborough) 41*
Perth 25
Centreville (nw kingstn) 17*
Brockville 23*
Ottawa - airport 22
Gatineau 20
Russell (se Ottawa) 20
Balaclava (sw Renfrew) 21*
Petawawa 9*

* volunteer observations

This weather summary contains preliminary information and may not
constitute an official or final report.

END/OSPC


Check back in the am and see if I made 30". I bet I do!
That one band with what looks like the bow echoes is just a few miles from here!
1090. code1
All I have to offer? My only child was conceived during that '78 storm as many here. In the mountains of E. KY!
We prolled the back woods hollers then in his leg cast to pull folks out I'n that ol' chevy. Fun times way back when! ;-) Thank the good Lord that I'm back I'n big winds now. My day will say same, any day at warm beach is better than elsewhere!
NWS Boston‏@NWSBoston

Heavy band of snow (2-3 inches/hour) continues to move east over next couple of hours. Link
Eric Holthaus‏@EricHolthaus

NWS: 9.3" in College Point Queens is highest official total so far in NYC. No reports from Bronx since midnight... probably >1ft there now.
Alright you guys, Im back...

Reporting well over 16" of snow...
so, this storm was more than forecasted or less?
Quoting Luisport:
so, this storm was more than forecasted or less?

I think they got it pretty close, with some areas being more. Eastern Long Island definitely got it worse than I saw predicted.
Quoting SyriboTigereyes:

I think they got it pretty close, with some areas being more. Eastern Long Island definitely got it worse than I saw predicted.
And it's not over...
A curfew in the Boston area has some locals received 3 feet of snow....similar scene in Massachusetts


Link
Quoting SyriboTigereyes:

I think they got it pretty close, with some areas being more. Eastern Long Island definitely got it worse than I saw predicted.


Eastern Long Island has definitely been the surprise location for this storm.'

Mainstream news media completely ignored that area, concentrating instead on Boston, NYC, a couple of places in Connecticut and the area around Providence, RI. But I have yet to see any video reports from anywhere on Long Island, much less Suffolk County, which seems to have taken the brunt. The only exception to this was one "I report" on CNN several hours ago, showing thundersnow somewhere on Central Long Island, but nothing at all from any national news reports.

I suspect this is because the official forecast had originally called for most of L.I. to get mainly rain until late in the storm, with snow totals being less than ten inches in all areas and less than 6" in Eastern Long Island. Looks like this was a gross underestimate.
HVWX1‏@HudsonValleyWx

The precip to the west of the Hudson River is starting to break up a bit and may be starting to taper off......
Link
AccuWeather.com‏@breakingweather

#Blizzard has caused a shut down of the #NYC Metro-North Railroad in Hudson, Harlem and New Haven.
Eric Holthaus‏@EricHolthaus

Per meteorologist message board, "this may be the heaviest snow ive ever seen." Estimates from Jersey City to NYC are 3-4"/hr right now.
Quoting FLWaterFront:


Eastern Long Island has definitely been the surprise location for this storm.'

Mainstream news media completely ignored that area, concentrating instead on Boston, NYC, a couple of places in Connecticut and the area around Providence, RI. But I have yet to see any video reports from anywhere on Long Island, much less Suffolk County, which seems to have taken the brunt. The only exception to this was one "I report" on CNN several hours ago, showing thundersnow somewhere on Central Long Island, but nothing at all from any national news reports.

I suspect this is because the official forecast had originally called for most of L.I. to get mainly rain until late in the storm, with snow totals being less than ten inches in all areas and less than 6" in Eastern Long Island. Looks like this was a gross underestimate.


I think another issue is that the L.I.E. has been shut down for quite some time now, so nobody can get out there to get video even if they wanted to
FOX CT Weather‏@WeatherCT

What's another 2"-8" at this point? (RPM forecast for additional snowfall) #Blizzard2013 Link
No snow falling at NYC Time Square.


Link



Link
Matt Noyes ‏@MattNoyesNECN
The band of snow that had set up in CT/Central MA is snapping east - dropping 4"/hour snow.
Radar:
Quoting SyriboTigereyes:
That one band with what looks like the bow echoes is just a few miles from here!

is that from the bands passing over the tall buildings in the city?
AccuWeather.com‏@breakingweather

#Blizzard: Reports of 30-40 vehicles stranded near the intersection of 347 & 112 in Port Jefferson Station, NY on Long Island.

NWS Boston‏@NWSBoston

RT @wx1box: Hartford-Tolland Cty CT SKYWARN Net: Manchester, CT: 28.0", Granby, CT: 27.0", Vernon, CT: 25.0". Thanks to ORH EOC for Relay.
Quoting Civicane49:
Report of nearly three feet of snow in Hamden, Connecticut
AccuWeather.com‏@breakingweather

Officially 34" of snow on the ground in Hamden, CT.
34 inches reported in Hamden, CT

Just measured 25 inches here in Naugatuck, CT
Quoting ConnecticutWXGuy:
34 inches reported in Hamden, CT

Just measured 25 inches here in Naugatuck, CT


Im sure there is over 20" here in Norwalk, CT
Eric Holthaus‏@EricHolthaus

Snow is ending now for NYC and Nassau County. Up to 2-4hrs left for Suffolk Co and CT. Peak snow starting now through noon in Boston area.


MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0127
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0307 AM CST SAT FEB 09 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...CT/RI/MA/NH TO COASTAL MAINE

CONCERNING...BLIZZARD

VALID 090907Z - 091330Z

SUMMARY...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NEW
ENGLAND...ESPECIALLY RI/EASTERN CT AND CENTRAL/EASTERN MA TO
SOUTHEAST NH/COASTAL MAINE...THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
/12-15Z/. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1-2 IN/HR WILL REMAIN COMMON WITH
LOCALIZED RATES TO 3 IN/HR...ALTHOUGH THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL
BEGIN TO TAPER BY DAYBREAK ACROSS WESTERN/SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.
SIGNIFICANT NORTH/NORTHEAST WINDS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

DISCUSSION...PER SATELLITE/SURFACE ANALYSIS...AN APPROXIMATE 974 MB
SURFACE LOW IS CENTERED AROUND 80 MILES TO THE EAST-SOUTHEAST OF
CAPE COD MA AS OF 09Z. A WELL-EVIDENT ROUGHLY 50-MILE WIDE CORRIDOR
OF VERY HEAVY SNOWFALL CONTINUES TO OCCUR IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE
DEFORMATION BAND/FRONTOGENETIC ZONE ON THE IMMEDIATE NORTHWEST
PERIPHERY OF THIS CYCLONE. SINCE 0730Z...MEASURED WIND GUSTS TO
50-60 KT HAVE BEEN NOTED AT A NUMBER OF OBSERVATION STATIONS
INCLUDING FRYEBERG MAINE...BOSTON/LOGAN...AND MARTHAS
VINEYARD...WITH A 67 KT WIND GUST MEASURED AT NANTUCKET MA AT 0722Z.
WITH WSR-88D VWP DATA FROM BOSTON/TAUNTON AND GRAY MAINE SAMPLING
55-70 KT NORTH-NORTHEASTERLY WINDS WITHIN THE LOWEST 1-2 KT...A
SIMILAR POTENTIAL FOR VERY STRONG 50+ KT WIND GUSTS WILL ESPECIALLY
PERSIST THIS MORNING ACROSS EASTERN PORTIONS OF MA/SOUTHEAST
NH/MAINE.

CURRENT TRENDS/SHORT-TERM GUIDANCE SUGGESTS THAT THE DEFORMATION
BAND AND ASSOCIATED HEAVIEST SNOWFALL THROUGH 12Z-15Z WILL CONTINUE
TO SHIFT EASTWARD ACROSS FAR EASTERN PORTIONS OF CT/MA AND
RI...WHILE OTHERWISE PERSISTING ACROSS SOUTHEAST NH/COASTAL MAINE. A
GENERAL TREND OF GRADUALLY WARMING CLOUD TOPS HAS BEEN NOTED OVER
THE PAST FEW HOURS IN IR SATELLITE IMAGERY...BUT EVEN SO...SNOWFALL
RATES OF 1-3 IN/HR WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE THIS MORNING. FARTHER
WEST/SOUTHWEST...SNOWFALL RATES ARE EXPECTED TO STEADILY TAPER
THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF MA/CT/LONG
ISLAND.

..GUYER.. 02/09/2013
Red-ish color added to the map

1119. LargoFl
Good Morning Folks!..the blogs coffee is perked for when you get here enjoy!..have a great day everyone!
1120. LargoFl
6z GFS at 36 hours:

1122. LargoFl
6z GFS at 48 hours:

1124. LargoFl
1125. LargoFl
1126. LargoFl
wow..here comes the Next one.....................
1127. LargoFl
Quoting LargoFl:
wow..here comes the Next one.....................

And then...



Im not looking forward for this one...GFS in 129 hours...
1129. timmib
From central CT (Unionville),

At 4:45 the snow was 28" deep. The two bands seem to have passed and temperatures are rising into the 27 degree area. Visibility is much improved.

Now I've got to figure out where I'm going to move all this stuff in order to find the cars!
@TWC Stephanie Abrams

Times Square, NYC

Models are picking up on another large blizzard for next week for the Northeast O.o The hell man...
Eric Holthaus‏@EricHolthaus

RT @MattNoyesNECN: CT Gov: Limited access highway travel ban now a TOTAL STATEWIDE travel ban, all roads closed until further notice
Eric Holthaus‏@EricHolthaus

RT @capecodweather: More or less the entire Cape is without power. Winds still howling.
Breaking News Storm‏@breakingstorm

Police say between 60 and 100 cars stuck in snow on the Long Island Expressway; officers working to evacuate drivers - @NBCNews
7News‏@7News

Heavy snow band along South Shore. Heading for Cape Cod next 1-2 hours. 2-6" of snow likely with this band. http://t.co/E... via
Eric Holthaus‏@EricHolthaus

It's simply epic out there across LI, CT, RI. Gov of CT now has statewide travel ban. For Boston, heaviest snow is still getting underway.
Looking at storm reports, it appears that a swath of 30+ inch snow totals exists from central Long Island up through central and parts of eastern Connecticut. Numerous reports of plows getting stuck.... not to mention I am currently watching a plow driver dig his plow out after he got stuck on Route 63 which is in close proximity to my house.

For Connecticut, this storm was the storm of all storms.

The only parts of cars visible are the top couple inches of radio antennas.

About an hour ago, I witnessed two fire trucks headed towards a call waiting for a plow to plow for them... this is the same plow that got stuck and they had to wait for a secondary plow that appeared better equipped to arrive.

This is just absolutely surreal, folks. If you don't live here you can't even begin to imagine the scene. I feel bad for the troubles this storm has caused, but honestly I am incredibly thankful to have gotten an opportunity to see it in person. To a weather buff, this is just an absolute masterpiece... I don't know if I'll ever look at any storm the same again unless it happens to rival this one.
Breaking News Storm‏@breakingstorm

Strong winds continue to sweep across New England and Long Island; gust of 83mph recorded in Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts - @usNWSgov
Mike Bettes ‏@TWCMikeBettes
In other snow news, Winter Storm Orka expected to cause blizzard conditions through the Plains.
Over 20" reported in my area. i have never experienced such heavy snowfalls


FRESH PIC...
Awesome pre-dawn picture...

Good morning! I can't believe how much snow we have here. I haven't taken a measurement yet, it's going to be tough because of drifts. I would guess somewhere in the 22-28" range based on measurements from areas around me and my visual guesstimating. Still snowing lightly, with several hours of light to moderate snow to come.
1143. pottery
Beastly Weather there. You all stay Safe.

And here it was a 'cold' 68F this morning, with a golden sunrise.

Some like it Hot.
Quoting pottery:
Beastly Weather there. You all stay Safe.

And here it was a 'cold' 68F this morning, with a golden sunrise.

Some like it Hot.

Hey Pot
Come to Sydney if you like it hot. 75.9F and 81% humidity.
Jeff Last ‏@JeffLast
Hartford, CT -- MT @JanCarabeo: Green light but no go for these cars. #blizzard

Michael R. Lowry ‏@MichaelRLowry
#flooding from last night MT @jreineron7 major flooding going on in Sand Hills area of Scituate #nemo
TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
Up to 31.4 inches of snow now reported in Gorham, Maine. #Nemo
It was tough thinking about all the snow and misery you folks in CT, MA, and elsewhere under this storm were experiencing when out yesterday afternoon.

In central VA, the spring peepers and other frogs had dug themselves out of the undergrowth and puddles. We had the full choir to listen to while walking along the James River.

Stay safe and warm.
1149. LargoFl
lOOKS LIKE THE NEXT ONE MAKES IT TO ME NEXT WEEK...
In other News

Rescuers struggle to aid quake victims

RELIEF workers are scrambling to reach quake-ravaged villages in the Solomon Islands, with "unusual seismic activity" sighted as strong aftershocks continue to jolt the remote Pacific region.

Pungent steam was reportedly rising from cracks in the ground three days after a deadly 8.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami in the region, killing at least 13 people, destroying villages and leaving thousands homeless.

A further 12 houses were reported destroyed following a 6.8 magnitude tremor and another measuring 7.0 late Friday, which sent villagers fleeing to higher ground in fear of another tsunami.

The Solomon Islands government has declared the outlying Santa Cruz Islands a disaster area as a series of aftershocks continued to hamper relief efforts.

A fragile communications system meant officials in the capital Honiara were struggling to get a clear picture of the extent of damage, but the Red Cross said food, water and shelter were a priority for quake-hit villages.

An Australian Air Force plane flew over the ravaged area on Friday and confirmed the worst damage was around the provincial capital Lata.

Authorities do not have immediate access to cargo planes capable of landing on the Lata air strip and desperately needed supplies are being shipped on a day-long journey from the Solomons capital Honiara.

"Relief operations are still going on despite the tremors and aftershocks. Water and food are the priority," Red Cross secretary general Joanne Zoleveke said.

The first vessel to arrive, a police launch carrying medical supplies, food and shelter, reached Lata on Friday evening but could not berth until Saturday morning because of the ongoing tremors.

Volcano and seismic specialists were also being called on to analyse the significance of the steam rising from the ground in parts of the Santa Cruz Islands.

"There's a lot of unusual seismic activity," a spokeswoman for the National Disaster Management Office told AFP from Honiara.

"The earth is clearly doing something there. We are asking for scientific expertise to provide us with some information about what they think might be happening. There are cracks and some steam and water coming out."


The first major aftershock on Friday "triggered a very small wave, this has caused some damage to Lata wharf", the National Disaster Management Office spokeswoman said, adding it was also hindering the unloading of emergency supplies.

A larger vessel carrying bags of rice, water and a water purifier was expected to arrive on Sunday morning.

The aftershocks have prevented villagers from returning home and they are sheltering in makeshift camps sharing limited provisions, with World Vision warning that sanitation would soon become an issue.
1151. LargoFl
folks up in the northeast you stay safe ok, this is a very bad storm,winds still high etc..one good thing is we had plenty of warning time to prepare..NWS was pretty much on the money with the forecast and predictions.
1152. LargoFl
...SNOWFALL COMING TO AN END FROM WEST TO EAST THROUGH THE DAY
TODAY...

CTZ002>004-091745-
/O.CON.KBOX.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-130209T1800Z/
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARTFORD...WINDSOR LOCKS...UNION...
VERNON...PUTNAM...WILLIMANTIC
439 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2013

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON...

* LOCATIONS...NORTHERN CONNECTICUT.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...BLOWING AND DRIFTING AT TIMES...
QUARTER MILE VISIBILITIES...AND WINDS GUSTING AROUND 40 MPH.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF MORE THAN 2 FEET.

* TIMING...STRONGEST WINDS AND HEAVIEST SNOW NOW THROUGH THIS
MORNING.

* IMPACTS...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS TRAVEL
WITH VISIBILITIES NEAR ZERO IN WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS. IN
ADDITION...ANTICIPATE DAMAGE TO TREES AND STRUCTURES ALONG WITH
WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES.

* WINDS...NORTH 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER 20S.
Joshua Royster ‏@230 kv_barehand
24.7" reported nearby



Heather Goldsmith ‏@heather9953
blizzard outside of Bangor, ME


Sean Breslin ‏@Sean_Breslin
A Providence plow abandoned downtown. No occupant, on a 30 degree angle.
There's so much snow, I can't even get out of my house.
1156. LargoFl
any word on damage along the shorelines yet?..............MINOR COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE BAYS THIS
MORNING...

...HIGH SURF AND BEACH EROSION ALONG ATLANTIC OCEAN
BEACHES AND TWIN FORKS THROUGH THIS MORNING...

NYZ075-178-091700-
/O.COR.KOKX.CF.Y.0002.130209T1000Z-130209T1700Z/
KINGS (BROOKLYN)-SOUTHERN QUEENS-
438 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2013

...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY...

* LOCATIONS...THE SOUTHERN BAYS OF BROOKLYN AND QUEENS.

* TIDAL DEPARTURES...1 TO 2 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES.

* BEACH EROSION...MODERATE BEACH EROSION IS EXPECTED ALONG THE
OCEAN FACING BEACHES OF THE ROCKAWAYS THROUGH THIS MORNING.

* TIMING...DURING THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE THIS MORNING BETWEEN 6
AND 8 AM.

* IMPACTS...FLOODING OF THE MOST VULNERABLE SHORE ROADS AND/OR
BASEMENTS DUE TO HEIGHT OF STORM TIDE OR WAVE SPLASHOVER.
MAJORITY OF ROADS REMAIN PASSABLE WITH ONLY ISOLATED CLOSURES.
THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO LIFE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE.

&&
Nearly 2' of snow fell over my area
1158. LargoFl
there's going to be alot of back pains..shoveling That much snow whew..i remember those days vividly.

@TRstar991 Therese Romano
Somerset County, NJ
1160. LargoFl
Still not over yet..........URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
636 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2013

...HISTORIC WINTER STORM GRADUALLY WINDING DOWN THIS MORNING...

CTZ006>008-010>012-091700-
/O.CON.KOKX.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-130209T1700Z/
NORTHERN NEW HAVEN-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX-NORTHERN NEW LONDON-
SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN-SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX-SOUTHERN NEW LONDON-
636 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2013

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY...

* LOCATIONS...SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...20 TO 36 INCHES.

* WINDS...NORTH 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S.

* TIMING...THE STRONGEST WINDS AND HEAVIEST SNOW WILL OCCUR
THROUGH DAYBREAK.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED THIS MORNING AS MANY ROADS
ARE IMPASSABLE...WITH NUMEROUS REPORTS OF CLOSED ROADS AND
STRANDED CARS. HEAVY SNOW AND WINDS WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS
DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH VISIBILITIES NEAR ZERO IN WHITE-OUT
CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION...SOME TREES AND POWER LINES WILL BE
DOWNED...CAUSING POWER OUTAGES.
Behemoth storm dumps snow on US northeast.

A BEHEMOTH storm packing hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions has swept through the US Northeast, dumping more than half a metre of snow on New England and knocking out power to 650,000 homes and businesses.

More than 70 centimetres of snow had fallen on central Connecticut by early on Saturday, and areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched 0.6 metres or more of snow - with more falling. Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights through Saturday, and New York City's three major airports and Boston's Logan Airport closed.

The wind-whipped snowstorm mercifully arrived at the start of a weekend, which meant fewer cars on the road and extra time for sanitation crews to clear the mess before commuters in the New York-to-Boston region of roughly 25 million people have to go back to work. But it could also mean a weekend cooped up indoors.

For a group of stranded European business travellers, it meant making the best of downtime in a hotel restaurant Friday night in downtown Boston, where snow blew outside and drifted several inches deep on the footpaths.

The six Santander bank employees found their flights back to Spain cancelled, and they gave up on seeing the city or having dinner out.

"We are not believing it," said Tommaso Memeghini, 29, an Italian who lives in Barcelona. "We were told it may be the biggest snowstorm in the last 20 years."

The National Weather Service says up to 3 feet of snow is expected in Boston, threatening the city's 2003 record of 27.6 inches. A wind gust of 76 mph was recorded at Logan Airport.

In heavily Catholic Boston, the archdiocese urged parishioners to be prudent about attending Sunday Mass and reminded them that, under church law, the obligation "does not apply when there is grave difficulty in fulfilling this obligation."

Halfway through what had been a mild winter across the Northeast, blizzard warnings were posted from parts of New Jersey to Maine. The National Weather Service said Boston could get close to 3 feet of snow by Saturday evening, while most of Rhode Island could receive more than 2 feet, most of it falling overnight Friday into Saturday. Connecticut was bracing for 2 feet, and New York City was expecting as much as 14 inches.

Early snowfall was blamed for a 19-car pileup in Cumberland, Maine, that caused minor injuries. In New York, hundreds of cars began getting stuck on the Long Island Expressway on Friday afternoon at the beginning of the snowstorm and dozens of motorists remained disabled early Saturday as police worked to free them.

About 650,000 customers in the Northeast lost power during the height of the snowstorm, most of them in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Mass., lost electricity and shut down Friday night during the storm. Authorities say there's no threat to public safety.

At least four deaths were being blamed on the storm, three in Canada and one in New York. In southern Ontario, an 80-year-old woman collapsed while shovelling her driveway and two men were killed in car crashes. In New York, a 74-year-old man died after being struck by a car in Poughkeepsie; the driver said she lost control in the snowy conditions, police said.

Forecasters said wind gusts exceeding 75 mph could cause more widespread power outages and whip the snow into fearsome drifts. Flooding was expected along coastal areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, which hit New York and New Jersey the hardest and is considered Jersey's worst natural disaster.
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Maine might get 2' more gee..............URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
610 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2013

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SOUTHERN PENOBSCOT-INTERIOR HANCOCK-CENTRAL WASHINGTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BANGOR...BREWER...ORONO...OLD TOWN...
AMHERST...AURORA...DEDHAM...EASTBROOK...GREAT POND...ORLAND...
DEBLOIS...GRAND LAKE STREAM...MEDDYBEMPS...PEMBROKE...PERRY...
PRINCETON
610 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2013

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING...
...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CARIBOU HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING. THIS
UPGRADES THE PRIOR WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND
BLOWING SNOW.

* STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS...13 TO 22 INCHES OF SNOW.

* TIMING...THROUGH THIS EVENING.

* WINDS...NORTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...A QUARTER MILE OR LESS.

* TEMPERATURES...8 TO 20 ABOVE.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...HEAVY SNOW WITH EXTREME BLOWING AND DRIFTING
SNOW.

* IMPACTS...EXTREME. HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE
DANGEROUS TRAVELING CONDITIONS. BLOWING SNOW WILL FREQUENTLY
CAUSE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. DRIFTING WILL BE SEVERE...UPWARDS
TO 3 TO 5 FT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED. 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/CAR.
1163. LargoFl
omg temps in the teens and no power.650,000 .....
1164. LargoFl
power outages reports..in Conn..around new London about 60%
1165. LargoFl
besides the snow story..we have to watch Texas next few days...........- Some thunderstorms may turn severe tonight across parts of Texas, including the Austin and Dallas areas.

- An isolated tornado is possible in parts of Texas tonight.

- Much of the South will see highs from the mid 50s to the 60s.

- Much of FL and southern Texas will see highs in the 70s.

- Severe T-storms may break out over a large part of Texas Saturday night.

- Severe storms shift into the Lower MS Valley on Sunday with widespread rain for the Southeast next week.
@ginagirl916 gina
looks like it snowed in CT

4 deaths related to blizzard.

Link

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Catherine Miles @iRunnerGirl
Easily 3 feet here in Wellesley.
@NWSBoston: Boston Official report in: 21.8"
Jonathan Erdman ‏@wxjerdman
Imagine seeing this opening your garage? Via @iWitnessWeather contributor Lee Sharpe. #blizzard

@hmpenner Heide Penner
um, where the heck did the street and car go?

1173. LargoFl
Here is a good site to see the snowfall totals.

Link
1175. LargoFl
not over yet folks..................
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LOCATIONS...NORTHERN CONNECTICUT.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...BLOWING AND DRIFTING AT TIMES...
QUARTER MILE VISIBILITIES...AND WINDS GUSTING AROUND 40 MPH.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF MORE THAN 2 FEET.

* TIMING...STRONGEST WINDS AND HEAVIEST SNOW NOW THROUGH THIS
MORNING.

* IMPACTS...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS TRAVEL
WITH VISIBILITIES NEAR ZERO IN WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS. IN
ADDITION...ANTICIPATE DAMAGE TO TREES AND STRUCTURES ALONG WITH
WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES.

* WINDS...NORTH 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER 20S.
Logan Airport in Boston, MA has officially reported 21.8", making this the city's 7th largest snowstorm ever according to Doc's countdown. Still some pretty heavy banding that has to move through, it will likely put another 2-4" down and move this storm to at least number 5 on the list.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
744 AM EST SAT FEB 09 2013

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE RECENT
STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED TO
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND
MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME
PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/NYC

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************


NEW HAVEN COUNTY...

MILFORD .............. 38.0 615 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
OXFORD ............... 36.2 600 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NEW HAVEN ............ 34.3 600 AM 2/09 CT DOT
HAMDEN ............... 34.0 130 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
WOLCOTT .............. 33.0 457 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MADISON .............. 32.0 321 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NAUGATUCK ............ 30.0 600 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
MERIDEN .............. 30.0 400 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
BRANFORD ............. 28.0 700 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NORTH BRANFORD ....... 27.0 243 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
@thrillcats Christine Heeren 5m
30 in of snow in Middle Island, NY this morning.

Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Logan Airport in Boston, MA has officially reported 21.8", making this the city's 7th largest snowstorm ever according to Doc's countdown. Still some pretty heavy banding that has to move through, it will likely put another 2-4" down and move this storm to at least number 5 on the list.

I guess this is wrong then?

TWC Breaking @TWCBreaking
The #Boston total of 21.8" stands as the 6th biggest snowstorm in history so far. #nemo
Hundreds of people in Hull, MA are now being evacuated by the National Guard over fears of major coastal flooding from a high tide in about 2 hours.
Quoting interstatelover7165:
There's so much snow, I can't even get out of my house.
Sounds like a good day to stay home! :)
Quoting AussieStorm:

I guess this is wrong then?

TWC Breaking @TWCBreaking
The #Boston total of 21.8" stands as the 6th biggest snowstorm in history so far. #nemo

My local news that I saw the 21.8" report on also said 6th biggest, but according to the countdown on the blog it would be 7th. Maybe they're not taking the 1945 storm into account? Doesn't really matter anyways at this point I guess since that's not the final total.
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All roads closed in Connecticut until further notice to allow emergency personnel easier access
Quoting AussieStorm:
@ginagirl916 gina
looks like it snowed in CT



That's a great picture- I have seen that before, but thankfully not today!!! :) I was much too far south, we only got a dusting. I know the misery, and I sincerely hope everyone up in NE is OK.
1186. LargoFl
many thousands without power in Mass.
TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
via NWS in Gray, Maine. Portland has recorded their greatest snowstorm on record with 29.3"
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Officials warned that power restoration could not begin until the storm passed, leaving the heavy lifting by the state’s utilities for later today, when thousands were expected to be in the dark. As of last night, more than 244,000 homes and businesses didn’t have power, including almost entire towns on the south coast, according to utility officials. A transformer fire also knocked out power to a pair of West End high-rises, sending one person to the hospital with smoke inhalation from the Whittier Place complex, just hours after a four-alarm blaze struck a Wilmington apartment complex.

“We’re prepared for the worst,” National Grid spokeswoman Charlotte McCormack said, “and hoping for the best.”

As the heavy-hitting blizzard settled in yesterday, Gov. Deval Patrick ordered the MBTA shut down and drivers off the road in a ban that emergency management officials believed was the first since 1978. State police, meanwhile, shut down Morrissey Boulevard indefinitely as of yesterday evening, and officials in Scituate and Marshfield were urging residents to leave their seaside homes.
CNN is reporting over 650,000 out of power now.
@Donaldverger Donald Verger
Good morning friends! The view out my kitchen window here in Maine

Mike Bettes ‏@TWCMikeBettes
29.3" in Portland, ME breaks the record of 27.1 Jan 17/18, 1979. Biggest snowstorm in #Portland history!
1192. LargoFl
Many Cars stuck on a road in Farmingville on Long Island. Suffolk County has seen nearly 30 inches of snow in some places.
Miami NWS Disco

THE LONG RANGE MODELS ARE ALSO SHOWING A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVING
THROUGH THE AREA FROM THE NORTH EARLY NEXT WEEKEND. THE GFS AND
ECMWF MODEL IS FORECASTING THE 1000-850 MB THICKNESS BEHIND THE
STRONG FRONT TO BE IN THE 1315 TO 1335 RANGE OVER SOUTH FLORIDA
FOR LATE NEXT WEEKEND. IF THIS TRENDS CONTINUES...THEN THERE COULD
BE SOME COLD AIR WORKING INTO THE AREA FOR LATE NEXT WEEKEND. STAY
TUNE TO LATER FORECASTS TO SEE HOW COLD IT COULD GET OVER SOUTH
FLORIDA FOR LATE NEXT WEEKEND.
@AbbyDiaz1 Abby Diaz
Little boy, big snow drift at our door.

1195. LargoFl
gee I think we will see this is a record breaking storm when its all over
@JgreentT Justin Green

Stratford, CT.
1197. LargoFl
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Miami NWS Disco

THE LONG RANGE MODELS ARE ALSO SHOWING A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVING
THROUGH THE AREA FROM THE NORTH EARLY NEXT WEEKEND. THE GFS AND
ECMWF MODEL IS FORECASTING THE 1000-850 MB THICKNESS BEHIND THE
STRONG FRONT TO BE IN THE 1315 TO 1335 RANGE OVER SOUTH FLORIDA
FOR LATE NEXT WEEKEND. IF THIS TRENDS CONTINUES...THEN THERE COULD
BE SOME COLD AIR WORKING INTO THE AREA FOR LATE NEXT WEEKEND. STAY
TUNE TO LATER FORECASTS TO SEE HOW COLD IT COULD GET OVER SOUTH
FLORIDA FOR LATE NEXT WEEKEND.
yes by me there might be some bad weather coming next week with this coming cold front
Jonathan Erdman ‏@wxjerdman
#Boston (Logan) 21.8" snow total now just 5.3" away from #Blizzard of '78 total and 5.7" away from all-time rec. (2/17-18/2005).
1199. LargoFl
Look at that storm front around miss/alabama whew...
Meanwhile in Florida..


Got to admit, I would love to see that much snow after living in pretty much year round Summer for the last 6 years.
Breaking News Storm ‏@breakingstorm
Record snowfall of 29.3 inches set in Portland, Maine, breaking previous record of 27.1 inches set in 1979; more snow expected - @usNWSgov
1202. LargoFl
GFS...whew..look at florida..............
1203. LargoFl
GFS in a week..snow down to Dallas texas?..wow
1204. LargoFl
omg look at this.........................
1205. LargoFl
ok so a stormy couple of weeks coming.....
Good morning all! Loving the pics! Round two coming up this week and cold down to the south. What a pattern! Gotta love meteorology! Good coffee Largo!
1207. LargoFl
1208. LargoFl
Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Good morning all! Loving the pics! Round two coming up this week and cold down to the south. What a pattern! Gotta love meteorology! Good coffee Largo!
good morning, yes some amazing snow pics being posted whew..yeah we in florida might be getting some stormy weather this week..we'll see how it goes.
1209. kwgirl
Good Day Aussie, Largo and anyone else on the blog. I have been watching the Weather Channel and looking at the pictures you have been posting. All I can say is OMG!!!! I know this is serious and life threatening, but there must come a time when cabin fever gets to people and they want to get out of the house.

Since I have lived most of my life in the tropics, it is hard for me to look at the snow and not think what fun it would be to get out into it. Especially in Boston. Wouldn't it be fun to go out and reenact the Battle of Bunker Hill with snow balls? Imagine an impromptu snowball fight in Boston Common. Or just snowmen building. Of course, you need to be sure your heat is working before going outside into the cold. I bet the parents are having a hard time keeping the kids indoors.

Everyone stay safe.
1210. LargoFl
1211. nymore
I feel sorry for those folks without power and those that have to deal with moving the heavy snowfall. On a side note will someone in Boston go tell Jim Cantore he looks like an absolute Jackass in that get up.

The people in the plains and upper midwest can get ready for the next one.

@kailynncarrano kailynn
can you assist me in finding my car?

1214. LargoFl
twc coverage is pretty good. i guess naming winter storms is here to stay. hype
Good rain coming for S FL!:)


and the GFS has predicted snow in N FL on the 17th for the last 5 days!
Ryan Maue‏@RyanMaue

People shouldn't doubt the European Global Model for snowfall amounts, either. GFS was way too low across the board.
1219. LargoFl
Quoting LargoFl:
GFS...whew..look at florida..............
That would be nice getting dry here in Zephyrhills Fl
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Miami NWS Disco

THE LONG RANGE MODELS ARE ALSO SHOWING A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVING
THROUGH THE AREA FROM THE NORTH EARLY NEXT WEEKEND. THE GFS AND
ECMWF MODEL IS FORECASTING THE 1000-850 MB THICKNESS BEHIND THE
STRONG FRONT TO BE IN THE 1315 TO 1335 RANGE OVER SOUTH FLORIDA
FOR LATE NEXT WEEKEND. IF THIS TRENDS CONTINUES...THEN THERE COULD
BE SOME COLD AIR WORKING INTO THE AREA FOR LATE NEXT WEEKEND. STAY
TUNE TO LATER FORECASTS TO SEE HOW COLD IT COULD GET OVER SOUTH
FLORIDA FOR LATE NEXT WEEKEND.


Hmm...

Bet says models trend warmer over next few days.


East Haddam, CT
1223. LargoFl
Quoting severstorm:
That would be nice getting dry here in Zephyrhills Fl
yes we sure can use the rain if it does come like the models predict..really dry here..although the other night it rained just enough to maybe wet the street lol
Quoting hurricane23:


Hmm...

Bet says models trend warmer over next few days.


That's been the story of this winter so far. I won't take that bet.
It should read 2'...2 FEET not inches

1226. LargoFl
say Aussie..does it snow in Australia at all?
@CopaCavanna Alan Cavanna
this is my parent's front door in CT. Unreal.

Steven Bognar‏@BogsWBZ

BREAKING: @MassEMA worried about 10am high tide from #Hull to #Sandwich - National Guard ready to evacuate #wbz #blizzard
1229. JNCali
From Hartford CT

Quoting SFLWeatherman:
Good rain coming for S FL!:)


and the GFS has predicted snow in N FL on the 17th for the last 5 days!


It's been showing snow for the gulf coast several days now but just 4 days out it backs off on the cold it seems every time. only time will tell.
Steven Bognar‏@BogsWBZ

BREAKING: @MassEMA NOT lifting the travel ban in the state - may stay in place through tomorrow #wbz #blizzard
I pick the wrong day to have a cold and headache... ugh.
20 inches near Danbury, CT
Quoting LargoFl:
say Aussie..does it snow in Australia at all?

Yeah it sure does. Last winter it snowed all the way from Eastern South Australia across to Tasmania all the way up to central Queensland. All along the Great Dividing Range.
@melon564: Hey, did I by chance put my boots on the back deck?

@GdenisBoston Gerald Denis
Snow-sculpted cars, Worcester Square, #Boston, 7:00am Saturday

Jayson Prentice ‏@SeverePlains
Nearly unbelievable scene out of Boston #MAwx where they've tallied 21.8" of #snow thus far via @TheWxMeister

FoxCT News‏@FoxCT

An industrial building on 30 Old Post Rd. in Clinton has collapsed. Police are not reporting any injuries. #Blizzard
Judging by radar, I'm doubting Boston will break all time record at Logan. There isn't a lot of heavy bands left.
1240. LargoFl
well cudo's to the NWS, they sure pegged this storm right huh...
Todd Gutner‏@ToddWBZ

angry sea RT @Stacey_Facey_: @ToddWBZ ocean in Hull already to beach entrance Link
1243. LargoFl
Jedkins..you stay safe up there this weekend ok.......
1244. LargoFl
If trH is on here, I just wanted to tell him: 20 inches was my final measurement near Danbury.
1246. LargoFl
oh oh..round two next weekend?............THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

SNOW SHOWERS WILL BRING AN ADDITIONAL INCH OR TWO OF SNOW ACCUMULATION
AND SLICK TRAVEL CONDITIONS TO PARTS OF THE REGION THIS MORNING.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

PATCHY LIGHT FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE EARLY MONDAY MORNING...BEFORE
CHANGING TO PLAIN RAIN AFTER DAYBREAK.

LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPING OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN U.S. ON WEDNESDAY
WILL MOVE NORTHEAST OFF THE CAROLINA OR DELMARVA COAST WEDNESDAY
BY THURSDAY MORNING. A SEVERAL HOUR PERIOD OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE
ACROSS THE REGION LATE WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WITH
GENERALLY LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.
1247. LargoFl
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARTFORD...WINDSOR LOCKS...UNION...
VERNON...PUTNAM...WILLIMANTIC
439 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2013

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON...

* LOCATIONS...NORTHERN CONNECTICUT.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...BLOWING AND DRIFTING AT TIMES...
QUARTER MILE VISIBILITIES...AND WINDS GUSTING AROUND 40 MPH.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF MORE THAN 2 FEET.

* TIMING...STRONGEST WINDS AND HEAVIEST SNOW NOW THROUGH THIS
MORNING.

* IMPACTS...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS TRAVEL
WITH VISIBILITIES NEAR ZERO IN WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS. IN
ADDITION...ANTICIPATE DAMAGE TO TREES AND STRUCTURES ALONG WITH
WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES.

* WINDS...NORTH 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER 20S.
As I predicted, drifts made measuring hard, but I'm going with 23" as an average, some lower spots and some higher spots within my yard. With a little still to go we should finish at or just over 2' for a total.

1250. LargoFl
Quoting MAweatherboy1:
As I predicted, drifts made measuring hard, but I'm going with 23" as an average, some lower spots and some higher spots within my yard. With a little still to go we should finish at or just over 2' for a total.

whew..stay safe up there..bet there is going to be huge flooding in new england when all of this melts
NWS Boston ‏@NWSBoston
Buoy 44098 located offshore of Cape Ann is now reporting wave heights of 31.2 ft!
Big drift pushed up against the back of my house:

1253. LargoFl
georgiastormz..you be careful this weekend..........
Quoting nymore:
The Latest swimsuit issue should make those with cabin fever feel a little bit better as the end is near. I know I feel better now, thinking of summer. Need something besides doom and gloom today

You call that a swimsuit??? Gheeez!
1255. LargoFl

@AnnieO88 Ann ODonnell
Berkley, MA
Chance of a couple isolated tornadoes down South today, north TX would be the most likely spot:

1258. LargoFl
folks in the gulf states,pay attention to local warnings
I went to get some measurements outside... look at my 18" steel ruler...

Quoting Chapelhill:
You call that a swimsuit??? Gheeez!

Oh nymore got banned for that.


AccuWeather.com @breakingweather
In portions of southeastern Mass. more than 90 percent of utility customers were without power according to NSTAR
1261. LargoFl
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY...

ABUNDANT GULF AND PACIFIC MOISTURE ALONG WITH INCREASING INSTABILITY
AND WIND SHEAR...AHEAD OF THE UPPER SYSTEM AND SURFACE FRONTAL
BOUNDARY...WILL YIELD A THREAT FOR STRONG TO SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS EAST TEXAS...NORTH LOUISIANA...AND SOUTHERN
ARKANSAS SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT. DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL AND
LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL BE THE PRIMARY THREATS...WITH ISOLATED
TORNADOES.

Westport, CT


TWC Breaking 2m
Screenshot from http://511NY.org showing cars abandoned on LI Expressway.
1265. LargoFl


Cromwell, CT
Guess nymore learned his lesson the hard way...
1268. LargoFl
its not over yet...............


James Sinko LSC-TV ‏@LSC_Sinko
Brunswick Maine where 30+" has fallen...still snowing with drifts to 5-6ft
NWS Boston‏@NWSBoston

Thanks RT @capeannguy: road closure Atlantic Rd Debris in Road , Waves water coming in road !! #gloucesterma #blizzard13
Quoting Bluestorm5:
Guess nymore learned his lesson the hard way...

It didn't take long did it. I wouldn't of posted that image. I guess he'll think twice next time.
NWS-Boston: Many reports of coastal flooding coming in along E. MA coast. Becoming a serious situation.
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Jeff Piotrowski ‏@Jeff_Piotrowski
Breaking news coastal flooding now 1-3 foot water over running bay on Nahant RD & Spring road flooding now.

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...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING FOR THE MASSACHUSETTS EAST FACING
COASTLINE AROUND THE TIME OF THIS MORNINGS HIGH TIDES...

.A POWERFUL COASTAL STORM WILL PRODUCE MODERATE TO MAJOR COASTAL
FLOODING THIS MORNING ALONG WITH SEVERE BEACH EROSION IN SOME
SPOTS. VERY LARGE WAVES ON TOP OF AN ABOVE NORMAL TIDE WILL
LIKELY CAUSE A NUMBER OF VULNERABLE SHORE ROADS TO BECOME
IMPASSABLE FOR A WHILE...AND MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO HOMES ALONG THE
IMMEDIATE SHORELINE FROM HULL TO SANDWICH DURING THE HIGH TIDE
THIS MORNING. VERY LARGE BREAKERS CRASHING ONTO THE SHORELINE MAY
MAKE IT UNSAFE TO REMAIN IN SOME EXPOSED OCEAN FRONT HOMES.
Earthquakes Tsunamis ‏@NewEarthquake
6.9 earthquake, 6km ENE of Yacuanquer, Colombia. Feb 9 09:16 at epicenter (9m ago, depth 130km)

EVALUATION

A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI WAS NOT GENERATED BASED ON EARTHQUAKE AND
HISTORICAL TSUNAMI DATA.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

Quoting AussieStorm:

@AnnieO88 Ann ODonnell
Berkley, MA

If that was only Berkley, MI...
Off topic but this just in....Earthquake Magnitude 6.9: Colombia ..

New Haven, CT
1282. LargoFl
TAUNTON —



Massachusetts residents are waking up to at least two feet of snow in some communities, and more snow keeps falling.

National Grid reports around 161,000 homes and businesses were without power around 8 a.m. Saturday. That’s down from more than 300,000 overnight.

In Quincy, Fire Deputy Gary Smith says power is out in most of the city. One neighborhood was evacuated Friday night, and another is being evacuated Saturday morning because of flooding concerns. Smith says about a dozen people are in a shelter set up at Quincy High School.

Boston and much of eastern Massachusetts are under a blizzard warning until 1 p.m. Saturday. A flood warning was in effect until noon Saturday for the state’s east-facing coastline, with the worst conditions expected Saturday morning.


Read more: http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x171145279/Thousand s-without-power-some-evacuations-in-Mass#ixzz2KPdL vVFD
Quoting Trixie1984:
Off topic but this just in....Earthquake Magnitude 6.9: Colombia ..

It's been upped to 7.0
No Tsunami warning issued.
Quoting AussieStorm:

New Haven, CT


wow... that is 15 miles east of where I am
Interesting to note that the NAO is actually slightly positive right now. If it had been a little more negative this storm could've potentially slowed down even more and dropped more snow:

TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
Atlantic Ave. flooded and impassable in Hull, MA. Atlantic Road flooded in Gloucester.
Quoting AussieStorm:

It's been upped to 7.0
No Tsunami warning issued.

Too deep, almost 130km.
1289. tc1120
Got a solid 2 feet here in southern RI.
1290. LargoFl
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
438 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2013

...MINOR COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE BAYS THIS
MORNING...

...HIGH SURF AND BEACH EROSION ALONG ATLANTIC OCEAN
BEACHES AND TWIN FORKS THROUGH THIS MORNING...

NYZ075-178-091700-
/O.COR.KOKX.CF.Y.0002.130209T1000Z-130209T1700Z/
KINGS (BROOKLYN)-SOUTHERN QUEENS-
438 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2013

...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY...

* LOCATIONS...THE SOUTHERN BAYS OF BROOKLYN AND QUEENS.

* TIDAL DEPARTURES...1 TO 2 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES.

* BEACH EROSION...MODERATE BEACH EROSION IS EXPECTED ALONG THE
OCEAN FACING BEACHES OF THE ROCKAWAYS THROUGH THIS MORNING.

* TIMING...DURING THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE THIS MORNING BETWEEN 6
AND 8 AM.

* IMPACTS...FLOODING OF THE MOST VULNERABLE SHORE ROADS AND/OR
BASEMENTS DUE TO HEIGHT OF STORM TIDE OR WAVE SPLASHOVER.
MAJORITY OF ROADS REMAIN PASSABLE WITH ONLY ISOLATED CLOSURES.
THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO LIFE.


@alastormspotter Scott McClellan
Downtown #Boston snowed in. #mawx #blizzard2013
@NECN: #Salisbury, #Massachusetts police: Mandatory evacuations along coast; a home was hit by a wave on North End Boulevard.
This is a report from my town on the NWS snow report page, I don't think I had quite this much at my house but it's pretty close:

WRENTHAM 26.0 702 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO

Lots of local variations depending on where the bands set up, as low as 15-18" where the bands missed, and up to and over 30" where they hit most.
Scott McClellan ‏@alastormspotter
Water now flowing down Nantasket Ave in Hull, MA. #flood #mawx #blizzard2013
1296. mfcmom
Any photos from Bridgeport/Fairfield area, news saying 38" have a disabled older sister up there, can't get a hold of her, told her to go to a shelter am sure she didn't listen. thanks in advance.
Quoting JNCali:
From Hartford CT



The northeastern is officially part of greenland right now!!!!!!!!Ufffffff
@lukesampe: @ndiblasio: highest snow total from the storm so far is in Milford, CT,with more than 3 feet of snow (38 inches to be exact)
Quoting mfcmom:
Any photos from Bridgeport/Fairfield area, news saying 38" have a disabled older sister up there, can't get a hold of her, told her to go to a shelter am sure she didn't listen. thanks in advance.


********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS
SNOWFALL OF
/INCHES/ MEASUREMENT

CONNECTICUT

...FAIRFIELD COUNTY...
BRIDGEPORT 30.0in 658 AM 2/09 COOP OBSERVER
1301. LargoFl
Quoting stormchaser19:


The northeastern is officially part of greenland right now!!!!!!!!Ufffffff
bet there isnt any laughing about ice age now lol
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
931 AM EST SAT FEB 09 2013

.TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON

.DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.

..REMARKS..

0833 AM COASTAL FLOOD SALISBURY 42.83N 70.84W
02/09/2013 ESSEX MA EMERGENCY MNGR

STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE OCEANSIDE OF A BUILDING ON
NORTHERN BOULEVARD

0920 AM COASTAL FLOOD GLOUCESTER 42.62N 70.65W
02/09/2013 ESSEX MA PUBLIC

ATLANTIC ROAD FLOODED

0923 AM COASTAL FLOOD MARBLEHEAD 42.48N 70.87W
02/09/2013 ESSEX MA AMATEUR RADIO

MARBLEHEAD CAUSEWAY AND NECK FLOODED

0926 AM COASTAL FLOOD HULL 42.30N 70.90W
02/09/2013 PLYMOUTH MA AMATEUR RADIO

ATLANTIC AVE FLOODED AND IMPASSABLE
1303. LargoFl
Quoting stormchaser19:
@lukesampe: @ndiblasio: highest snow total from the storm so far is in Milford, CT,with more than 3 feet of snow (38 inches to be exact)
NAM came pretty close with that 40 inch forecast
1304. LargoFl
folks are NOT happy up there for sure........
Quoting LargoFl:
bet there isnt any laughing about ice age now lol

The 1st person that mentions that this storms was made worse because of AGW is getting a kick up the butt and put on my ignore list.
NWS Boston‏@NWSBoston

Wave heights over 3 stories high! Now 35.4 ft at buoy 44098! Strong wave action will result in structural damage. Link


Brooklyn, CT
Starting to get drier at mid-levels in the Boston area as the wind takes almost a due northerly component.



Unless that band there manages to sustain itself for a bit, we're probably winding down here.
1309. LargoFl
wow maine.....................


DOOM
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


wow... that is 15 miles east of where I am
Got 20, so I was actually right.
Quoting interstatelover7165:
Got 20, so I was actually right.


I got 21.5"
Definitely something is wrong , just less of 110 days two massive storms one tropical and the other a winter storm
Quoting stormchaser19:
Definitely something is wrong , just less of 110 days two massive storms one tropical and the other a winter storm

you mean one post-tropical and one a winter Nor'easter. lol
1315. LargoFl
most of cape cod without power......According to the utility's online outage map, about 130,000 of NStar's 197,000 customers on the Cape and Martha's Vineyard didn't have power as of about 6:30 a.m.

Outages ranged from a high of 96 percent in Harwich and 88 percent in Sandwich, Wellfleet and Yarmouth to a low of 18 percent in Chatham.


MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0128
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0754 AM CST SAT FEB 09 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...CENTRAL/EASTERN MA AND NH/MAINE

CONCERNING...BLIZZARD

VALID 091354Z - 091800Z

SUMMARY...HEAVY SNOWFALL AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST
THROUGH LATE MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON ACROSS PORTIONS OF
CENTRAL/EASTERN MA INTO NH/MAINE. SNOWFALL RATES ARE EXPECTED TO
GRADUALLY DIMINISH...ALTHOUGH 2-3 IN/HR RATES WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE
ESPECIALLY ACROSS COASTAL/EASTERN MAINE INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. THE
PERSISTENCE OF VERY STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO
CONTRIBUTE TO CONSIDERABLE BLOWING/DRIFTING SNOW.

DISCUSSION...CYCLONE CONTINUES TO GENERALLY SHIFT EAST-NORTHEASTWARD
THIS MORNING...CENTERED OFF THE COAST OF MA AS OF 13Z. A MULTI-HOUR
TREND OF WARMING CLOUD TOPS CONTINUES TO BE NOTED IN IR SATELLITE
IMAGERY ACROSS MUCH OF NEW ENGLAND ASIDE FROM MAINE. THIS COINCIDES
WITH THE EASTWARD SHIFT OF FORCED ASCENT AWAY FROM THE
REGION...WHICH SHOULD LEAD TO DIMINISHING SNOWFALL RATES THROUGH THE
MORNING. THAT SAID...A LONGER-LIVED/PIVOTING BAND ACROSS
COASTAL/EASTERN MAIN WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE HEAVY SNOWFALL WITH
2-3 IN/HR RATES POSSIBLE INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. THE 12Z OBSERVED
SOUNDING FROM GRAY MAINE FEATURED A DEEPLY SATURATED/COLD
THERMODYNAMIC PROFILE EFFICIENT FOR HEAVY SNOWFALL. EVEN WHILE
SNOWFALL RATES MAY BEGIN TO DIMINISH BY LATE MORNING/EARLY
AFTERNOON...VERY STRONG NORTH-NORTHEASTERLY WINDS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO
CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AS WSR-88D VWP DATA FROM GRAY
MAINE CONTINUES TO SAMPLE 60-65 KT WINDS WITHIN THE LOWEST 1-2 KM
AGL.

..GUYER.. 02/09/2013


ATTN...WFO...CAR...GYX...BOX...

LAT...LON 46396789 44846725 44356825 42977040 41947030 41437068
42277181 43727117 45526892 46396789
Data Overload.....

1318. aquak9
Any pics outta scituate, coastal boston area?

TIA
1319. LargoFl
And here is the sounding that the SPC mentioned.

For me Sandy was a tropical from start to finish


On my back deck 3ft drift... 1 ft. down and 8 more inches to come according to EC. The snow is just a flying around.
1323. LargoFl
gonna have wind warnings here i bet Monday............
Some updated snow totals as of 10:00 AM:

...CONNECTICUT...
MILFORD 38.0
OXFORD 36.2
NEW HAVEN 34.3
HAMDEN 34.0
MADISON 32.0
BRIDGEPORT 30.0
MANCHESTER 28.5
STAFFORDVILLE 27.2
GRANBY 27.0

...MASSACHUSETTS...
SOUTHWICK 28.3
WORCESTER 28.0
BELMONT 27.0
SHREWSBURY 27.0
MELROSE 26.5
WRENTHAM 26.0
BLANDFORD 24.0
NORTHAMPTON 24.0
NORWOOD 24.0
NORTON 22.5
BOSTON LOGAN ARPT 21.8

...MAINE...
GORHAM 32.9
PORTLAND JETPORT 29.3
SOUTH WINDHAM 1 ENE 28.0
KENNEBUNK 2 NE 26.0
WELLS 25.6

...NEW HAMPSHIRE...
GOFFSTOWN 28.0
NEW IPSWITCH 25.0
EAST WAKEFIELD 1.2 SE 24.5
HAMPTON 1 NNW 24.0
NASHUA 24.0

...NEW YORK...
UPTON 30.3
COMMACK 29.1
EAST SETAUKET 28.5
ISLIP AIRPORT 27.8
ST. JAMES 27.5
STONY BROOK 27.5

...RHODE ISLAND...
WEST GLOCESTER 25.7
BURRILLVILLE 25.0
WOONSOCKET 1.3 ESE 24.4
SMITHFIELD 24.0
MANVILLE 0.2 NE 23.9

...and some wind speeds:

...CONNECTICUT...
WESTPORT 82
PORTLAND 1 S 81
GROTON AIRPORT 60

...MASSACHUSETTS...
CUTTYHUNK 6 WSW 83
HYANNIS 77
BOSTON LOGAN AIRPORT 76
BEDFORD 2 WSW 75
BUZZARDS BAY 74
MARSTONS MILL 74

...MAINE...
MOUNT WASHINGTON 81
BROOKLIN 3 ESE 75
EASTPORT 65

...NEW YORK...
PLUM ISLAND 4 ENE 75
EAST HAMPTON 20 SE 65

...RHODE ISLAND...
JAMESTOWN 68
WARWICK 2 NNW 63
Hi trHU, Post# 1312, for me in Stamford CT. I got "only" about 15" or so, tough to tell with the wind. Amazing the Difference in only 10 miles or so, what a gradient!
Pounding surf wreaks havoc on Plum Island homes
Video
1327. LargoFl
1328. VR46L
Quoting stormchaser19:
For me Sandy was a tropical from start to finish


with fronts Attached to it from Florida....

Brooklyn, CT

@alastormspotter Scott McClellan
Flooding beginning to occur in the #Boston metro area. #blizzard2013

SNE_ALERTS‏@SNE_ALERTS

RT "@Wkfdpeterpan: lots of heart attacks getting dispatched in SK a/t/t"

Arlington, MA
TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
Power outages around 654k at this hour in 8 states. 410k in MA alone.
Quoting LargoFl:
bet there isnt any laughing about ice age now lol


Link
== PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE REPORT ==

Region: COLOMBIA
Geographic coordinates: 1.143N, 77.362W
Magnitude: 7.0
Depth: 129 km
Universal Time (UTC): 9 Feb 2013 14:16:06
Time near the Epicenter: 9 Feb 2013 09:16:06
Local standard time in your area: 9 Feb 2013 09:16:06

Location with respect to nearby cities:
11 km (7 miles) SW (235 degrees) of Pasto, Colombia
168 km (104 miles) SSW (210 degrees) of Popayan, Colombia
173 km (108 miles) ESE (116 degrees) of Tumaco, Colombia
199 km (123 miles) NE (40 degrees) of QUITO, Ecuador

SCEC
Pretty deep at 129km, so keep your fingers crossed...
1335. aquak9
Quoting AussieStorm:
Pounding surf wreaks havoc on Plum Island homes
Video


oh, they should not build their homes in storm-prone areas. I do not want my federal taxes to pay for the re-building of multi-million dollar mansions in coastal, storm-prone areas.

(this is like singing the Barney song)

Speaking of multi-million dollar coastal homes....Scituate, anyone?
1336. mfcmom
Quoting AussieStorm:


********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS
SNOWFALL OF
/INCHES/ MEASUREMENT

CONNECTICUT

...FAIRFIELD COUNTY...
BRIDGEPORT 30.0in 658 AM 2/09 COOP OBSERVER

Thanks Aussie, gonna send out the mounties to check on her and her son. Top of the morning to ya!
1337. VR46L
Quoting aquak9:


oh, they should not build their homes in storm-prone areas. I do not want my federal taxes to pay for the re-building of multi-million dollar mansions in coastal, storm-prone areas.

(this is like singing the Barney song)

Speaking of multi-million dollar coastal homes....Scituate, anyone?


I would play the Barney song for you Aqua but you know...



Anyways


still snowing in parts of the North East..



Quoting stormchaser19:
Definitely something is wrong , just less of 110 days two massive storms one tropical and the other a winter storm


Lol obviously climate change related but that isn't terribly unheard of. In 2003 the East Coast had a blizzard and later Hurricane Isabel, and Nova Scotia had Hurricane Juan and then 'White Juan' that winter.

Not to mention Sandy hit NJ/NY and this storm hit New England.
Weather Underground‏@wunderground

Partial seawall breach in Scituate, MA

2 minWeather Underground‏@wunderground

WIth high tide occurring now along parts of MA coast, we are hearing reports of significant flooding.
Quoting AussieStorm:

The 1st person that mentions that this storms was made worse because of AGW is getting a kick up the butt and put on my ignore list.
i dunno, Aussie; that seems a bit harsh. I mean, I won't put on ignore anyone who tries to claim GW had absolutely no effect on Nemo's severity, or that it's a sign of some impending ice age. I'll just chuckle a bit at their naivete, and hope they eventually learn something about climate science. ;-)


Southington, CT
Oh dear, here we go again...
1344. nymore
For those that were offended by the SI Cover I posted, please keep your tv's off until a least Wednesday because you are sure to see it. I seen it on GMA this morning. I hope I did not scar anyone for life.

4 states in the plains now under Blizzard warnings and I suspect it will be five shortly.
1345. Grothar
GFS AT 120 Hours



GFS at 204 hours:



What till you guys see the EURO....
Safe here in D.C.Sun shinning so bright..It may blind you,but it is windy and cold...
Am I the only who feels like there's a been an endless string of very powerful extratropical storms lately? Those enormous Miller B storms in December, the monster storms in the Atlantic and Pacific we talked about last month, this storm?

@lmogawa11 Lisa Ogawa
Boston skyline? and water level.
@ericyale Eric Yale
Before/After pic of the #Blizzard here in #Boston.

Quoting Grothar:
GFS AT 120 Hours



GFS at 204 hours:



What till you guys see the EURO....
Since the 8-14 shows below average temps that would mean D.C gets snow?. Or will it be a no show like the current storm.
Elizabeth Windsor ‏@Queen_UK
Text from President Obama: "Up to our arses in snow over here Ma'am" #snow
WINTER STORM ORKO
_____________________


This one has been ignored....



click pic for larger size
Quoting wxgeek723:
Am I the only who feels like there's a been an endless string of very powerful extratropical storms lately? Those enormous Miller B storms in December, the monster storms in the Atlantic and Pacific we talked about last month, this storm?


It will be interesting to see how the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season evolves in terms of having more major canes than in the past two seasons combined.

@csteiner83 Chrissy Steiner
Look at the pattern it made on my deck. Greenfield, MA.
See snow makes the land scape that much more prettier..We are still barren and dead here in D.C...
MEMA ‏@MassEMA
Another #shoveling tip - shovel out the car exhaust pipe before starting car #MAstorm

MEMA ‏@MassEMA
As you get outside at some point, check in on your neighbors, especially elderly and those who might need additional assistance #MAstorm
1357. Dakster
Gro - There is more to come for the NE?
1358. txjac
Quoting washingtonian115:
See snow makes the land scape that much more prettier..We are still barren and dead here in D.C...


Maybe you should try reverse psycology on your weather? Instead of wishing for snow just wish for more of the same that you currently have?
I'm going to bed, Hope everyone stays safe and warm while clearing out the snow.

Goodnight
Quoting AussieStorm:
I'm going to bed, Hope everyone stays safe and warm while clearing out the snow.

Goodnight


Thank you for posting all those impressive photos. Good night.
1361. Grothar
Quoting Dakster:
Gro - There is more to come for the NE?


Yep. A small one, then another big one in the middle of the month.
Quoting Grothar:


Yep. A small one, then another big one in the middle of the month.
Gro can you answer my question please?.

Txjac I have a busy weekend next week.Models are showing storms around..
1363. Grothar
Quoting washingtonian115:
Since the 8-14 shows below average temps that would mean D.C gets snow?. Or will it be a no show like the current storm.


It looks like the Jet Stream wants to take another dip South, so your chances look look in the coming weeks.

1364. newt3d
@1331. That picture is on my street. Measured 26" in my back yard in Arlington, MA.
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:


It will be interesting to see how the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season evolves in terms of having more major canes than in the past two seasons combined.


I don't know about that, hurricanes in the Atlantic are behaving strangely these days.
1366. Grothar
Quoting washingtonian115:
Gro can you answer my question please?.

Txjac I have a busy weekend next week.Models are showing storms around..


Can you give me a minute between questions, please. I'm old and can't post fast enough. Who do you think I am, TropicalAnalyst??
1900hurricane, I went to bed looking at a 984 mb low pressure. What was the lowest pressure?

stormchaser19: The northeastern is officially part of Greenland right now!!!!!!!!Ufffffff
1301 LargoFl: Bet there isn't any laughing about ice age now lol

Fortunately, Imperial Landwalkers have been dispatched to quell any political unrest which may arise amongst the natives.


Happy Birthday NWS

The beginning of the National Weather Service we know today started on February 9th, 1870, when President Ulysses S. Grant signed a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the Secretary of War to establish a national weather service.
AccuWeather.com‏@breakingweather

Coastal Flooding: The seawall has been breached in Scituate, Mass. Water is pouring into part of the city.
Quoting washingtonian115:
See snow makes the land scape that much more prettier..We are still barren and dead here in D.C...


Wash, we'll probably be good after the Valentine's Day. I'm really liking the chances for 4+ inches then.
Well it's Sunny now..JUST LIKE IF NOTHING HAPPENED HERE!
Snowfall: 21"

Picture taken from my room


click picture for larger size...
Quoting Grothar:


Can you give me a minute between questions, please. I'm old and can't post fast enough. Who do you think I am, TropicalAnalyst??
Ha ha yes!.lol.The northeast has had it's snow it's only fair we get ours.
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
1900hurricane, I went to bed looking at a 984 mb low pressure. What was the lowest pressure?


We're down to about 970 mb on the latest (12Z) analysis from the HPC.

Quoting washingtonian115:
Ha ha yes!.lol.The northeast has had it's snow it's only fair we get ours.


you will... beee patient..
Why is Sandy listed as a category 3 on Wikipedia? Did I miss something...
1378. pcola57
Quoting Grothar:


Can you give me a minute between questions, please. I'm old and can't post fast enough. Who do you think I am, TropicalAnalyst??
Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:


Happy Birthday NWS

The beginning of the National Weather Service we know today started on February 9th, 1870, when President Ulysses S. Grant signed a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the Secretary of War to establish a national weather service.
thanks for posting that caicos sure was a long time back

And Gro..it's not how fast but quality..right? :)
Quoting pcola57:
thanks for posting that caicos sure was a long time back


143rd anniversary NWS... HAPPY BIG-TIME BIRTHDAY


Facebook Link
^^^^^ ....the answer to:

"Where's Nemo"
.
1376 wxgeek723: Why is Sandy listed as a category 3 on Wikipedia? Did I miss something...

It's been officially upgraded through pre-release before the final report has been completed.
Judging by the radar, the last of the snow is likely tapering off in Boston now. We'll see what they come out with as an official total, they had 21.8" a few hours ago, probably added a couple more. Highly doubtful the all time record was broken though.
Quoting aspectre:
1376 wxgeek723: Why is Sandy listed as a category 3 on Wikipedia? Did I miss something...

It's been officially upgraded through pre-release before the final report has been completed.


Hadn't noticed that!

The final seasonal total for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is 19-10-2.
Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Judging by the radar, the last of the snow is likely tapering off in Boston now. We'll see what they come out with as an official total, they had 21.8" a few hours ago, probably added a couple more. Highly doubtful the all time record was broken though.
Eric Holthaus‏@EricHolthaus

NWS says an official determination of whether Boston broke their all-time snowfall record won't come until 1pm ET.
Quoting WxGeekVA:


Wash, we'll probably be good after the Valentine's Day. I'm really liking the chances for 4+ inches then.
Wes Junker would agree.Fiingers crossed.
New England gets a snowstorm... again... for like the 4,876th time this season, and for the 18,322nd season in a row. But from the media you'd think that this has never happened before and it's the end of the world.

The rest of us people living beyond the edge of the known universe (which happens to be the Delaware River) and who are systematically ignored 24/7/365 by the weather media are just rolling our eyes, resigned to the fact that where we live spring has arrived five weeks too early (again!), the rivers and lakes are all dried up (still!), West Nile Virus infection is now a year-round problem, we're on the lookout for malaria and dengue fever to appear any time, and all our food has to be imported now because we can't grow any more crops or feed any livestock. Oh, and animal control keeps finding wild animals native to Central America here at 33° north latitude. Massive and rapid climate change is just not newsworthy because it's boring to Easterners with short attention spans.
1376 wxgeek723: Why is Sandy listed as a category 3 on Wikipedia? Did I miss something...
1384 aspectre: It's been officially upgraded through pre-release before the final report has been completed.
1386 CybrTeddy: Hadn't noticed that!

Wouldn't have noticed myself if it hadn't been posted&linked by a regular a few blogs back.
1391. NCSCguy
So what do you guys think the chances are that the southeast will see wintery precipitation later on this month?
1392. hydrus
Quoting wxgeek723:
Why is Sandy listed as a category 3 on Wikipedia? Did I miss something...
I believe Sandy hit cat-3 while in Caribbean just before landfall on Cuba.
1393. hydrus
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1394. nymore
Maine is getting crushed with snow, here are some snow reports. Link

1395. NCSCguy
hydrus where did you get that map?
1396. hydrus
Here..
Quoting NCSCguy:
hydrus where did you get that map?
Link
Quoting hydrus:
I believe Sandy hit cat-3 while in Caribbean just before landfall on Cuba.


right... is the TCR our already?
Eyewitness News ‏@eyewitnessnyc

Many rescues underway in St. James, Suffolk County. 30-40 people trapped in vehicles. #BreakingNews Link
1399. NCSCguy
well i can see the next system and then it says entire grid undefined?
Winter Storm Nemo is exiting the United States slowly, but Winter Storm Orko is entering.



Orko has a stormy/severe side:



1401. hydrus
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


right... is the TCR our already?
I dont know.
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


right... is the TCR our already?




last time I check no
1397 trHUrrIXC5MMX: right... is the TCR [on Sandy] out already?

Nope, just that bit of pre-release info. If it had been released, it would have been posted and linked here by several regulars within moments.
Then there'd have probably been a quite memorable brouhaha over its contents.
Ryan Maue‏@RyanMaue

GFS 12z 8-day snowfall accumulation forecast for *new* snow across CONUS. More winter ahead. Link
POWER OUTAGES


Quoting aspectre:
1397 trHUrrIXC5MMX: right... is the TCR [on Sandy] out already?

Nope, just that bit of pre-release info. If it had been released, it would have been posted and linked here by several regulars within moments.
Then there'd have probably been a quite memorable brouhaha over its contents.


yeah..I meant to say out instead of our... sorry.

So that "BIG NHC FAIL" of the 115 mph intensity "error" was not an error.
1407. Tango01
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
POWER OUTAGES




Where did you get this figure from?
Quoting Tango01:


Where did you get this figure from?


Just like everything else I create...
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
1410. Tango01
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


Just like everything else I create...


It looks quite good and professional (of course, besides being quite impressive, particularly for MA and RI). Thank you.