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Discussion in 'The OT' started by Herdfan, Jan 26, 2015.
Unfortunately he passed away a few years ago.
The worst ever in history.
Like nothing we've ever seen.
A whole 7".
24+ here. No power on the Cape. 74 mph wind gusts - sustained at 50 mph - bad enough I would say...
Weather forecasting will never be an exact science.
About 24" where I am out on LI, and the storm is hitting the east end even harder. Like most of these storms a variation in the track of 30 miles makes a huge difference in the snowfall totals.
And yet, I watched the storm develop on my Accuweather app and could not see how we could possibly get 2' in NJ. I kept telling my wife it wasn't gonna happen. We did watch several TV news weather reports and they varied so much we gave up. We didn't get that much, but it's still snowing and if I had to guess I'd say about 7 or 8 inches. Accuweather app is so easy and accurate.
The problem for old, northern, east coast cities, of course, is that because of the narrowness of city streets, there is no place to plow the snow to. Fortunately for coastal cities, the accumulated snow SOMETIMES melts away, but no so much in January. It took Boston over two weeks to dig out of its own "Storm of 1978".
Yawn, you would think this is the first blizzard of the year. Oh yes, it only counts when people choose to live like sardines and then get headlines of how unfortunate they are because of a little snow.
I went to bed last night just as radar was showing the first band of snow over my area and expected to wake with at least a foot of new white stuff.
But I got at most 2". Thanks to the wind my across the street neighbor had no snow in their driveway.
So the storm didn't push inland as expected.
The four models, Canadian, Euro, NAM and I forget the name of the other, only agreed once for my area yesterday and that was early in the morning when all predict a pounding for me. I went from all predicting 30"+, to by late evening, one predicting I could get under 6". That one turned out to be the winner as I got just 2".
All NE cities were built way before there was anything known as overnight parking.
Yup, I saw that too. Must have been a bonanza for all the grocery stores.
I was supposed to get 10-16" in Eastern PA. Ended up with not more than 2.
Where are you?
I remember a year or two after "The Storm" of 1978, another big storm was forecast, sort of. The modeling was less precise than it is today, and there was supposedly like a ten percent chance that, if two fronts hit each other in some narrow interval, there would be a gigantic blizzard. Mike Dukakis was still governor, and as one might expect of Zorba-the-Clerk, Massachusetts was prepared, with schools closed and parking bans in effect and the like Fortunately for the people of New England, the storm did not materialize as the worst case scenario depicted, and only a few inches were deposited, which got people really, really pissed off, because the public by and large reacted like they had eventually learned that someone had cried wolf.
N.central Nebraska. Difference in our blizzards we have single digit temperatures and 50 mph winds. Killer if you get caught outside or stranded.
Southern NH is buried. The wind is pretty bad but I've managed to get rid of the snow dams from the plows just in case we have an emergency here - my wife's car is near the end of the driveway and can get out in a couple of minutes.
This is the worst I've seen in a while - but by no means the worst ever. It's part of the reason that, quite frankly, I'm done with this area. I'm losing relatives to old age, friends to moving, and my kids have relocated. There's just no reason for me to stay since my employer has jobs all over the country and I can move. A couple of months ago, my wife and I made the decision that I was going to start working towards getting some career improvement and a relocation. I work for the government so that's not TOO difficult. It just takes some time.
Funny how that happens. I once had 32 relatives within two generations and four degrees of kinship, all living in New Hampshire or southern Maine, and since I attended a high school with 1,400 students and was well known, and since I had some business ventures in my early adulthood that made me well known in my community, there used to be thousands of people who I could drop in on without them being shocked. I now have one living aunt (age 90, I haven't seen her in 15 years), two uncles (one of whom I'm not on speaking terms with, the other, 91 years old and not mentally competent), and two cousins who I would surely not recognize if I passed them on the street, living north of the Mason Dixon line, and have internet contact with just two New Hampshire resident friends from that era.
As they say, you can't go home again, and when home has two foot snowstorms, maybe it is just as well. Warmer is better. I have met hundreds of people in the Washington, DC area who moved here from up north. In fact, I found three New England Patriots sports bars here in the late 1990s, BEFORE the Tom Brady era, but I haven't found anyone who moved here from Florida.
Suffering through 70s and sunshine here.
Even had to wear a liner in my jacket while riding my motorcycle in the work.
The GFS. This is the NWS model and is in the process of being replaced by the "new" GFS.
It's not worth a crap where I live.