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967 mb Major Nor'easter!!! HISTORIC BLIZZARD!!! 4 deaths...

 
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Snow measured in feet, not inches: historic Nor'easter pounds New England

Posted by: Dr. Jeff Masters, 04:50 PM GMT em 09 de Fevereiro de 2013

A historic Nor'easter roared through New England overnight, bringing snowfall measured in feet, not inches, hurricane-force wind gusts, and serious coastal flooding. The snow was heaviest in coastal Connecticut, where snowfall rates of 6"/hours were recorded, and an astonishing 38" piled up in Milford. An all-time snowfall record was set in Portland, Maine, where 29.3" fell, and numerous cities in the Northeast recorded top-ten snowfall amounts, including Hartford, CT (2nd all-time with 22"); Worchester, MA (3rd all-time, with 28"); Providence, RI (3rd all-time, with 19.5"); and Boston, MA (6th all-time, with 21.8.") NOAA's latest Storm Summary has a full list of snowfall amounts.

Here are the seven snowstorms of greater than 20" since 1936 for Logan Airport (figures from today's storm are not final yet):

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 22-23, 2005 22.5"
6. February 8-9, 2013 21.8"
7. January 20-21, 1978 21.4"


Figure 1. Not driving anywhere today! Snow buries cars in New Haven, CT at the Premier Hotel & Suites on Long Wharf on February 9, 2013. Image credit: wunderphotographer phototex.

The great storm, dubbed "Nemo", bombed out to a central pressure of 971 mb at 7 am EST Saturday, February 9. This is the type of central pressure one sees in Category 1 hurricanes, and Nemo generated numerous hurricane-force wind gusts along the coast, including a 76 mph gust at Boston's Logan Airport. Significant wave heights of 30' were measured in Massachusetts Bay, and 35.4'at the Cape Ann Buoy 44098, off the east coast of Massachusetts. Here are the hurricane-force wind gusts (in mph) measured so far in Nemo:

Connecticut:
WESTPORT 82
PORTLAND 81

Massachusetts:
CUTTYHUNK 83
HYANNIS 77
BOSTON LOGAN AIRPORT 76
BEDFORD 75
BUZZARDS BAY 74
MARSTONS MILL 74

Maine:
MOUNT WASHINGTON 81
BROOKLIN 75

New York:
PLUM ISLAND 75


Figure 2. Satellite image of Winter Storm Nemo taken at 4:31 pm EST Friday, February 8, 2013. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

Serious coastal flooding hits Massachusetts
The high winds from the storm drove a damaging storm surge into the coast of Eastern Massachusetts Friday night and Saturday morning. Hardest hit was the coast of Cape Cod Bay southeast of Boston, where major flooding forced residents of low-lying areas to evacuate. A storm surge in excess of four feet inundated roads, damaged coastal buildings, and caused severe beach erosion. Officially, the surge peaked at 4.21' in Boston early Saturday morning. Unofficially, this is fourth greatest storm surge measured in Boston since record keeping began in 1921. Fortunately, the surge hit as low tide was approaching, and the "storm tide"--how how the water gets above the high tide mark, due to the combination of the storm surge and the tide--only reached 2.86' above high tide (MHHW, Mean Higher High Water) in Boston. Nemo's storm tide did not make the top-ten list of high water levels in Boston.

Top unofficial top-five storm surge (not storm tide) events in Boston's history, given as height above normal tide:

4.88' on October 30, 1991 during the "Perfect Storm" Halloween Nor'easter
4.57' on October 29, 2012 during Hurricane Sandy
4.34' on February 6, 1978, during the Blizzard of 1978
4.21' on February 9, 2013, during Winter Storm Nemo
3.69' on February 14, 1940, during the Valentine's Day Nor'easter of 1940

The 1938 hurricane and March 18, 1956 Nor'easter had storm surges less than two feet at Boston. The Christmas Night Storm of 1909 caused severe coastal flooding, but tide gauge records in Boston don't begin until 1921.

The official top ten 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

Links:
NASA has a nice satellite animation of the storm, spanning a day.

Our news page:
[link to www.wunderground.com]

Our winter Storm page:
[link to www.wunderground.com]

A few impressive 24-hour videos from wunderground webcams:

Woonsocket, RI
[link to www.wunderground.com]

Hartford, CT
[link to www.wunderground.com]

Lexington, MA
[link to www.wunderground.com]

Jeff Masters [link to www.wunderground.com]
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I love snow, I don't even mind shoveling it. I would have loved a good blizzard with at least 3 feet of snow. We got 4 inches in upstate NY, about 40 miles east of Binghamton. Go figure, my parents on Long Island, s/w Nassau got 12-14" - they hate snow......
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[link to i.imgur.com] Picture taken in Connecticut looking out of someone's back porch
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Weather Underground‏@wunderground

RT @cnnbrk: At least four people have died in the monster storm: two in Ontario, and one each in NY and CT. [link to on.cnn.com]
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I love snow, I don't even mind shoveling it. I would have loved a good blizzard with at least 3 feet of snow. We got 4 inches in upstate NY, about 40 miles east of Binghamton. Go figure, my parents on Long Island, s/w Nassau got 12-14" - they hate snow......
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Bridget... Is that you ??
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By the way, we got some cinnamon roll icing out here in good ol' frozen Brooklyn!

Not liking the overcoating of powdered sugar tho...ma teet is killin meee !

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Looking forward to the inches...tomorrow sigh

verycold
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Hey Brooklyn, Staten Island checking in with maybe one inch of sleet and snow down, and no wind at all. Light snow falling.
 Quoting: WatchmenOnTheWall


Hi, Brooklyn! Grew up in Sunset Park, later lived on 93rd.

Hi, Staten Island. New Brighton, here, right off the terrace.

At this point we have nary a few inches, but lots of snow drifts, as the wind blows up our hill from the Kill Van Kull.

so far, not much of a storm, thankfully.

cool2
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Hi hi! I'm very close to 93rd St!

You're right...not much here thank God! We got about 6 inches maybe.

The plow trucks kept waking me up during the night. It seems like they came down my street about 20 times! I guess that's a good thing hf

Praying for those who lost their lives and have no power sigh
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[link to i.imgur.com] Picture taken in Connecticut looking out of someone's back porch
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BREAKING: 12-year-old dies from CO poisoning in Dorchester
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I love snow, I don't even mind shoveling it. I would have loved a good blizzard with at least 3 feet of snow. We got 4 inches in upstate NY, about 40 miles east of Binghamton. Go figure, my parents on Long Island, s/w Nassau got 12-14" - they hate snow......
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Bridget... Is that you ??
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My aunt's name is Bridget lol
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BREAKING: 12-year-old dies from CO poisoning in Dorchester

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verysad
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[link to i.imgur.com] Picture taken in Connecticut looking out of someone's back porch
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ouch .. hopefully the glass can withstand the snow´s pressure..
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BREAKING: 12-year-old dies from CO poisoning in Dorchester

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verysad
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Thank you, Phoenixe. Your ‘snow-on-roof’ thread is very important. Most would say that wind took care of that. However, the same wind produces pockets where that can happen. Here in Maine most know. Other parts it is new.
Also thanks for CO poisoning note. That was a 12 year old child’s death in Dorchester.

Because of CO safety my gas heater went off. It goes off automatically if no exhaust. The exhaust was covered with an 81/2 foot drift. Dug it out and now it works fine.

Good from bad. The visibility is great because most airports shut or reduced so no chemtrails. Could see out and think that the tide did cover the breakwater, (Penobscot Bay, Midcoast Maine).

Fire Departments might shoot me for saying this but…: We know we should not heat with stoves…. We know we should not leave burners on and go to sleep…. However IF IF IF we do we should remember to take turns on ‘watch’.
There.
Lol.
Again, thanks.
Oh, re ‘odd pockets of wind’. Parts of eastern slopes of British Columbia are the places where there is the greatest cold. This is because those times the weather reverses over land, i.e. east to west, then it gets colder. It can go down to 60 degrees below zero. (F). Then when that reverses to normal and the normal west-to-east brings weather over the Rockies then you have giant shifts called the Chinook. It can go from 60 below to near 60 above, (shift of 100 degrees), in 24 hours. But also there are valleys there that because of patterns there is no wind. None. Ever. Giant trees of about 100 feet have trunks about the size of your arm. Weird.

Last Edited by Rinty on 02/10/2013 01:02 PM

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