Thunder-snow reported at Harrisburg, PA yesterday.
15" snowfall estimate in Lancaster, PA (thanks to weather spotter Volker Kruhoeffer for providing that report).
42 F. high in Baltimore and Washington D.C. (Reagan Airport) Saturday, coldest October 29 ever recorded.
Snow has fallen in Washington D.C. only 15 times in October since the late 1800s (Capital Weather Gang).
Snow Blitz! A scene from Lodi, New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency for much of New Jersey. Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail.
· Earliest New York City one-inch snowfall since records began.
· Pennsylvania 84-year-old man dies as tree crashes into his home as he has had a nap. Another dead in Connecticut
· More than 250,000 customers lost power in Pennsylvania and Maryland
· More than 1,000 flights in or out of America cancelled
· Experts predict up to 10 inches of snow to fall across North East
· Only fourth time since Civil War that snow has fallen in NYC in October
Historic Northeast Storm. Saturday's storm is breaking records from Virginia to Maine, impacting tens of millions of Americans. AccuWeather.com has more details: "Heavy, tree-breaking, travel-snarling, record-breaking snow will continue to spread across the Northeast tonight. The snow is moving southwest to northeast across the region, creating an early season winter wonderland but a nightmare for travelers and power companies. By the time the snow winds down Sunday morning, between 6 and 12 inches of snow will cover places from central and eastern Pennsylvania to eastern Maine."
Atmospheric Omen? I'm starting to wonder if another La Nina pattern may just favor the biggest storms for the east coast again this winter. It's too early to reach profound conclusions - we won't really know what kind of blocking patterns are setting up until late November or December. But the east coast just got pasted by heavy rain, snow and coastal flooding - a few more coastal storms are brewing over the next 1-2 weeks, and this may be a premonition of wild and wintry storms to come from Atlanta to D.C. to New York and Boston. We'll see. Just a gut feel (nausea?)
I Thought This Thing Had All-Wheel Drive! Thanks to WeatherNation meteorologist Kristin Clark, who braved moderate snow in State College, PA to take in a Penn State - Illinois football game with some friends. No, she wasn't the one getting pushed out of a snowy rut.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
549 PM EDT SAT OCT 29 2011
THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING 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
...RECORD OCTOBER SNOWFALL AMOUNT SET FOR CENTRAL PARK NY...
AS OF 2 PM TODAY...CENTRAL PARK RECORDED 1.3 INCHES OF SNOWFALL.
SINCE SNOWFALL RECORDS BEGAN IN 1869...AN INCH OF SNOWFALL HAS NEVER
BEEN RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. THE LAST TWO TIMES THAT
MEASURABLE SNOW FELL IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER WAS...OCTOBER 21 1952
WITH 0.5 INCHES AND OCTOBER 30 1925 WITH 0.8 INCHES.
THEREFORE...THIS BREAKS THE DAILY RECORD FOR SNOWFALL IN OCTOBER AND
THE MOST SNOWFALL EVER RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER.
********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************
LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS
RIDGEFIELD 10.0 450 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
DANBURY 8.9 500 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MONROE 7.0 249 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
SHELTON 6.8 530 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
BROOKFIELD 6.0 500 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
GREENWICH 5.0 351 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NEWTOWN 5.0 323 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORWALK 3.5 330 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
BRIDGEPORT 2.5 326 PM 10/29 COOP OBSERVER
DARIEN 2.0 1255 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
STAMFORD 2.0 145 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
STRATFORD 1.3 119 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
HADDAM 2.0 523 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...
OXFORD 8.5 531 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
SEYMOUR 7.0 457 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
NORTH HAVEN 6.2 536 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MERIDEN 4.0 412 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
NEW HAVEN 1.1 233 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
EAST DERBY 1.0 234 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
TENAFLY 4.3 516 PM 10/29 COOP OBSERVER
SADDLE BROOK 4.3 532 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
RIDGEWOOD 4.0 532 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MIDLAND PARK 4.0 336 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
RIDGEFIELD 4.0 130 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
RAMSEY 3.3 532 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
DUMONT 3.0 319 PM 10/29 NWS EMPLOYEE
RIVERVALE 2.5 245 PM 10/29 COOP OBSERVER
WYCKOFF 1.9 532 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
GARFIELD 1.2 138 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
VERONA 6.0 446 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
CEDAR GROVE 5.3 452 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
WEST ORANGE 5.0 351 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
BELLEVILLE 4.9 516 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NEWARK AIRPORT 2.7 300 PM 10/29 FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER
HARRISON 3.1 530 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
HOBOKEN 1.0 333 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WEST MILFORD 12.5 523 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
RINGWOOD 8.8 511 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WAYNE 5.8 532 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
HAWTHORNE 3.5 424 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
ROSELLE PARK 4.8 532 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
ELIZABETH 3.4 411 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
BRONX 2.2 421 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
SHEEPSHEAD BAY 1.0 130 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
...KINGS (BROOKLYN) COUNTY...
SHEEPSHEAD BAY 2.0 442 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MINEOLA 4.0 503 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTH MASSAPEQUA 1.0 330 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
...NEW YORK COUNTY...
NEW YORK 1.8 254 PM 10/29 PUBLIC AT W 85TH ST
...NEW YORK (MANHATTAN) COUNTY...
CENTRAL PARK 1.3 200 PM 10/29 CENTRAL PARK ZOO
HARRIMAN 8.3 445 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WARWICK 8.0 448 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MONROE 7.3 530 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
MIDDLETOWN 7.0 520 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
GOSHEN 5.0 345 PM 10/29 EMERGENCY MANAGER
NEW WINDSOR 4.5 300 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
SOUTH BLOOMING GROVE 3.0 226 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
GREENWOOD LAKE 3.0 248 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
CORNWALL LANDING 3.0 323 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NEWBURGH 3.0 225 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MAHOPAC 6.5 432 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
BREWSTER 6.0 537 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
PUTNAM VALLEY 1.5 247 PM 10/29 COOP OBSERVER
LAGUARDIA AIRPORT 1.0 200 PM 10/29 FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER
NYC/JFK AIRPORT 0.3 200 PM 10/29 FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER
ELTINGVILLE 0.5 100 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
NEW CITY 5.0 420 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
STONY POINT 3.0 323 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
OAKDALE 0.3 208 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
ISLIP T 200 PM 10/29 FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER
ARMONK 7.5 357 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON 6.0 453 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
VALHALLA 5.0 300 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
SOMERS 4.5 422 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
VERNON PARK 4.0 255 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
YONKERS 4.0 256 PM 10/29 COOP OBSERVER
RYE 2.5 113 PM 10/29 PUBLIC
SCARSDALE 1.5 100 PM 10/29 SKYWARN SPOTTER
* Thanks to NOAA and Earth Networks for the NYC snowfall update.
The Halloween Superstorm of 1991. Where were you on October 31, 1991? If you were in Minnesota at the time I'm betting you have an interesting story to share. Everyone remembers where they were, what they were doing, when the biggest single storm in Minnesota history (since the early 1800s) stalled out over Lake Superior, dumping nearly 30" snow on the metro area. Over 900 Minnesota schools shut down, commuting was impossible - our legendary snow-removal system simply couldn't keep up with the volume of snow. A New England storm (the inspiration behind "The Perfect Storm" stalled offshore, which caused Minnesota's storm to slow down and temporarily stall out over Lake Superior, prolonging the heavy snow over eastern Minnesota. Here's a quick recap from the local NWS office: "As Halloween dawned back in 1991, some wintery weather was anticipated but no one was expecting a blizzard. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch at 4:00 am on the 31st with a potential of a foot of snow. The first inkling that the forecast underprojected snowfall totals came when precipitation started falling as snow at about 11:30am in the Twin Cities, much earlier than anticipated. With the realization that the precipitation would be snow, not rain, a Winter Storm Warning was issued during the day by the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities and forecasters realized there was a potential for a lot of snow. As the afternoon faded into evening a surreal scene unfolded with kids attempting to trick or treat wearing coats and boots and pumpkins becoming covered with a snowy blanket. 8.2 inches of snow fell by midnight on the 31st at the Twin Cities International Airport, the most for the entire month of October on record for the Twin Cities."
* Click here for a great recap of the Halloween Superstorm from the Minnesota State Climate Office.
One For The Ages. Chances are we will never experience another storm like the one that struck October 31 - November 2, 1991. A huge swatch of eastern Minnesota picked up in excess of 2 feet of snow, nearly 37" fell in Duluth (with 5-8 foot drifts). Map courtesy of the State Climatology Office, DNR Waters.
Twin Cities Record Broken By Halloween 1991 Storm. This is one impressive list, compliments of the MN State Climatology Office.
More Records. Wikipedia has a good recap of the Halloween Superstorm. Records fell from Omaha and Sioux Falls to Duluth, but the Twin Cities saw the most records - wintry milestones which will probably not be repeated in our lifetime.
Top 50 Scary Halloween City Names. Realtor.com has the list of unfortunately-named towns around the USA. There's actually a "Hell, Michigan". Who knew?
1. Accident, Maryland
2. Bad Axe, Michigan
3. Badwater, California
4. Bat Cave, North Carolina
5. Bitter Springs, Arizona
6. Boos, Illinois
7. Casper, Wyoming
8. Chocolate Bayou, Texas
9. Cut Off, Louisiana
10. Deadwood, Oregon
11. Devils Elbow, California
12. Devils Elbow, Missouri
13. Devils Lake, North Dakota
14. Dripping Springs, Texas
15. Echo, Minnesota
16. Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
17. False River, Louisiana
18. Frankenstein, Missouri
19. Frostproof, Florida
20. Gnaw Bone, Indiana
21. Half Hell, North Carolina
22. Hazard, Nebraska
23. Hell, Michigan
A Storm Like No Other
I can't remember what I did yesterday, but I will never forget Halloween, 1991. Snow was in the forecast, but it came in faster and harder, lingering a lot longer than the (worthless) computer models were predicting. Nobody envisioned the storm stalling over Lake Superior, prolonging "S+" over eastern Minnesota. My little Saab couldn't even get out of the driveway. KARE-TV's Chief Engineer rescued me in his big Suburban. Kind of embarrassing when the weather guy can't get to work. It was a humbling reminder of the limits of meteorology, a "black swan" weather event. Odds are we will never see a storm to rival the 1991 "Superstorm". Most snow from a single storm (28.4"). Earliest 8"+ snow. Earliest subzero temperature. In all 7 Twin Cities records.
Some 1-2 foot snows plastered the northeast yesterday, the earliest foot of snow on record. I suspect it's a preview: the biggest, wildest storms may track south/east of Minnesota this winter. Thanks La Nina.
Global Warming: Middle East's Vital Wet Winters Are Disappearing. The Christian Science Monitor has the story: "Winter droughts have become increasingly common in the Mediterranean region, particularly over the past 20 years, and a new study finds that global warming has driven at least half of the change. Drought conditions in this politically explosive region are expected to grow more severe over the course of the century unless countries begin to significantly reduce their emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, many researchers say. Those emissions come from burning fossil fuels, as well as from land-use changes. Winter storms historically have delivered most of the annual rain and snowfall to the already arid Mediterranean region. Yet precipitation measurements from the region and modeling studies point to a relatively rapid shift in the winter rain and snowfall trends that began in the 1970s, according to the study."