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Happy Halloween 2011

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Hello and happy Halloween Monday everyone, hope all is well and you’re the weather where you are isn’t too scary. We’ll have your Halloween forecast for you in just a second, but let’s take a look back at the record breaking snowfall event that took place this weekend in the Northeast. Below is a snowfall total map, the heaviest of which fell across parts of the New England States including the high elevations of central and western Massachusetts:


Snowfall Totals

The information below comes from that National Weather Service

For more information including snow totals, see HERE:

The rare early-season winter storm that affected the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast over the weekend broke record snowfall totals for October. Communities in western Massachusetts were among the hardest hit, with snowfall totals of 32 inches reported in Peru, Mass., and 30.8 inches reported in Plainfield. Jaffrey, N.H., reported 31.4 inches. Dozens of locations from Virginia to Maine set daily snowfall records on October 29 and 30. New York’s Central Park recorded 2.9 inches of snowfall during the storm. This is the first time since records began in 1869 that an inch or more of snowfall has been recorded during the month of October. From January 1 through October 29, 65.75 inches of precipitation has fallen at Central Park — 24.10 inches above normal for the year to date — making 2011 the third wettest year on record.”

Snow Seen From Space

This is a great satellite image from nearly 23,000 miles high, you can actually see the carpet of white a day after the system roared through.

Many in the Northeast Still Without Power

The worst part about this storm is that there were millions of people without power and there are still up to 2 million without power as of midday Monday. Below is a story from

A big wet, heavy snow with lots of wind helped to bring down lots of trees on to power lines. The early season storm caught trees off guard as many of the trees still had leaves on them. This was more surface area for the snow to pile up on allowing additional weight to bring trees crashing to the ground.

See the full video from the image below HERE:

Your Spooky Halloween Forecast

Our Next Weather Maker

Take a look at the next system moving in to the Northwest. This is likely to bring another round of snow to the Central Rockies into Tuesday.

More Snow in the Central Rockies

Look at the snow across the Central Rockies by November 1st. An up slope flow has snow piling up across the front range of the Rockies through early Wednesday

Winter Weather Headlines Posted

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather headlines for parts of the Central Rockies through early Wednesday for snow amounts that could be up to 8″+

Snowfall Forecast

The upslope flow could bring more than 12″ in a few spots in the Central Rockies as seen by the snowfall forecast below thru 1pm Wednesday

That’s all for now, thanks for checking in. We’re tracking a fairly active beginning to November 2011, which chat about a little more tomorrow! Happy Halloween!!

Meteorologist Todd Nelson

Numbers from the Snow Storm

The snow has finished falling and the numbers are coming in.  We are now just beginning to assess the impact this storm has had on the Northeast.  New records have been set.  Records that will likely remain in place for next several decades.  It was one of those storms people will talk about years later.  Here are some of the new snowfall records from yesterday:

WVTerra Alta #1Sat, 29 Oct 2011105 in 1969
PAMiddletown Harrisbg ApSat, 29 Oct 20119.7Trace in 1971
MDFrostburg 2Sat, 29 Oct 20116.63.4 in 1969
PASomersetSat, 29 Oct 20115.62.8 in 1969
WVBartow, 1 miles S ofSat, 29 Oct 20114.50.5 in 1969
PAMeyersdale, 2 miles SSW ofSat, 29 Oct 201143 in 1969
NYAlbany Intl ApSat, 29 Oct 20113.80.4 in 1961
PABoswellSat, 29 Oct 201131 in 1969
PANeshaminy FallsSat, 29 Oct 20112.5Trace in 1971
PAWashington, 3 miles NE ofSat, 29 Oct 20112.1Trace in 1969
WVRock Cave, 2 miles NE ofSat, 29 Oct 201120.5 in 1969
VAMillgap, 2 miles NNW ofSat, 29 Oct 20112Trace in 1971
PAEbensburg Sewage PltSat, 29 Oct 201122 in 1969
VAGathright DamSat, 29 Oct 20111.7Trace in 1970
PAPittsburgh AsosSat, 29 Oct 20111.60.6 in 1969
VAMt WeatherSat, 29 Oct 20111.2Trace in 1968
WVAlbrightSat, 29 Oct 20111Trace in 1969
PABuffalo MillsSat, 29 Oct 201110.3 in 1969
WVGassawaySat, 29 Oct 20111Trace in 1968
VAKerrs Creek, 6 miles WNW ofSat, 29 Oct 20111Trace in 1968
PAWilliamsport Rgnl ApSat, 29 Oct 201110.2 in 1963
PASunburySat, 29 Oct 20110.8Trace in 1971
NYBinghamton Greater ApSat, 29 Oct 20110.70.6 in 1969
PAWest Chester, 2 miles NW ofSat, 29 Oct 20110.6Trace in 1968
VAWashgtn Dulles Intl ApSat, 29 Oct 20110.6Trace in 1971
WVSutton LakeSat, 29 Oct 20110.50.1 in 1969
PACreeksideSat, 29 Oct 20110.5Trace in 1952
WVRowlesburg 1Sat, 29 Oct 20110.50.5 in 1913
PASabinsville, 3 miles SE ofSat, 29 Oct 20110.5Trace in 1969
NYIslip Li Macarthur ApSat, 29 Oct 20110.3Trace in 1971
PAShingle HouseSat, 29 Oct 20110.3Trace in 1859
PAPhiladelphia Intl ApSat, 29 Oct 20110.3Trace in 1971
VACraigsville, 2 miles S ofSat, 29 Oct 20110.1Trace in 1968
MDCumberland 2Sat, 29 Oct 20110.1Trace in 1968
WVWest Union 2Sat, 29 Oct 20110.1Trace in 1968
VACharlottesville, 2 miles W ofSat, 29 Oct 20110.1Trace in 1971


Other mind blowing snow totals from Massachusetts:

   PLAINFIELD            30.8   810 AM 10/30
   CHESTERFIELD          28.0  1017 AM 10/30  HAM RADIO
   GOSHEN                25.0   803 AM 10/30  HAM RADIO
   WORTHINGTON           24.0   730 AM 10/30  HAM RADIO
   WESTHAMPTON           19.3   103 AM 10/30

The snow that fell was heavy and wet.  It weighed down trees and power lines.  With a little wind, those were easily snapped, power and power lines taken down.

From Connecticut Power and Light:

BERLIN, Conn. – October 30, 2011 – Damage assessment efforts have begun following a rare October nor’easter that sent trees and branches crashing down on electrical wires and equipment across the state. All of the 149 cities and towns served by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) were affected by the storm. Nearly 770,000 CL&P customers were without power earlier this morning, surpassing the peak number of outages caused by Tropical Storm Irene two months ago.

“This will not be a ‘quick fix’…this may take more than a week to restore all of our customers. There are reports of trees down practically everywhere,” said Jeff Butler, president and chief operating officer, CL&P. “To help with damage assessments, we’re using two helicopters. Our other priorities today are handling emergency situations and working in partnership with the towns to clear the blocked roads.”

This event differs from Tropical Storm Irene in that this storm has caused significant damage to our transmission lines, which are the lines that take power from electric generating plants and feeds it to the distribution grid that serves local homes and businesses. 

CL&P is scheduling crews to work around the clock until restoration efforts are complete. During a multi-day restoration such as this, approximately 75 percent of crews will begin their shifts around 7:00 a.m. in order to maximize daylight hours and be most productive. The remaining 25 percent of crews will begin their shifts around 3:00 p.m. and will work through the night. “The safety of our employees, contractors and our customers is of our utmost concern and we want to make sure everyone working on this restoration has appropriate time to rest between shifts,” added Butler.


Light on the Horizon

Although it maybe days before life is returned to normal, the weather is taking a turn for the better today.  As high pressure builds in, wind speeds decreasing and there is plenty of sunshine to assist in the clean up efforts.  Temperatures today are still a bit cooler than normal for this year.




And So Winter Begins in the Northeast…

Here is the latest on the northeast snowstorm. This will update throughout the day!

Snow! Ready or Not…

Freak October Snowstorm? The latest guidance is in, and I almost fell off my couch last night. Models consistently print out a second, coastal storm Friday night into Saturday, and there may be enough cold air in place for mostly snow. It’s hard to believe, but there’s a potential for a heavy, wet (“plowable”) snowfall from Richmond to D.C., Baltimre and Philadelphia. A few of the computer models are hinting at a foot of snow for some of the major population centers in the Mid Atlantic states. Good grief – this is all happening a little too quickly…

Saturday Snow Blitz? Man, I hope the models are wrong. This is pretty incredible – models now suggesting that enough cold air will be in place for mostly snow as a coastal storm pushes north Friday night into Saturday, a fast-moving shield of snow falling at the rate of 1″/hour, from near Richmond to Washington D.C. to Philadelphia, the suburbs of New York City, to Hartford. The Twin Cities has yet to see a flake of snow, and our nation’s capital and the Big Apple may be digging out from at least 10″ snow by Saturday evening.

Surreal. Let’s see if the models are on the right track. Stay tuned.

Wisconsin Snow Burst. “Thanks to Jerry Veverka for sending us this pic of snow falling 5 miles southwest of Phillips, WI.” (source: Duluth National Weather Service).

First Snow. NWS Burlington VT: “First images of snow this morning across central and southern VT as well as the southern Adirondacks. This image is from a web cam near Chelsea, VT. Mainly light amounts of snow today with up to an inch or two in the higher elevations of the southern Green Mts.”

Rina Weakens To Tropical Storm As It Approaches Yucatan Peninsula. Reuters has the latest: “Hurricane Rina weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday as it swept toward Mexico’s Caribbean coast after causing travel chaos and spurring evacuations from island resorts. Rina is expected to continue to weaken as it sweeps the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula by evening, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. The coast is home to the strip of resorts known as the Riviera Maya. In Playa del Carmen, strong rain had eased by the morning although the sea was choppy and the dock for ships to the tourist island of Cozumel was closed. While most souvenir and gift shops on the pedestrian boulevard 5th Avenue had their steel shutters drawn, only a few beach-front properties had their windows secured with wooden panels. ”


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Snow in Rare Places

Hello and happy Thursday everyone, hope all is well on this last Thursday of October 2011. Take a look at the weather across the nation today and note the blue showing up across the Panhandle of Texas… Indeed that is snow falling across northern Texas! In fact, Amarillo Texas had 2.5″ of snow today, which is a new record. The old record in Amarillo, TX was 2.4″ set in 1911.

Snowing In Northern Texas

This was one of the earliest snowfalls on record for northern Texas. The image below is from Wyland Baptist University just south of Amarillo, TX

Winter Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service had a winter weather advisory in northern Texas earlier today.

Snow In Colorado

Take a look at all the snow visible via satellite from the latest system the crossed through the Central Rockies over the last couple of days.

Here is the loop

Colorado Snowfall Analysis

This is a look at the snowfall analysis from the Central Rockies, note the blob near the Rocky Mountain National Park. This indicates nearly 18″ to 21″ fell there. Snowfall amounts around the city of Denver vary

Big Changes @ Colorado State University

This picture is courtesy the Colorado State University FB page

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It’s a Chilly Day!

Take a look at the high temps across the nation today… 40s in Texas is pretty chilly!

Well Below Normal Temps

WOW – look at those temperature departures across the nation today! Almost 30° cooler than average across parts of Texas. What would you rather have??? Chilly Temps like today or the blazing heat that we endured over the summer???

Some Fun Space Weather

This image was released by NASA’s Earth Observatory earlier this week. The photo was actually captured on September 29th, but it shows a lot of great stuff!

See the full article HERE

Thanks for checking in on this Thursday, have a great weekend!

Meteorologist Todd Nelson

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