Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yeah, it's a blizzard

When I was a little kid I remember one storm that dropped over 3 feet of snow and brought gusty winds. It was the last "true" blizzard that my area has ever experienced. Sure we have had some BIG snows like the presidents day storm, December 2006, and a few others but this one may require Blizzard warnings to be posted for almost the entire state. Winds of 35 mph or greater with heavy snow and visibility below 1/4 mile is the definition of blizzard, and it will happen. IT'S A BLIZZARD!

Now areas in Maryland and Virginia like D.C. will have nearly four feet of snow on the ground by Thursday morning. Four feet? And that includes Philly. Something is going on with our atmosphere because by the weekend I expect the nation to have it's all time record snow cover. From the Canadian border all the way to the Gulf Coast. Yes that means the state of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and south east Texas. And with no "thaw" for the next two week AT LEAST the snow won't melt, not here anyway.

The latest precipitation amount for all of North Jersey is well over 1.25 inches of liquid, and now factor 15:1 and 20:1 ratios. And don't forget to factor in elevation and banding. My estimate being 15"-25" inches with locally higher amounts. You like that? I do.

Snow map later

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