It's hard to imagine two strong storm systems pounding the East coast and New England within a two week period. OK, now that I say that, I guess I have to take it back since the back to back blizzards of February 2010 fall into that category. What's probably more impressive, in this year's case, is the fact that only a little over a week ago, the East coast was braving Hurricane Sandy and this week dealing with a Nor'easter. From tropical to winter in less than two weeks. Unfortunately, it's a reality for so many living in New Jersey and New York. Take a look at Sandy (top image) and the Nor'easter (bottom image), as seen from space.
- NASA GOES October 29, 2012
- NASA GOES November 7, 2012
Hurricane Sandy brought devastating effects to the Mid Atlantic and Northeast, but the hardest hit areas were along the Jersey shore and Long Island. Many are still without power almost two weeks later. Cold air has been draped over the region for duration of the past two weeks, which makes conditions even worse for those without heat and electricity. Take a look at how much colder than average temperatures were on Wednesday, November 7th. Keep in mind, temperatures have been cooler than average for over a week!
On top of that, a storm developed over the South this weekend and has transitioned into a Nor'easter that is moving up the coast this week. A wintery mix has been reported on the Delmarva Peninsula, but heavier snow bands have been moving over New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts through the day Wednesday. Here's a radar snapshot from Wednesday afternoon.
Snowfall totals have ranged from a trace to twelve inches in a few spots in Connecticut. The Nor'easter will be quick to move out of the region by Thursday and then, finally, some quiet weather relief for much of the East coast. A broad area of high pressure will build in and temperatures will warm, to more seasonal levels, into the 60s in many locations. The forecast below shows warmer temperatures across much of the East (yellow & orange) equates highs in the 60s and 70s (this forecast is for Saturday afternoon).
The warm up will be welcome for some, including myself, in D.C. It's been a chilly start to November. Take a look at some stats for the month, so far.
D.C. has been very fortunate with regard to the effects from Sandy and the Nor'easter. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone still cleaning up and recovering after these back to back storms.