Forecasts of the Boston Blizzard

I thought I’d save a few forecast graphics now, to see how they hold up when the snow event is over. First, here’s the one from NWS Boston. I can’t say I much like their color scheme, as it gives a reverse visual impression (IMHO) to what the numbers say. The probability map color scheme…

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Record cold and snow to hit Great Plains

From the National Weather Service: “An early-season winter storm is expected to develop across eastern North Dakota into northern Minnesota beginning Wednesday night, as colder air filters into the region. Rain developing during the day on Wednesday will mix with or change to snow by Thursday morning, with the possibility for six inches or more…

There's no business like snow business – Weather Channel to start naming winter storms

From their press release The Weather Channel announced today its new naming system for winter storms, making it the first national organization in North America to proactively name winter storms. In time for the start of the winter season, naming storms makes communications and information sharing  easier, enabling consumers to better understand forecasts that could…

Blizzard stories from the National Weather Service

Mike Smith tips us to this NOAA Communications Office Summary of stories about the February blizzard. It makes for interesting reading. As Record Snow Falls, NWS Employees Hunker Down An Epic Storm: Tulsa, Okla. Chuck Hodges and Bruce Sherbon, forecasters at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Tulsa, Okla., planned to arrive early for…

Are huge northeast snow storms due to global warming?

Guest post by Dr. Richard Keen The winter of 2009-2010 was a memorable one in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, with locations like Philadelphia enjoying multiple massive snow storms that led to record totals for the winter. As with all exceptional weather events of late, the usual suspects blamed the occurrence on global warming. In…

The Northeast snowstorm of 2010 by satellite view

From NASA Earth Observatory: Last week’s Winter Storm in the Northeastern United States download large image (9 MB, JPEG)acquired December 28, 2010 download GeoTIFF file (74 MB, TIFF)acquired December 28, 2010 download Google Earth file (KMZ)acquired December 28, 2010 A severe winter storm dropped up to 32 inches (80 centimeters) of snow on parts of…

Just Another East Coast Blizzard

Guest post by John Goetz I read Judah Cohen’s opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday and could not decide if he was being serious or not when he concluded “It’s all a snow job by nature. The reality is, we’re freezing not in spite of climate change but because of it.” He had…