THE

NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER

2012

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


Words From Jerry
Jerry's computer is still not working, so I'm doing Jerry's Words again this month.

Early November was recovery from Superstorm Sandy for Long Island, New York City and New Jersey. Supplies for gas for cars was a problem and finally they made it odd/even days and that helped cut the long lines down. A week later a Noreaster brought more wind and some snow to the area making for more problems for those without power. Some people on Long Island didn't get power back for 2 weeks and a few still don't have power. I had a big branch come down that just missed my house. One of my sisters lives by a canal and had over 4 feet of water in her basement. She lost washer, dryer, oil burner and lots of personel stuff. When I went out there the next day, I could see the water line on the outside of her house. Another 6 to 8 inches and the water would have been into her house causing even more problems.

Bill from Long Island
Vice President & Moderator

November's Weather
  • 1st: In the past 24hrs, snows have fallen in 12 states from Chicago to TN to Catskills of NY. This is day 4 of Sandy's snows. U.S. death toll from Superstorm Sandy rises to at least 68 with 46 in New York and 38 in the New York City area.
  • 3rd: Now at least 117 U.S. deaths as a result of Sandy (NY-48 NJ-24 PA-15 MD-11 WV-7 CT-4 VA-2 NC-3 OH-2 NH-1)
  • 7th: A Nor'easter brings stong winds and snow to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New England. Clintonville, CT got the highest at 13.5".
  • 9th: More than a foot of snow fell across portions of Montana.
  • 9th-10th: North-central and southwest Montana received up to 22 inches of snow from the winter storm and parts of Utah had over a foot.
  • 11th: Record warm temps lead to storms that the NWS would confirm the next day 2 brief EF-0 tornadoes hit the Twin Cities, MN metro that left 12,000 residents without power, downed trees and damaged several homes. The death toll rises from Superstorm Sandy to 121.
  • 15th: Seattle, WA received at least a trace of rainfall everyday since October 18 for a total of 7.44".
  • 19th: A storm came ashore in Oregon with winds gusting over 80 mph along the coast and heavy rain that caused street flooding with gridlock in Portland, OR metro area. In the mountains wind gusts were: 114 mph Naselle Ridge, WA, 111 mph Abernathy Mountain, WA, 106 mph Mount Hebo, OR.
  • 21st: Nearly 700 flights were delayed between Chicago O'Hare & Midway due to fog. 100 mph wind gust were observed at Ward Peak near Tahoe City and 94 mph gust at Virginia Peak, NV.
  • 23rd: Up to a foot of snow, strong wind and plummeting temperatures in eastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.
  • 25th-26th: 10 to 15 inches of lake effect snow fell across parts of New York.
  • 28th: 1 to 3 inches of snow fell across the county of Schuylkill County, PA causing at least 9 crashes on the snow covered roads.
  • 28th-30th: A series of storms dropped 6 to 12" of rain to parts of northern CA. and OR. flooding roads and rivers going over their banks.
  • 29th: Snow associated with a coldfront across Northern New England Pilied up to 6-7 inches in Vermont.

CAM OF THE MONTH
Statue of Libery

Gusty Winds

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The strongest, most widespread winds at the surface
typically occur when surface winds are
perfectly aligned with a strong jet stream aloft.
This allows more of a downward transfer of
these strong, jet stream winds toward the ground.

Nor'easters

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Nor'easters are large coastal storms off the
northeast coast of the United States and can
produce heavy rain and snow, along with
powerful winds. The storms typically wrap
Atlantic moisture back into a colder
dome of air over the Northeast,
resulting in the heavy precipitation.

Weather Vane

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A weather vane points into the wind because
a much larger force is imparted on the
broad tail than on the smaller arrowhead.
As the wind shifts, the force is applied to the tail.
The vane will then align itself into the wind so
no force is being applied to either side of the tail.

Lake Effect Snow

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The frequency of lake-effect snow continues to
increase through the month of November and
typically peaks in December. As the lake water
temperatures continue to cool during January &
February there is usually less lake-enhanced
snowfall as the amount of instability needed
to generate the heavy snow bands is reduced.

We hope that you enjoyed this month's Newsletter. See you next month, and be sure to visit the WEATHERFUN Website, but most of all have fun with your weather.
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