Snowiest February ever in NYC

Shoveling snow in Brooklyn, NY 26 Feb 10

February 2010 will go down in the weather history books as the snowiest month ever in New York City following the most recent snowstorm Friday which dumped 53 cm on the Big Apple.

NYC’s Central Park has recorded 94 cm of snow this month.

The previous record for one month was 78 cm recorded in March 1896.

February 2010 – Mildest in 26 years!

Crocuses peeking in snow Moncton 28 Feb 10

It was definitely mild in Greater Moncton in February – in fact it was the mildest February since 1984!

While the first week of the month was downright frigid – the coldest period of the winter – the rest of the month had daytime highs which were at or above freezing and overnight lows just a few degrees below freezing.

Precipitation amounts were slightly below normal for the month.

FEBRUARY 2010

Average HIGH  -1.0 C

Average LOW  -7.0 C

AVERAGE  -4.0 C (4 degrees above normal)

Extreme HIGH  3.9 C  (on the 24th)

Extreme LOW  -25.2 C  (on the 3rd)

Rainfall  14.6 mm  (46% below normal)

Snowfall   58.7 mm  (13% below normal)

Wild wind & driving rain

Ferry tossed around in Halifax Harbour 26 Feb 10

Winds gusting at times more than 100 km/h whipping around sheets of rain made for a horrendous drive between Halifax and Moncton on Friday.

I had the unfortunate task of making that drive.

The Nor’easter, which impacted much of the Maritimes, brought down tree branches which knocked down power lines causing outages for thousands of customers.

The bad news is another storm is heading to the region early Monday.

Snow in Rome

Snow falls on Colisseum in Rome 12 Feb 10

Snow is rare in Rome but it does fall once every few years.

About 3 cm of snow fell on the city Friday delighting both locals and tourists alike.

The city was last dusted with snow in 2005.

The last significant accumulation was in February 1986 when some 20 cm of snow paralysed the city

DC gets 1-2 snow punch

Clearing snow at the U.S. Capitol 11 Feb 10

Still digging out from weekend blizzard, another snowstorm struck Washington, DC yesterday dumping another 28 cm at Reagan Airport and setting a new record for the snowiest winter in the city’s history.

Baltimore added 50 cm and Philadelphia had 40 cm also setting new all-time seasonal snow records.

The heaviest amounts from this storm were in south-central Pennsylvania where more than 70 cm of snow fell.

New York’s Central Park recorded 25 cm and led to a rare snow day for school students in the city.

“Snowmageddon” in DC

Clearing snow around The White House 6 Feb 10

A monster snowstorm dubbed “Snowmageddon” has paralyzed the US Mid-Atlantic region bringing cities like Washington, DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia to a standstill.

Forecasters say the heavy, wet snow was “historic” with some areas getting 90 cm.

Air and ground transportation was halted and thousands lost power although things were slowly getting back to normal today.

Snow totals…

Washington, DC Dulles Airport  82 cm

Washington, DC Reagan Airport  46 cm

Baltimore Airport  63 cm

Philadelphia Airport  72 cm

Pittsburgh Airport  54 cm

Atlantic City, NJ  49 cm

Arctic air envelops NB

Arctic air over Moncton 3 Feb 10

An Arctic air mass has invaded New Brunswick in what has become the longest cold snap this winter.

This is mid-winter and typically the coldest period of the season.

In Greater Moncton, the temperature yesterday dipped to -25.2 C, very close to the 1971 record low of -27.8 C.

Edmundston was the coldest spot in the province at -31.6 C.

Low temperatures have been dipping into the -20’s all week with no relief in sight until this weekend.

Groundhog Day

Shubenacadie Sam emerges from burrow 2 Feb 10

The three major eastern groundhogs in North America have all predicted six more weeks of winter.

Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie and Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania all saw their shadows this morning and folklore suggests more winter is ahead.

But their western cousin Balzac Billy of Alberta emerged from his burrow today and did not see his shadow, an indication of an early spring – at least for the West anyway.