New York to Newfoundland – blizzard of ’14

Blizzard wallops Halifax, NS, 03 Jan 2014 (CP)

Blizzard wallops Halifax, NS, 03 Jan 2014 (CP)

The first winter storm of 2014 packed quite a punch in the Northeastern United States, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland – dropping up to 60 cm of snow with strong winds reducing visibility.

But further inland, the blizzard was less intense and much less snow was recorded.

In Greater Moncton, many are likely relieved we received only 4.3 cm given that we already have almost 90 cm of snow on the ground.

Atlantic Canada SNOW TOTALS

Halifax (Stanfield Airport) 26 cm
St. John’s 28.4 cm
Sydney 24.8 cm
Charlottetown 12.2 cm
Saint John Airport 9.2 cm
Greater Moncton Airport 4.3 cm

Northeast United States SNOW TOTALS

Boston (Logan Airport) 38 cm
New York (Central Park) 16 cm
Newark (Liberty Airport) 22 cm
Riverhead (Long Island, NY) 30 cm
Philadelphia 23 cm
Washington, DC 8 cm

(Data courtesy Environment Canada and U.S. National Weather Service)

Hurricane Sandy coming ashore

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy (courtesy NOAA)

Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall along the southern coast of New Jersey tonight.

Forecasters say in addition to long periods of sustained tropical storm-force winds, the storm will continue to produce historic surge levels along the coast.

In the U.S. Northeast, flights have been cancelled, train and subway service suspended, schools closed and even the New York Stock Exchange has shut down amid fears a surge of seawater could flood lower Manhattan.

The storm is being blamed for the sinking of the replica tall ship HMS Bounty off North Carolina and while the U.S. Coast Guard rescued most of the crew, two are still missing.

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec and says rainfall amounts could reach 50 mm in some areas.

No warnings have been issued for the Maritimes yet but forecasters say rain will be more of a factor than wind for the region.

U.S. East Coast braces for “Frankenstorm”

Projected path of Sandy, 26 October 2012 (courtesy NOAA)

Hurricane Sandy continues to barrel north as the lowest category hurricane just as a winter storm moves across the west and Arctic air streams south.

Forecasters say if they meet over New Jersey or New York by Tuesday morning, it could create a big mess with rain, wind, high tides, snow and possibly even tornadoes.

Being dubbed “Frankenstorm” due to its Halloween week arrival, utility companies are already preparing for expected power outages and residents on the U.S. East Coast are being told to take necessary precautions.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre is tracking the storm and says Southern Ontario will likely be impacted the most by high winds although wind and rain are also likely for the Maritimes.

Finally, snow in the U.S. Northeast!

Bucks County, PA, USA, 21 January 2012 (Accuweather.com)

Much of the American Northeast has seen little or no snow accumulation since a historic snowstorm in late October.

But that finally changed this weekend when a system dropped snow from the Midwest to the Northeast.

Snowfall totals ranged from 3 cm in the Baltimore area, 11 cm in New York’s Central Park to more than 30 cm in south coastal Massachusetts.

However the snow will not stick around for long with rain on the way for much of the region.

Historic snow hits US Northeast

Snowy in Belmont, MA, USA, 30 Oct 2011 (AP)

A Nor’easter event dubbed “Snowtober” has dumped an unprecedented amount of snow over major cities in the U.S. Northeast.

New York’s Central Park recorded 7.4 cm of snow – the most snow on any October day since records began in 1869.

Hartford, Connecticut was much snowier with 31 cm while other parts of the state and neighbouring Massachusetts received up to 60 cm of snow.

Washington, D.C. got 1.5 cm which was record-breaking since the city had previously never received snow on Oct. 29.

More flooding in U.S. Northeast

Floodwaters Binghamton, NY, USA, 08 Sept 2011 (Cuomo photo)

Barely two weeks after Hurricane Irene pummelled the American Northeast, the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee have dumped more than 300 mm of rain on the already soaked region.

About 70,000 residents of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and 20,000 in Binghamton, New York have been forced to flee due to floodwaters.

Tropical Storm Lee lashed the U.S. Gulf Coast earlier this week with heavy rains and tested flood defenses in New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.