Weather Blog: Wild weekend of storms and busy stretch of weather ahead
Two major storm systems dominated the weather landscape across the nation over the past weekend. Of course, the big headline grabber was the big “Nor’easter” that hammered New England with over three feet of snow in many areas and near hurricane force winds (see snow totals list below). With this just one storm, many areas in the northeast states now have above snowfall for the season (with more on the way).
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
249 PM EST SUN FEB 10 2013
THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL SNOW FALL OBSERVATIONS AND WIND GUSTS
FOR THE FEB 8-9TH 2013 SNOW STORM THAT HIT SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. ********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************
LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS
GLASTONBURY 33.5 326 PM 2/09 GENERAL PUBLIC
MANCHESTER 32.0 1044 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
WEATOGUE 31.0 1012 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
NEWINGTON 30.0 724 PM 2/09 NONE
SO GLASTONBURY 29.0 1255 PM 2/09 NONE
FARMINGTON 29.0 918 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
CROMWELL 20.0 1100 PM 2/08 GENERAL PUBLIC
COVENTRY 32.5 1143 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
STAFFORDVILLE 31.4 100 PM 2/09 NWS COOP
EAST KILLINGLY 26.0 1105 AM 2/09 NONE
WOODSTOCK 26.0 1024 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
EAST SANDWICH 17.0 447 PM 2/09 NWS EMPLOYEE
FALL RIVER 24.0 1122 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
SOUTH EASTON 23.0 240 PM 2/09 HAM RADIO
SAUGUS 28.2 1243 PM 2/09 GENERAL PUBLIC
LYNN 27.0 1152 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
SALEM 25.0 405 PM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
LEVERETT 23.0 1205 PM 2/09 GENERAL PUBLIC
SOUTHWICK 28.3 910 AM 2/09 NONE
AGAWAM 24.0 1120 AM 2/09 TRAINRD SPOTTER
WESTHAMPTON 25.0 913 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
NORTHAMPTON 24.0 700 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
FRAMINGHAM 30.5 910 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
WINCHESTER 30.2 319 PM 2/09 GENERAL PUBLIC
FOXBORO 29.0 406 PM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
HANOVER 20.0 407 PM 2/09 GENERAL PUBLIC
SOUTH BOSTON 28.0 328 PM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
SPENCER 31.0 1030 AM 2/09 NONE
FITCHBURG 30.2 304 PM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
NEW BOSTON 30.4 959 AM 2/09 GENERAL PUBLIC
MOUNT VERNON 30.0 313 PM 2/09 HAM RADIO
WEST WARWICK 21.5 921 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
WEST GLOCESTER 27.6 1046 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
Rockies/High Plains storm
While not grabbing as many headlines, a potent winter storm it many areas of the central Rockies and some portions of the High Plains. While the storm did not produce as much rain/snow as we had hoped, it was nonetheless, one of the more productive storms of the season, especially for Wyoming, portions of Nebraska, South and North Dakota and portions of Minnesota. See snowfall total map below.
Blizzard conditions were noted at times, especially over central and northcentral areas of Nebraska where wind gusts of over 50 mph were recorded. Some very dry areas of Wyoming got a nice swath of snow with water equivalents of 0.50 to 0.75”. The bulls eye of the storm hit central and northeast South Dakota, southeast North Dakota and west central Minnesota.
Unfortunately, the storm did not produce much needed rain/snow over many areas of eastern Colorado and western Kansas.
Big rains (and some severe weather) brought beneficial rains to many areas of the southeast, including some of the drought areas of Georgia. See rainfall map below.
Active weather pattern ahead
Although February started off rather slow, the recent spell of stormy weather may very well be followed up with more stormy weather through the rest of the month. Most of the nation should see several storm systems traverse the lower 48 states over the next two to three weeks. New England and the Mid Atlantic states should be prepared for more rain/snow chances in the week ahead and more the week after.
Several storm systems will move across the North Pacific and across the Rockies and High Plains late this week and into the following two weeks. Snow packs in the west are in line for a bit of a boost and rain/snow chances will improve for some of the parched southern and central plains.