11.30.08

East Coast Storm Bringing Snow And Rain To Much Of Eastern Third Of Country

Posted in General, GWC News at 11:56 pm by gmachos

Good evening everyone. I’ve been tracking the progress of this latest East Coast storm that is putting a monkey wrench in the travel plans of many looking to return home from their Thanksgiving holiday with relatives. There should be a time lapse photography video coming of today’s weather.

The storm began here in Northwestern Middlesex County in New Jersey before 6:00 AM, and it started off as snow. The snow built up a bit in the grassy areas, but didn’t stick to the roads. After a few hours, the snow then changed over to rain, and that continued throughout the day. So far there has been about 0.35 inches of rainfall in South Plainfield, and the barometer has fallen to 29.44 inches of Hg, or 997 millibars. In November, there has been 3.06 inches of rainfall. For the year, the total amount of rainfall has reached a total of 36.65 inches.

The storm system has brought a wide variety of weather to the area East of the Mississippi River. Looking at the latest radar courtesy of the Weather Channel, you can see the entire Eastern Seaboard is covered with some form of precipitation. Strong showers and thunderstorms over Florida, and off the Carolinas while rain is falling over much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Further up north into New England and upstate New York, there has been a transition to freezing rain and sleet.

Before the changeover to rain this morning, there was probably about a half an inch or so of slushy snow accumulation in the grassy areas. The high temperature today in South Plainfield was 41.2 degrees, and that occurred early in the evening at about 5:50 PM. The low occurred at about 2:30 AM this morning at about 27.2 degrees. A total of 30.8 heating degree day units were accumulated on Sunday with the mean temperature reaching 34.2 degrees. This month will end up with 649 heating degree units, which is an indication that temperatures are getting colder, days are getting shorter, and nights are getting longer.

Simply put, we’re heading toward winter.

11.29.08

East Coast Storm To Come On Sunday

Posted in General, GWC News at 6:22 pm by gmachos

Good afternoon everyone. I was watching the Weather Channel this morning, and noticed that the storm forecasted to hit the area late this weekend into early next week is coming into the area starting on Sunday morning, and will continue throughout the day into the evening.

The storm is expected to start off as a mixture of snow showers and rain showers in the morning, and then change to all rain by the afternoon. There is already a Hazardous Weather Outlook for a great deal of Maryland and Northern Virginia including Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. The forecast indicates that during the late night on Saturday, and into Sunday, there is a chance of freezing rain, sleet, and snow.

A small craft advisory is still in effect for the coastal waters off New Jersey. Temperatures are forecasted now to be slightly cooler than they were in the last report on the storm posted yesterday. The high on Saturday is expected to climb to 45 while the low is forecast to dip down to 29 as the clouds begin to roll in from the south and west. On Sunday, temperatures will struggle to get to 40 degrees along with a 90 percent chance of sleet and snow.

By Sunday night, the precipitation turns to all rain, and there is a 100 percent chance of that as temperatures are not going to fall much at all. A chance of showers still exists for Monday. About a 50 percent chance of precipitation exists while the mercury is expected to climb well into the 40s, and perhaps 50 degrees. Temps will then nosedive into the low 30s on Monday night with another chance of rain and snow into Tuesday morning.

GWC Time Lapse–November 16, 2008–Great Sunrise And Magnificent Moonrise

Posted in General, YouTube Videos at 5:30 pm by gmachos

Here is a very nice time lapse photography video of a great sunrise and an even better moonrise in South Plainfield, New Jersey on November 16th. There is also a great deal of clouds, changing skies, and wind. Hope you enjoy.

11.28.08

East Coast Storm Forecasted For Late This Weekend And Early Next Week

Posted in General, GWC News at 4:28 pm by gmachos

Good morning everyone. This morning, as I was putting together my time lapse photography videos, I overheard my brother talking to my mother about the weather. At the same time, I was ironically watching the Weather Channel. The talk of both were of a storm developing off the East Coast late this weekend into early next week.

Earlier in the morning, the storm was expected to bring a mixture of rain and snow with flakes flying from Boston to Birmingham. Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 40s for highs with lows in the upper 20s over the course of the next few days. So, the snow would probably come in the overnight on Sunday into Monday morning. However, the forecast high anticipated originally on Friday afternoon was 45 according to the NWS info on TWC. Then, it went down to 44, and back up to a mild 51. A Small Craft Advisory has been issued for the coastal waters as winds were expected to be between 15 to 25 knots. Winds have already started to pick up here in South Plainfield.

One element of the storm has already begun to take place in the Southeast, where showers and storms are heading eastward. Places such as Atlanta, Georgia, which have not seen a lot of rain as of late, are expected to receive a good soaking from this storm system over the next 36 hours. Another element has started to take shape here in the Northeast as a weak disturbance is coming through, and will bring some light showers to portions North and West of the area. It will help reinforce the cold air that will further entrench itself over the next few days.

The high on Saturday is expected to fall to about 47 here in Northwestern Middlesex County, and then down to 43 on Sunday with the clouds and showers developing to keep temperatures down. However, Sunday night, the mercury is only expected to fall to 36 degrees for a low since the clouds and rain will keep temperatures up by not letting out any infrared radiation. Staying above freezing, South Plainfield and its nearby surrounding areas should only at best get some wet flakes on Monday morning. The rest should be all rain as the high is forecast to reach 45 degrees.

A better chance for snow right now is expected next Thursday with another scenario right for mixed prepcipitation. We’ll have to see how that develops over the next few days. Hopefully with the stormy weather coming this weekend, and the fact that I’m on vacation this coming week, I’ll finally be able to capture some live video footage to post on the site.

GWC Time Lapse–November 15, 2008–Winds Kick In As Storm Clears Out

Posted in General, YouTube Videos at 4:05 pm by gmachos

Here is a time lapse photography video of a storm clearing out in the Northwestern portion of Middlesex County on November 15th. The storm system was responsible to bringing rain to the area the day before, and on this day, it was finishing things off with some gusty winds. Enjoy the video.

GWC Time Lapse–November 14, 2008–Rain Gives Way To Changing Skies

Posted in General, YouTube Videos at 10:58 am by gmachos

Here is a time lapse photography video of weather on November 14th. The images are courtesy of the GWC Webcam. On this day, rain started things off, but then gave way to some changing skies and breezy conditions. Enjoy!

GWC Time Lapse–November 25, 2008–Rain Gives Way To Some Sun

Posted in General, YouTube Videos at 8:55 am by gmachos

Good morning. Here is a recent time lapse video courtesy of the Greg’s Weather Center Web Cam. This video is of the weather from this past Tuesday when some early rain gave way to some late day sun. Tuesday was probably the warmest day of the week thanks to the warm front that passed through the area to set the stage for the rain.

11.18.08

The 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season Was For Cuba What 2005 Was To The U.S.

Posted in General, Storm Facts, GWC News at 9:19 am by gmachos

After two relatively quiet years in the Atlantic Tropical Basin, things did pick up again in 2008. As of today, there have been 17 depressions, 16 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes. A major hurricane, one with winds of Category Three strength or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, occurred at least once over five straight months, which set a new record that surpassed the one made back in 2005. Speaking of the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season, this soon to be finished season was much like 2005 for the communist island nation of Cuba.

Over the years and centuries, Cuba has seen its share of big storms such as what would become the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Hurricane Frederic (1979), Hurricane Charley (2004), and Hurricane Dennis (2005). However, the island, which boasts of high mountains that reach some 8,000 feet into the air, hasn’t had a season like this in a very long time. There were at least four different storms that affected Cuba. Two of them struck in the same location just about a week apart. Fay was the first storm to affect the island with heavy rains and gusty tropical storm force winds. Then, Gustav blew through with 150 mile per hour winds in the area of the Isle of Youth on the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day.

Like the Great Galveston Storm of 1900, Hurricane Ike passed through Cuba on its way to its final destination, struck the same location as Gustav about a week later. So, within a three or four week span, the communist nation, which is still going through a period of transition after Fidel Castro stepped down due to health reasons a couple years ago, was battered by heavy rains and wind from three tropical storms including two major hurricanes. Recently, another major storm affected the island when Category Four strength Paloma struck the eastern portion of Cuba a couple weeks ago with 145 mph winds before heading out to sea and dissipating. In 2005, the United States suffered a similar fate when four major hurricanes struck its coastline over a span of four months with Dennis (July), Katrina (August), Rita (September), and Wilma (October). Three of those four storms were Category Five strength at one point before weakening.

Hurricane Ike was the worst hurricane to strike anywhere along the U.S. Coastline since Katrina, which is now the costliest disaster on record in U.S History. Since 1995, the Atlantic has been undergoing a period of increased activity in the Atlantic. Only 1997 and 2006, which were El Nino years, were either average, or below average seasons. This era of very busy activity is expected to continue for more years to come.

11.17.08

Record Set For Major Hurricanes In 2008

Posted in General, GWC News, Hurricane Records at 9:54 am by gmachos

As the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season is drawing to a close, now is a time to look back on what happened during the season. This season, there was to date 17 tropical depressions, 16 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes. The five major hurricanes: Bertha, Gustav, Ike, Omar, and Paloma occurred in five different months. As a matter of fact, there was a major storm in each of the last five months, which is a record. The previous record was set in 2005 with major hurricanes in four straight months: Dennis and Emily (July), Katrina (August), Rita (September), and Wilma (October).

A major hurricane is a storm that attains winds in excess of 111 miles per hour, or is a minimal Category Three Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. The first of the major storms in 2008 occurred in July with Hurricane Bertha. Gustav followed in late August and early September. Hurricane Ike was the big story of the season as it crossed through Cuba, and made an impact directly over Galveston, Texas on September 13th as a very strong Category Two system. Omar directly impacted the Northeastern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean in October. It was the second storm on record to hit the Caribbean from the West. The first since Hurricane Lenny struck there in November 1999.

As you may already know, the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season was a record breaker in so many ways. There were 28 named storms, 15 hurricanes, 7 major hurricanes, and 4 Category Five Hurricanes. It was also a year when the complete list of storm names was exhausted, and storms had to be represented by letters in the Greek Alphabet. It was the first time such a thing had happened. There was also a storm that formed in the far eastern Atlantic in Hurricane Vince that ultimately went into Portugal and Spain as a depression. The first time on record that had happened. So, for the 2008 season to surpass a mark from that historic season was quite impressive.

Initial projections for the season called for 15 named storms, and then in August, those numbers were revised to have 17 named storms. So, the 16 that have actually occurred to this point (with still two weeks to go in the season), is pretty much on the mark. Another possible record is the number of storms and hurricanes that affected Cuba this season: Fay, Gustav, Ike, and Paloma. A couple modest tropical storms affected the Northeast and New England in the form of Hanna and Kyle. Both storms had been hurricanes at one point.

11.16.08

Stormy Weather Dominates Past Several Days In Jersey

Posted in General, GWC News at 9:59 am by gmachos

Good morning again. As you could see in my previous blog post, it has been a bit stormy, windy, and wet here in New Jersey. Thursday started things off as a coastal storm brought some rain to the area during the day, especially in the afternoon. On Friday, there were some showers around, but it was mainly cloudy, and even foggy in the morning, and at night. Saturday was the big day though. According to the NOAA Almanac for the Month of November that is kept on Greg’s Weather Center, the high temperature reached 70 degrees while the maximum rain for the month so far fell with 0.87 inches.

It was a vigorous storm system that blew through on Saturday. Feeding off quite a vast temperature difference, or gradient, the storm first came up from the south ushering in showers from the Southwest to the Northeast starting in the morning. However, by afternoon there were some breaks in the clouds, and patches of blue sky emerged. Perhaps that occurrence provided a spark or a catalyst to the weather in the form of sunshine to cook up things in the atmosphere. A Tornado Watch was in effect in Southern New Jersey, and at about 4:30 PM EST, the skies began to grow more ominous although night was also starting to set in.

Heavy rains began to fall in the area around Raritan Center at about 6:30 PM EST on Saturday night. It sounded like a torrential downpour characteristic of a summer thunderstorm. On this early Sunday morning though, things have cleared out, but there is still the wind to contend with. According to the National Weather Service, there is a Gale Warning in effect for the coastal waters of Middlesex County as well as the rest of the Jersey Shore. Today’s forecast for Northwest Middlesex County calls for temperatures to only reach a high of 51 while dropping to 42 by about 5:00 PM EST Sunday afternoon.

The coldest weather of the season will be upon us this week as a Continental Polar air mass descends in from Canada following this unusually deep trough. One thing you’ll learn about meteorology is that strong highs tend to follow strong lows, and that is what we are seeing here. The rest of the week shows a couple chances for snow on Monday night into Tuesday (30 percent along with a mixture of rain), and on Thursday. Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to drop to 39 for a high while the low is expected to be 29. On Thursday, temps are anticipated to be around 38 for a high.

For the year, South Plainfield has received 35.78 inches of rainfall including 2.19 so far this month. The most rain observed on a single day so far in 2008 was on September 6th when Tropical Storm Hanna came through. Rainfall amounts topped out at 3.25 inches. So far this month, there have been eight days with at least .01 inches of precipitation, and seven of those days have seen over 0.1 inches. Surprisingly, there were no reports of severe weather in New Jersey yesterday as of the time of this report. As a matter of fact, there was only eight reports total throughout the entire United States, and all of them were confined to the Eastern third of the nation.

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