GWC Time Lapse–Sun Returns, But Winds Continue–October 16, 2010

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 11:36 am by gmachos

Good morning. Here is another time lapse video of weather conditions in South Plainfield, New Jersey. This video is from October 16th when the sun finally returned, but the winds continued as high pressure moved in following the nor’easter’s departure. Enjoy.


GWC Time Lapse–Nor’easter’s Windy Aftermath–October 15, 2010

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 11:09 pm by gmachos

Here is a time lapse video of weather conditions in South Plainfield on October 15th. It was a blustery day in Northwestern Middlesex County with gusty winds as high as 50 miles per hour in the area from a Nor’easter. Enjoy.


GWC Time Lapse–From Sunny Start To Rainy Finish–October 14, 2010

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 8:32 am by gmachos

Here is a time lapse video of weather conditions in South Plainfield, New Jersey on October 14th. This day got off to a sunny start, but gradually things got cloudy, and then it rained as a nor’easter began to take shape in the area. Enjoy.


Paula Hangs On As Tropical Storm Near Northern Cuba

Posted in Storm Facts, Storm Track, Storm Warning at 11:50 pm by gmachos

While I’ve been away with other things over the past couple weeks, we’ve had two more tropical systems form in the Atlantic Basin. Otto and Paula both became hurricanes albeit in different ways. Otto evolved into a hurricane after starting out as a subtropical depression. The storm gradually acquired more tropical characteristics, and became a hurricane. Fortunately, the storm was no threat to any land areas in the Atlantic.

Paula, on the other hand, was quite tropical. It started out as a tropical storm in the Western Caribbean, and strengthened to a Category Two Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale with 100 mile per hour winds as it crept along in the Yucatan Channel. Paula, a very small storm, had hurricane force winds extending some 30 miles from its center, and tropical storm force winds some 60 miles from the center when it was at its peak intensity. We are still dealing with Paula, but it has weakened significantly.

As of the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, maximum sustained winds have dropped to 45 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Minimum central pressure has risen to 29.59 inches of Hg, or 1002 millibars. The storm, which is located some 15 miles West of Veradero, Cuba is moving off to the East at 14 miles per hour. The storm is getting torn apart by tremendous shear to the north of it from the Southeastern United States. All warnings in Cuba have been discontinued by the Cuban government.

With the formation of Otto and Paula over the past couple of weeks, we have seen 18 depressions, 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes this season. There is usually a second peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which occurs around this time in October. The season lasts until November 30th, and in some cases can go beyond that. For example, the 2005 Atlantic season went into early 2006 with the last storm dissipating in the first days of January.

GWC Weather Report–October 14, 2010

Posted in GWC News at 11:20 pm by gmachos

Good evening everyone. It’s been a while since I posted anything in the blog about the recent weather in South Plainfield. It has been an interesting week weather wise around Northwestern Middlesex County. On Monday night, we had some severe thunderstorms roll through the area. The storms came after very warm weather for this time of year graced Central Jersey. Temperatures reached a high of just under 76 degrees here in South Plainfield. Since then, things have cooled off with lows bottoming out in the low to mid 40s in the morning over the past several days.

On Thursday, the mean temperature was only 50.7 degrees with a high of 61.3 at 12:45 PM, and a low of exactly 40 degrees at 6:55 AM. As a result, there were 14.4 heating degree days. So far this month, there have been 104.4 heating degree days versus only 2.1 cooling degree days. So far in October, there has been 1.96 inches of rainfall here in South Plainfield with about 80 percent of that falling on October 1st thanks to the nor’easter that began on November 30th. Since September 13th, we have had six instances of stormy weather in the form of severe weather outbreaks or nor’easters that have brought their fair share of rain, wind, and other things.

Over the past month or so, we have seen 4.21 inches of rain fall here in South Plainfield after going through a summer where there was virtually no rain. So, this has eased the drought situation that had been developing in the Garden State. The mean temperature for the month of October so far is 57.7 degrees with a maximum of 77.2 reached on the 1st, and a minimum of 36.9 degrees attained on the 10th. The highest wind reported so far this month occurred on the 1st in the midst of our last nor’easter while there were some strong winds on the 11th as well.

As mentioned in a previous post in the blog, we have some interesting weather taking shape on this Thursday evening. A nor’easter is developing off the East Coast of the United States, and has been responsible for the rainfall that we received during the late afternoon and evening. The big story with this system will be the wind. As this low, which is rapidly moving up the coast into New England, departs, high pressure will try to begin to move in on Friday. The combination of the high and low will create a pressure gradient that will be the fuel for windy and blustery conditions on Friday into Saturday. Winds are expected to be sustained between 20 and 30 miles per hour with gusts in upwards of 45 to 50 miles per hour.

Another Nor’easter Brings Heavy Rain And Then Wind

Posted in GWC News, Storm Track at 10:42 pm by gmachos

Good evening everyone. Sorry that I’ve been not been posting articles to the blog, but I had a busy week last week with appointments. I was also working on a series of time lapse videos of weather conditions here in South Plainfield over the past couple weeks. I do have some time now to talk about the weather.

As one of my doctor said today, we have a weather event. A significant one at that. We had a frontal boundary pushing into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and it was joined at the hip with a vigorous upper level trough that is providing the energy to create a powerful coastal storm. Right now, it is bringing tremendous rains to portions of the Tri-State area. However, most of it is occurring over Long Island and Upstate New York. Rainfall amounts in portions of Westchester County are just under an inch. Amounts across Long Island were in the range of three quarters of an inch. Meanwhile, along the Jersey Shore, a little more than a half of an inch has fallen.

In Northwestern Middlesex County, there has only been 0.15 inches of rainfall, but that is likely not accurate because I had some trouble with my rain gauge, which was clogged by some debris. One of the nice things about this storm is the fact that it is a fast moving system. The rain that is currently falling in Central Jersey now is expected to taper off to showers during the overnight. However, rain will linger in the form of scattered showers during the day on Friday. The big story though over the next 24 to 36 hours will be the wind. Right now, the pressure in South Plainfield (10:19 PM EDT) has fallen to 29.54 inches, or 1000 millibars, and it is still falling. So, we have a strong low pressure system in the region.

As the storm lifts out, high pressure will start to try to move in. The difference in pressure between our nor’easter, and the high, a pressure gradient, will cause strong winds to develop. Winds are expected to be sustained between 20 and 30 miles per hour with gusts in upwards of 45 to 50 miles per hour. A Wind Advisory is in effect for portions of the area from Friday morning until Saturday night. This storm system is so powerful that a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for elevations above 2,000 in portions of New York and New England including the Adirondacks, Northeast Catskills, Helderbergs, Southern Green Mountains, and Northern Berkshires.

It has been a very stormy period for nearly the past month. It all started with severe weather on the afternoon of September 16th. It was repeated on September 22nd with another round of strong to severe thunderstorms. There was a nor’easter that brought an abundance of tropical moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole on September 30th and October 1st. Finally, there was another round of strong thunderstorms that moved through Central Jersey on the evening of October 11th. We also had strong storms rolled through Jersey on the evening of September 13th.

Some things to expect from this storm would be blown leaves clogging drainage areas, ponding of water, flooding, downed tree limbs and power lines. This storm is going to make things interesting for many of the football games on tap around Middlesex County on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

GWC Time Lapse–Sunny Prelude To A Storm–September 29, 2010

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 9:11 pm by gmachos

Here is another time lapse video of weather conditions in South Plainfield, New Jersey. This video was from September 29, 2010, a sunny prelude to a storm that would affect Northwestern Middlesex County as well as other areas for two days.

GWC Time Lapse–Cloudy And Windy Day In NJ–September 28, 2010

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 8:46 pm by gmachos

Here is a time lapse video of weather conditions in South Plainfield, New Jersey on September 28, 2010. It was mostly a cloudy and windy day in Northwestern Middlesex County, but the sun did try to peak out a bit toward the end of the day. Enjoy.

GWC Time Lapse Video–Rain Makes A Comeback–October 4, 2010

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 1:53 pm by gmachos

Here is another time lapse video of weather conditions here in South Plainfield, New Jersey. This video is from October 4th when the rain returned to the Garden State. The recent rains here in Jersey have helped ease what had been a developing drought situation. Enjoy the video.

GWC Time Lapse Video–Sun Returns With Some Wind–October 3, 2010

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 1:45 pm by gmachos

Here is a time lapse video of weather conditions in South Plainfield, New Jersey on October 3, 2010. The sun re-emerged after a coastal low brought rain and wind for the better part of several days in the Garden State. There was still a bit of wind to deal with as high pressure built in behind the low creating a pressure gradient that produced the winds. Enjoy.

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