Holiday Blizzard 2010–Another Update

Posted in General, GWC News, Storm History, Storm Track at 5:37 pm by gmachos

Good afternoon everyone. I just posted a video here in the blog on the weather conditions we’ve had over the past 24 hours. I also have a time lapse photography video of the storm that will be posted soon. This storm was a vicious storm that is still packing a wallop with the winds. Even after the snowfall has stopped the winds have gotten stronger as they take advantage of the pressure gradient from the low moving out and strong high pressure moving in.

After I gave my report early this morning, the barometric pressure slipped a few more inches to 29.08 inches of Hg (Mercury) or 985 millibars. Very strong storm. Since that time, winds have gusted to 30 and 31 miles per hour here in South Plainfield. Those are the strongest winds ever recorded here on my weather station in the yard, and that is taking into consideration that the station is not in an open area, and the winds are obstructed by nearby houses and trees. I measured the snow again, and found that it was about a foot and a half. I would like to make one more measurement though just to make sure.

I had a talk with my mother this morning, and she said that she had never seen anything like this storm in terms of the amount of snow that got on our porch. There was a ton of snow there, which has never happened before even in the Blizzard of 1996. Speaking of that storm, this blizzard was the sixth highest snowfall in Central Park in New York City right behind the Blizzard of 1996. This storm dumped 20 inches in Central Park while the Blizzard of 1996, which happened almost 15 years ago, had 20.2 inches. The biggest snowfall in Central Park was back in the Blizzard of 2006 with 26.9 inches.

Another interesting stat was the drop in pressure from 8:10 AM on Sunday morning to 4:10 AM this morning, a span of 20 hours, the barometric pressure in South Plainfield dropped 70 inches, or about 23 millibars. So, there was a drop of 3.5 inches, or 1.15 millibars per hour.

GWC Storm Footage–Holiday Blizzard 2010

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 5:08 pm by gmachos

Good afternoon. I’ve put together some video footage of the holiday blizzard that struck New Jersey along with much of the Northeast on Sunday. The footage is from the overnight into this morning. The storm dumped at least a foot and a half of snow here in South Plainfield. Pressure dropped to 29.08 inches of Hg (Mercury) or 985 millibars, and the winds reached 31 miles per hour at the weather station in my backyard. Enjoy the video.

Holiday Blizzard Update

Posted in General, GWC News, Storm Track, Storm Warning at 2:29 am by gmachos

Good morning. We continue to monitor the progress of this major winter storm as it impacts the Tri-State area. I was just outside in the elements, and measured the snowfall here in South Plainfield. As of now, there is approximately 17 inches of snow on the ground. Pressure has dropped to 29.11 inches of Hg (Mercury), or 986 millibars, which makes this storm as powerful as a Category One Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. The good news is that the pressure is presently steady after dropping all day today.

However, the bad news is that, we could be seeing an additional two to three inches before 3:00 AM. According to information from the National Weather Service carried by the Weather Channel’s Weatherscan, a heavy band of snow is moving into Eastern Morris, Eastern Somerset, and Western Middlesex County. Areas affected include Parsippany, Basking Ridge, Summit, and South Plainfield. Looking at the latest radar courtesy of the Weather Channel, it appears that the storm is breaking up a bit on its western fringe. Perhaps some dry air is trying to entrench itself in Western New Jersey along the Pennsylvania border.

The storm is expected to taper off to snow showers by the time many residents wake up later this morning. However, there may not be much to do since the roads, especially the tertiary roads are completely covered with snow. The snow plow just came down my street, and there is still a good deal of snow to remove. The snow amount is amazing. It came up to my knees, and even higher in areas where there was drifting. For those who have dared to venture out in this storm, they have ended up stranded. Cars are stuck in near whiteout conditions along Interstate 280 in Essex County.

More details and updates on the storm’s impact here in Northwestern Middlesex County will be posted later.


Monster Blizzard Hits Garden State

Posted in General, GWC News, Storm Track, Storm Warning at 9:41 pm by gmachos

Not Quite A White Christmas, But Still A Storm To Remember Here In New Jersey

Good evening everyone. It has been about two and a half months since I last posted to the blog here at Hurricaneville.com, but today’s storm awoke me from my slumber. A powerful nor’easter is currently bringing blizzard conditions to Northwestern Middlesex County as well as much of the rest of the Garden State. The snow has been falling since about mid-morning here in New Jersey, but the fiercest part of the storm began around 3:00 PM this afternoon.

The barometric pressure has been falling steadily throughout the day, and currently stands at 29.26 inches of Hg, or 991 millibars. Winds have gusted to over 50 miles per hour along the coast, and there have been confirmed reports of thunder around the area. This storm has quite a history as it was responsible for torrential rains in Southern California and Las Vegas. It produced the first White Christmas in Huntsville, Alabama since 1985, in Nashville, Tennessee since 1992, and in Atlanta, Georgia for the first time since 1882.

The storm has become stronger during the course of the day with snowfall rates between one and three inches since the brunt of it rolled into the Garden State. Forecast models indicate that the storm could deepen to a Category Three Hurricane strength storm by the time all is said and done. The holiday blizzard has already made a huge impact on life around the Northeastern United States. Railroad travel between Boston and New York going in both directions has been shut down. A State of Emergency has been issued for New Jersey.

As of this afternoon, there had already been 100 accidents on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike. At the local airports, the Port Authority reported to have 1,400 flights cancelled on Sunday alone. The Sunday night NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles has been postponed until Tuesday night due to public safety reasons. As far as what to expect, the storm is expected to pack a wallop throughout the night into early Monday morning here in Central Jersey. Final snowfall amounts when all is said and done is forecasted to be between 12 and 18 inches.

The snow is expected to taper off by midday on Monday. However, the winds are expected to continue, and that will cause blowing snow to persist even after the snow has stopped falling. Things will gradually get better as we get through the rest of the week with temperatures moderating into the 40s by the start of 2011 this coming weekend.