11.30.12

GWC Time Lapse–November 29, 2012–Sunset Over South Plainfield

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 5:38 pm by gmachos

Here is a short time lapse video of the sun setting over South Plainfield on November 29th. It was a relatively uneventful day weather wise as the sun was out to try and warm up what was a chilly one in Central Jersey. Took this video with my new Hero 3 camera.

11.29.12

GWC Time Lapse–November 29, 2012–Sunrise Over South Plainfield

Posted in General, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam at 2:51 pm by gmachos

Here is a short time lapse video of sunrise over South Plainfield, New Jersey in late November 2012. Footage taken with my new GoPro Hero 3 Black Camera.

11.16.12

Hurricaneville Slideshow–Jersey Shore After Hurricane Sandy–November 15, 2012

Posted in Storm Experiences, Storm Aftermath, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos, Tracking the Tropics, GWC Slideshows at 12:31 am by gmachos

Here is a slideshow from the pictures taken of the damage along the Jersey Shore at several locations from South Amboy to Sea Bright. The damage was quite extensive, especially at Sea Bright, which was just opened to the public again on Wednesday. There is a curfew in the coastal town from 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM. The beach near Waterfront Park in South Amboy is contaminated. It will be a long time before the Jersey Shore is whole again.

Hurricaneville Video–Jersey Shore After Sandy–November 15, 2012

Posted in Storm Aftermath, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos, Tracking the Tropics at 12:29 am by gmachos

Here is a short video of some of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy at several locations along the Jersey Shore from South Amboy to Sea Bright. The damage was quite extensive, especially at Sea Bright, which is under curfew from 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM. The coastal town just south of Sandy Hook along Route 36 was opened up to the public on Wednesday. It will take many years before the Jersey Shore is whole again.

11.09.12

GWC Storm Footage–November 7, 2012–Nor’easter Cranks Up

Posted in GWC News, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos at 12:24 am by gmachos

Here is video footage of the first snowfall of the 2012-13 winter season. The storm began to pick up in intensity during the mid-afternoon, and it continued into the evening. The powerful nor’easter came up the Mid-Atlantic coast and brought significant snow, wind, and coastal flooding to a region still reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The storm stayed a bit further offshore than forecast, which brought snowfall totals down to interior sections of New Jersey while bringing them up near the coast. In South Plainfield, there was only 1.5 inches of snow with winds up to 39 miles per hour, and a barometric pressure that fell to only 29.74 inches, or 1007 millibars. Over in Monmouth County, North Howell received 10 inches of the white stuff. Other areas in Monmouth and Ocean County received about a foot.

11.08.12

GWC Storm Footage–November 7, 2012–Nor’easter Brings First Snow Of Season

Posted in GWC News, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos at 11:53 pm by gmachos

Here is video footage of the first snowfall of the 2012-13 winter season. A powerful nor’easter came up the Mid-Atlantic coast and brought anywhere from one inch to nearly a foot of the white stuff to a region already reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The storm stayed a bit further offshore than forecast, which brought snowfall totals down to interior sections of New Jersey while bringing them up near the coast. In South Plainfield, there was only 1.5 inches of snow with winds up to 39 miles per hour, and a barometric pressure that fell to only 29.74 inches, or 1007 millibars.

11.07.12

Nor’easter Gives Jersey Another Pummeling

Posted in Storm Track, GWC News at 9:21 pm by gmachos

Strong Storm Causes Power Outages In Middlesex County

Another strong storm strikes a crippling blow to the Garden State.  On Wednesday, a little more than a week after Hurricane Sandy devastated many parts of New Jersey, a powerful Nor’easter developed and brought the first significant snow of the season along with sleet, rain, gusty winds, and more coastal flooding.

As of the 8:00 PM hour on Wednesday in Northwestern Middlesex County, anywhere from a coating to an inch of snow fell.  Barometric pressure has dropped to 29.82 inches of Hg, and winds have been between 20 and 30 miles per hour.  Although the storm stayed a bit further offshore than the models had anticipated up until yesterday, it has delivered some salt to the wounds for a region still struggling in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Prior to Wednesday evening, there had been about 180,000 customers of PSE&G still without power since storm.   However, starting late this afternoon, and carrying over into this evening, another 60,000 customers were left in the dark again.  These customers included residents in South Plainfield, North Edison, Edison, East Brunswick, Metuchen, New Brunswick, and North Brunswick.  Many of these residents called local radio station, WCTC to complain about the  power situation.

The flurries had been flying all across Northwestern Middlesex County since this morning, but the snowfall actually picked up in intensity along with the wind at about 3:00 PM this afternoon.  The snow is covering power lines, and with the amount of stress that the power system has already taken from last week’s storm, any strong wind could disrupt power.   The rough weather conditions are expected to last through this evening into Thursday.

There is some good news though.  Very nice weather is expected for Friday into Sunday.  After only a high in the low to mid 40s on Thursday, the mercury is expected to climb into the mid 50s by Friday, lower 60s by Saturday, and believe it or not, the upper 60s by Sunday.

11.06.12

Nor’easter Threatens Storm Weary Jersey

Posted in Storm Track, Commentary, Storm Preparation, GWC News, Storm Safety, Model Forecasts at 7:09 am by gmachos

Timing Couldn’t Be Worse For Garden State Residents Trying To Recover From Sandy

Hurricane Sandy couldn’t have struck at a more worse time for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The monster storm, which put a devastating hit on the Jersey Shore as well as Staten Island, Long Island, and Coastal Connecticut hit late in the hurricane season, and just as the winter season is beginning to wind up. Nor’easters are becoming more commonplace now including one that is taking shape to give Jersey and its neighbors a good pounding starting Wednesday and lasting into Thursday.

Forecast model guidance in the late afternoon on Monday hinted at not only a storm that would bring two inches of rain, 60 to 70 mile per hour winds along the coast, and coastal flooding, but also the first significant snowfall of the season according to Tri-State Weather. As much as 8 inches of snow was forecast for parts of the area with the heaviest snowfall occurring at around rush hour. Inland areas were going to get winds between 40 and 50 miles per hour, which is still not good for dangling power lines, weakened trees and telephone poles. Thankfully the late night and early morning model runs have the storm a little bit farther to the east, and not giving as big a blow as earlier.

There is still concern though. Forecasters are closely watching how this storm develops, and everything rides upon how the upper level low and the surface low come together. A vort max over the eastern part of the country has not dug far enough south, which is putting the storm on a forecast track further east. If the surface low can catch up to the upper low, then we could have a track more toward the coast, which would be insult to injury. If they do not come together, then the storm moves further to the east. Some towns along the Jersey Shore are not taking any chances.

In Brick Township, located in Ocean County, a mandatory evacuation has been issued in advance of the storm. Expect more of these to start rolling out as the day progresses on Tuesday. With much of the Garden State coastline in shambles, and another storm on the way, municipalities and the state government will take extra measures to ensure people’s safety. Hurricane Sandy and this approaching nor’easter could be the opening salvo in what could be a brutal winter. A few months ago, seasonal forecasts came out for the winter season in the Northeast, and there were indications that it would be a very bad winter in this region. Not the type of news residents along the Jersey Shore and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic need to hear right now while they try to pick up the pieces.

11.02.12

More Trouble On The Horizon For Northeast?

Posted in Storm Track, Storm Aftermath, Storm Preparation, GWC News at 8:47 am by gmachos

Possible Nor’easter Could Be In Store Next Week To Hamper Recovery

The timing of Superstorm Sandy couldn’t be worse.  Coming in the last week of October, this hurricane/hybrid storm couldn’t have devastated the Jersey Shore, Southeastern New York, and coastal Connecticut at a worse time.  The reason for that is the transition from summer to winter brings the development of nor’easters, especially as we get into late October and November.  On top of that, there have already been forecasts out indicating that this coming winter could be a real bad one.  Having more coastal storms will hamper recovery efforts.

Case in point, the Weather Channel indicated on Friday morning that another storm could be on the horizon for early next week.  TWC points to computer models hinting at a Nor’easter that won’t be as strong as Sandy was, but still a nuisance with windy conditions accompanied by a cold rain.  The American GFS model is indicating the storm will have a track just off the Mid-Atlantic coast while the European Model (ECMWF) is showing a more inland track that includes New Jersey.  While the power is slowly coming back on for many Jersey residents (down to 1.5 million from 2.7 million at the storm’s peak), there are still many along the Jersey Shore without power, and already enduring cold nights over the past few days.

Temperatures aren’t expected to warm up anytime soon.  Highs are going to be in the low 50s with morning lows in the mid to upper 30s through the weekend with temps dropping into the upper 40s by the middle of next week.  Prior to Sandy, the weather had been quite mild this fall.  Once the powerful storm came through though, it pulled down a lot of cold air from Canada, and conditions have become more normal for this time of year.

Sandy’s Remains Still Spinning

Posted in Storm Track, GWC News, Tracking the Tropics at 8:46 am by gmachos

Remnants Of Monster Storm Still Lingers Over Portions Of Canada

While much of the eastern half of the United States is trying to recover from Superstorm Sandy, the remnant low from the memorable storm is still spinning over parts of Canada.  After coming ashore near Atlantic City, the storm system traveled slowly to the west through Pennsylvania before making a turn to the north and east.  Now a remnant low, what was Sandy is still churning away over portions of Quebec and Ontario.

The storm has caused a good deal of damage in Canada while leaving two people dead there so far.  Since forming ten days ago, Sandy and her remains have impacted Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, 17 states in the United States, and Canada.  In the United States, the storm had an impact on approximately 60 million people, or one in every six Americans.  It has left some 159 people state from the Caribbean to Canada, and early damage estimates are up to $50 billion dollars for the storm.

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