01.28.16

GWC Storm Footage–January 23, 2016–Blizzard of 2016–Front Porch View

Posted in GWC News, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam at 12:43 pm by gmachos

Here is video footage taken of the Blizzard of 2016 from the front porch at Greg’s Weather Center. The storm became the 6th biggest snowstorm ever in the Northeast since 1900. It produced 24.8 inches here at GWC in South Plainfield along with winds that gusted to 55 mph. Barometric pressure dropped to 29.58 inches while the temperature hovered between 23 and 27 degrees during the course of the day.

GWC Storm Footage–January 23, 2016–Blizzard of 2016–Driveway View

Posted in GWC News, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam at 12:40 pm by gmachos

Here is video footage taken of the Blizzard of 2016 from the driveway at Greg’s Weather Center. The storm became the 6th biggest snowstorm ever in the Northeast since 1900. It produced 24.8 inches here at GWC in South Plainfield along with winds that gusted to 55 mph. Barometric pressure dropped to 29.58 inches while the temperature hovered between 23 and 27 degrees during the course of the day.

GWC Storm Footage–January 23, 2016–Blizzard of 2016–Backyard View

Posted in GWC News, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos at 12:37 pm by gmachos

Here is video footage taken of the Blizzard of 2016 from the backyard at Greg’s Weather Center. The storm became the 6th biggest snowstorm ever in the Northeast since 1900. It produced 24.8 inches here at GWC in South Plainfield along with winds that gusted to 55 mph. Barometric pressure dropped to 29.58 inches while the temperature hovered between 23 and 27 degrees during the course of the day.

01.25.16

GWC Slideshow–January 22-23, 2016–Blizzard of 2016

Posted in GWC News, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos, GWC Slideshows at 4:17 pm by gmachos

Here is a slideshow of photos from the onslaught brought on by the Blizzard of 2016 here in South Plainfield, NJ over the weekend of January 22-23. The storm dumped 24.8 inches of snow here at GWC in South Plainfield. Winds gusted to between 50 and 55 miles per hour while the pressure dropped to 29.58 inches of Hg. Temperatures ranged between 23 and 27 degrees throughout much of the snowstorm.

01.24.16

Timeline–Weather Observations–Blizzard of 2016

Posted in Storm History, Storm Facts, GWC News at 1:47 pm by gmachos

Below is a timeline on the Blizzard of 2016 constructed from observations made from Friday afternoon, January 22nd to Sunday afternoon, January 24th.

January 22, 2016

6:30 PM–Getting ready to go to basketball game between Metuchen and Bishop Ahr.  No snow falling yet.  Forecast accumulation, 12 to 18 inches according to local TV station out of NYC.

8:15 PM–Game just ended at Bishop Ahr in North Edison.  No snow falling yet.

8:30 PM–Just arrived home.  Still no snow falling yet.

10:11 PM–Snow has been falling for a little while now.  Have a coating on the ground already.

10:30 PM–Now in the center of town taking video and pictures of the storm.  Snow falling moderately.  About an inch of accumulation already.  

10:45 PM–Return to the house.  Checked the latest forecast info from Eastern Pennsylvania Weather Authority via Facebook, and they have updated their snow total forecast to 18 to 24 inches for much of Middlesex County and Central Jersey.



January 23, 2016

4:47 AM–Woke up to the sound of the wind outside.  Things have picked up significantly.  Pressure is down to 29.82 inches of Hg (Mercury).  Looked outside, and the snow is falling heavily right now with blowing and drifting as well.  At least several inches has fallen.

5:02 AM–Submitted a Weather OBS to NJWO.  Barometer has fallen another 0.03 inches to 29.79 inches.  Winds sustained at 15 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 35.  Near white out conditions outside.  Temperature down to 23 degrees.

5:49 AM–Checked the Weather Station at GWC.  Temperature has risen a degree to 24 degrees.  Barometer has risen a tick to 29.80 inches of Hg.  Winds sustained at 15 mph.    

6:10 AM–Checked Weather Station at GWC again.  Temperature still steady at 24 degrees, but the barometer has fallen another 0.03 inches to 29.77.  Winds sustained between 15 and 20 mph.

6:46 AM–Another look at the GWC Weather Station.  Barometer continues to fall, and at a bit more rapid pace.  Now down to 29.71 inches of Hg.  A drop of 0.06 inches in just the last 35 minutes or so.  Temperature still steady at 24 degrees.  There appears to be a dry slot approaching the area from the south on the radar and satellite imagery from local TV.  

7:24 AM–White out conditions outside.  Barometer holding steady at 29.71 inches after rising a bit to 29.72 inches of Hg.  Temperature is up to 25 degrees.  Winds sustained at 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.  

10:06 AM–Pressure has fallen again.  Barometer now down to 29.66 inches of Hg.  Winds now sustained between 20 to 30 miles per hour.  Temperature up to 26 degrees.  Heavy snow.  Blowing and drifting.

12:01 PM–Now in the brunt of the storm.  Pressure down to 29.58 inches of Hg.  Temperature up to 27 degrees.  Heavy snow with blowing and drifting.  Winds now gusting between 45 and 50 mph.  

12:37 PM–Winds sustained between 25 and 35 mph with gusts in upwards of 55 mph.  Barometer has risen slightly to 29.60 inches of Hg.  Temperature steady at 27 degrees.  First official measurement of the snow has 10.5 inches here at GWC in South Plainfield.  Still have heavy snow with blowing and drifting. 

1:33 PM–Did another measurement of the snow.  This time, it was done in the front of the house while the previous measurement was done in the backyard.  This time, there was a snowfall total of 17 inches.  Barometer is holding steady at 29.58 inches of Hg.  Temperature remains steady at 27 degrees.  Winds sustained at 10 to 15 mph.

2:33 PM–Stepped outside for another measurement of the snow in the front of the house.  Now up to 18.5 inches of snow.  Had a wind gust of about 40 mph earlier.  Pressure has been steady at 29.60 inches.  Temperature steady at 27 degrees.            

4:47 PM–Just came in from doing another measurement outside.  At GWC in South Plainfield, there is roughly 21 inches of snow.  Barometer is rising at 29.63 inches.  Winds still pretty strong sustained between 15 to 25 mph with gusts over 30 mph.    Still have moderate to heavy snow with blowing and drifting.  Temperature has gone down to 25 degrees.      

8:39 PM–Snow tapering off.  The snowfall intensity is much lighter than it was earlier.  Temperature steady at 25 degrees.  Winds still strong at 20 to 40 mph.  Pressure continues to rise at 29.68 inches of Hg.    

10:52 PM–Snow has stopped falling here at GWC in South Plainfield.  Winds are still gusting between 40 and 45 mph at times.  Barometer has been rising at 29.69 inches of Hg.  Temperature up slightly to 26 degrees.  Final snowfall total approximately 24.8 inches.



January 24, 2016

 

12:35 AM–No residual snow since the last entry.  There is still some blowing snow.  Winds sustained at 10 to 15 mph with gusts over 30 mph.  Barometric pressure continues to rise at 29.74 inches of Hg.  Temperature up a little more to 27 degrees.

10:00 AM–Woke up a little while ago.  Skies have cleared out and it is bright and sunny outside.

12:41 PM–One last check for the weather station shows the temperature is up to 31 degrees with little or now wind, and the barometer is steady at 29.94 inches.  Pressure has risen 0.36 inches since the low pressure from the blizzard made its closest approach on Saturday afternoon.

01.11.16

GWC Time Lapse–January 10, 2016–Cold Front Passage–Backyard View

Posted in GWC News, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam, GWC Time Lapse at 1:01 pm by gmachos

Here is a time lapse video of a cold front passing through South Plainfield, New Jersey on the second Sunday of 2016. On this day, a threat for strong thunderstorms developed during the afternoon, and produced a sun shower and rainbow by GWC.

GWC Time Lapse–January 10, 2016–Sun Shower

Posted in GWC News, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam, GWC Time Lapse at 12:51 pm by gmachos

Here is a time lapse video of threatening skies that developed on the second Sunday in 2016. These skies ultimately produced a sun shower and a rainbow near GWC in South Plainfield.

11.14.15

GWC Time Lapse–November 13, 2015–Blustery Day

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam, GWC Time Lapse at 1:04 pm by gmachos

Here is a time lapse video of weather conditions at GWC in South Plainfield on the second Friday of 2013. It was a blustery day after a front passed through earlier. Windy conditions and falling temperatures dominated the day’s weather.

10.29.15

GWC Time Lapse–October 28, 2015–Gloomy Skies

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam, GWC Time Lapse at 1:07 pm by gmachos

Here is a time lapse video of some of the gloomy skies that preceeded a late October deluge that took place several days before October 2015. The storm brought heavy rains to not only South Plainfield, but several other nearby municipalities including Piscataway, Edison, Woodbridge, Sayreville, and South Amboy.

10.23.15

Dangerous Hurricane Patricia Threatens Mexican West Coast

Posted in Storm Track, Storm Facts, Storm Preparation, GWC News, Eastern Pacific, Storm Warning, Storm Safety, Hurricane Intensity, Hurricane Records, Tracking the Tropics at 10:52 am by gmachos

Category Five Sets Record for Strongest Storm in Eastern Pacific

While conditions in the Atlantic have quieted down to some extent in the three weeks or so since Hurricane Joaquin, the Eastern Pacific keeps rolling along. In the last week, there have been two more named storms: Olaf and Patricia. Both have since become major hurricanes with Olaf moving into the Central Pacific zone while Patricia was grown into a monster storm of historic proportions.

Within the past 12 to 18 hours, Patricia has increased in strength significantly. Already a Category Five storm with 160 mile per hour winds as of last night, the powerful hurricane has continued to intensify in the ENSO enhanced warm waters of the Eastern Pacific. As of 8:00 AM EDT this morning, the storm had sustained winds increased to 200 miles per hour with gusts up to 245 miles per hour, and a minimum central pressure of 880 millibars, or 25.99 inches of Hg.

Those recent developments with Patricia made it not only the strongest storm ever in the Eastern Pacific basin, but the strongest hurricane on record surpassing the mark of Hurricane Wilma (882 millibars). Only Typhoon Tip in the Pacific is a stronger storm with 870 millibars of pressure, or approximately 25.69 inches of Hg (Mercury). Tip was a powerful typhoon that roamed the Western Pacific during the period of October 4th to October 24th in 1979. The storm hit its peak intensity with 190 mph winds on October 12th of that year, and ultimately affected Guam, Caroline Islands, Japan, and Russia.

Returning to Patricia, a Hurricane Warning is in effect from San Blas to Punta San Telmo on the West Mexican Coast. A Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect from east of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas. Currently, the storm is located some 145 miles Southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, or about 215 miles South of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico. The storm could strengthen a bit more before making landfall this afternoon or early evening in the warning area. Sustained winds could be as high as 205 miles per hour.

This storm will not end at the coast either. It will bring its abundant tropical moisture inland, where it will interact with the higher terrain of interior Mexico. As a result, tremendous condensation will take place, and torrential rains will occur producing devastating floods and mudslides. Total rainfall accumulations could at least be anywhere from 8 to 12 inches with isolated areas receiving as much as 20 inches. Along the coast, the impacts of the storm will be greatest with Category Five strength winds accompanied by dangerous waves and surge. The Mexican government indicates that waves as high as 39 feet could impact the warned area.

What is left of Patricia may even have an impact on weather in the United States. Models had been indicating over the past several days of a significant rainfall event for Texas and even Louisiana. Low pressure has been developing in the Gulf of Mexico, and that is expected to join forces with Patricia’s remnants to bring significant rainfall to Texas, which has been dealing with a terrible drought. However, this rainfall may be too much for even the drought stricken Lone Star State, and produce flooding there. With the development of Olaf and Patricia over the last week or two, there have been 20 depressions, 16 named storms, 12 hurricanes, and 8 major hurricanes.

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