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View Diary: Big Blizzard Thing #3 For DC? PHL? NYC? OMG! (77 comments)

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  •  Not in NYC area (1+ / 0-)
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    weatherdude

    it's already late, and while the 1888 blizzard was huge, the 93 superstorm was mostly less than a foot here. The only reason it was bad was because the rain that fell on top of that 10 inches froze over night, making it a 10-12 foot ice storm.  THAT was what shut the area down, not the snow. Sure i've seen the April 82 blizzard, and a few other decnt storms in March, but it isn't the prime time for snow here, and I would bet against this storm delivering much to the NYC area. Also, each year it kinda snows where it wants to, and this year that is the Plains and New England, not the Mid Atlantic or NYC area. Plus we all remember the March 2001 "blizzard" that was set to deliver 2 feet to Philly and NYC....and never happened as it phased to the north, where snow is still common in March.

    •  Asdf (2+ / 0-)
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      weatherdude, WakeUpNeo

      Um.....

      The Northeast is comprised of 99.9% NOT New York City : D

      Most of the worst storms for the region have occurred in late Fall/Early Winter or very late Winter/ Early Spring - when there is more abundant moisture from the Gulf and Atlantic along with sufficient cold air for snow formation.

      Same principle that explains why the worst lake-effect events take place in November and December (while the water remains relatively warmer) than in the dead of Winter (when the water is colder and often ice-covered and the air less able to hold large amounts of moisture .

      •  No it isn't. No one cares if it snows in Ithaca:) (2+ / 0-)
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        weatherdude, jabney

        Or Syracuse or Buffalo. Snow is not a story there. Lack of snow would be a story. Matter of fact, it doesn't even matter if it snows in Maine. It's like saying its 100 in FL in July. It ain't news if it don't happen in the I 95 corridor from Dc to Boston ( and less so for Boston ) stop being jealous you know NYC is the center of the universe. i'm only mentioning the other cities to be polite:)

      •  Extra Points: Lake Effect and Finger Lake Effect (1+ / 0-)
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        weatherdude

        "Finger Lake effect snow." When wind is just perfec... on Twitpic

        "Finger Lake effect snow"

        Lake Effect Snow is responsible for a good portion of our yearly snowfall. This is evident when looking at annual snowfall averages from around the region. North Central Pennsylvania, for example, does not get much lake effect snow and thus averages roughly 30" per year. Syracuse, on the other hand, averages over 100". Even over the eastern Finger Lakes region, seasonal snowfall varies greatly.
        "Lake Effect Snow"
        •  Asdf (2+ / 0-)
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          WakeUpNeo, weatherdude

          The effect is exacerbated here in Ithaca and over near Sebeca Lake as they rarely freeze over anymore - thus generating more enhanced snowfalls to their South than the smaller Finger Lakes that sometimes DO freeze over.

          •  Guessing you meant Seneca Lake... (2+ / 0-)
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            weatherdude, barbwires

            and noting that Seneca Falls sits between the heads of Cayuga and Seneca.

            Fond memories of amazingly huge piles of snow around there every winter throughout the fifties to mid-sixties.

            •  and the great blizzard of 78 in Buffalo (0+ / 0-)

              was mostly lake effect; only about 12 inches or so fell as a low pressure system, the rest was cement like lake effect that had to be removed with construction equipment in some cases. it's why i like living in the northeast not far from the coast; you can get serious 2 foot blizzards even right in the cities, but they are not common. Actually, the mid Atlantic may be in for a big one; but it will probably leave out NYC; probably gets to Sandy Hook and that's it. Syracuse gets snow from both noreasters and lake effect; Pittsburgh does to some extent as well, but not  nearly as much as Syracuse, which might be the snowiest populated city in the USA.

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