Friday, February 24, 2012

Surprised snow 2/24/12

I woke up this morning to a surprise snow event!  About 2 inches of very heavy and very wet snow fell over night in southern CT.  This might seem strange that I'm surprise by a light snowfall in February but yesterday afternoon was close to 60 degrees! and this winter has not really been a new England winter.  The fact that the snow stuck to ground that's been pretty warm is impressive and means that we must have gotten a period of intense precipitation.  Although thinking back to last night the local weathermen were all predicting rain along the shore, i should have known better when i went to bed and noticed the dew point was down near 25 and the temp was already down to 35 before the precip even arrived.  Once the rain moved in, the air was so dry that temps had to slowly drop to the freezing mark as dew points rose to get enough humidity in the air for snow! (according to weatherbug it got down to 30 degrees last night).  On top of it all the chance of thunderstorms this afternoon isn't out of the question, it would be interesting to see 60 degrees, 2 inches of snow and then thunderstorms all in about 36 hours!