I haven't updated this blog in a while (mostly because I was working on my Master's thesis!) and the weather has been pretty quite. Most of April was extremely dry and below average temperature wise. In fact Connecticut went into a moderate drought because of the long stretch of dry weather in April. Now the first week in June and all we've had is rain, rain and more rain! In fact many areas have already seen 4-6 inches of rain this week and it's not even over yet! Thursday, June 13 into Friday, June 14th will feature more heavy rain possibly up to 5 more inches of rain! The NWS (National Weather Service) is predicting 4.25 inches of rain for New Haven, CT. If this happens many areas in CT will have gotten 10-12 inches of rain in one week! Thats a foot of rain in one week! Almost unheard of here in CT unless a tropical system goes through, which Tropical Storm Andrea (the remnants) did go through last Friday! Below is the NWS total rainfall prediction for tomorrow and Friday!
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Even though Boston was suppose to be hit the hardest in last week's blizzard, south central CT was surprised to become the bullseye of the storm! An official report of 38 inches of snow in my hometown of Milford, CT! and even more just north of us in Hamden, CT of 40 inches (We even made ABC Newsand we're at the top of the list!)! Although the snow on the ground matches that of the snowy January of 2011, it didn't come in one night like this blizzard! Like storms of the past I got my camera out and took some amazing photos of the show! Check them out at WxEdge:
It's day 3 and we have yet to see a plow come up our street!! So yesterday (Sunday) afternoon the neighbors banned together to make a path in the street. They used snow blowers and shovels to make their way to the main road off the development! I took some photos of this in between helping and also wrote an article on WxEdge!
I still can't believe the amount of snow we got! It's being compared to the great Blizzards of 1978 and 1888!! Storms that I read about throughout my childhood, never really expecting to experience it! PS there's a possible snow storm for Wednesday night and Saturday night! This would be insane because roads won't even be plowed till Wednesday and then covered again that night! Plus kids have been out of school since last Friday and may not go back till this Friday!! Goodbye winter and spring break!
The National Weather service updated accumulation for the Blizzard warning to 20-36, yes 36 inches of snow!!! This is crazy, granted I'm not sure we will get to 36 inches in my town but definitely close in on 2 feet!!
These were from the other day showing the Blizzard I'm expecting today here in CT. When these came out they were the outliers (which means one of the extreme solutions) but looks like it might come true! They show snow accumulations, which show over two feet!!
Wow! What a windy night! I was woken up by the wind at 4 am and couldn't get back to sleep for a while. Southern New England experienced heavy winds for a number of hours this morning 1/31/13. As a strong cold front moved towards the East Coast, warm air pushed up ahead of it pushing the temperatures to almost 60 in the middle of the night, in Connecticut, in January!!! It even broke official temperature records at the two National Weather Service stations in CT, Hartford (Windsor locks) and Bridgeport (Sikorsky). I took a screen shot from Weatherbug at 4:21 am, the temp was 55 degrees, winds 15mph with gust to 40mph and the radar at the bottom shows the intense area of rain about to move through!
Bridgeport, CT 58 new record, old record 54 (2012)
Bridgeport, CT peak wind gust 61mph
Also amazing was seeing the temps across the Northeast. Yesterday I was watching the local news at noon and they showed temps across all of New England. In Watertown, NY, which is up in far northern NY by Niagara Falls, was 60 degrees, 24 hours later they are in the 30's and getting lake effect snow!! Its always crazy to see such temperature swings, especially in the heart of winter, yet it seems to be happening more often.
After a week of below freezing temps here along the CT shoreline, I braved the cold on Friday morning to venture down the beach and take some photos. The reason why I wanted to get down to the beach was because the water was getting so cold, ice was forming in spots. Now as most of you probably know, it's very hard for salt water to freeze, and Long Island Sound is salt water. Although not too unusual it was fun to see the ice along the shoreline. I took tons of pictures and even made a slideshow for the local weather site WxEdge.com, which I'm a contributor to. The only part that wasn't fun was the near frostbite i received on my fingers!! It took about 20 mins to get my hands back to normal after only being outside for 15-20 mins at the most!
Temps dipped down to 4 degrees this morning in downtown Milford, which is a town along the CT coast! Not the coldest morning ever but the coldest in a few years! Here's a screen cap of weather bug this morning!
As I checked Accuweather.com site this morning for any news on the possible snowstorm tonight in Southern New England I was disappointed to find that the NORLUN trough (which will bring the most accumulating snow) will be up near Boston, if not in Maine. However before I switched to another website I noticed a snow map on the side of the page. It's the same one I have posted below. It is the Blizzard of 2005 from January 20-23. It's nice that Accuweather posts historic storms in the side banners, especially since I remember this storm pretty well.
The reason why I remember this blizzard so well is because I missed it completely!!! Although my home town in southwestern CT saw between 16-24 inches of snow, I was living in Vermont at the time at Lyndon State College, where we saw nothing more than a few flurries!! This was very disappointing for me to watch (and study in class) the storm moving through southern New England, as my parents shoveled out and I just sat in the cold semi overcast fringe of the storm. The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont didn't see much snow that year. So when I saw this map posted on Accuweather I flashed right back to sitting in my dorm room watching the reports of heavy snow in my hometown while it was just cold outside. Even on the map you can see that the accumulating snow didn't get much farther north than White River Junction (Lyndon State was just north of St. Johnsbury.