Nor’easter Slams The Northeast

The weekend storm exploded, as expected, on its move north from North Carolina to Maine, with the central pressure dropping from 1008 millibars at 11:00 p.m. Saturday evening to 969 millibars by 11:00 p.m. Sunday evening, a 39 millibar drop in 24 hours, qualifying this nor’easter for “bomb” status (a meteorological “bomb” is a storm whose central pressure lowers by at least a millibar per hour for 24 hours). However, with the track of the storm just inland, instead of off the coast, warmer air was able to work farther west, preventing sleet and snow from getting a foothold in central or eastern Maryland. Areas far enough north and west, however, were pummeled with heavy snow and the strong winds created as the storm intensified along the coast of Maine Sunday night reached all the way down the coast to us here in Maryland. As of early Monday morning, reports from the National Weather Service indicate the following extremes of snowfall and wind gusts from the storm:

Peru, NY: 18.4″
West Topsham, VT: 18.0″
Walden, VT: 16.0″
Saranac Lake, NY: 15.5″
Newark, NY: 15.0″

Wind Gusts:
Mount Washington, NH: 86 mph
Cutler, ME: 68 mph
BWI-Marshall Airport: 61 mph

The huge storm is pulling farther away and high pressure will bring quiet weather for a couple days, but the first big storm of the season is in the books and winter hasn’t even officially started yet! The winter solstice arrives on Dec. 22nd at 1:08 a.m. e.s.t.

Tom Tasselmyer


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