For the weather geek

All right.  If you’re a bit of a weather geek, like I am, and really get into the “nuts and bolts” of the weather, then the following information is for you.

It’s a detailed report of the storm from the National Weather Service, Wakefield.  Not just rain totals and such, but how and why this storm happened. Great information, really, and definitely worth a look… even if you’re not obsessed with weather.  Check it out HERE

Jim Duncan


9 Responses to For the weather geek

  1. Jason says:

    Talking about a “snowy winter”, check this out: It’s an amazing website for weather nerds. Look around!

    • gnatty says:

      ha ha haaaa…. yea i saw that website but the funny thing is that chart that you see for a cold & snow winter was made up months ago back in the summertime. Meteorologist can rarely predict the next days weather months from now or next years weather. Think about this, its almost December. Do you see any freezing temperatures? Because freezing temps is what it will take for a meaningful snowfall to occur. When will the cold and snowy get here? Will it snow in March like it did last year when “winters” last gasp is almost over? Because if it does, that will not qualify as being a snowy winter in my book. It has to snow in December or January to qualify as being a snowy winter to me.

  2. SCS says:

    It’s hard to think snow when it’s gonna be almost 70, but I’ll keep it in the back of my mind! About 8 or 10 inches that starts during the day and you wake up and it’s still coming down! Love to watch the flakes fall and listen to sound (so very faint) as it falls through the trees! BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS!

  3. Kristin Thomas says:

    What I’d like to know is what are the chances of a similar scenario setting up later on in the winter?! The only exception of course being, that the temps. will be about 15-20 degrees colder and it will be snow/ice and not rain!
    It’s already happened three times this year so far with these coastal storms forming. I don’t think this will be the last time we see this occurring. If it does, looks like those winter predictions of a “snowy” winter around here might be highly possible! Hope so!

    • nbc12weather says:

      Chances for another “perfect storm” like this one with snow instead of rain is extremely small. Tropical moisture greatly enhanced the precipitation, something that would be tough to find in the dead of winter. However, if the overall setup were duplicated, i.e. stuck storm for 3 days, we could easily see a couple feet.
      Jim D.

      • kristinrosemoon says:

        I’d be happy with any snowfall that doesn’t melt after just an hour or two on the ground! Although seeing some of those great snowfalls of my childhood (80’s) would be even better

      • Sirius...The Star Dog says:

        Excellent point amount the difference in moisture found in summer v. winter storms.

        It’s truly cringe-worthy when OCMs convert heavy rainfall to ‘_had-this-been-snow_’ at 10:1.

        Even so…the long duration event with that stationary deformation zone aloft would have produced an historic snowfall.

  4. Sirius...The Star Dog says:

    Sorry to have to say it…but you don’t need no stinkin’ ‘5-standard deviations’ BS to see from the progs this was likely to be a significant wx event; however, I do seem to remember WFO AKQ’s forecast was ‘slight chance of showers’ a few says before the event.

    All one had to do was look at the pressure gradient btwn the remnants of Ida and the strong blocking HIGH to the north…the tropical moisture connection in the H20v data…and Ekman pumping from the long fetch and duration of lo-level NE wind to know what was in store for SE and SC VA.

    AWIPS knobology doesn’t begin to replace the basic tenets of synoptic meteorology. The only time the NWS can be truly counted upon to ‘come through’ with a crunch-time forecast is for ‘sunny and 70.’

  5. Jeff Johnson says:

    Thanks for the info. It’s surreal when you look at the storm rain totals and contrast it with what happened on Nelson County with Camille’s remnants. It’s hard to believe that 30 inches of rain in a matter of hours can even hapen.

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