Friday, February 08, 2013

New England Snowstorm Update

Radar is still showing the two system phasing together...given the wind gusts tonight, thousands of people will be without power by Saturday. CURRENT RADAR LOOP LINK

Winds will exceed 60-70 mph along the coast
Sea surface temperatures are well above normal along the coast which according to some, might be amplifying the moisture content within the storm hence the high snow numbers..After looking at the actual sea surface temperatures, the numbers are not that high (in fact fairly cool) so the connection between higher precipitation amounts and the sea surface temperatures might not be as clear cut. In fact, a study done in 1988 says that "Surface energy fluxes had no significant impact on the development during the 24 hour period of rapid deepening" (courtesy Dr Ryan Maue)
Snow forecast amounts still showing 25"+ inches in eastern Massachusetts.

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