Wednesday, November 7, 2012

last week it was a hurricane, this week it's a nor'easter and the first snow of the season

Obama may have been re-elected overnight but more bad weather is the larger topic of conversation in this Democrat stronghold. Too bad if your home is still without power and/or flooded. The commute will be a nightmare. FYI, a nor'easter is a macro-scale storm along the East Coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada which gets its name from the direction the wind is coming from. This type of storm has characteristics similar to a hurricane, being a low-pressure area whose winds rotate onto land from the northeast. The precipitation pattern is similar to that of other extratropical storms. Nor'easters can cause severe coastal flooding, coastal erosion, hurricane force winds or blizzard conditions; these conditions are usually accompanied with very heavy snow or rain, depending on when the storm occurs. Nor'easters can occur at any time of the year but are known mostly for their presence in the winter season. Nor'easters can be devastating and damaging. We have been told to bring our furniture in off the terrace again. In the winter months, nor'easters bring extremely cold air down from the Arctic air mass. Nor'easters thrive on the converging air masses; that is, the polar cold air mass and the warmer oceanic air over the Gulf Stream. Current conditions (5pm): wintry mix of snow, rain and sleet, 0 deg C, wind chill -3 deg C, wind speed 25 km/h, baromertic pressure 1011.

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