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  1. LibertyBell

    2018/19 Winter Banter and General Discussion - We winter of YORE

    It's way more common than most people think. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article222094725.html And the Super Bowl is actually the number 1 location and day/night where the most sex trafficking happens.
  2. LibertyBell

    Futility Thread - Winter 18/19

    Looks like Flagstaff has done extremely well, with that three foot plus snowstorm. Gorgeous city with advanced lighting techniques to keep light pollution down and the high elevation means the air is clean too (very low asthma rates.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagstaff,_Arizona#Dark_Sky_City The amount of snow in the West has been immense and correlates well with the trough west ridge east pattern that's dominated this season. Record warmth in the southeast this month too, that SE Ridge has been persistent since last summer when we doubled our previous 75+ dew point record here (42). I was actually going to ask you about big snowfall years in Flagstaff vs the I-95 corridor but it looks like you already answered my question (Albuquerque is a good-enough proxy lol.) This winter once again demonstrates why the connection between temperatures and snowfall isn't a strong one, we've had plenty of cold winters that had below average snowfall and plenty of mild winters that had at or above average snowfall. It's all about the predominant pattern. Even with above average precipitation, the dominant pattern has favored dry/cold alternating with wet/warm.
  3. We've had several La Ninas that were much better than this. What this year did is combine the worst aspects of both.
  4. LibertyBell

    OBS thread Feb 20-21, 2019

    I saw that- I was a bit surprised, usually it's a bit further east on the north shore around Miller Place but this time it was closer to Huntington west to Oyster Bay. Maybe a place like Syosset or Muttontown, we have a poster from there who regularly reports the lowest temps in Nassau County and longer snow cover duration than other parts of the Island!
  5. Not yet- they haven't won a division in a few years. Or gone to the World Series in a decade.
  6. I think cold dry days followed by cutters and huggers is actually far far worse. In 2011-12 we at least were able to save on heating costs.
  7. So we know this is what was going on in the 80s. I see some have said we were just "unlucky" because average temperatures were cold enough for it to snow and we were above average with precip. I dont buy that. Average monthly temps only have a weak connection to snowfall. We get an event perhaps once a week, if it's cold the other 6 days and because of the pattern the storms track too far west for snow, it'll warm up on the day of the storm. Average monthly temps don't account for storm tracks because storms only occur on one or two days per week. You dont need it to be very cold to snow anyway, you just want it to be cold enough to maximize moisture content and so we dont get too much to create a suppressed pattern, the pattern is more closely connected to snowfall, not average temps. During the 80s we were about 5 degrees colder than this on average and we got much less snowfall- our Januarys averaged in the mid 20s. It didn't help us with snowfall.
  8. We were talking about 10+ inch snowstorms. 6+ inch snowstorms can reasonably occur in March and even into early April. I actually like when they happen in April more than March because in April they're more memorable. Getting a 10" storm is very difficult after the end of February.
  9. LibertyBell

    Meteorological Winter 2018 Banter

    It's a wonderful place, higher elevation so cleaner air and low light pollution because of the advanced lighting techniques they use. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagstaff,_Arizona#Dark_Sky_City
  10. LibertyBell

    Meteorological Winter 2018 Banter

    Thanks, I was thinking of Somerset County, where some of the really high property taxes are. Three of the highest property taxed counties in the country are in NJ. NY has a few counties right up there too.
  11. LibertyBell

    Meteorological Winter 2018 Banter

    Don, does this storm give Flagstaff their all time single storm snowfall record?
  12. LibertyBell

    Meteorological Winter 2018 Banter

    There are some really pretty areas in the NW and W part of NJ and some really expensive real estate there! The parts of NJ with the 2000+ toxic superfund sites and the resulting highest rates of autism in the country need to be avoided though. I heard they found high amounts of lead in the tap water in some counties in NE NJ. It's a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde state, the pretty parts are REALLY nice and the urbanized areas are not.
  13. LibertyBell

    Meteorological Winter 2018 Banter

    Yes, I like having a three lens set up best, one for wide fov, one for narrow fov, and one for macros. The macro lens ended up being the heaviest of the lenses I use the most.
  14. LibertyBell

    Meteorological Winter 2018 Banter

    I got referred to this page, this guy took images of the Andromeda Galaxy and Orion Nebula with his P1000 http://sweiller.free.fr/COOLPIX-P1000/Astro/P1000-Astro.htm
  15. lol 1918-19 and 2018-19- a 100 year repeat I see that this Met winter is even worse than 1989-90 and 2011-12 were and almost on par with 2001-02!