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  1. Considering the minimum, quite a nice day here with full sun, no wind and temps leaping upward. 3 mornings at -20 or colder this year, about average (78 such minima in 22 years.)
  2. Or, climo usually wins. Current snow total is 8.5" BN for the date, and unless something serious pops between now and May, this will be just the 2nd winter in 50+ years (including some back when I lived in NNJ) that failed to produce a snowfall greater than 7". Just a garden-variety BN winter here, not a major ratter like in the MA.
  3. Another subzero morning, probably another 40+ diurnal range. Yesterday was 23/-24.
  4. Thru last month, NYC is running 30.2" for 1991-2020. Last time a 30-year norm was 30"+ came 1891-1920. The far-from-finished 2001-2030 period is 32.3".
  5. Makes sense to me, as that's where I usually land and I'm fairly warm-blooded - short-sleeved shirt today and -20 or slightly colder. Only time I go with long sleeves is when I'm in the woods during the cold seasons. Used to be even more cold tolerant before taking a beta blocker for high BP - dropped my pulse from about 60 to low 50s. The almost always too warm GFS pulled a fast one this morning, dropping 2/27-28 temps at 2m and H9 by about 10F. Verbatim we'd get ZR/IP to SN. Still beyond 100 and more back and forth to come.
  6. Hey, even a blind pig sniffs out the occasional acorn. And I don't think next Thursday will be an inland 970 stemwinder like on 12z GFW.
  7. Thru yesterday GYX was 0.6" AN, which means they're probably dead on their norms today. (And BN tomorrow ) CAR's 97" is 129% of their average thru 2/19, I'm at 88% (data back only thru 98-99), and I'd guess the rest of the Maineiacs on the snow table are a bit AN.. Nice rainstorm on the gfs for next week. Inland runner. That model has over-warmed nearly every precip event since New Year's. The op run for 12z Tuesday had Augusta reaching upper 30s with snow-to-rain. Only missed by about 15° w/o a sniff of RA, not bad for the last run before flakes arrived.
  8. Makes me think of the Jersey pine barrens. The blueberry fields there might have a shorter frost-free season than PWM, probably 2 months shorter than ACY or PHL
  9. Hey, if BWI can outsnow CAR (in 09-10) then anything is possible.
  10. Do you know that elevation? Ten years ago this month brought the late great Feb slopfest, in which I got 10.7" of 4:1 mashed potatoes plus 1.1" of 34° RA. I wondered how the "Temple 1.8 W" cocorahs (noted in Jeff's post of GYX snow reports) could've gotten 3X the snow (26.4" vs 8.8") of the Farmington co-op, just 6-7 miles away. Using Google Earth I followed the only road heading west from the small center of Temple and learned that at 1.8 miles the elevation at the nearest house was about 1220', or 800' higher than the co-op. Given that event's character, the difference suddenly made sense. (And made me jelly!) Of course, yesterday's storm was of entirely different character.
  11. Was +5.3* on 2/13, now down to +1.4. Might be a tiny bit BN after Friday, then the see-saw tilts the other way - expect to finish the month near +2. *compared to my records that started 5/98. Farmington co-op's 1981-2010 norms for Feb are about 1.2° colder than their average '99-on, so probably +2.6 there.
  12. That would put your total 1.1" ahead of mine, with Raymond leading the pack. Had 5.5" total with 0.46" LE, the initial 4" about 10:1 and the final (after 9 PM) 1.5" about 20:1. Now 21" at the stake, 18th winter of 22 reaching the 20" mark.
  13. I've seen 2 such >22" events in 22 winters here, 12/03 and 2/09, and have to go back to 1984 (in Fort Kent) to find another one. Unless you're at Stowe or Jay Peak, or in prime LES country, that kind of dump isn't coming every winter.
  14. I've read that the snowy owls come south mainly when lemming populations in the north take a dive.
  15. Moderate SN in Augusta, 10/14 at 4 PM. Heading north in about 10 minutes - 30 miles of fun.