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Central PA - Winter 2020/2021 Part 2


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8 hours ago, canderson said:

Nope - I’ll go hung tomorrow. It might be in the river honestly. 

Pretty sure I just hit 52 mph. My anemometer is cheap but pretty accurate. 

Wow that's impressive for an at-home wind reading.  I took my anemometer down about a year ago because I just didn't have a good spot for it and would only record readings that were like half of reality.

 

8 hours ago, CarlislePaWx said:

MDT's coldest temperature ever recorded in its history going back to 1888 was -22F on Jan 21, 1994.  Many locations in northern NJ saw temps of -25 to -30 with -32F degrees recorded from Hainesville, in Sussex County, the coldest temp in the state on that day.  I remember the day so well because my business partner and I were visiting the Weather Channel on that very day to discuss providing them access to our private meso-net that we founded during the early to mid 90's throughout NJ.  My station in Morris County only dropped to -8F but my partner's in Sparta (again Sussex County, northwestern most county in the state) dropped to -28F.  And, as excited as we were to spend the entire day there, we both were bummed that we were missing out on personally witnessing some of the coldest readings ever recorded in NJ climate history.  I'm pretty sure the all-time coldest minimum temp ever recorded was from Passaic or Bergen County with -36F in 1934.  Meanwhile, at TWC headquarters, located in Smyrna, a northern suburb of Atlanta, I shot video throughout the day there.  Any of you aged mid 40s and older (now), probably remembers some of the all-time favorites from the best years in their history (in my opinion) which ran from around 1985 to 2000.  I spent several hours with Jim Cantore as he showed us around the studios and their weather center.  He was rather young back in 1994 and had a full head of hair!  Others in my video included Declan Cannon, RIch Johnson, Dennis Smith, Vivian Brown, Jeanetta Jones, Coleen Wine, Mark Mancuso and several other greats whose names escape me at the moment.  Their lead forecaster at that time was Stu Ostro who started with them from day 1 back in August of 1982 and was still with them as recently as a few years ago.  I could go on and on but my post is already a bit long.  I just enjoy reminiscing about weather extremes from the past.

Good stuff Carlisle!  Ah yes 'ol Stu Ostro, isn't he one of the godfathers of winter storms and hurricanes?

 

8 hours ago, MAG5035 said:

It looks like we're going to come up dry this week on our best looking nearer term window for anything with respect to the teleconnections, which seems to be approx Mar 4-7. This is where we see the PNA briefly neutralize and the NAO/AO fairly negative. However, the deep 500mb low retro-ing underneath the NAO block to about eastern most Quebec/Labrador and the mean 500mb ridge pressing into the central US puts us on the back end of the trough, which will stuff the progged wave around Mar 6th way south through the SE US and out. The result for us looks like a chilly but relatively quiet week this week before presumably some moderation next week as we flip the NAO/AO positive and PNA negative again. 

As was just posted above with the MJO, we could have a run through phase 2-3 eventually later this month. FMA temp anomalies have a pretty strong correlation to NE/Great Lakes cold in those two phases, so if that were to come to fruition we could conceivably see a favorable period materialize 2nd half of the month.. especially with seasonal shortening of wavelengths and amplification. Im generally ready for warmer spring-like weather after about March 15th or so unless it's a go big or go home situation, so I'd hope we can see a late March/early April 2018 type deal if it's going to be colder than average and unsettled the back half of the month. Either way, I don't really see any real northeastern spring fling breakouts right now. 

It's backdoor cold front season!

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9 hours ago, CarlislePaWx said:

MDT's coldest temperature ever recorded in its history going back to 1888 was -22F on Jan 21, 1994.  Many locations in northern NJ saw temps of -25 to -30 with -32F degrees recorded from Hainesville, in Sussex County, the coldest temp in the state on that day.  I remember the day so well because my business partner and I were visiting the Weather Channel on that very day to discuss providing them access to our private meso-net that we founded during the early to mid 90's throughout NJ.  My station in Morris County only dropped to -8F but my partner's in Sparta (again Sussex County, northwestern most county in the state) dropped to -28F.  And, as excited as we were to spend the entire day there, we both were bummed that we were missing out on personally witnessing some of the coldest readings ever recorded in NJ climate history.  I'm pretty sure the all-time coldest minimum temp ever recorded was from Passaic or Bergen County with -36F in 1934.  Meanwhile, at TWC headquarters, located in Smyrna, a northern suburb of Atlanta, I shot video throughout the day there.  Any of you aged mid 40s and older (now), probably remembers some of the all-time favorites from the best years in their history (in my opinion) which ran from around 1985 to 2000.  I spent several hours with Jim Cantore as he showed us around the studios and their weather center.  He was rather young back in 1994 and had a full head of hair!  Others in my video included Declan Cannon, RIch Johnson, Dennis Smith, Vivian Brown, Jeanetta Jones, Coleen Wine, Mark Mancuso and several other greats whose names escape me at the moment.  Their lead forecaster at that time was Stu Ostro who started with them from day 1 back in August of 1982 and was still with them as recently as a few years ago.  I could go on and on but my post is already a bit long.  I just enjoy reminiscing about weather extremes from the past.

Thank you for sharing this. January 21st 1994 was the coldest temperature I've ever recorded...-23 was my low. I remember how jaw-dropping it was to see my thermometer that low...the coldest temp that I remembered prior to that was Christmas 1983 when I recorded -6. 

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47 minutes ago, Mount Joy Snowman said:

Good stuff Carlisle!  Ah yes 'ol Stu Ostro, isn't he one of the godfathers of winter storms and hurricanes?

I'm not so sure about that.  If he was, I don't remember hearing about that.  When I think of the potential candidates for winter and summer storms at The Weather Channel I think of John Hope for hurricanes and Paul Kocin for winter.

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4 minutes ago, Itstrainingtime said:

Thank you for sharing this. January 21st 1994 was the coldest temperature I've ever recorded...-23 was my low. I remember how jaw-dropping it was to see my thermometer that low...the coldest temp that I remembered prior to that was Christmas 1983 when I recorded -6. 

You're welcome!  For me the coldest temperature I ever had at my home in NJ (until 2000) was -8 which happened twice.  Possibly the first time might have been 1983.  I think what I remember about Christmas day 1983 is that the wind chills (which were still calculated on the old, original scale and were overdone with temps below zero), on my Heathkit 4001 showed wind chills below -50F multiple times that morning as the winds were easily gusting in to the 30s.  On that day my high temperature was only +4F, the coldest daily maximum I've ever lived through.  The coldest temperature I've ever experienced outdoors anywhere was -17F up in Haverhill, New Hampshire visiting a weather friend.  There was no wind with that temp, thankfully.

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3 hours ago, paweather said:

May be an image of sky and text that says 'WGAL NEWS 8. Or STORM TEAM LATER SUNSETS Today's Sunset: 6:00 PM Next 7 PM Sunset: March 14 8 PM Sunset: April Next8PMSunset:April28 28'

Good. By March, I'm ready for spring. They've started playing baseball down in Florida and I'm ready to start hiking the trails. Unless we have a March 1993 blockbuster staring us down, I'll pass on cold and snow.

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16 minutes ago, Bubbler86 said:

No, that typo was not a typo.  Hour 300 is just as likely to come true as day 300.  LOL.   Both are potential snow days.  :-).   There is snow in the 300's on the Para I looked at earlier.   

I'm fine with snow on day 300. What is that? Early October?

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4 hours ago, Bubbler86 said:

I avoided posting the day 300 snow storm maps because I knew you would not like it.  They are out there to view though.  LOL. 

Nah...I don't think I want to look at it...lol

Omg...I just saw DAY 300 and not HOUR. :lol: 

I guess I'd be ok with a day 300 snow map. Holiday week snow is nice, even for a warmanista like me. :P

 

 

 

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47 minutes ago, Bubbler86 said:

Includes sleet but does not hurt to post one map.

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Nice.  I like snow up until st. pattys day, then I worry a lot less about it, as the window is really closing, but like others have stated, I'll always take a doozy whenever it's possible. 

The ridging on the maps from next week is rather stout, and will likely over perform IMO, and I'll just enjoy the first spring warmth and see where we go beyond d10.  

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CTP:

.CLIMATE... Closing the books on the meteorological winter (Dec-Feb) 2020-2021. Prelim data shows Harrisburg finished as the 28th snowiest on record with a total of 36.0 inches or +11.3 inches above the 30-year average. Total snowfall at Williamsport ranked as the 8th snowiest winter with 53.8 inches or +26.1 inches above the long term mean. February was also a notable month in the snowfall category as Williamsport (8th snowiest with 22.0 inches), State College (11th snowiest at 25.2 inches), and Harrisburg (18th snowiest with 19.7 inches) set notable marks. Of additional note: February of 2021 was the snowiest February since 2014 at all 3 sites.
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12 minutes ago, pawatch said:

CTP:

.CLIMATE... Closing the books on the meteorological winter (Dec-Feb) 2020-2021. Prelim data shows Harrisburg finished as the 28th snowiest on record with a total of 36.0 inches or +11.3 inches above the 30-year average. Total snowfall at Williamsport ranked as the 8th snowiest winter with 53.8 inches or +26.1 inches above the long term mean. February was also a notable month in the snowfall category as Williamsport (8th snowiest with 22.0 inches), State College (11th snowiest at 25.2 inches), and Harrisburg (18th snowiest with 19.7 inches) set notable marks. Of additional note: February of 2021 was the snowiest February since 2014 at all 3 sites.

Williamsport strutting out a high full winter ranking.  

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5 minutes ago, Bubbler86 said:

Williamsport strutting out a high full winter ranking.  

Bubb

Definitely a good winter for the books. February we had 22" but a lot of that was 1-2" snows 3 times a week.

We ended up 26.1' above normal which kind of equals that big 24" snow storm we had. 

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11 minutes ago, pawatch said:

Bubb

Definitely a good winter for the books. February we had 22" but a lot of that was 1-2" snows 3 times a week.

We ended up 26.1' above normal which kind of equals that big 24" snow storm we had. 

Good to see Williamsport score big.  it may not be over either though Met winter is in the books like that blip said.  

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1 hour ago, pawatch said:

Bubb

Definitely a good winter for the books. February we had 22" but a lot of that was 1-2" snows 3 times a week.

We ended up 26.1' above normal which kind of equals that big 24" snow storm we had. 

thats a fabulous winter IMO.  One I dream of.  Get a biggy and then just keep it fresh for a couple months....perfect.

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1 hour ago, pawatch said:

CTP:

.CLIMATE... Closing the books on the meteorological winter (Dec-Feb) 2020-2021. Prelim data shows Harrisburg finished as the 28th snowiest on record with a total of 36.0 inches or +11.3 inches above the 30-year average. Total snowfall at Williamsport ranked as the 8th snowiest winter with 53.8 inches or +26.1 inches above the long term mean. February was also a notable month in the snowfall category as Williamsport (8th snowiest with 22.0 inches), State College (11th snowiest at 25.2 inches), and Harrisburg (18th snowiest with 19.7 inches) set notable marks. Of additional note: February of 2021 was the snowiest February since 2014 at all 3 sites.

You guys are less than a foot behind us here in the Syracuse area!!!...which is ridiculous. Just shows how awful compared to normal our winter has been up here. Your great winter was a boring dud here. lol

My parents in Danville were sending pics throughout the winter.

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