The best source to monitor the non-blizzard

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Update February 9, 8:00 AM:

At most, another inch of snow fell since 1:00 AM, leaving only a total of 5 inches on the ground. It seems to be melting on the streets already. There are no power outages and all businesses should be open. This was a mild snowfall very routine for February. However, the TV weather news is still hyping this as an epic blizzard showing misleading video from the strongest winds and deepest snow by coastal regions near Boston.

Blizzard = “A blizzard is a severe snowstorm characterized by strong sustained winds of at least 56 km/h (35 mph) and low temperatures lasting for a prolonged period of time — typically three hours or more.”

The best source to monitor the blizzard is the NOAA site here. You need to animate the images and see the trend of cloud movement. Use both water vapor and infrared settings.

Update February 9, 1:00 AM:

The strongest part of the storm passed over New York City and is hitting Boston and farther north now. The wind in Battery Park remains under 10 mph with small diameter snowflakes. Less than one inch has accumulated since 11:30 PM. Total accumulation is 4 inches (see updated video).

Update February 8, 11:30 PM:

With a counterclockwise curling of the storm mass, Manhattan received a few more hours of precipitation. In Central Park, a modest 4 inches has been measured so far with peak wind gusts of 30 mph, nowhere near approaching an epic blizzard.

Update February 8, 6:30 PM:

The worst of the infrared intense clouds have passed to the east. The weak front that blew by delivered less than 2-inches of snow and only light winds (see video). Nothing came close to approaching a “blizzard” worthy of a named storm. “Nemo” was a name given by the Weather Channel to boos ratings, and was not an official NOAA named storm.

Update February 8, 5:00 PM:

The snow remains light, with less than an inch on the ground accumulated. The wind picked up reducing visibility, but overall, this is barely a regular snowstorm, much less a “blizzard”. The Weather Channel and other hypsters are now focusing on Boston realizing the the Great Blizzard of New York was a bust. Meanwhile, people with post traumatic stress from Hurricane Sandy were greatly disturbed over the last 48 hours.

Update February 8, 2:00 PM:

According to the meteorologists at BatteryParkTV, the storm front is to the northeast of Manhattan at this point, and the temperatures are too high for a blizzard to develop at this point.

Update February 8, 10:00 AM:

Using the NOAA animated satellite images (see story link below), the worst of the storm is now over Manhattan. The large snow accumulation seems much less likely now.

February 7, 2013

The best source to monitor the blizzard is the NOAA site here. You need to animate the images and see the trend of cloud movement. Use both water vapor and infrared settings.

This site is the best because TV news hypes the weather for ratings and is very unreliable as a result.

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1 Response to The best source to monitor the non-blizzard

  1. Fran says:

    You were right……

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