February 2010, the Month in review for Acushnet, MA
by Tom Carr WA1KDD
A bit warmer than normal February here in Acushnet with
above normal precipitation, but a little below normal for snowfall.
The month started on the breezy and cold side while the mid
Atlantic states got raked by a blizzard. Our weather pretty much behaved
itself until the 10th. of the month when a light snow turned ugly and wet
and wind plastered everything into the night and wee morning hours. Much
tree damage and power outages in the area from a 6" wet snowfall that
stayed around for several weeks.
February ended with two windswept rain events that dumped
4.01" of precip. that included just a touch of snow, but caused some
river flooding and dam concerns.
The February 25th. event dropped barometers off the wall to 28.70" before stalling around
Long Island and causing wind damage north of Boston and more
heavy snows inland and points south.
The Winter Season was near normal temperature-wise, but above
normal in precipitation and snowfall.
Let's remember February not for what we got,
but for what we didn't get.
As most of the Northeast got buried in historical amounts of snow, and leaving millions in the dark from hurricane force winds, SouthCoast for the most part was spared the brunt of this enormous weather disaster. With the exception of two storms on the 10th and 25th. the month was relatively quiet.
Here's some numbers from WIWS for February: High temp 50. Low temp 15. Average temp 37.5.
The low barometer reading (a measurement typical in a Category 1 hurricane!) was 28.68 on Feb 25. Highest wind gust 47.4MPH at 9PM on Feb 10. Precip 4.10".
There were 20 cloudy, overcast days out of 28.The Feb 10-‘10 Nor’Easter
A rain/snow line right over us last Wednesday had local meteorologists on edge. After much hype, the Nor’easter that was predicted to dump a hefty 1-foot snow fall here never came into fruition. Many weather watchers scoffed at the meager storm system as it struggled to deliver even an inch of wet snow the whole day. As the evening progressed, it was very clear that this gale wasn’t going away quietly. The ominous low pressure, which bottomed out at 29.98 at 6:27PM indicated the arrival of an intense storm system.
This change-over (from rain to snow) type event proved to be fatal for hundreds of trees that succumbed to the weight of the heavy wet snow that pasted tree branches and strong winds. Many areas lost electricity. A few witnesses reported blue flashes in the night sky as power transformers blew out. Wind gusts recorded at WIWS peaked at 47.4 MPH at around 9PM and 51MPH at Hyannis.Most local weather instruments froze in place by 10:30PM. It took 15 hours for the gear to thaw out at WIWS. For those who lost power, had trees come down or were stuck out in the elements that day, there’s no debate that the February 10-10 Nor’easter was indeed the most intense storm since the Dec. 19th Blizzard of ‘09.
The shoreline around West Island and other exposed areas were iced over within 36 hours. The salt water ice may seem solid however it is very unstable and dangerous to venture on. It also constantly changes character with the high and low tidal cycle.
An ocean storm may graze the immediate SouthCoast on Saturday but overall the weather patterns look quiet for the time being. This pattern is expected to continue but with modified temperatures reaching into the 30's.
Today mark’s the half-way point of Winter. The days are getting longer. Spring is now 45 days away, which begins March 20th at 1:32PM EDT. Today’s sunshine is equivalent to daylight during the first week of November.
A few have asked what does “POP” mean in the forecast. POP stands for “probability of precipitation”.
THE MONTH IN REVIEW ACUSHNET
BY TOM CARR WA1KDD
A somewhat colder, drier and less snowier than normal
January here in Acushnet
. The snow came in the first few days of the
month and stayed late. Some 6.7" slowly sublimated away till the rains of January 17-18th finished the job. I was good to see it go after the snows of December. Nothing over 42 degrees at this location until the 25th. when a warm 40mph windswept rainy afternoon fell some pine branches and gave
the heating system a rest.
The warmth did not last long as an Artic front held day time
temps to only 21 on Jan. 29th. with winds gusting to 42 mph and more games of pick up sticks. It was only 5 degrees over bare ground the next morning.
Ave High 36.9 deg
Ave Low 21.3 deg
Jan Mean 29.1 deg is 0.6 Below Normal
High Temp 56 on Jan 25th.
Low Temp 5 on Jan 10th. & 30th.
Total Precip 3.72" is 0.61" Below Normal
Max 24 hr Precip 1.75" on Jan 17-18th.
Snowfall 6.5" is 3.4" Below Normal
Total 2010 Precip 3.72"
Season Snowfall 27.5" Oct - Jan
Days 0 deg & Below 0
T-Storm Days 0
High Wind Gust 42 mph on Jan 29th.
Heating Degree Days 1122
Cooling Degree Days 0
High Barometer 30.33" on Jan 23nd.
Low Barometer 29.14" on Jan 3rd.
January 25th Gale
A mild spring like storm brought in temperatures above 55 degrees, on Monday, that’s 20 degrees above normal. Potent southeasterly gales pumped in the juicy tropical air from down south.
(Above: No flipping burgers today, just the grill. This heavy duty grill was no match with today's high wind gusts exceeding 55MPH.)
The causeway fared well at the high tide cycle around 3PM and remained passable throughout the storm event. The New Bedford-Fairhaven Hurricane barrier closed to marine traffic during the height of the gale.
More seasonal temperatures consistent with mid-winter arrives shortly with all eyes focusing on a possible snow event this weekend. The bottom line is, it’s going to get cold again, but cheer up, the spring countdown is now only 52 days away! (as of Jan 26, 2010)
The Wild Winter
Weather Continues into 2010!
JANUARY 3, 2010
A powerful weekend storm system brought the Northeast to it’s knees once again with Maine taking the brunt of it. Like a young kid lost in a shopping mall, this storm had a confusing direction of travel actually retro-grading or coming in backwards. This rare but not unheard of maneuver threw area forecasters into making some chancy and challenging tough calls.
If this was a classic Nor’Easter with the more familiar weather patterns it’s predictability would have been much easier. High wind gusts at West Island reached 39MPH making the wind chill go down to 5 below zero at times. The barometer bottomed out at 29.09 Sunday @12:37PM. This very low reading, equivalent to pressures from a minimal hurricane, reinforced just how powerful this storm was. The final local snow totals varied from 3.5" at the island to 5" inland in Fairhaven and New Bedford.
Above normal high tide cycles from a full moon were already a threat even before the storm arrived.There were reports of some flooding making some roads briefly impassable in Plymouth and points north along the MA coast.
A coastal low is expected to develop Friday (Jan 8) bringing yet another potential snow storm event. And the next storm after that? You guessed it, maybe next weekend.
This storm had much potential and energy to pack more of a punch than was actually delivered. It certainly commanded the respect it deserved by meteorologists in the Northeast.
For those who like snow, this might be your year. Almost 50% of The US has some kind of snow cover.There are indications that current weather patterns support multiple Nor’easters over the next few weeks.
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