Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A Norâ€™easter storm brought heavy rains and snow to many parts of the Northeast yesterday.
The National Weather Service defines a norâ€™easter as a strong low pressure system that affects the Mid Atlantic and New England states and can form over land or over coastal waters.
Norâ€™easters are most commonly associated with winter storms, but can occur at any time of year.
Whatâ€™s crazy about this Norâ€™easter is that it is only the second significant Norâ€™easter of the 2011-2012 snow season. The other major Norâ€™easter occurred October 30-31. Itâ€™s pretty bizarre to have your only two significant Norâ€™easters of the season occur in October and April â€“ and none in November, December, January, February and March.â€
Dr. Masters adds that word on the street is that NOAAâ€™s National Climatic Data Center will probably end up classifying last yearâ€™s October 30-31 Norâ€™easter as 2011â€™s 15th billion-dollar weather disaster.
Hereâ€™s NOAAâ€™s animation of the stormâ€™s movement April 20-23 from the GOES-13 satellite: