A NorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢easter storm brought heavy rains and snow to many parts of the Northeast yesterday.
The National Weather Service defines a norÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
NorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢easters are most commonly associated with winter storms, but can occur at any time of year.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s crazy about this NorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢easter is that it is only the second significant NorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢easter of the 2011-2012 snow season. The other major NorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢easter occurred October 30-31. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty bizarre to have your only two significant NorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢easters of the season occur in October and April Ã¢â‚¬“ and none in November, December, January, February and March.Ã¢â‚¬
Dr. Masters adds that word on the street is that NOAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s National Climatic Data Center will probably end up classifying last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s October 30-31 NorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢easter as 2011Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s 15th billion-dollar weather disaster.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NOAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s animation of the stormÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s movement April 20-23 from the GOES-13 satellite: