November 7th, 2012 at 7:38 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   Workers try to clear a fallen tree in N.Y.  The Weather Channel has named the storm “Athena”.  This statement was sent out by the National Weather Service:  ALERT ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN REGION BOHEMIA NY 900 AM EST WED NOVEMBER 7 2012      TO: ALL ER WFOS TWC HAS NAMED THE NOR’EASTER “ATHENA..” THE NWS DOES NOT USE NAME WINTER STORMS IN OUR PRODUCTS. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING THE TERM ATHENA IN ANY OF OUR PRODUCTS.       The storm has produced up to 4″ of snow in New Jersey and up to 7″ of snow in Connecticut.  There are new power outages in New York and New Jersey.  A total of 500,000 customers are without power from Sandy (9 days now).   There are mandatory evaculations in some coastal areas, where tides could run 2-4 feet above average.  Sandy damaged forty -three New York City Schools were damaged by Sandy’s wind and 13 more still have no electricity.  The Long Island Railroad stopped all trains late this afternoon, systemwide.  Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and the Long Island Expressway was closed.

39 Responses to ““Athena””

  1. fixxxer says:

    They can keep that crap but i feel sorry for them. Hope they can get relief by the holidays.

  2. Melinda says:

    Our daughter FINALLY was able to get back into LaGuardia today after an unexpected visit to GR for a week – of course, they also closed the airport about 2 hours after she landed; but she has power back!! Crazy weather out there, keep all Easterner’s in thoughts & prayers – might be a long winter!

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      No kidding… totally agree.


  3. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Yet another reason why we need a No Snow November here. Why would anyone hope for that??

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Along the east coast, in places like NYC, some of the trees still had many leaves on them. Here in Michigan, most of the trees are bare by the end of October. Also, the trees here are adapted to holding a decent amount of snow. Lastly, hoping for snow in November doesn’t mean so much that there is destruction everywhere. But, then again, some people do live for that…

  4. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    What a disaster… Lets enjoy the next few days HERE while they last!

  5. Jeff (Fremont) says:

    Please tell me we are not going to have another warm winter. Snow is my favorite thing about Michigan.

    1. Bruiseviolet (Cedar Springs) says:

      ditto. We have relatives from down south coming up for Thanksgiving- and it would be nice to get a *little* snow, at least falling from the sky so their kids can see it for the first time!

  6. LightningWatcher says:

    Impressive storm here in Toms River, NJ. Down here on disaster relief for at least another 2 weeks. Started snowing around 2pm here and have to be pushing 7″ of heavy snow. Have seen a few lines or transformers blow around town, and only setting back the restoration of infrastructure here.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      TWC mentioned Toms River earlier. Best of luck to you folks out east tonight.Hope those without power can stay warm. At least it’s not mid January right now.

      1. LightningWatcher says:

        Woke up this morning and found several branches brought down near our staff shelter. One of our volunteers very nearly had a large one fall on her. Warming up pretty fast, so I can’t see this snow sticking around long. Unfortunately just found out I have worn a hole in my shoe so gonna have to use my day off to find a Target or WalMart with power. A large group of us were eating at the Olive Garden last night when they lost power. And they ended up giving us our meals for free.

        1. Irish coffee says:

          No such thing as a FREE dinner!!no wait , that’s free lunch…you’re safe! ;) Hat tip to ya for taking the time & energy to volunteer/help…bravo!

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Bless you for your efforts!! Now if Mother Nature would just leave the coast alone for a few weeks, to get the infrastructure back up and working…..

  7. michael g (SE GR) says:

    This could be interesting!


    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      But then I always laugh at their local forecast because they have a “20% chance” of rain/snow showers for Tuesday….Really, GRR NWS???

    2. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

      Looking less likely on the 12Z GFS. Perhaps a dusting if anything.

  8. Kris says:

    Okay Bill, I am getting my plow service lined up today even though you are holding out on us with the winter predictions. Hope it’s money well spent…Happy Thursday!

    1. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

      I’m debating on whether to buy a snowblower. Think I’ll just go ahead and do it.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        If you don’t buy one – you KNOW what’s going to happen….. :-)

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Bill seems to be avoiding the winter forecast question…not really sure why?

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Actually, with news and the election, we are probably not going to do one on air this year. I wondered if the G.R. Press was doing their annual article with the guesses (and that’s what they are, really) from the usual handful of meteorologists. I see there was an article on Bill Marino’s forecast. It sounds like he’s thinking pretty much what I’m thinking at this point.

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Alright, thanks. I’ll check it out!

        2. big Daddy BC says:

          bawk, bawk, bawk!!! Come on, Bill. You can’t chicken out on this! You’re a forecaster. Forecast.

  9. Paul S says:

    Interesting article on Spaceweather today suggesting the possibility that forecasters might have missed the mark on predicting a solar maximum in 2013. Their data matches what I have been tracking, and that is a weak solar maximum back around Nov. 2011. Granted, sunspots can be unpredictable, but for now it appears we are on the downward side already. For those that feel sunspots have an effect on climate (think Maunder Minimum), this could be an interesting development.

  10. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    While I do not like trying to “guess” how the next several months will turn out. I will say that many of the trends are pointing toward a idea that this winter will be colder then first indications had indicated. Also maybe more variable. But as always time will tell.
    I do not like the idea of naming winter storms but then again it could be easier to keep track of the really big winter storms.

    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      +NAO, +AO, progressive US pattern… Looks to me like a lot like last winter.

      But I’m sure this will be shorter lived. Still, no big cold/snow seen for November yet.

      1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

        Travis our main snow doesn’t come till December and most models are pointing out a negating NAO this winter just wait and see :)

        1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

          I’m aware of that, although we usually see some good snow in November as well.

          Last year, we kept saying, “wait til next month, wait til next month,” and we know how that worked out… so I’d rather go with what the short-term models are saying right now. Like I said, it’s still easy to see a much snowier winter this year.

  11. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

    I could come up with names for winter storms, although they would be inappropriate in mixed company :-)

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:


  12. Skot says:

    The weather will be what it will be.

    1. fixxxer says:

      skot do us a favor and disconnect your internet…thanks!

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      My sis refers to this as “Michigan Permacloud”

  13. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Forecast over in my neck of the woods: 50 and sunny today, 54 and sunny Friday, 63 and sunny Saturday, 65 and sunny Sunday…

    So nice!!

  14. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    12Z GFS shows some cold air making a brief intrusion around Thanksgiving…but that is a shot in the dark forecast two weeks out.

  15. Bill (Marysville) says:

    Bill, I hope since WOODTV is an NBC affiliate, that you will NOT be forced to use the naming of winter storms. I see all the Comcast owned channels, CNBC, MSNBC, and such are using the naming of storms also.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      No, we’re not naming storms. We’ll leave that to the Hurricane Center.

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