Thursday NightNovember 8th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Picture from Millstone, New Jersey, where they are cleaning up after over half a foot of snow. Check out the satellite loop and you can see the low clouds now covering much of West Michigan. The sun is low in the sky at this time of year and it’ll be tough to warm the air enough to mix the moist air where the clouds are with drier air (causing the clouds to dissipate). Light wind across the area is also a factor. I’m starting to look thru data at home, like I usually do on work days. We have Cristina, our exchange student from 10 years ago, staying with us this week. She is from Spain. As you know, the “statism on steroids” and overspending has wreaked havoc on the economy of Spain, where the unemployment rate is currently 25.1% (and other European countries – Greece, Ireland, Portugal – in Greece, the unemployment rate is 25% and another +25% work for the government – they have a retirement age of 55 – there isn’t enough wealth being generated to pay for everything….Germany’s retirement age is 67). Cristina graduated with a degree in architecture and had to look outside her native country for work. She now works in Switzerland and will probably live there forever. Back to weather, the morning run of the NAM (Caribou) gives G.R. 0.07″ of rain Friday evening, with high temperatures in the mid 50s tomorrow and low-mid 60s Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow will be the first day in half a month with a high temperature warmer than average. After the 2nd warmest July ever in G.R., temperatures have been slightly cooler than average since August 1.
Check out the helicopter footage of Staten Island after the snow yesterday/last night. The Nor’easter has downed trees and power lines. Wind gusts were clocked at up to 76 mph. Up to 13.5″ of snow fell in Connecticut. Newark NJ reported 6.2″ of new snow. Here’s more snow totals from E. PA and W. NJ. Pictures from the N’easter. Here’s more good pictures of the snow out East.