Major October Nor’easter


Some showers ahead of a cold front have brought significant amounts of rain to Bermuda this morning and early this afternoon. This comes after nearly 36 hours of strong southly winds with gusts over gale force at times and rain and showers yesterday. However, there haven’t been any significant impacts from the storm, other than the rain making a well deserved dent in the ongoing long term drought.

A system that typically only develops during winter has socked the United States Northeast and Atlantic Canada with very heavy rain, snow, and storm force winds.

 

Modis Images from NASA capture both the extent of the heavy snowfall, but also the storm itself exiting the Canadian Maritimes.

 

This low pressure started out bringing snow to the Rocky Mountains, then it drifted southbound into Texas and brought the first snow of the season to parts of the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, breaking records there, and with over an inch of liquid equivalent it made up one of the largest precipitation events of the year in that drought stricken region.

It them moved east south east across the Red River valley and almost disappeared from the map as it travered the united states south. it then met up with a cold front entering the Northeast out of Canada, and the upper level energy from the remnants of Hurricane Rina and pulled that energy and moiture northwards to meet the front and it went through a period of explosive deepening and became a bomb, where it deepened from 1001mb to 975mb in 24hours.  It threw tropical moisture into a below freezing airmass as it did so and produced over two feet of snow in some areas of Massachusetts.

In addition this nor’easter produced storm force winds across Maritime New England. Winds gusted over 50mph along the coast including a wind gusts over 60mph in Nantucket, and in Nova Scotia. Certainly, there have been worse nor’easters, but what does it say about the state of the Earth’s climate to have one so unusually early in the season – in fact some trees hadn’t even started changing color to lose their leaves when this storm hit, partially the reason for the almost 3million power outages.

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