Historic Nor’easter: 100+mph Gusts, 60-70mph in DC metro, 40″ Snow for Upstate NY

Written by on March 5, 2018 in United States of America, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments

The SSW occurrence side a wild end to February/beginning of March throughout the mid-latitude Northern Hemisphere as weird and wild buckling of the jet stream and the release of super cold air south aided in the production of powerful storms in Pacific and Atlantic as well as cold and reversal of typical westerly to easterly winds.

With a -NAO/AO combined with very warm water off the East Coast during the month of March and you’ve got a recipe for storminess.

With the help of an easterly QBO, amplified MJO and warm water, a record-breaking Nor’easter battered the East Coast late last week. The system became a vast cyclonic gyre which affected weather from Canada to Puerto Rico and is said to have produced some of the worst New England coastal flooding since the Perfect Storm of 1991.

The storm will be mostly remembered for it’s winds. Remarkable to see low level 90+mph outwith a hurricane.

Credit: weather.com

The DC-Baltimore metro witnessed their worst winter windstorm in history with peak gusts of 60-70 mph and gusts of 50+ mph for a 12 hour period.

Meanwhile on the West Coast…

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

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