The Perfect Storm October 28-November 2, 1991
On October 27, 1991 a cold front exited the east largely without incident. At the same time Hurricane Grace was a Category 2 storm in the SW Atlantic near Bermuda. A non tropical low formed on the cold front near Nova Scotia that began to move back towards New England. Thanks to a set of rare atmospheric conditions that NWS Boston meteorologist Bob Case said take place only once every 50-100 years an explosive storm developed.
|NOAA GOES 7 Infrared Satellite October 30, 1991|
|10-28-1991 Upper air 8 PM via NOAA/NWS/NCEP reanalysis|
|10-29-1991 Upper air 8 PM via NOAA/NWS/NCEP reanalysis|
|10-30-1991 Upper air 8 PM via NOAA/NWS/NCEP reanalysis|
|Storm Damage Rebecca Rd Scituate, MA|
Snowtober- The Halloween Nor'easter October 28-28, 2011
2011 is a historic weather year in Southern New England. It started in winter with 4 NESIS rated snowstorms. On June 1 we had the EF-3 Springfield tornado, in late August Hurricane Irene slammed into the region and in late October we had Snowtober. The heaviest snow missed SE MA/RI but around 8" fell in Southern Worcester County. Upwards of 1-2 feet fell in Western MA, CT, NY, and NJ.
|NESIS Halloween Nor'Easter snow totals/ratings|
|WPC Surface Analysis Friday October 28, 2011 8 PM|
|10-29-2011 Upper air 8 AM via NOAA/NWS/NCEP reanalysis|
|WPC Surface Analysis Saturday October 29, 2011 8 PM|
This was by far the most significant winter storm of the 2011-12 season. In fact this storm helped change the jet stream. For the next year the atmosphere was mostly zonal meaning mild Pacific air flooded the US. Still the damage from 2011 was done.
|Telegraph UK photo of Belmont, MA October 30, 2011 snow damage|
|Post Storm visible satellite image showing where snow fell|
Hurricane Sandy October 28-29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is second to only Hurricane Katrina when it comes to insured loses from a tropical cyclone. Sandy brought strong winds, heavy rain, heavy snow, and a devastating storm surge to the most populated region in the States. The center hit Southern NJ but severe coastal impacts occurred as far away as Newport, RI. Inland high winds brought down trees and power lines.
Tuesday October 23, 2012 first thoughts
Thursday October 25, 2012 Sandy gains strength
Saturday October 27, 2012 Timing/Impacts
Monday October 29, 2012 The Day Of
The aftermath part 1
Sandy was a fascinating meteorological event. Over 100 people lost their lives in the US.
|WPC Surface Analysis Monday October 29, 2012 2 PM|
|Hurricane Sandy Damage in New Jersey|
|Hurricane Sandy damage in Rhode Island (via MassLive)|