The Great Blizzard of 2013

WVIT Blizzard 2013 Totals

The Blizzard of 2013 needs another superlative. How’s “The Great Blizzard of 2013″ sound?

The swath of snow totals exceeding 30″ is virtually unrivaled in the last 100 years.  The snow was not just a fluff bomb of 20:1 or 25:1 powder this was a legit snow. Liquid equivalents likely exceeded 3″ on the shoreline – if not 4”! For many areas in the state you need to go back to 1888 to find more impressive snow totals.

Much more will be written about the Great Blizzard of 2013 in coming days. I have all sorts of science to geek out about and all sorts of historical comparisons to make.


2 thoughts on “The Great Blizzard of 2013

  1. Ryan, a question regarding the models: with 20-20 hindsight, how did the big weather models do with Nemo? I’ve read that the Euro model was the first to predict it; how did it do regarding timing, intensity, snowfall amounts, relative to GFS? (and maybe NOGAPS — I’m not taking NAM seriously). If I recall, ECMWF did the best of the major models with Sandy, picked it up early and was fairly accurate and consistent about path and intensity.

    The rest of this week will be interesting — the GFS pressure-bar runs that I see on various web sites seem to indicate two small but significant storms moving along the East Coast (I’m in northern NJ), consistent with advance forecasts calling for snow here on Wednesday night and Saturday night / Sunday. The ECMWF at present seems to pooh-pooh this, showing nothing too major thru this area for the next week. Which should I believe?

  2. Hi Ryan,

    Frank here — I help run Jobstr, a Q&A site featuring people with interesting jobs. (My apologies for leaving this in the Comments section — I didn’t see a contact submission area.) We’re based in NY, and having dealt with Sandy and more recently, Nemo, “the weather” has been more than just small-talk as of late. That said, we thought some Q&A from a weather expert would be timely for our readers; would you be interested in taking some questions on Jobstr about your experience as a meteorologist? If you’re game, feel free to shoot me a note at the email address below (or just click “Host a Q&A” at the top of any page on Jobstr-dot-com.) We’d obviously love to have you — thanks so much either way.

    All the best,

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