Well as 2011 is coming to an end, I am doing a review/look back at the crazy weather this year!
Sure 2010 was an extreme year but in 2011 we broke all the records that were broken in 2010
I have a lot to go over, extreme snow, to extreme rain/wet, to extreme heat to Hurricanes to drought
I will start off with the winter of 2010-2011 starting in later 2010 being its part of the same winter
December 26 2o10- This day the crazy winter of 2010-2011 started with a blizzard of epic proportions, widespread 15-36 inches across NJ. 25-26 over northern NJ. This storm came as a shock as notice was only about 24 hours or so and it was especially a shock being every winter forecast called for warm and wet, not cold and snowy. This major nor’easter bought nearly 24 hours straight of very heavy snow and wind with visibility at 0 for 6+ hours
• Brick, NJ: 36″
• Edison, NJ: 32.5″
• Elizabeth, NJ: 31.8″
• Lyndhurst, NJ: 29″
• Cape May, NJ: 15″
It became quite warm for the next 2 weeks leading to most of that 32 inches of snow completely melting in the matter of 2 weeks or so but it didnt last long
January 7-8th 2011- A major snowstorm struck the area with 7-12 inches of snow, replenishing snow cover that was lost, this was the beginning of a very stormy and snowy period
January 17-18- Another major snow storm struck the area with similar amounts of 6-12 inches
Between the 18-27th very cold weather and several clippers affected the area with multiple small to moderate snow events, keeping the snow pack on the ground
Janaury 27th- A MAJOR BLIZZARD struck as a low came out of the Gulf of Mexico and merged with an upper low coming from the west, when these 2 merged the storm blew up east of NJ leading to insane snow rates of 3-4 inches an hour and thundersnow with 6-10 inches along the coast, 12-20 inches along I95 and 20-24 inches just west of I95, after this storm as much as 4+ feet of snow were on the ground for many areas
A few days later February 1st- A record-breaking blizzard hit Chicago and the Midwest, that storm bought a crippling ice storm in NJ with .50-.75 of ice, bringing down tree branches and 10s of thousands of power outages
Several small snow events took place this month leading to THE SNOWIEST YEAR ON RECORD for Newark 2nd snowiest year for Central Park
March-MAY- Spring time was extremely wet, with March and April being the wettest on record and May averaging above normal rain wise
June – July- Extreme Heat and Severe Weather- June was the 2nd hottest June on record with several days in the 90s and 1 day in the lower 100s, with several severe weather outbreaks. July was not the only hottest July on record but THE HOTTEST MONTH EVER RECORDED. Not one day was below 90 with 4-5 days breaking 100, The peak heat wave of the summer took place between July 19-23rd with highs ranging 98-108 all 4 days. On July 22nd Newark broke the hottest day on record and the hottest day on record in all of NJ! precipitation in June was around normal and July was slightly below normal due to all the heat.
August 2011 – August came along and boy was that a crazy month. We had several significant rain fall amounts and cold fronts stalling along the NJ coast leading to training of thunderstorms and flooding. NYC airports saw over 7 inches of rain in 1 day just from training thunderstorms
Then came HURRICANE IRENE on August 27th-August 28th . The first hurricane to strike NJ directly since 1991, it made landfall in Atlantic City as a Category 1 hurricane, dumped 7-12 inches of rain over NJ with several small tornadoes, winds 50-70 mph gusts over 75 at times, left over 80% of NJ without power the following day. The storm weakened into a tropical storm over CT but dumped similar rainfall amounts and caused extreme flooding. In NJ Cranford and surrounding areas was particularly hit hard, surrounded by several lakes and rivers, power went out and lead to 100,ooos of homes flooded and even condemned. Being the month was wet to begin with flooding was even more devastating then it would have been. A ton of tree damage also took place leaving power lines and poles lying all over the place, this devestaintng hurricane left 7.3 billion dollars of damage over the NE US.
August ended up being the WETEST MONTH ON RECORD for manywith 18-22 inches in just one month.
We also had one of the strongest East Coast Earthquakes ever recorded with a 5.6 quake centered just south of Washington DC in Virginia, the Washington Monument took on pretty substantial damage and shaking was felt all the way up through Massachesutes.
September 2011 was again very wet. 8-10 inches of rain fell this month with again cold fronts stalling with training of Thunderstorms and even strong coastal storms.
September , another tropical storm directly affected the area, especially PA, a cold front stalled in Eastern PA while tropical storn Lee was in the Gulf of Mexico, Lee and all its moisture got abosbed into this front and lead to 2 staright days of very heavy rains from Central PA to NYC ,areas in PA picked up to 8 inches of rain from this storm alone, NYC got about 4 inches, record flooding took place of the Susqehanna river and many others in PA
October 2011 The wet period continues, with above average rainfall even before the HISTORIC OCTOBER SNOWSTORM
On October 29th a nor’easter roared up the coast with a significant very early snowstorm I95 points NW
In NYC 3 inches of very wet heavy snow fell leaving Central park with a ton of tree damage and power outages, Just west of I95 IN NE NJ and Central NJ 4-7 inches of very wet heavy snow fell, NW NJ and E PA 8-12 inches of snow fell, as much as 19 inches fell in west Milford. Again leaving NJ and PA with 100,000s of power outages for several days to 1 week over Connecticut. The trees were will full of leaves and the heavy wet snow took down full trees and huge branches, the 40 mph winds out of the NE didn’t help the matter. The NJ coast saw 2-3 inches of rain. Record lows were also broken with this storm
November 2011 The tables turned and November ended up very warm, although there was record lows the first week. Temperatures averaged 4-8 degrees above normal, again another wet month with rainfall above average. In October/ November many areas broke the WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD. That includes Philadelphia and Surrounding areas as well as Allentown PA all the way to Cincinnati
We are at 20+ inches above average rainfall wise , we are literally off the charts because the charts dont go anymore than 20 inches over the average!! Along the coast, they were dry slotted by just about evey storm this year as you can clearly see from this map where they are not much above thier normal
December 2011 – Very warm but very wet month with SEVERAL HUGE RAINSTORMS. It was the rainstorm on December 7th that was the final straw that broke the camels back and broke NJs wettest year on record, Newark NJ up to Montclair, NW to Sussex County all broke the wettest year on record this day when 2-3 inches of rain fell. Several more heavy rain events took place securing the record for probably quite some time!!
The most impressive record is the wettest year on record, 60-70+ inches of rain fell this year widespread throughout the NE US! On Average we usually see around 40-48 inches
2011 also featured the most deadly tornadoes of any other year
This link provides all of the billion dollar disasters of 2011 all across North America from tornadoes to snowfall, to drought and heat and hurricanes.
I think I just about covered everything!! 2011 was clearly a devestating and extreme year, im looking forward to what 2012 has to bring!!