I am making a tribute to the nightmare winter 2011-2012 (for cold and snow lovers) , as today is the first day of meteorological spring!!
As we all know, winter actually started over with a major snowstorm on October 29th, where NYC saw nearly 4 inches of heavy wet snow, NE NJ through Central NJ saw 4-7 inches, NW NJ and Lehigh Valley saw 8-16 inches. The leaves were still on the trees so the heavy wet snow knocked down trees and branches with excessive damage to homes and property as well as widespread power outages. Everyone thought this was a sign that a real nasty winter was coming up. unfortunately, the myth that October snow leads to warm winters remains true though
This was a very powerful system which actually altered us to a warmer pattern going into November, but it was supposed to be brief and we were supposed to switch to a cold pattern by mid month, then got pushed back to Thanksgiving as days in the 6os and 70s continued
Well the pattern change never happened in November and it went down as excessively warm November with temperatures 4-6 degrees above normal
BUT HERE COMES THE PATTERN CHANGE BY DECEMBER, OH YEA HERE COMES THE SNOW!!!
December was looking good, the stratosphere was warming , looking good for some blocking, cold and snow, BUT the pattern change was now taking longer than expected o: got pushed back to mid December, then late December around Christmas and the end result of December wasssssssssssss …………………..
TEMPERATURE 6-8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL , WOW THAT WAS ONE HECK OF A PATTERN CHANGE!!!! It was one of the warmest on record for much of the US., it changed alright, to warmer, I started giving up on the change December 23rd to be exact, everything was there but they just didn’t line up at the right time, and the stratosphere was warming but it was confined to the upper levels and never propagated down towards the troposphere, so what we got was the same pattern.
JANUARY PATTERN CHANGE IS COMING, BANK ON IT, DELAYED BUT NOT DENIED
Still going into January things still looked good for a pattern change so nobody gave in
We had a few short-lived arctic shots , it was overall warm but there was some cold, and even finally a decent snow event January 22nd of 3-6 inches, there still was not a pattern change , mid January me and many pro mets threw in the towel, because it was becoming obvious the pattern change was not going to happen and it warmed right back up after that snow event
This is January and a full country torch, very warm throughout the country with temperatures 3-6 degrees above normal, really on hel of a pattern change, now the torch is really cranking hard going into February
This is from December 1st to the end of January, the first half of winter, temperatures averages 4-6 degrees above normal!!!!!!
But we still had a lot of people hope ful going into February and the 2nd half of winter despite a lot going against us, the MJO became favorable so there was a few small snow events and a southern slider that gave VA a major snowstorm, but again February was warm and there still was no true pattern change
So the same scream continues DELAYED BUT NOT DENIED, ITS COMING, SNOW AND COLD ETC ETC ETC AND GUESS WHAT , NYC just had its warmest February on record and we currently sit at the 2nd warmest winter on record, and the city sits at the 6th least snowiest winter on record
Snow fall totals for the season ( theres not going to be any more PERIOD)
NYC Central Park – 7.6 INCHES
NE/ CENTRAL NJ – 8-16 inches
NW NJ/ East PA 15-25
As you can tell, well below normal snowfall, and well above normal temperatures was the theme BUT it could have been worse so my grade for this winter is a D + , there’s been worse ( warmer and snowless) winters. If you like warmth this was your winter but it was PURE TORTURE for us snow lovers, constantly expecting a pattern change getting hyped up and never happening, I have to give credit though to those who hung on, because everything looked favorable until mid January for a pattern change but it just didn’t happen
All I have to say is thank God this winter is over
WHAT WILL THE WINTER OF 2012-2013 BRING? If El Nino develops it could be interesting but its much to early
WILL THE WORLD END DECEMBER 22ND 2012?
WAS THIS OUR LAST WINTER? I guess we will find out in 10 months !!