Mother Nature is very unhappy with us................
Saturday, October 29, 2011
People everywhere have experienced very unusual weather this year. It seemed to start with the Winter of 2011 where places that don't usually see significant snowfall got pummeled with it. Then there was the hurricane that hit NYC for the first time in about 80 years. Next, there was the earthquake that rocked the eastern seaboard for the first time in decades. Our area then experienced flooding that was the worst since hurricane Agnes in the 1970s. Now, we're experiencing significant amounts of snowfall along the Atlantic coast for the first time in October.
I live in Southcentral PA and according to one of the local weather stations, we officially received 5" of snow. It seems to me that there was more like 8-10" of the white fluffy stuff outside. The snow was extremely wet and heavy which made cleaning it a challenge. The trees in the area still have leaves on them, making the snowfall more of a problem. I was outside clearing snow from the sidewalk when I heard a loud crash that, at first, I thought was gunfire. I immediately looked up and saw part of a nearby tree fall to the ground, due to the weight of the snow on the branches.
According to one of the local weather stations, more than 300, 000 people in the viewing area were without power (we lost power for about 3-4 hours). There was a meteorologist from the Weather Channel in the area since this snowfall would likely become historic. On the air, he stated he heard thunder snow (meaning he heard loud cracks of thunder which are usually associated with severe rain storms). The last time we received snowfall in October of more than 1" was in 1925. We easily surpassed that record with 5" as the official amount that was recorded.
Hopefully, this is not an indication of how much precipitation we will receive this coming Winter. I think snow is beautiful to look at but since I'm not really fond of the cold weather, I dislike cleaning it and I really dislike driving in in. Some local people that I've talked to state that they think we will receive lots of winter precipitation this year. Other people have stated that we will have a mild winter because it was a really rainy year for our area. I'm not sure which line of thinking to believe since this is the first measurable snow we've received in October. When you look outside, you would think it's December or January instead of October.
Hope everyone stays safe and warm!