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Snow Continues to Fall in Unusal Places and the Northeast Ice Storm

By Joe D'Aleo
Monday, December 22, 2008


As we reported in our
first post this series, the last few years has seen snow fall in unusual places like Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, South Africa, Southern Australia, Southern China, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Jerusalem and Greece.

Well it is happening again this year with snow in southern Australia just a few days before the start of their meteorological summer, and now snow in the southern United States in Houston and New Orleans, not only unusual but records for so early in the season.

See this Public Information Statement from the NWS in New Orleans.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
1020 PM CST THU DEC 11 2008

...SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR DECEMBER 11TH 2008...

HERE ARE REPORTED SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM TODAYS UNSEASONABLE
SNOWFALL. IN MUCH OF THE AREA...THIS IS THE EARLIEST SIGNIFICANT
SNOWFALL OF THE WINTER SEASON. THESE REPORTS ARE GENERALLY FROM
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES...LAW ENFORCEMENT...FIRE STATIONS
AND COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS. WE THANK THESE PEOPLE FOR THEIR EFFORTS
TODAY.

ACCORDING TO MEDIA AND POWER COMPANY REPORTS...THERE WERE 83000
HOMES AND BUSINESSES AROUND SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA WITHOUT POWER AS OF
1130 AM DUE TO THE SNOW. NUMEROUS VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS WERE
REPORTED...SOME CAUSING EXTENDED CLOSURES AND DELAYS ON MAJOR
HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES...ESPECIALLY FROM THE BATON ROUGE AREA TO
HAMMOND.

MOST LOCATIONS THAT RECEIVED 2 INCHES OR LESS SNOW EXPERIENCED
COMPLETE MELTING THIS AFTERNOON...WHILE AREAS WITH THE HEAVIER
SNOW AMOUNTS REPORTED SUBSTANTIAL SNOW REMAINING ON THE GROUND AS
OF THIS EVENING.

AN UNUSUALLY STRONG AND COLD UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM FOR THE
GULF COAST AREA MOVED RIGHT OVER SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND EXTREME
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI THIS MORNING...AND THIS RESULTED IN COOLING THE
SURFACE TEMPERATURES JUST ENOUGH TO CHANGE THE MODERATE AND HEAVY
RAIN OVER TO MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW. THE HEAVIEST SNOW OCCURRED OVER
THE FLORIDA PARISHES OF EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA...FROM
EAST OF BATON ROUGE TO THE PEARL RIVER...AND ALONG AND NORTH OF
INTERSTATE


CITYCOUNTY/PARISHAMOUNT
AMITE           TANGIPAHOA LA           8 INCHES
CROSSROADS      PEARL RIVER MS          6 INCHES
HAMMOND         TAHGIPAHOA LA           6 INCHES
MOUNT HERMAN    WASHINGTON LA           6 INCHES
COVINGTON       ST. TAMMANY LA          5-6 INCHES
ZACHARY         EAST BATON ROUGE LA     5.5 INCHES
LIVINGSTON      LIVINGSTON LA           5.5 INCHES
BOGALUSA        WASHINGTON LA           5 INCHES
SUN             ST. TAMMANY LA          5 INCHES
FRANKLINTON     WASHINGTON LA           5 INCHES
GREENSBURG      ST. HELENA LA           4 INCHES
ENON            WASHINGTON LA           4 INCHES
NEW ROADS       POINTE COUPEE LA        3 INCHES
BATON ROUGE     EAST BATON ROUGE LA     3 INCHES
POPLARVILLE     PEARL RIVER MS          3 INCHES
SUMMIT          PIKE MS                 3 INCHES
WOODVILLE       WILKINSON MS            3 INCHES
TYLERTOWN       WALTHALL MS             3 INCHES
MANDEVILLE      ST. TAMMANY LA          2.5 INCHES
PLAQUEMINE      IBERVILLE LA            2.5 INCHES
ABITA SPRINGS   ST. TAMMANY LA          2 INCHES
CLINTON         EAST FELICIANA LA       2 INCHES
CONVENT         ST. JAMES LA            2 INCHES
PORT ALLEN      WEST BATON ROUGE LA     2 INCHES
LIBERTY         AMITE MS                2 INCHES
MCCOMB          PIKE MS                 2 INCHES
GONZALES        ASCENSION LA            1.5 INCHES
NAPOLEONVILLE   ASSUMPTION LA           1.5 INCHES
HAHNVILLE       ST. CHARLES LA          1.5 INCHES
NEW ORLEANS     ORLEANS LA              1 INCH
GRETNA          JEFFERSON LA            1 INCH
LAPLACE         ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST LA 1 INCH
SLIDELL         ST. TAMMANY LA          1 INCH
MCNEIL          PEARL RIVER MS          1 INCH
CHALMETTE       ST. BERNARD LA          TRACE
PICAYUNE        PEARL RIVER MS          TRACE

Here are a few photos from the storm:


Snowman in New Orleans

December 10th saw snow fall in Houston, the earliest snow on record. Accumulations of up to 3 inches in some areas caused problems for commuters.

When the storm moved northeast it dragged warm air out ahead and that collided with shallow arctic air over the northeast resulting in a devastating ice storm that affected 6 states and put over a million people into the dark. Even four days after the storm, 400,000 were still in the dark. Though this area is not unaccustomed to snow and ice in winter, this as one of the most devastating ice storms in years. 2 to 5 inches of rain fell with temperatures near or below freezing.



WCVB photo of Berwick, Maine.


My driveway in southern New Hampshire.


My neighbors yard where trees pulled down power lines.

Snow fell this last week in Las Vegas, the first important snow in 30 years. It even snowed on the eaches of Malibu, California.

The next few weeks look to be stormy with cold entrenched across the west and northern tier and warmth in the south. The boundary will feature a series of storm with more snow, ice and for the stronger systems the threat of severe weather to the south.

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