The latest snowstorm in the eastern United States has brought widespread, heavy snow from Washington, D.C., through Massachusetts. According to our news story, 7,000 flights were cancelled and daily snowfall records were broken in several cities. Here's a map of the snow totals:
It was the first snowstorm to hit D.C. in three years, but obviously not in other major cities in the Midwest and Northeast, which have seen more than twice their normal snowfall through this date. The snow totals are approaching ridiculous levels:
Blog reader Ralph sent this graphic showing how Bridgeport, Conn., has already surpassed the entire decade of the 1980s when it comes to snowfall, and we're only halfway through the decade (and the winter, for that matter)! Philadelphia has done the same with the 1950s, he said.
Here's what the snow looked like from the MODIS satellite when the clouds cleared off this morning (2D):
One neat thing you can see in that photo is what's left of lake-effect snow clouds in North Carolina. Here's an explainer by the National Weather Service in Raleigh:
Snow fell in northeast North Carolina all the way to the Outer Banks:
There were few (perhaps no credible) thundersnow reports from this storm because it didn't get strong enough to produce thunderstorms until the nor'easter formed offshore (possible bombogenesis). It did drop over 25,000 lightning strikes on the ocean's surface:
I'll be at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, talking about clouds and storm chasing in Pennsylvania.
The Great Lakes ice coverage is more than twice the highest ever for the week, and it's causing problems. Also, the March climate report lists more cold records.
The Appalachian mountains won the temperature war yesterday, with readings as high as 90 degrees. Record high temperatures were broken across the region.
Dangerous Cyclone Ita is already stronger than devastating Cyclone Yasi's peak and the storm looks similar to Yasi on satellite.
Severe weather has taken center stage in the news and Social Media this week, owing to severe thunderstorms in western Europe, Argentina and the Philippines.
Dropcam has now added time-lapse capability to their cloud recording... your weather camera at home can now do full-day time-lapses.