I've not been as dedicated in reporting on Christmas weather in our nation and my backyard as I have during Thanksgiving, probably because I'm usually off work for an extended period. But in this entry, I'd like to summarize Christmas weather since I started blogging in 2005. First, locally:
This year, snow was the big story, but ironically none "officially" fell on December 25th.* Several inches fell on Christmas Eve and it was a little harrowing to go to dinner in York, PA, and this is what the webcams back here in State College looked like:
On Christmas Day, I drove back from York, Pennsylvania to my home in State College at midnight, to beat the heavy snow that was to begin on December 26 (we got 13 inches total!).It looked awesome on the Christmas decorations:
*The new "day" starts at 7 PM in meteorology. Otherwise, we would have had several inches on Dec. 25 in both 2010 and 2012.
Below is what our (new, HD) Christmas Day forecast map looked like this year (see also Christmas Eve).
In 2010, my Mom down in North Carolina got her second White Christmas in a row (something I've never seen here in Pennsylvania during my 15-year residence!) That storm moved on to the Northeast as the Boxing Day Blizzard, but somehow managed to mostly avoid me in State College. 2009 was fairly uneventful, and I wrote in my blog at Christmas 2008 about My Past White Christmases (1981, 1989, 1993 in NC & 2002 in PA):
"Looking back at my blog entries... in 2007, we had rain, and plenty of it -- with considerable local flooding on December 23rd. In 2006, it actually snowed on Christmas, when I was in Milesburg, PA at my parents-in-law's house, but didn't accumulate. We had just missed it - I took a photo where the ground was white 2 days before Christmas but a heat wave with rain afterwards melted it all before Christmas. And way back in 2005, my first year of blogging for AccuWeather.com, we had a little freezing rain Christmas morning."
I don't believe this has ever happened in Hurricane history: Major Hurricane Gonzalo is striking Bermuda tonight, just as soon-to-be-hurricane Ana approaches the Hawaiian islands.
Recapping some of the things I've seen on weather radar over the years... birds, bats, butterflies, locusts, and mayflies.
Just after sunrise in the west Pacific Ocean last night, we were able to look down into the eye of Super Typhoon Vongfong.
An amazing display of asperatus clouds showed up in New York City this morning, but what causes them?
Vortexes of air constantly surround us; for the first time in my life, I've videotaped dust devils near AccuWeather HQ during unusually dry and calm weather.
A powerful coastal storm is moving up the East coast; to see a live view of the conditions at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and I've got maps and live cams.