UPDATE: CentreDaily.com says the following records were broken:
+ Earliest measured snowfall. The previous record was 1 inch of snow that fell Oct. 17, 1977.
+ Snowiest October ever. Previous record snowfall for October was 3.1 inches in 2002.
+ Coldest Oct. 15 on record, with a high of just 39 degrees
+ Most snowfall on Oct. 15-16. The total measured 4.7 inches at Penn State's University Park campus.
+ Wettest Oct. 15-16 on record, with 1.33 inches of water
Here's an updated list of snow totals:
Centre Hall (Summit): 9.0"
Pocono Summit: 6.1"
Port Matilda, Stormstown, Park Forest: 6.0"
UPDATE: Here are some photos of the damage I took on the way to work this morning:
I'm really flabbergasted by the amount of snow and damage here in State College, PA, as are many of the meteorologists at AccuWeather. Best estimates are that we have 7 inches of snow here at AccuWeather HQ with probably more on the nearby ridges. Get outside of town, amounts decrease rapidly.
Here are some pictures I took yesterday with the fall foliage and snow.
It really seems that, for once, we were the epicenter of the snow. Over 10,000 are without power according to the local paper (which, up until 7 AM this morning referred to the event as "heavy precipitation" not snow). As I said yesterday, this broke the record for earliest measurable snowfall, and probably daily, perhaps October total snowfall. Trees and limbs are down everywhere; school is closed. I'm uploading pictures of the damage now - this morning I was within about a minute of a large branch closing a major road north of AccuWeather HQ!
And the craziest thing: There will be more snow tonight, to the tune of at least 5 inches according to AccuWeather.com - for some forecast models it's over a foot!
Here are the highest amounts so far:
State College, PA: 7.0"*
Stormstown, PA: 6.0"
Wellsville, NY: 5.5"
Pleasant Gap, PA: 5.0"
The damage from the Moore, Okla., tornado of May 20, 2013, is incredible. These radar loops show the immensity of the tragic storm.
When I saw that Google had created a 30-year satellite time-lapse of Earth, I knew where the most impressive weather-related animations would be.
Whatever you call them -- "Ice Needling," "Ice Surges," or "Ice Shoves," or "Ice Heaves" -- a phenomenon that I first blogged about in 2009 is back -- with a vengeance!
17 years ago on this date, while I was taking my freshman exams at UNCA, a "cut-off" low was rumored to dump 57" of snow at nearby Mount Pisgah... but is that reading reliable?
Tornado reports and warnings are down for 2013 so far, and the last 12 months, but what about severe-thunderstorm-warned areas and lightning strikes?
The last two weeks have featured no less than four storm days, one with four storms, here in Central Pennsylvania and I've taken some neat pictures.