If you've been on AccuWeather.com over the past few weeks, you've heard our meteorologists use the term "Alberta Clipper" used to describe a type of winter storm. But what exactly is an Alberta Clipper?
An Alberta Clipper is a storm system during the winter months that originates from the Canadian province of Alberta (or close by--sometimes the system can originate from Saskatchewan, Manitoba or even Montana). The term "clipper" originates from the clipper sailing ships because of their quick speeds. Thus, an Alberta Clipper is a quick-moving winter storm system originating from Alberta, Canada.
An Alberta Clipper, or clipper for short, is a low-pressure system that develops on the lee side of the Canadian Rockies (in Alberta), gets caught up in the jet stream and travels southeastward into the northern Plains, on through the Great Lakes and eventually off the mid-Atlantic coast into the Atlantic Ocean.
A clipper will usually bring smaller amounts of snow (generally 1-3 inches) because of its speed and lack of deep moisture, but higher amounts are certainly possible. Along with the quick burst of snow, a clipper generally brings colder temperatures and often times gusty winds.
The punches just keep coming from Old Man Winter as another winter storm may sweep from the Midwest this weekend into the Northeast by Groundhog Day.
An Alberta Clipper will bring a fresh wave of snow from the Midwest to the Northeast from late Wednesday through early Friday.
As it became obvious on Saturday that a major blizzard was going to hit the Northeast, the track and size of the storm became critical as to which areas would be hit the hardest.
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 1, as Super Bowl kicks off in Glendale, Arizona.
The same storm opening the door for snow showers to stream across the United Kingdom and Ireland will impact southern Europe late in the week.
Watching somebody shivering on television can induce the same type of physiological response as braving the icy elements in person, according to research conducted by scientists at the University of Sussex.
Valdez, AK (1992)
Storm dumps 22.5 inches of snow, bringing the seasonal total to 275.3 inches, with five feet on the ground.
Caribou, ME (1994)
Temperature rose from -32 degrees yesterday to 41 today.
The East (2002)
Balmy; highs in the 60s common from Ohio eastward to Virginia.