Nor’easter

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Here in Virginia we are currently getting slammed with the leftovers from Tropical Storm Ida – rain, wind, flooding … the works. However, for some reason when it got up to us, Ida had transformed into what is called a Nor’easter. This is a weather term I have heard all my life, but never really know exactly what made a Nor’easter (or Northeaster if you want to be proper like the weather channel). So I looked it up and wikipedia said …

nor’easter (also northeaster; see below) is a type of macro-scale storm along the East Coast of the United Statesand Atlantic Canada, so named because the winds come from the northeast, especially in the coastal areas of theNortheastern United States and Atlantic Canada. More specifically, it describes a low pressure area whose center ofrotation is just off the East Coast and whose leading winds in the left forward quadrant rotate onto land from the northeast. The precipitation pattern is similar to other extratropical storms. Nor’easters also can cause coastal flooding,coastal erosionhurricane force winds, and heavy snow. Nor’easters can occur at any time of the year but are mostly known for their presence in the winter season.[1] Nor’easters can be devastating and damaging, especially in the winter months, when most damage and deaths are cold related, as nor’easters are known for bringing extremely cold air down from the Arctic air mass. Nor’easters thrive on the converging air masses; that is, the polar cold air mass and the warmer ocean water of the Gulf Stream.[1]

Nor’easters will usually develop between 30 N. and 35 N. latitudes.

As people always say ” ya learn something new everday.” Now, if only I could figure out how I’m going to get through the flooding back to my abode later tonight …

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