For the second week in a row, the West Coast Trough is in charge, butby April Fool's Day we' will have a West Coast Ridge and East CoastTrough. Not than we have been too quiet.. with 4 days of snow here inNew England, 30" at Jay Peak Resort, and even 2" in Maryland SundayMorning. Also we saw a major severe weather event centered near MaconGeorgia.
Imagine the damage we can do when the weather energy focus shifts east. Maybe we can get a clue from the west. In California, for the second week in a row, four to eight FEET ofSNOW fell in seven days near Lake Tahoe. And at lower elevations it wasflooding rain and mudslides, here is an excerpt from The Blog of MilesClark at Squaw Valley California: How do I know this ski season is becoming certifiably ludicrous? Because the SHERIFF (who was actually wearing an avalanchetransceiver!) just came to my house and told me I should evacuate dueto high avalanche danger that will exist thru Sunday, thats how. Click here to read Miles' full post and see his two story high snow depths.
At lower elevations, a half a foot of rainfall trigger more mudslides. Here is an excerpt from the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Capitola Village was evacuatedSaturday morning as heavy rains have once again pounded the county,where numerous roads are closed due to mud slides and downed trees. Read more and see those pictures here.
The storm track will shift north along both the west coast and theeast coast. That means relief for California, and an end to our colddry wind here in New England.
The storm track willshift north along both the west coast and theeast coast. That means relief for California, and an end to our colddry wind here in New England. The first chance of rain or snow isWednesday along the south coast, but even that one may stay offshore.By Thursday we have low pressure developing in The Gulf Of Mexico. Thehigh pressure system we have been watching sit in Ontario will by thenhave moved to New England. At upper levels of the atmosphere thesteering current will be sending that Gulf Moisture up the east coast.At low levels of the atmosphere, that high will send a cold ocean windfrom northeast to southwest through the northeast. This is the recipefor a Nor'Easter. And the timing could bring such a system to New England for April Fool's Day. Our mentor, friend, and well respected Long RangeForecaster Joe D'Aleo has mentioned April 1982 and April 1997 as someserious Late winter snowstorms to beat. He does not say we will dothat, but at least it is on his mind, and mine too.