Jan 072011
 

Friday, 7 January, 2011: 8:00 p.m. EST

Shelton, CT

 

A heavy band of snow moved through parts of Connecticut this evening. In the course of just a little over an hour, my backyard in Shelton, CT went from 3-4 inches of accumulation to 6.5-7.0 inches! The snow flakes were enormous and very, very wet. They were coming down at a rate I haven’t seen in some time — if at all. (Other areas about thirty minutes to my north have received has high as a foot of snow.)

This heavy band of snow was brought on by what is a called a NORLUN instability trough. I won’t get into all the technical stuff, but it’s basically a rather narrow band of very, very heavy snow produced by instability. Normally, you only get instability from thunderstorms. But in this case the right dynamics came together near a surface boundary produced partially from ocean interactions, cold air aloft and a ton of lift from upper air dynamics. The result is what the pictures show below. Oh, and I could have sworn I heard a faint rumble of thunder when I was out there!!!!

When I was wondering around like a little kid, I decided to make a snowman (see picture below). I was amazed at how easy it was to make snowballs. The snow was so incredibly wet, I’m not sure it even took ten minutes to complete my masterpiece :) Good times.

 

Shelton, CT

Shelton, CT

 

Stormgasm Snowman

Stormgasm Snowman

 

6.5-7.0 inches of snow

6.5-7.0 inches of snow

 

Huntington Road

Huntington Road

 

Heavy snow illuminated by a street light

Heavy snow illuminated by a street light

 

Shelton, CT

Shelton, CT

 

Shelton, CT

Shelton, CT

- Jim

Jan 072011
 

Friday, 7 January 2011

Snow in CT


 

After receiving over a foot of snow just a few days ago up here in Fairfield County, Connecticut, you would think the standard 2-4 inches of snow wouldn’t be that exciting to someone like me. You know, since I’m a weather enthusiast, and this isn’t anything extreme…right? So I should probably be disappointed. Well, that just isn’t the case at all.

The snow has been coming down pretty heavily at times this afternoon. The flakes have been large and quite wet (yes, I’m talking about the snow). These are two huge differences from the last event (the blizzard), when the flakes were tiny and completely dry. With the 50 mph winds the snow stung when it hit your face!

Today is different. You can actually see the snow falling and you can make out different types and sizes of snow flakes. All I saw during the blizzard was a constant haze. All I felt was pain and wind. Don’t get me wrong, that was an amazing experience. But, I never actually saw snowflakes falling though the sky! Today I did, so that’s good. (I grew up in Nashville, TN, so I have the right to get excited over the small winter events)

Now for the bad news. The snow became heaviest during the afternoon, which made the commute home on I-95 a nightmare. I even left a bit early, but it didn’t seem to matter. Well, at least I’m home now. Maybe I’ll make a snowman later on or tomorrow…

(BTW, all these picture were taken with my cell phone at random. So, these aren’t exactly my best shots….)

 

Snow

Snow in CT

 

Traffic on I-95 north in CT.  Good times....

Traffic on I-95 north in CT. Good times....

 

More snow

More snow

- Jim