“Where’s my blizzard?” demands writer Karrie Jacobs. Or, as suggested by Joe Keohane: “What the fk am I going to do with all this bottled water?” Meanwhile, meteorologists apologized for huge blizzard miss. “67% of CNBC’s readers say they’ve lost confidence in meteorologists because of the #blizzardof2015 bust,” shares CNBC‘s Ben Berkowitz. Here’s Eric Holthaus on the latest.
With snow emergencies and travel bans declared across Westchester and the tri-sate area, the monster storm predicted for Monday night and Tuesday was not the unique, possibly historic, and crippling, monster the National Weather Service seemed to predict.
This was the information the said they relied on:
Our area of the Northeast often gets some of the largest winter storms in the world, which occur when warmer Atlantic Ocean air meets up with icy blasts from across the country.
Experts say a process called “bombogenesis,” which involves a very steep drop in air pressure during a 24 hour period, produces “bombs” like Juno. The science behind “bombogenesis” is a little daunting. But basically meteorologists say that they are most common from October- March but can occur any time of the year. They are called bombs because of the explosive speed with which they develop and the power that they usually have in their intensification phase. Technically they are defined as “a central pressure drop of at least 24 millibars, or 24 mbars, in 24 hours.”
Today’s weather alerts for Westchester coastal cities including Pelham, New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Portchester, Rye, and Rye Brook, warned residents of coastal flooding as well as high winds, blowing snow, white out conditions, and heavy snowfall. Weather warnings will remain in effect until midnight Tuesday.
The National Weather Service now reports the following conditions for our area.
Joyce H. Newman is an Emmy Award-winning environmental journalist, educator, and gardener. She holds a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden, and is a tour guide there.