Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Early Freak Snowstorm in NJ

WOW! The snowstorm today took me completely by surprise. I knew that it was going to get colder and some areas could have snow today, but I certainly did not think the center of the state was going to get so much snow. Late October snow is not unheard of, but is unusual. I have been trying to figure out if in 25 plus years I have lived in NJ if we have ever had a big snow storm this early.

I went into class at 10 am and it was raining really hard. When I was done with class at 11:15 am there was about an inch of snow on the ground. I expected it to snow in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania and maybe in the mountains in NW Jersey, but the extent of the snowfall took me and other meteorologists by surprise. It took the towns by surprise, too and they were not ready to deal with the snow. The roads were terrible and there were a lot of accidents. The storm will certainly give me something to talk about in class tomorrow morning. One of my students told me he even heard thunder during the snowstorm. That is also very unusual and even has a special name. It is called thundersnow.

When I was driving home there were a lot of trees down from the weight of this wet heavy snow. It was very strange seeing trees with leaves and snow on them. It usually doesn't snow around here until near Thanksgiving. In my Meteorology class we have a contest where my students have to guess when we will have our first snowfall. I had a female student that had actually picked today as the first snowfall. She is now the winner of our contest. I wonder what made her pick such an early date for our first snowfall. I guess I will ask her tomorrow in class when I announce that she is the winner.
Chris

4 comments:

Kathie said...

I was shocked yesterday too, but lucky for me I was home all day!
starts my hand quilting for the season now! My goal is to hand quilt a queen size quilt this winter! the first
snow day is the beginning of winter in my quilting world!
Kathie

Chris said...

If we have a cold winter you will get a lot of quilting done. It took me years to hand quilt a queen size double wedding ring. I don't know if I will do anything larger than wall size with hand quilting in the future. My daughter wants to me to give her the double wedding ring quilt when she gets married. I told her it depends on whether or not I like the man she marries!

Bonnie said...

You are right the Poconos got hit. We lost power for 3 days. Not much sewing done then. I did get a bit of handquilting but it was too cold in the house. So, I went fabric shopping! Yea. I am anxious to get some good machine time in! I take it you are a meterologist. (I can't spell the word evidently!) Where do you teach? B.

Chris said...

Bonnie,
Sorry I missed your post. I teach at a community college in northern NJ called County College of Morris. I have been there for about 25 years.