Impressive Coastal Storm Off U.S. - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Impressive Coastal Storm Off U.S.

March 25 brought record snow across the peninsula. The same storm that brought Delmarva the snowfall then rapidly intensified and moved northeastward just off the coast of Maine. It turned into a very impressive winter storm, which is commonly referred to as a Nor'easter, but when they're especially strong and produce hurricane force winds, some people refer to it as a "Snowicane."

The image attached is a visible satellite image of the storm from space, courtesy of Pennsylvania State taken at 4:45 pm on March 26th. The storm developed an eye-like feature, similar to what you would see in a hurricane. Eye-like features are not uncommon and do form occasionally in a very strong winter storms off the coast (Nor'easters). 

The storm system was so strong it brought hurricane force winds to parts of New England and the Canadian Maritimes. A buoy, 23 miles southeast of Jonesport, Maine reported a 103 kt (119 mph) wind gust. The central pressure got as low as 955 millibars or 28.20 inches of Mercury. The standard atmospheric pressure is only 1013 millibars or 29.91 inches of Mercury, so the pressure inside this storm was impressively low, and as low as some hurricanes reach. Typically the lower the pressure is in a storm the stronger the winds and more powerful the storm.

This storm was a beautiful sight to see on satellite and an interesting storm to track and learn about.

 

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