Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Superstorm Sandy Winds Down; Slowly Getting Back to Normal

Remember November

By Todd Nelson

Sick to your stomach? Not sure about you, but I feel a little woozy after all those sweet treats I raided from my 3yr old's trick-or-treating candy stash. The halloween hangover continues today as we turn the page to a new calendar month... Where did the time go?

21 years ago, the Twin Cities saw their snowiest November 1st day with 18.5"! Thanks to the powerful winter storm dubbed the "1991 Halloween Blizzard", we ended up with 28.4" officially at the MSP airport, making it the single largest snowfall in event in recorded history. According to the 1981-2010 climate normals, the Twin Cities averages 9.3" of snow through the month of November (4th snowiest month). 2 year ago, we picked up 9.8" of snow, 7.7" of that coming in one day!

This is typically the month when we trade in rakes for shovels and sweaters for jackets. It appears that we can keep the heavy winter artillery in the closet for a little while longer as temperatures hover around or just below average through the weekend. A clipper brings a shot of a light rain/snow mix by PM Friday, a light dusting is possible up north by AM Saturday for deer hunters. Fall back one hour this weekend -Todd Nelson

Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota (and western Wisconsin too):

THURSDAY: Breezy. Brisk sunshine. High: 46. Winds: NW 10-15mph

THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and chilly. Low: 27

FRIDAY: Sunny start, fading PM Sun. Light snow develops late across far NW Minnesota. High: 44

SATURDAY: MN Deer Hunting Opener. Weak storm system arrives, spotty showers possible mixed with a few wet flakes. Better chance of a light dusting up north. Fall back one hour before bed. Low: 34. High: 43 Winds: Light E turning westerly late.

SUNDAY: Lingering sprinkle or flurry possible early, then mainly clouds. Low: 33. High: 44

MONDAY: Fast moving clipper arrives late, fading sun. Low: 32. High: 47

TUESDAY: Breezy and cool. Sun and cloud mix with a better chance of a light wintry mix up north. Low: 35. High: 48

WEDNESDAY: Jacket worthy northwesterly breeze. Low: 30. High: 42

Thanks to Lyle Ostrow, for sharing this picture of a carved “Frankenstorm” pumpkin. That is one of the more creative pumpkin I’ve ever seen!

Superstorm Sandy: By the Numbers
By The Associated Press

Hurricane Sandy, after killing at least 69 people in the Caribbean, streamed northward, merged with two wintry weather systems and socked the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes with wind, waves, rain and snow. Some figures associated with Sandy’s rampage through the U.S., as of Tuesday evening:

— Maximum size of storm: 1,000 miles across
— Highest storm surge: 13.88 feet, at New York
— Number of states seeing intense effects of the storm: At least 17
— Deaths: At least 55
— Damage: Estimated property losses at $20 billion, ranking the storm among the most expensive U.S. disasters
— Top wind gust on land in the U.S.: 140 mph, at Mount Washington, N.H.
— Power outages at peak: More than 8.5 million
— Canceled airline flights: More than 18,100
— Most rainfall: 12.55 inches, at Easton, Md.
— Most snow: 29 inches, at Redhouse, Md.
— Evacuation zone: Included communities in more than 400 miles of coastline from Ocean City, Md., to Dartmouth, Mass.

Read more HERE:

(Photo Below Courtesy: NASA Satellite)

Updates of Flights

Superstorm Sandy really snarled up air travel. According to there have been nearly 20,000 flights cancelled across the U.S. this week. Most of those cancelled flights have been from LaGuardia, Neward, JFK, Reagan National and

LaGuardia Near 4,000 Flight Cancellations

Thanks to @JetBlue for the picture below. Not sure that the blue thing is a new dock invention… it’s actually the terminal gate to the tarmac! It looks like a lake out there.

Read more on the flight cancellations from HERE:

Limited Subway Service to Resume Thursday

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the MTA would begin resuming limited service on both Long Island Railroad and Metro-North beginning Wednesday at 2PM. Limited subway service will be restored to 14 of the system’s 23 lines on Thursday. In Manhattan ,service will only be available above 34th Street, with services in Lower Manhattan suspended indefinitely due to flooding and power outages.”

Read more from HERE:

(photo below courtesy: NYGovCuomo)

Back to Business: New York Getting Back on it’s Feet

The New York Stock Exchange will be open Wednesday, while JFK and Newark Airports resume limited service. Still, getting all of the city’s power back on could take days. (Oct. 31)

See the Video HERE:

Bloomberg Rings NYSE Bell

NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg has rung Wall Street back to business. Traffic is snarled, subways out of commission, streets flooded and power out in many parts of the city, but the New York Stock Exchange opened without hitch Wednesday after an historic two-day shutdown, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy. Bloomberg rang the opening bell at 9:30 a.m., right on schedule, as stock traders cheered from the iconic trading floor below, falsely rumored to be flooded, but dry Wednesday morning, and festive.”

Read more HERE:

(Photo Courtesy: Dario Cantatore/NYSE Euronext/REUTERS)

Intense Winds & Waves

This Superstorm also kicked up significant winds across the Great Lakes! I recorded a little video segment explaining how the wind/waves got so big!

See the full video HERE:

Incredible Snows
The western and colder side of this storm dumped feet of snow across the higher elevations of the Appalachians.Thanks to Snowshoe Mountain for the picture below
This is what they had to say about the snow:
“Over 2ft. and Counting”

Sorry for the lack of posts today, but as you can imagine with over 2 feet of snow in the past day and a half we have been dealing with power outages as well as phone and internet issues here at 4848. We know the big question on everyone’s mind is, “When is Snowshoe going to open, Is Snowshoe going to open on Wednesday?!” To answer the second half of the question first… No Snowshoe will NOT be opening Wednesday. As far as the first part of the question… We will be answering that tomorrow so stay tuned and find out! In the meantime here is some video from today to help pass the time between now and then…”

See the full video HERE:

No Stranger to Snow in MinneSnowta…
I’ll never forget that Halloween back in 1991. I was still young enough to trick-or-treat and actually went as a cow that year! Good think I had black spots so you could see me in the white snow.

Check out this story from the that was written last year:

Indeed, the great Halloween Blizzard stands as one of those rare events that achieve I-remember-what-I-was-doing status, a milepost in a few million Minnesotans’ personal histories and an occurrence that can still define life in Minnesota as, well, different. “Climbing over and through the drifts was exhausting,” recalled Amber Langley of Lakeville, who was in second grade at the time and made the Halloween rounds dressed as a witch. “In my neighborhood hardly anyone was out, and the neighbors were dumping whatever candy they had into my sack so they could shut their light off. I don’t think that Halloween is ever going to fade from my memory. It was beyond insane. “
(Photo Courtesy: Startribune)

Halloween Blizzard TV Coverage!
OMG! This is like gold to me! This is what I watched when I was a young, budding meteorologist. Watching Paul Douglas cover this historic storm was something that I’ll never forger!

See the full video HERE from

Historic Event 21 Years Ago
The info below come from, see more HERE:
Across much of eastern Minnesota, trick-or-treaters donned snowmobile suits as snow began to fall during the afternoon of October 31, 1991. This marked the beginning of a major winter storm that pounded the eastern half of Minnesota over a three day period. The storm dropped 28.4 inches of snow on the Twin Cities, setting a single storm record for the metropolitan area. Duluth received 36.9 inches, the largest single storm total in Minnesota history. Southern Minnesota saw an ice storm especially around Albert Lea and Austin. Highway snow removal was hindered by extremely cold temperatures that followed the storm and transportation was hampered for many days. Click on image to the right for a larger labeled line map.

Holy Cow!

Here I am on the snowiest Halloween Night in Twin Cities history (8.2") - little did I know that I would remember this costume forever because this what I wore trick-or-treating during the 1991 Halloween Blizzard! Storm total was 28.4" and still holds the record for most single snow storm total. Thanks Mom for finding this!!

Thanks for checking in on this Wednesday, have a great rest of your week!
Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @TNelsonWNTV

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