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Taking Shelter From The Storm

This has been one of the snowiest winters on record in the United States and Europe. In the eastern United States, residents are running out of places to put the snow in what seems like a daily ritual of removing multiple inches — or sometimes feet — of new accumulation.

Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore have all logged their snowiest winters in history, and on January 27, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg reported, “We have now had the snowiest January in New York City history. We have had 36 inches since January 1, breaking a record last set in 1925.

Across the ocean, the United Kingdom experienced its earliest snowfall in 17 years in November 2010. On the European continent, some 60 percent of the German Weather Service’s weather stations below 200 meters elevation saw record snow falls for December.

This comes as no surprise to those with an eye toward advanced weather forecasts. Before the winter began, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted that this would be “another winter of extremes in store for U.S. as La Niña strengthens.” In NOAA’s winter outlook, Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, advised, “La Niña is in place and will strengthen and persist through the winter months, giving us a better understanding of what to expect between December and February. This is a good time for people to review the outlook and begin preparing for what winter may have in store.”

With a bit of planning, the snarls of winter travel can be avoided, ensuring business continuity even in the direst of meteorological circumstances. Tracking the National Weather Service’s seasonal predictions are just part of the solution. […]

By |February 8th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments
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