No, No, No More Snow!
“No, No, No More Snow!” was the battle cry of million’s of residents armed with snow shovels and driveway salt last winter as Mother Nature made up for a nearly decade-long string of mild winters. New Jersey and its 7 million citizens seemed to wear a collective bull’s eye and Mother Nature was more than pleased to toss storm and after storm at our region.
Mother Nature’s Wrath
Her wrath came in the form of power outages, windstorms, ice storms and snow storms. Her terror began in mid-December, lasted through Super Bowl Sunday and didn’t let up until March. Cities up and down the I-95 corridor experienced multi-foot “snowmageddons” throughout the winter. As a result, many cities experienced all-time record seasonal snowfall totals. Municipal snow removal budgets were devastated. So many snow days were taken that some students finished their studies just hours before the state-mandated last day of school on June. 30.
Flooding, Flooding, Everywhere!
When temperatures finally warmed enough for the snow to melt, residents across the region were forced to deal with 100-year flood levels. Drainage basins overflowed and basements flooded. The around-the-clock moan of overworked water pumps sounded for weeks as ruined basement carpets and furniture stood at curbside, waiting for pickup.
Then Not a Drop
Then the Mother Nature turned off the rain faucet and the area experienced a mini drought through late summer. The combination of the hottest summer temperatures in decades and one of the driest summers on record forced New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to issue drought warnings in late August. But since then, the rains have returned with much of the area experiencing several inches more of rainfall since Sept. 1 than normal. Does a wetter-than-normal September and October mean another devastating winter ahead?
So What’s Going to Happen Next?
According to AccuWeather’s Joe Bastardi, the Middle-Atlantic Regional will be spared from last year’s record-breaking harsh winter weather conditions. That’s because the winter battle zone will set up over the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Regional this year. For example, Buffalo, New York, considered by some to be the snow capital of the world, actually received less snow than Philadelphia, Pa. in 2009-2010. Buffalo will reign supreme this winter receiving its harsh share of winter weather conditions, according to Bastardi.
Perhaps a Normal Winter?
Though November and December could turn out to be colder-than-normal in temperatures, this year’s winter weather conditions could end up being near normal in temperature and perhaps a little dryer than normal. However, there will be increased swings from the warmer to colder weather this year, he said. So one week you could be golfing and the next week de-icing your driveway.
Overall, New Jersey should receive near normal snowfall totals for this winter. Those totals range from hardly any snow in the southern tip of Cape May County to nearly 25-30 inches of snow in the northern counties.
National Weather Service Agrees
The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center agrees somewhat with Bastardi The Climate Prediction Center’s forecaster call for greater odds of warmer- and dryer-than-normal conditions for the rest of November. Odds are for normal winter weather conditions from December through March, according to the Climate Prediction Center in its most recent long-distance forecast.
National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center