March 14 Winter Storm Recap, Analysis On What Happened, And Thoughts on Winter’s Future

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Good evening everyone!!

Hopefully everyone was able to clean up and recover well today after the winter storm. The ice that fell on top of the snow made it even heavier to clean up. Everything that was not cleaned up will freeze overnight. Temperatures tomorrow will also not reach freezing, so even with the March sun the snow will not be melting all that much.

9 inches of snow fell in Nutley, leaving us with a total of 30 inches of snow for the season so far. Below is a picture of last winters for a comparison since I started recording them myself:


From the National Weather Service, here are specific totals for the tri-state area. Some top totals per county include 20.3 inches in Vernon, NJ, 15.2 inches in Eastchester, NY, 20.4 inches in New Fairfield, CT, 13.3 inches in Ramsey, NJ, 15 inches in Irvington, NJ, 8.1 inches in Hoboken, NJ, 24 inches in Middletown, NY, and as low as 4 inches in Brick, NJ.

CONNECTICUT

...FAIRFIELD COUNTY...
   NEW FAIRFIELD         20.4   903 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   MONROE                16.0   425 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   NEWTOWN               12.5   517 PM  3/14  AMATEUR RADIO
   NEW CANAAN            11.6   233 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   WESTON                11.2   505 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   SHELTON               10.0   716 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   GREENWICH             10.0   805 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   BRIDGEPORT AIRPORT     7.1   813 PM  3/14  ASOS

...MIDDLESEX COUNTY...
   MIDDLETOWN            21.0   230 PM  3/14  PUBLIC

...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...
   HERITAGE VILLAGE      16.0   900 PM  3/14  FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
   WATERBURY             11.0   320 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   CHESHIRE              10.5   445 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   HAMDEN                 9.9   851 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER

...NEW LONDON COUNTY...
   3 NNE NORWICH          8.5   115 PM  3/14  PUBLIC

NEW JERSEY

...BERGEN COUNTY...
   RAMSEY                13.3   418 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   WESTWOOD              13.0   648 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   RIDGEWOOD             11.5   418 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   FRANKLIN LAKES        10.8   256 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   ALLENDALE             10.5   419 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   ENGLEWOOD             10.4   234 PM  3/14  SOCIAL MEDIA
   RIVER VALE             9.9   516 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   SADDLE BROOK           9.4   419 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   MIDLAND PARK           9.0   614 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   HARRINGTON PARK        8.3   420 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   EAST RUTHERFORD        6.1   854 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER

...ESSEX COUNTY...
   IRVINGTON             15.0   718 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   ROSELAND              13.4   516 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   ESSEX FELLS           13.1   446 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   CEDAR GROVE           10.4   716 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   NORTH CALDWELL         9.0   530 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   WEST ORANGE            8.5   330 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   MILLBURN               8.0   853 PM  3/14  PUBLIC

...HUDSON COUNTY...
   HOBOKEN                8.1   631 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   HARRISON               7.2   500 PM  3/14  CO-OP OBSERVER
   NORTH BERGEN           7.0   254 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER

...PASSAIC COUNTY...
   WEST MILFORD          15.8   804 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   RINGWOOD              14.0   500 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   WAYNE                 12.3   739 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   WANAQUE               12.0   416 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   BLOOMINGDALE          10.3   330 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   HAWTHORNE              9.8   330 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER

...UNION COUNTY...
   ELIZABETH              9.2   315 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   NEWARK AIRPORT         6.7   812 PM  3/14  ASOS

NEW YORK

...BRONX COUNTY...
   BRONX                 10.0   514 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   PARKCHESTER            9.0   815 PM  3/14  PUBLIC

...KINGS COUNTY...
   MARINE PARK            6.5   646 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   MIDWOOD                6.0   740 PM  3/14  PUBLIC

...NASSAU COUNTY...
   GREAT NECK             4.3   322 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   CARLE PLACE            4.2   100 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   JERICHO                4.0   633 PM  3/14  PUBLIC

...NEW YORK COUNTY...
   CENTRAL PARK           7.6   813 PM  3/14  PARK CONSERVANCY

...ORANGE COUNTY...
   MIDDLETOWN            24.0   717 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   OTISVILLE             24.0   140 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   MONTGOMERY            23.5   233 PM  3/14  AMATEUR RADIO
   MOUNT HOPE            23.0   233 PM  3/14  AMATEUR RADIO
   GOSHEN                22.0   446 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   SALISBURY MILLS       20.5   800 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   GARDNERTOWN           20.0   330 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   HIGHLAND MILLS        19.3   634 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   WARWICK               19.0   741 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   CORNWALL LANDING      18.0   400 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   BEREA                 17.5   522 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   NEW WINDSOR           17.0   256 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   ORANGE LAKE           16.5   100 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER

...PUTNAM COUNTY...
   COLD SPRING           14.6   502 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   MAHOPAC               13.8   900 PM  3/14  AMATEUR RADIO

...QUEENS COUNTY...
   REGO PARK              9.0   547 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   HOLLIS HILLS           8.3   200 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   NYC/LA GUARDIA         7.4   812 PM  3/14  ASOS
   NYC/JFK AIRPORT        5.1   813 PM  3/14  ASOS

...ROCKLAND COUNTY...
   STONY POINT           19.8   645 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   NEW CITY              16.0   435 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   CONGERS               15.5   415 PM  3/14  FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
   AIRMONT               12.5   200 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER

...SUFFOLK COUNTY...
   SMITHTOWN              4.5   306 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   SETAUKET               4.5   740 PM  3/14  NWS EMPLOYEE
   UPTON                  3.0   819 PM  3/14  NWS OFFICE
   RIVERHEAD              3.0   521 PM  3/14  CO-OP OBSERVER
   ISLIP AIRPORT          2.9   200 PM  3/14  FAA OBSERVER

...WESTCHESTER COUNTY...
   EASTCHESTER           15.2   855 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   JEFFERSON VALLEY      15.2   715 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   DOBBS FERRY           15.0   447 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   SCARSDALE             15.0   519 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   SOMERS                14.5   423 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   CROTON HEIGHTS        14.5   428 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   YORKTOWN HEIGHTS      14.5   442 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   MOUNT KISCO           14.2   515 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   IRVINGTON             14.0   306 PM  3/14  PUBLIC
   BEDFORD               13.7   600 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   ARMONK                12.4   948 PM  3/14  FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
   MONTROSE              12.0   428 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   KATONAH               11.0   504 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   WHITE PLAINS           9.4   350 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   PELHAM                 8.8   200 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER
   YONKERS                8.0   852 PM  3/14  TRAINED SPOTTER

Here are some more graphics from the NWS on the snow totals in the Northeast, with the heaviest snow totals to the north and west, as I expected:

Here are some shots of some of those crazy high snow totals:

So, what happened to the higher totals the media and news outlets were talking about? Basically the storm tracked further west and closer to the coast allowing the mid-levels in the atmosphere to be too warm i the big cities and just north and west. In more specific terms, it was because the 700mb low tracked further west causing more warmth, and thus creating sleet to fall.

*What I do not understand is why these outlets kept on going with the higher totals all the way into last night when there was data and information telling us mixing would occur. This information is why I decreased my snow totals from the higher amounts. Mostly all my totals in the Northeast that I put out yesterday in my update came to be true with small exceptions for the areas closer to the coast like the Jersey shore and Long Island. I may have not been low enough on those snow totals. Stay here because I will always try to do the best that I can!

With that being said, please, I encourage you all to leave me comments on how I did! I love hearing feedback.

ALSO, something I am excited about hopefully starting for next winter is a”Snow Codomo” app and improved website so that I can give more live updates with a more user friendly experience. I cannot wait for this!

After today, the rest of the week will still be cold and below average. Scattered snow showers are a possibility in areas tomorrow along with a smaller clipper system that can produce a mix of rain or snow lingering around the weekend. Next week there is also a storm risk but it looks warm at this point. For the most part, below normal temperatures will stick around for a while, but Spring will arrive in due time!

Here is a picture that I find extremely funny. Remember, Spring is less than a week away!

If this is my last snow update of the season, I want to say that it was a lot of fun forecasting this winter!

I hope to speak with you all soon and keep enjoying the weather!

Joe (Snow) Codomo

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