November 2012 nor'easter

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November 2012 nor'easter
Category 1 "Notable" (RSI: 2.616)
WS Athena Nov 7 2012.jpg
The nor'easter on November 7, 2012 (UTC)
Type Nor'easter
Winter storm
Formed November 7, 2012
Dissipated November 10, 2012
Lowest pressure 984 mb (29.06 inHg)
Maximum snowfall or ice accretion 13.5 in (34 cm) in Monroe and Clintonville, Connecticut[1]
Damage Unknown
Areas affected Southeastern United States, Northeastern United States, Eastern Canada, Bermuda

From November 7 to November 10, 2012, a nor'easter brought significant early season snow to the Northeastern United States. Many of the areas hit by the storm had been affected by Hurricane Sandy days before, which further complicated recovery efforts.

Meteorological history[edit]

A mid-level shortwave over the Midwestern United States was moving eastward on November 6, toward a trough over the Southeastern United States, and into an area with abundant moisture and favorable conditions from the jet stream. The combination was favorable for a nor'easter to form,[2] and on November 7, a strong low pressure area developed along the coast of North Carolina.[3] At the time, there was an area of cold air inland the Mid-Atlantic States and New England that would allow the precipitation to fall as snow.[4] By November 8, the system drifting to the northeast, located about 90 mi (140 km) south-southeast of Boston, Massachusetts, with a front extending northeastward to Nova Scotia. Its large circulation dropped rain and snow across the northeastern United States.[5]


Before the nor'easter struck, officials recommended residents in low-lying areas of New York City to evacuate,[6] and portions of Islip, New York were under a mandatory evacuation.[7] There were also voluntary evacuations in Milford, Connecticut.[8] A portion of the Long Island Expressway was closed during the storm, and the Long Island Rail Road shut down. Airlines canceled over 1,300 flights in or out of New York airports. Parks in New York City were closed, and construction was halted.[6] In Nassau County, New York, more than 140 trucks put sand and salt on roads.[7] Schools were closed in Connecticut.[8] Due to sufficiently cool air and steady snowfall, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning.[9]

Snowfall during the November 2012 nor'easter in Ashford, Connecticut

Across New Jersey and New York, the storm dropped rain and snow across in areas that sustained significant damage from Hurricane Sandy about ten days prior.[7] Snowfall spread from New Jersey to Maine, peaking at 13.5 in (34 cm) in Clintonville, Connecticut, and the highest associated rainfall total was 2.28 in (5.8 cm) near Kingston, Massachusetts.[5] Snowfall in Central Park reached 4.7 in (120 mm),[5] which broke the daily record and also the record for the earliest date of more than 4 in (10 cm) at the location. Daily snowfall records were also broken in Newark, New Jersey and Bridgeport, Connecticut with totals of 2 in (5.1 cm) and 3.5 in (8.9 cm), respectively.[10] The nor'easter also produced strong winds that peaked at 65 mph (105 km/h) in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.[5] High winds downed trees that were weakened by Sandy, some of which fell onto power lines. About 50,000 people lost power in the two states who had previously lost power after the hurricane. Along the coast, the storm produced 8 ft (2.4 m) waves,[6] and coastal roads were flooded.[7] There were two traffic deaths in Connecticut that were related to the storm.[8]

On November 8 as of 9 a.m. EST, around 715,000 eastern U.S. homes and businesses were without power. This is an increase of nearly 43,000 from 12 hours earlier, due the effects of the storm.[11] There were 167,000 power outages in New Jersey alone, and at least 50,000 on Long Island.[10]

At 6 a.m. EST on November 9, about 265,000 New Jersey homes and businesses were without power because of Sandy and the nor'easter.[12]


The Weather Channel dubbed this storm as "Winter Storm Athena," but this name was rejected by the National Weather Service.[13] In response to the naming system, the National Weather Service announced on November 7, 2012 that it would not recognize the Weather Channel's names for winter storms, stating in a press release that "it does not use the name of winter storms in its products."[13][14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Public Information Statement: Spotter Reports". National Weather Service Office in Upton, New York. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ Krekeler (November 6, 2012). Short Range Forecast Discussion (Report). Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Kong (November 7, 2012). Short Range Forecast Discussion (Report). Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Otto (November 7, 2012). Short Range Forecast Discussion (Report). Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Krekeler (November 8, 2012). Storm Summary Number 1 for Early Season Nor'easter (Report). Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Nor'easter bears down on Sandy-battered NYC and New Jersey". Fox News. Associated Press. November 7, 2012. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d William Murphy; Ellen Yan (November 7, 2012). "Nor'easter wreaks havoc on LI roads, rails". News Day. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Stephen Singer (November 7, 2012). "Nor'easter brings new snow, wind to Conn.". Boston Globe. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ Area Forecast Discussion (Report). Mount Holly, New Jersey National Weather Service. November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Miguel Llanos; Ian Johnston (November 8, 2012). "Record snow, new power outages as storm slams Northeast". NBC News. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Some 715,000 without power Thurs after nor'easter, Sandy: Government". Yahoo News. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Power outages continue to plague N.J. in wake of Sandy, nor'easter". NJ1. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Samenow, Jason (November 7, 2012). "National Weather Service: Just say no to Athena". Washington Post. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Weather Channel names nor'easter, National Weather Service says not so fast". FNC. November 7, 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Winter Storm Athena Forecast Impacts". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 7 November 2012.