11:20 a.m. – “Northeast Storm – Hype,” by AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein:
“The weather service uses names for hurricanes and tropical storms created by the World Meteorological Organization, but not other types of storms. … Decades ago, storms like this would come with at most a day or two warning. But now because of satellite technology … and better data and modeling, forecasters are seeing storms several days in advance … [T]here are days of waiting for a storm with little news to report, sometimes leading to exaggeration. … [T]he lead-up to the storm has been the atmospheric equivalent of the week before the Oscars or Super Bowl. … The name Nemo was getting significant use, trending Friday on Twitter. … CBS News’ Major Garrett mused on Twitter: ‘I thought only Dairy Queen named Blizzards.'”
11:08 a.m. – “Huge storm blankets Northeast with 2 feet of snow” via the Associated Press:
More than 38 inches of snow fell in Milford in central Connecticut, and an 82-mph wind gust was recorded in nearby Westport. … Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights … Snow piled up so high in some places … that people couldn’t open their doors to get outside. … The wind-whipped snowstorm mercifully arrived at the start of a weekend, which meant fewer cars on the road and extra time for sanitation crews to clear the mess before commuters in the New York-to-Boston region of roughly 25 million people have to go back to work. … A little more than 11 inches fell in New York City … Nearly 22 inches of snow fell in Boston and up to 3 feet was expected … About 650,000 customers in the Northeast lost power during the height of the snowstorm, most of them in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
10:42 a.m. – A Storm Is ‘No One,’ And Means Very Little,” by Brian Stelter:
“The Weather Channel … bestowed the snowstorm … with the name Nemo, conjuring the image of the adorable orange fish from the Disney/Pixar film ‘Finding Nemo.’ … The common criticism is that it is a [Weather Channel] marketing ploy. The National Weather Service … has advised its forecasters not to follow the channel’s lead, and a spokesman said it had never named winter storms … (The New York Times advises reporters not to use the names in storm coverage.) But the name game was catching on, as evidenced by the government officials, news media outlets and airlines that published advisories using the name. ‘We’re ready for Nemo,’ the Twitter account for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg … asserted … ‘Twitter needs a hashtag,’ said Bryan Norcross, the Weather Channel meteorologist who helped conceive the storm-naming system. The main rationale for naming, he said, is to help raise awareness about the dangers of storms. … [T]he channel’s next names are Orko, Plato and Q.”
8:37 p.m. – From Jeff Masters’ latest:
The weight of all that heavy snow on rooftops will create the danger of roof collapses. In addition to the heavy snow, the storm will bring coastal wind gusts over hurricane force, and moderate to major coastal flooding. During the peak of the storm, Friday night into Saturday morning, snowfall rates of 2 – 3″ per hour can be expected. …. The combination of heavy snow and high winds will make travel extremely dangerous or impossible, with near-zero visibility in white-out conditions. The snow and high winds are likely to cause many power outages.
8:33 p.m. – Looks like NYC could get some serious snow.
Totals may be about 3 inches higher in NYC b/c of early rain/snow changeover. So, let’s say 12-15″ instead of 8-12″. (cc: @kimlitt24) — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus).