Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nor'easter brings the first taste of snow

Predicted winds, Nov 7, 2012

Nor'easter satellite image midday Nov 7, 2012
Another storm is in the midst of impacting the northeast a little over a week since Hurricane Sandy.  This storm is a nor'easter coming up the coast.  The winds have picked up quite a bit and with the cool temperatures have certainly made it feel like winter.  The winds will be 15-25 MPH with gusts up above 40 MPH.  The storm is also predicted to bring our first snowfall of the season with a few inches possible as well as some icing.  The strong northeast winds have brought a large flight of Dovekie's (possibly one of the largest) to coastal Massachusetts.  With a flight of such a large size perhaps a bird will make it inland and make it all the day to western Massachusetts.  Who knows?  Unfortunately the storm will also bring additional problems to the areas to our south that were heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy last week. 
Winsor Dam at dawn, Nov 6, 2012
I also stopped by briefly at Winsor Dam on a record setting cold morning (19 degrees) yesterday to see if I could possibly relocate the Black legged Kittiwake I found there yesterday.  There was a low fog on the water and I was unable to find anything besides a Common Loon and a large raft of gulls way out on the reservoir.  I didn’t have time to stop today but the strong winds out of the north would have made viewing quite difficult anyway. 

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