The word “nor’easter” has been tossed around in news circles throughout recent weeks, although not everyone knows what it means. Something with the weather, right?
I, myself, never knew what it meant until I Googled its definition just moments ago.
Nor’easter, also less commonly spelled northeaster, is a large-scale cyclone that features abnormally strong winds hailing from the northern hemisphere. In order to be considered a nor’easter cyclone, such winds must hit the eastern portion of a landmass.
So, in other words, a storm hailing from the northern hemisphere that hits the eastern seaboard of any landmass.
Also, what’s a cyclone? It’s technically defined as a large mass of air that rotates around a relatively inactive center of low atmospheric pressure.
In other words, a large, spinning storm cell.
So What Is A Nor’easter, In Plain English?
A spinning storm from the north that hits a nation’s eastern coast. That’s it.
Here’s What Residents Of The Northeastern United States Should Expect
According to accredited, reputable sources of meteorologic information, roughly 6 to 16 inches of heavy, damp snow will hit the entirety of the Northeastern United States of America.
It seems as if Mother Nature isn’t letting up on any of New England’s residents, as more than 25,000 households are already without power all throughout the region.
Walter Drag, a senior meteorologist of the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly, Pennsylvania, Office claimed that “We’re not trying to panic people, but [the upcoming nor’easter storm] is going to be big. It looks to me like we could double the power outages we had last week.”
Mr. Drag shared that people that don’t have active electric power running in their homes by Wednesday morning are likely to stay without power for some time, leaving tens of thousands of households in immediate danger of hypothermia. Without connection to the Internet or reliable, readily-available means of charging their mobile phones or other technological devices, such households may be in serious trouble.
According to the National Weather Service itself, “Heavy, wet snow will cling to trees and wires, leading once again to power outages and downed trees,” per an official briefing sent out on Monday afternoon.
Brian Edwards of AccuWeather Inc. shared that “It’s going to be a pretty good thump midday and afternoon [Wednesday]. We’re certainly concerned that you could get a sizable snow.”