And We’re Back….F(lake)-KNA (UPDATED)

By:  Lionel Hutz
September 12, 2011 9:02 pm | Category: Weather

Hot-Damn! It feels like it’s been a long time since I wrote about freezing weather and frankly I’ve started to miss you guys. It’s been quite a ride since we last talked and you know what….I’m ready for the continunity of winter. I’m ready for snows.
Wait before we do this we need some tunes….


Ok so back to the topic at hand- cold weather.

A few weeks ago I tweeted (twatted? Tweeped? Twittered?) that I felt stongly that we’ll see some flakes in September. I could go in debth as to why I felt this way but lets just go with “history agrees” and I have a gut feeling.
Now we all know that snow isn’t made without some cold air. Which is exactly what’s going to get delivered this weekend.

On Thursday, a large high pressure system will drop down into the Great lakes. Anti-cyclonic flow around the high (marked in blue) will pump cold canadian air into the north east.

As the cold air pumps in 850mb temps will drop below the magical Holy Zero C as far south as Pennsylvania.(marked in blue)

Looking closely at Northern VT and NY we see the 0c line dropping down well into the 900mb ranges. (Like 3000-4000ft).

Awesome. So yea…while there isn’t going to be dumpage or pows, and we’re not talking about an october nor’easter, or a december upslope bomb, the first shot of cold air is equally exciting. It’s a sign the amosphere is changing, that we’ve made that turn and winter is on the door step. I’d say “knocking on the back door” but now that I’ve moved and met some of you readers I’m pretty sure you’d take that the wrong way.

UPDATE: I’m really beginning to think that some flakes might fly across the higher terrain. Early friday AM lingering low level moisture and a NW wind could result in some upslope snow showers across the northern Greens. Doubt anything would accumulate but some flakege is certainly possible.

Anyway, get out there, sniff the cold air, get excited and check in as fall progresses. My winter outlook will roll out in early october and I’m stoked to bring you some new stuff like podcasts, google earth snow maps and possibly a tiger. Ok I made that up. No google earth snow maps. Oh and P.S. Lionel now has a facebook page…so Like me…or not(You wouldn’t be the first).


  1. Dwyer
    wrote on September 13th, 2011 at 1:09 am  

    I look forward to the tigers.

  2. Tyler
    wrote on September 13th, 2011 at 11:14 am  

    Awesome. Good to have updates again.

    Your the man

  3. Whitewoodchuck
    wrote on September 13th, 2011 at 11:17 am  

    Will they be big tigers or little tigers? Ahhhh – LH is back in the weather saddle and EC Roll Call V has started, serious portents that our favorite season is rapidly approaching!!

    • Lionel Hutz
      wrote on September 14th, 2011 at 5:16 am  

      They would be mini-tigers. A hybrid species bred just for the purposes of hunting pows.

  4. savant
    wrote on September 13th, 2011 at 12:44 pm  

    yessssssssssss – flakes

  5. bushman
    wrote on September 14th, 2011 at 8:29 am  

    “flakeage?” looked it up…..nothing…new word for fast-vanishing snowflakes maybe? who cares. we get it. Yep, out putting a yellow and black rope pieces on connectors to pow spots at JP, trimming branches in the way but have to shimmy up 5′ or so to account for winter build-up. Hiking with more purpose. Picked up discontinued Head fatboys in May for fat stuff. Will track your reports all fall.

  6. Harvey44
    wrote on September 14th, 2011 at 1:37 pm  

    LHS -dig it. Also love the morning twitter weather update.

  7. rangerjake
    wrote on September 15th, 2011 at 12:52 am  

    Let me clear my throat….

    Between the beats and the temps the stoke level rises. LH in the VT saddle, it is so on.

    • Greg
      wrote on September 15th, 2011 at 8:35 pm  

      love this comment!

  8. bushman
    wrote on September 17th, 2011 at 7:14 am  

    mid 40’s this morning in lower NE; 36 @ JP, maybe some frost on peaks? feels good…fleece now out. need to finish trimming midglades of pesky branches and reeds, escapes to main lines

  9. Brian
    wrote on September 19th, 2011 at 4:56 pm  

    We had our first frost in the Poconos this past weekend. I’m so ready for the snow. I keep looking at the long range. All eyes on October. Bring on the cyclogenesis!

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