All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Monday, January 30, 2006

Northeast Snowstorms to be Graded

Snowstorms in the Northeast will now be rated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration immediately after they strike. Like the scales for hurricanes and tornadoes, the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale will have five levels of intensity: 1 (Notable), 2 (Significant), 3 (Major), 4 (Crippling), and 5 (Extreme).
Developed by Paul Kocin, a winter storms expert at The Weather Channel, and Louis Uccellini, director of the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction in Camp Springs, Md., the rating factors in the number of inches of snow, the land area affected and the number of people affected.

The scale was developed for the Northeast because of the economic and transportation impact such storms have on the whole country. [Link]
A table on the NESIS website ranks 32 historic storms in the Northeast, the most recent of which was the storm of Jan. 21-24, 2005, which was "Crippling."


Post a Comment

<< Home