We’ve all heard about Nor’easters – every year in the fall and winter months, we hear the term thrown around by weathermen and news anchors looking to get us to watch their broadcast. I’m here to offer some clarification about what a Nor’easter actually is. Weather.com has a detailed definition of how to understand Nor’easters:
“Nor’easters are among winter’s most ferocious storms. These strong areas of low pressure often form either in the Gulf of Mexico or off the East Coast in the Atlantic Ocean. The low will then either move up the East Coast into New England and the Atlantic provinces of Canada or out to sea. In places like New York City and Boston, for instance, if the wintertime low tracks up to the west of these cities, wintry precipitation will often change to rain. However, if the low moves slightly off the coast to the east of these cities, assuming there is enough moisture and cold air accompanying the storm, Boston and New York will typically get snow or a mixture of precipitation types.
A nor’easter gets its name from its continuously strong northeasterly winds blowing in from the ocean ahead of the storm and over the coastal areas.”
Well, it may not be winter but it turns out that we are looking at a potential Nor’easter tomorrow into Friday. Many news outlets are carrying the story: specifically, Gothamist is saying that the storm will “Live fast” and “die young,” with pouring rain soaking the Northeast and getting blown all over the place by air pulled in from the ocean and from Canada.
Regardless of how strong this storm turns out, make sure that the anchors and covers are absolutely secured and braced for the nasty winds headed our way. If you have any buildings screwed down with anchors, re-tighten to ensure that your portable building doesn’t blow away. The same goes for the covers on portable garages and various vehicles. You don’t want to find yourself with damaged goods or the loss of a cover in general. Be safe during the storm.