Halloween Storm Brings Spooky Weather to New England

Just in time for Halloween, Mother Nature delivered some frightening weather to New England. Heavy rain, strong winds, and even some coastal flooding battered the region  on Halloween Night and into the early morning hours of November 1st.

Over four inches of rain fell in parts of Vermont while wind gusts over 60 mph were recorded over parts of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. More than 300,000 customers were without power last Friday morning in New England, including over 80,000 in Connecticut alone. The scary weather prompted several towns to postpone trick-or-treating. Numerous schools were either closed or had delayed openings last Friday.

Source: Greenwich Time

Source: Greenwich Time

Mass transit was also severely disrupted by the storm. In Connecticut, train service was suspended on parts of Metro North’s New Haven Line last Friday morning due to wire damage. An Amtrak train was stopped near New Haven for seven hours due to the damage. Meanwhile, near Boston, a portion of the MBTA’s Green Line D Branch was shut down due to a fallen tree. Service on all lines was fully restored by Friday afternoon.

Major Late Season Tornado Outbreak Around Dallas

A strong storm system resulted a major late season tornado outbreak in the Dallas area. There were 9 confirmed tornadoes on Sunday night, October 20, including 2 in Dallas County. While tornadoes are not unusual in this region, the number of tornadoes and intensity is not common for late October. The strongest of the tornadoes, which occurred in North Dallas, was rated at an EF-3 with estimated winds of 140 mph. This tornado resulted in significant damage to the North Dallas area. The tornado blew roofs off of homes, knocked down trees and power lines, and flipped over cars.

Source: USA Today

Source: USA Today

In total, nearly 130,000 customers were without power at the peak of these storms on Sunday night into Monday. As of today, the area is slowly trying to return to normal as crews assess the damage that was done. Fortunately for the battered region, quiet weather is expected into Thursday before the next chance of thunderstorms comes late Thursday into Friday. Those storms are not expected to be anywhere near as intense.

Record-Breaking October Nor'Easter Knocks Out Power to Hundreds of Thousands

While strong mid-latitude cyclones are nothing new for the northeastern United States, an unusually strong nor’easter battered much of the region this week. The pressure reading at Boston’s Logan Airport reached 975.3 mb early Thursday morning, which set a new record for the month of October.

Source: CT Post

Source: CT Post

As a result, much of the region was subjected to very heavy rain and in some cases hurricane-force wind gusts. Provincetown, MA recorded a wind gust of 90mph while Logan Airport measured a gust of 70mph. Meanwhile, 6.15 inches of rain fell over Norwich, CT by Thursday morning. Roughly half-a-million customers were without power at the height of the storm.

Fortunately for the region, a reprieve from the wet, windy weather is expected over the next several days.

Early Season Cold and Snow to Blast North-Central U.S.

Though the calendar still reads autumn, winter conditions will arrive in parts of the North Central United States later this week. Temperatures will range from 10 to 40 degrees below normal late this week and this weekend and daily record low temperatures may be broken in some cities across the region. Frost and freezes will be possible as far south as northern Texas and Oklahoma.

Source: Freight Waves

Source: Freight Waves

Along with the cold air will come a powerful low pressure system. This system is expected to bring heavy snow to portions of the Rocky Mountains as well as to parts of Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Minnesota. Over a foot of snow will be possible where the heaviest snow bands set up with this storm.