Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Friday, February 05, 2010:
Anything short of the entire Jersey shoreline being blizzard-ed off the face of the map and this storm will come up short on the tsunami worth of hype it’s getting. I had to wait and wait just to get gas today. People were standing around all offering the inch amount they had heard. A couple of those folks must have accidentally tuned into some forecast for Rainer Paradise Ranger Station, Washington. That just happens to be the snowiest place in the U.S. with an average of 676 inches a year.
It looks like my wondering about the rain factor isn’t playing out. No forecasts have suggested this possibility. For me, it’s likely just as much grasping at straws. I’m not a snow person – and often cheer on something akin to a rain bubble – technically a warm air zone -- that often wraps into a huge coastal storm during its formative phase, well to the south. The rain insert – sometimes indicated on weather maps by a warm front attached to the center of the low -- literally gets locked in and holds its place as the system moves north. This can knock many inches off a storm. LBI very frequently experiences this snow ameliorating factor.
I’m not sure when hype supersedes common sense but it’s getting close. I say that because already the emergency medical calls are beginning, meaning the fear factor alone is putting vulnerable people through way more stress than is warranted. I’m offering my usual storm-warning routine by suggesting that you keep track of any seniors in your vicinity. A call during the storm, just to say “How’s it goin’?” can really ease the fears of those folks.
I will keep track of on-Island happening during this storm. I just don’t see it as a “storm for history” as is being bandied about, even on The Weather Channel. I am, however, closely watching the millibars as the storm explodes off Cape Hatteras in the middle of the night.
Snow began 7-ish.