Holiday weather, 1988

Posted in Winter 1988/1989 with tags , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2009 by ackman1

Christmas, 1988 was relatively mild. The high on Christmas Day was 49 degrees. Christmas Eve had been rainy, and gray, whereas most evidence of the rain was gone by midnight on Christmas Day. The clouds cleared out by sunset, so that left the holiday cloudy. The next day,Boxing Day, was mostly cloudy, and relatively mild. The cloudy conditions continued on the next day, and the temperature was a bit lower, but not by much, with 41 degrees as the high.

Christmas Eve surface map 7 AM

Christmas Eve surface map 7 AM

Rain began during the late afternoon hours on the 28th. It became heavy after midnight. The high was close to 60 degrees. The weather during this time was hardly what you’d call winter. The 29th, dawned clear, but clouds returned by mid day. The temperatures fell during the afternoon, and were back into the 20′s by nightfall.  December 30th, was an overcast day, and the temperatures were back into the freezing range.

December 28, 1988 7 AM

December 28, 1988 7 AM

The temperatures were back to the 40′s on New Years Eve. The weather was clear for the midnight hour. The temperatures actually dropped on New Years Day, and we were set for some very cold weather in the coming months.

March 7-8,1989 snowstorm

Posted in snowstorms, Winter 1988/1989 with tags , , , , on April 15, 2009 by ackman1

We  just had the major snowstorm in February, and now this one came. The 7th dawned dreary and gray. The first flakes fell a little after 7 AM, and went to work covering the ground. By 10 AM, there was an inch and a half. Throughout the day, the snow came in heavy waves. By noon, it became apparent that the snow was going to be around for a while. Around nightfall, the snow let up some, but not much. This was one to save the winter from being horrid.

The snow continued throughout the night, becoming heavier and heavier. The DPW had no problems, and they sanded the roads, to make sure whoever had to work the next day had a smooth commute. The last flakes fell after 2 PM. Sure enough school was cancelled both Tuesday and Wednesday. Sledding was common, and children built snow men; had snowball fights, and did other things with the snow.

On Chicken Hill, the unofficial total accumulation was 10″. The highest unofficial gust was 49 mph, and some of the hedges were damaged. On Old South Road, some wires were downed by the winds, and temporary power loss was reported. The parking lot of RB Corcoran was snowed in, except for the shovel path dug by my father. The drifts were relatively tame in the parking lot, unlike the last snowstorm.

Map showing position of storm at 7 AM

Map showing position of storm at 7 AM

Stats:

Accumulation: 10″ Forecast: 6″

Wind: 40 mph Unofficial: 49 mph

Damage: Wires down, plants damaged.

February 23-25,1989 Snowstorm

Posted in snowstorms, Winter 1988/1989 with tags , , , on April 15, 2009 by ackman1

This was perhaps the biggest  storm during the 1988/1989 winter. The days leading up to it were above freezing, and many wondered if it was going to actually be a worthwhile storm. On the 22nd, a storm center formed off of the Carolinas, and rapidly moved northeastward. Rain initated early in the morning hours of the 22nd. This was an older storm, and may have been connected to the developing center.

The rain switched to snow after 4 PM. A lull occurred during the early evening hours. The lull continued until early morning, when the snow came back in full force. By 10 AM, there were two inches, and it was still coming down. The snow grew heavy in the early afternoon hours, and it made streets all but impassable. Even in the dinner hours, restaurants that normally were open for business on Friday night were closed, simply because of the amount of snowfall. The storm reached its official peak gust in the late evening hours.

At my parents apartment, located on Old South Road, the parking lot was snowed in, you could not physically go anywhere. The center passsed off to the southeast of the island. Sledding on Saturday was a possibility, but few would go out, the winds were still in the upper 40′s with a few gusts to 50. My grandparents house on Chicken Hill, fared a little better, on the 25th they had a freak gust of 68 mph. The snow came to an end by noon on the 25th. By the end of the day, the sun was back out. A total of 14″ was recorded on Nantucket.

Sledding commenced after the snow stopped, and it lasted well into Sunday. There was some melting, as the temperature was 37 degrees. By nightfall, rain commenced. The snowpack didn’t pay too dearly, and on Monday, the rain turned to ice, putting a nice glaze on objects. This was one of the good highlights of the winter. The gradient of the snowfall was amazing with this storm. On the Cape and Islands, 12-16″ fell. Off the cape, it was anywhere from 6-12″, and in Worcester County, almost nothing fell.

Stats:

Accumulation: 14″ Forecast: 6″

Winds: 50 mph Unofficial: 62 mph

Damage: Some coastal flooding along the southern waterfront. The creeks turned into a lake.

February 10,1989

Posted in Forgotten storms, snowstorms, Winter 1988/1989 on April 15, 2009 by ackman1

This was nothing more than a small band of flurries. The snow initiated around 9 AM, and it never really amounted to much. The flurries themselves accumulated 1″ in the time frame they fell. The snow let up by 11 AM. Overall, it was a nice inch to wrap up the work week.

Stats:

Accumulation: 1″ Forecast: 0

Wind: 10 mph Unofficial: 15 mph

Damage: none

February 5, 1989 snowfall

Posted in Forgotten storms, snowstorms, Winter 1988/1989 with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2009 by ackman1

After getting off to a good start, the winter began to get even better. On the morning of  Sunday, February 5th, snow began to fall a little bit after 8. By noon, there was an inch on the ground. It looked as though there might not be any school on Monday. The snow continued to fall throughout the afternoon hours, and by 8 PM, there were three inches recorded at the house on Chicken Hill. The storm ended shortly before 4 PM, and it left the island frosted with a decent accumulation.

The snow started back up around midnight, and it fell heavily throughout the region. A new storm system was making its way into the region, and by 8 AM on the 6th, it switched to heavy rain, melting the snow. The temperatures made their way into the upper 30′s, and became steady at 36. The rain froze and made everything glazed, causing numerous slip and fall injuries on island.

the storm at its peak

the storm at its peak

Stats:

Accumulation: 3″ Forecast: 1″

Wind: 20 mph Unofficial: 25 mph

Damage: None

January 6-7,1989 snowstorm

Posted in snowstorms, Winter 1988/1989 on April 14, 2009 by ackman1

Cold air had its grip on Cape Cod and the islands. The event on the 4th was nothing compared to this. The 6th dawned cloudy and dismal, with snow predicted. Over the course of the day, the forecast was still the same. Around dusk, the snow began. It started as a light flurry, but quickly turned into an actual snowfall. The snow fell into the night, and continued into the early morning hours of the 7th, when the warm sector of the storm moved overhead. The temperature rose above freezing, and melted any snow away. After the storm switched to drizzle, about 4″ were on the ground.

beginning of storm

beginning of storm

the storm at its peak

the storm at its peak

Stats:

Accumulation: 4″ Forecast: 4″

Wind: 20 mph Unofficial: 22 mph

Damage: None

January 4, 1989 Snowfall

Posted in Forgotten storms, snowstorms, Winter 1988/1989 with tags , , , , on April 14, 2009 by ackman1

The first snowfall of the year 1989. Although it wasn’t much, it still had some punch to it. This was also the first powerful cold front of 1989. The snow initiated a little bit before dawn on the 4th. It let up a little bit after 7 AM, and things cleared up, however another round of light snow fell after the 10 AM hour. This round of snow let up before noon. In total, 2″ accumulated from the storm.

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