Winter storm a \'Category 3\' (new national winter storm rating system)

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Winter storm a 'Category 3' (new national winter storm rating system)

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Federal weather officials ranked this past weekend's Northeast winter storm as a Category 3, utilizing the new national winter storm rating system for the first time.

The winter storm dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of the East Coast and New England Saturday and Sunday. Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climatic Data Center say the weekend storm rated as "Major" (Category 3) on the newly developed Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS).

According to a news release from NOAA, this rating is a preliminary classification based on the snowfall observations available at this time.

NOAA officials state that "NESIS ranks the severity of an East Coast snowstorm based on snowfall amount and the population of the affected areas." The five classifications of NESIS are Notable, Significant, Major, Crippling or Extreme.

The NESIS scale ranked the storm as having the 20th biggest impact out of 32 storms sampled between 1956 and 2006.

The weekend storm broke snowfall records along the East Coast, including in New York City's Central Park. Nearly 27 inches of snow fell there in a 24-hour period. Hartford, Conn., also saw a record snowfall of 21.9 inches.

Blizzard conditions also came with the Category 3 snowstorm, with high winds and heavy snow knocking out power to thousands in several states. The low visibility and dangerous conditions also shut down airports in Baltimore, New York City and Boston.

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New National Winter Storm Rating System, puts Winter storm in 20th place since 1956.
By YCON: posted on 19-2-2006








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