Why So Much Snow This Year?

It seems as if everytime we turn around, snow is falling across parts of Eastern Carolina. And that was no exception this weekend for our coastal communities.

According to the National Weather Service, the average of 4 to 6 inches of snow fell in Carteret County this past weekend. But the community of Stacy saw about 9 inches of snow. It was just two weeks ago that the beach saw another major snowfall.

So why so much snow this winter? Robert Frederick is a meteorologist with the NWS in Newport.
"It's unusual for you know, this part of the country to have snow especially this much snow, but ah it's just the way the winter is set up. The eastern part of country has been really cold and when you have cold air in place and you have moisture moving in you can always have potential for snow."

At the NWS location in Newport, they have picked up just over nine inches of snow this winter, three times the yearly average.


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  • by Cole Location: W on Feb 1, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    You should check your research. We actually rank poorly in overall cleanliness according to the apolitical scientific community because of our disproportionate greenhouse gas emissions; this stems invariably to our reliance on filthy, atmosphere-destroying coal for 50% of power generation and our reliance on cars to traverse wide-open spaces. Forbes (the #1 business magazine in America) did a study where they found that America's fully industrialized peers Japan (ranked 20th), Germany (17th) and the U.K. (14th) did far better. The best way for America to improve its score: make a big push toward generating power from nuclear and natural gas, as well as biomass and solar. Your lack of fact-checking, asinine, bigoted, Bill O' Reilly-esque rhetoric are reasons why America is backsliding.
  • by eric here on Jan 27, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    cleanest maybe so dont feel like checking stats but go to the central valley in california around the fresno area during the summer and go on a run and u will feel the burn and not in your legs it will b in your lungs and if u have asthma i wouldnt try it cause it might kill u i remember warnings about going outside for long periods of time during the summer when i was a kid i would imagine it has not improved since so facts not facts the proof is in the burn
  • by winterman Location: winterville on Jan 26, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    i love snow do you know vice prcdent say global warm im just jok ask allgore
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Jan 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    The US is one of if not the cleanest, least polluting of industrialized nations. If the global warming/climate change crowd were interested in really reducing the amount of pollutants in the air they would focus on the countries doing the polluting instead of granting them waivers for every treaty the UN vomits out. But it isn't about that, its about hatred for the USA because the majority of it's people are doing well and not living in mud huts as the hippies and tree huggers think we should be.
  • by eric here on Jan 26, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    i wouldnt call it facts more of an educated guess no one knows what happened or what will happen yes but i would want somewhat of an idea of what may occur based off of evidence of the past then to live in ignorance and do whatever we want and think no consequences will occur. For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action. we burn fossil fuels and it releases co2 it has to go somewhere in r lungs or in the atmosphere we might move into an ice age like in The Day After Tomorrow, maybe not so fast, or not but one thing is for sure if we continue to pollute like we do it will not b a bright future. an old proverb We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. and for the question "Why So Much Snow This Year?" because there is.
  • by tater Location: enc on Jan 25, 2011 at 03:21 PM
    eric...the problem with your and everyone elses "facts" about what happened durring ice ages and such are all based off of assumptions...we have not facts...we look at fossils and come up with assumptions about what happened...the truth is we really dont know what happened...
  • by TO:FARMVILLE Location: at 8:11 AM on Jan 25, 2011 at 02:45 PM
    Since October I have been watching my neighborhood squirrels. They have been very active story caches. I told my oldest son as we stood outside Halloween night smoking that I suspect we are in for a colder winter. We laugh about it evry so often. Nature has better forecasters than Network TV can hope for. Mike
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 25, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    First Answer: The Northern Hemisphere's weather runs in 10 year cycles, from warmer to cooler to warmer. It's always been that way. It also depends on the water temp. near the equator; La Nina or El Nino. Meteorologists have captured increased La Nina activity in the past few months, which likely impacts our current weather, but must figure in the jet stream's path also. Anyone can research this, but truthfully, we get what we get. No one can really predict, fully, what the weather is going to do. I personally look out the window, watch the birds, and make my own prediction.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM
    Its W's fault!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    Saywha? As NOAA has been taken over by Czars, that information is not longer available that showed the trend of getting cooler. Even the Europeans know it was a snow job, no pun intended, that was done to them during the Climategate. That is Why...Al Gore shut up and went into hiding. It was never about facts, it was a bout money and Al Gore. Another Ponzi scheme was being played based on false information.Panel on Climate Change show that the EASM strength does not respond with any pronounced trend to the global-warming “A1B” forcing scenario (with an atmospheric CO2 concentration of 720 ppm) but shows interannual-to-decadal variations in the twenty-first century (2000–99). These results indicate that the primary response of the EASM to a warming climate may be a position change instead of an intensity change, and such position change may lead to spatial coexistence of floods and droughts over eastern Asia as has been observed in the past 50 years.
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