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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
800 AM EDT Wed Nov 1 2017

...This week is 2017 Winter Weather Awareness Week for
New York State...

The National Weather Service will feature a different educational
topic each day this week. Today`s topic is Nor`easters and
other winter storms.

Over the past few winters, powerful snowstorms developed along
the east coast and paralyzed cities across much of the northeast.
These winter storms disrupted hundreds of thousands of lives ranging
from loss of power to transportation difficulties.

Large accumulations of snow can be produced by Nor`easters.
Smaller more common snowfall events are often generated by systems
called Alberta clippers.

Nor`easters are intense low pressure systems that track
along the eastern seaboard. Its name comes from mariners that
experienced the strong northeast winds associated with these storms,
but inland they are known for their heavy snow and at times blizzard
conditions. Some memorable Nor`easters in recent years include the
President`s day Snowstorm of 2003, the Valentine`s Day Snowstorm of
2007, and the Blizzard of 2017 which occurred this past March.
Snowfall rates in a Nor`easter can reach up to 3 to 6 inches per
hour which can last for several hours.

Alberta clippers are common to our region bringing a quick
round of snow. Alberta clippers are low pressure systems that develop
in or near the providence of Alberta, Canada. Alberta clippers move
southeast very quickly and typically bring a few to several inches
of snow. Their quick movement limits the snow amounts.

The following topics will be covered this week:
Thursday: Flooding and Ice Jams.
Friday: National Weather Service Winter Products.

Additional information will be disseminated by social media
platforms: Facebook at, and
Twitter at,

Please join us by using the following hashtags:
#Winterprep, #Winter, and #AreYouReady.

For additional information on New York Winter Weather
Awareness Week:

You can also contact Dave Nicosia at,,
for additional information about 2017 NY Winter Weather
Awareness Week.


David Nicosia
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
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