Hurricane force wind gusts were reported along the Massachusetts coastline.
The strong nor’easter may have not been a tropical system, but it was still a very intense storm. Numerous wind gusts of over 60 mph were reported and intense precipitation rates caused blizzard conditions in parts of Connecticut. It’s remarkable that such a strong storm has occurred only nine days after Hurricane Sandy.
Peak wind gusts:
76 mph – Buzzards Bay Buoy, 6 miles WSW of Cuttunk, Mass.
68 mph – Nantucket Memorial Airport, Nantucket, Mass.
62 mph – Martha’s Vineyard, 2 miles south of Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Connecticut peak winds:
45 mph – Groton/New London, Conn.
45 mph – Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Conn.
Nantucket also reported SUSTAINED winds of 61 mph!
The storm may have been a cold core winter-type system, but it still packed a punch. Much of Cape Cod and the Islands had several hours of sustained tropical storm-force winds of over 39 mph.
Was the storm a blizzard?
Blizzard criteria is heavy snow with 1/4 mile visibility and frequent wind gusts to 35 mph. It looks like coastal sections of New Haven County met this criteria. It’s difficult to get official blizzard conditions and it’s even more impressive to have them in November!
Watch the storm spin around…it even resembles a tropical system: