Storms conspire to bring outpouring from skies
While the East Coast felt the brunt of superstorm Sandy, Southwestern Pennsylvania wasn't totally spared.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Pittsburgh International Airport had experienced a little more than 3.5 inches since the storm started to reach the area Sunday night, said Charlie Woodrum, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.
“Before the storm arrived, we only had about 0.7 inch of rain for the month,” Woodrum said Wednesday afternoon. “Now we've seen 4.26 inches, and it's still raining.”
Woodrum said the rain that the Pittsburgh region has seen over the last four days has actually been from separate storms combining to make one gigantic storm system across the area.
“A cold, upper-level trough came down from the polar region,” he said. “Then, we had Sandy bring copious amounts of moisture, and the two systems merged together to make ‘post-tropical Sandy.'”
“That's what brought us the rain,” he said. “We still have the remnants of Sandy hanging over us.”
Woodrum said that it's not normal for a tropical storm like Sandy to hover over the western part of the state for this long, but the storm it combined with is allowing it to do so.
“A polar trough can sort of sit over the area and rotate for a few days,” he said. “Since Sandy is combined with that, it's taking on that type of rotation.
“It's normal to get snow from this type of storm,” he said referring to what fell in higher elevations, most notably in West Virginia. “But, the amount of snow is unique. That's from Sandy.”
The 1.72 inches of rain Sandy brought to Pittsburgh International on Oct. 30 was a record for that date, Woodrum said.
Woodrum said the 4.26 inches of rain the area experienced for the month didn't approach the record for the most rain in an October, which was 8.2 inches in 1952.
In terms of temperature, despite the area not getting out of the 40s for the last five days of the month, Woodrum said the average was actually higher than usual.
“We had an average temperature of 54 degrees,” he said. “That's about 1.1 degrees higher than normal.
“Because we had so many warm days early on, we're still higher than normal,” he said.
Oct. 25 set a record for highest temperature on that particular date when it reached 82 degrees, which might seem like years ago to some folks.
As for the coming winter months, Woodrum said it should be business as usual for Western Pennsylvania.
“There are equal chances of having above or below normal temperature and precipitation totals,” he said.
R.A. Monti is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media. Comments regarding to story can be sent to (724) 226-4667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Driver leaps from sliding truck just before it topples down hillside in Fawn
- Parents alerted to luring attempt of fourth-grade girl in Springdale
- EPA urges further review of nuclear waste dump in Parks Township
- Gunman sought in gas station robberies in Jefferson, Buffalo townships
- Plum’s 1st property tax hike since 2006 could reach 6.2%
- Popular Super Bowl, March Madness traditions prohibited under state law
- Winfield Township to try road treatment mix
- Springdale puts limits on adult businesses
- Winfield man is one of a few to attend all 49 Super Bowl games
- Burrell students embark on educational adventure
- Subdivision goes without snow removal as Buffalo Township awaits finalized deal with Maronda Homes