2018-2019 Winter Part II: Named Winter Storm Summaries

Read 2018-2019 Winter Storm Part I here

Below is a map of the storm tracks for the 2018-19 season as well as a graph of the timeline for named winter storms over the past 7 years. Naming is based on the objective criteria of at least 2 million population or an area of at least 400,000 sq. km. covered by NWS Winter Storm Warnings. This past season kicked off in mid-November and then never looked back as named storms occurred with regularity through mid-April.

I find it very interesting when one looks at how closely each letter of the alphabet occurs throughout the season. Below is the complete list of named winter storms with dates for the past 7 years. Compare the dates certain storms were named. Look at the “J” storms as an example. Notice how every single “J” storm was named within a week of each other! Many other letters follow the same pattern which brings up the question as to whether or not there is something more to the naming process or could it just be the way in which each winter is modulated in some way across the US? These are questions that will likely be pursued as we continue to name winter storms.

I have plotted each storm track over the 3-day total snowfall from the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC) site. In some cases I have mosaicked two sets of snowfall maps to encompass storms which lasted more than 3 days as they crossed the US. In addition, I have provided the link to the full storm summary with all sorts of fascinating statistics. Enjoy!

Winter Storm Avery – November 14-16, 2018

Winter Storm Bruce – November 24-27, 2018

Winter Storm Carter – December 1-2, 2018

Winter Storm Diego – December 5-10, 2018

Winter Storm Eboni – December 24-28, 2018

Winter Storm Fisher – January 1-4, 2019

Winter Storm Gia – January 10-13, 2019

Winter Storm Harper – January 16-20, 2019

Winter Storm Indra – January 20-24, 2019

Winter Storm Jayden – January 26-29, 2019

Winter Storm Kai – February 2-4, 2019

Winter Storm Lucian – February 4-7, 2019

Winter Storm Maya – February 7-12, 2019

Winter Storm Nadia – February 11-15, 2019

Winter Storm Oren – February 17-18, 2019

Winter Storm Petra – February 18-21, 2019

Winter Storm Quiana – February 19-24, 2019

Winter Storm Ryan – February 24-27, 2019

Winter Storm Scott – March 1-3, 2019

Winter Storm Taylor – March 7-10, 2019

Winter Storm Ulmer – March 11-15, 2019

Winter Storm Vaughn – March 22-24, 2019

Winter Storm Wesley – April 8-13, 2019

Winter Storm Xyler – April 26-27, 2019


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  1. Why not just number storms? That would give us immediate feedback on how many storms have occurred and how active the winter storm season is.