Wild & Dangerous Stella

Thursday March 16 — Storm wrap-up

Wild: In the Southern Tier of New York state and thereabouts, it just kept snowing and snowing and snowing…


That’s a 42-hour radar loop from 2 a.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday!  Hartwick, N.Y. received four feet of snow.

Dangerous: The storm is finally over, but not before there were at least 16 storm-related fatalities.  And that’s not just a statistic–here are the people whose loss we mourn, and which reinforces the winter storm dangers of driving and of shoveling.

  • A 10-year-old boy died in Pendleton, New York, Wednesday after he became trapped in a pile of snow against a building, WIVB reports. The child was reportedly digging a tunnel into the pile when it collapsed on him.
  • Three people died in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan III told the Republican Herald. The deaths include two men in Ringtown and an 83-year-old woman in Wayne Township. All three died of apparent heart attacks while shoveling snow.
  • A 23-year-old man was killed Wednesday in a crash on the ice- and snow-covered Interstate 78 in Upper Bern Township, Pennsylvania, according to the Associated Press.
  • A 47-year-old man died of a heart attack Tuesday while shoveling snow at his parents’ home on Staten Island, reports WABC.
  • A man died of heart attack Tuesday after removing snow at his home in the Town of Newburgh, NY, police confirmed.
  • A 16-year-old was killed in New Hampshire Tuesday morning after crashing on a snowy roadway. According to AP, she was the daughter of a police department dispatcher.
  • In Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a Department of Public Works employee died Tuesday after the truck he was driving was struck by a plow train.
  • In East Hartford, Connecticut, an elderly man died after being struck by a snowplow Tuesday afternoon, police said.
  • In Canada, a driver of a tractor-trailer died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle pileup Tuesday in southern Ontario.
  • The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner told CBS 58 that a 68-year-old man collapsed and died while shoveling snow in South Milwaukee on Monday.
  • A 76-year-old man on Milwaukee’s north side collapsed and died Monday while removing snow.
  • A 78-year-old man died on the North side of Milwaukee, also after shoveling.
  • A 64-year-old man collapsed on Park Avenue in South Milwaukee and died.
  • Another Southside Milwaukee man died after snow blowing. He was 76.


1 p.m. Wednesday March 15

Unfortunately the death toll is now up to 11, going back to when the storm came through Wisconsin on Monday, and these graphics sum up how intense Stella was.






4 p.m. Tuesday

Wild …

And dangerous…





And many reports of 60-70+ mph winds and trees & power lines down.


Noon Tuesday

Notwithstanding I-95 corridor precipitation type uncertainty/consternation that has existed, the wild and dangerous nature of Stella is now manifesting, with wind gusts to 60+ mph in some coastal and inland locations, which are downing trees and power lines; coastal flooding which has trapped vehicles as the time of the high tide coincided with the peak of the nor’easter on the southern Jersey Shore; and up to two feet of snow has already fallen in northeast PA.

And speaking of high snowfall rates, intense “mesoscale” snowbands like this never cease to fascinate me!



7 a.m. Tuesday March 14

A wild radar…


But it also illustrates the track of the cyclone being such that warmer air is being pulled in from the east to the north of the center, with the I-95 corridor being in a Tricky Zone for snow vs. sleet and rain, while heavy snow (four asterisks with observations on the map below) is falling from northeast PA into NY state.



9 p.m.  Monday

The wind begins, as the cyclone develops and its pressure gradient tightens, with a gust to 40 mph at Hatteras.


To the north, light snow has begun to fall in Washington and Baltimore, while to the south a thunderstorm circulation spun onshore in Florida.



4 p.m. EDT Monday March 13

Throughout the storm I’ll be posting updates here!

March 13 is a day which lives in meteorological infamy, as that’s when the 1993 Superstorm was at its peak.

This storm is not like that (the ’93 cyclone was already extreme over the Gulf of Mexico and hit the southeast U.S. hard before it even reached the Northeast), but Stella is going to be a wild one when the ingredients come together.

At this hour, radar shows a couple of those on their way to do so, the primary mid-latitude disturbance from the northwest and Gulf moisture with the subtropical jet stream from the south.  Add in cold arctic air to the north, and it’s a combustible and dangerous combination — stay safe if you’re in the path of the storm!


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  1. One of the team members should have converged on the capital district of NY.
    We are getting pummeled! Suzu

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