[Ads-l] I want to coin "blizzicane"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jan 27 17:06:50 UTC 2015

"Blizzicane" -- "A storm that qualifies both as a blizzard and as a hurricane."

The Northeast blizzicane of 2015 will probably qualify.

As a blizzard according to the three criteria of 
the U.S. National Weather Service -- "a snow 
storm [that] must have sustained winds or 
frequent gusts that are greater than or equal to 
56 km/h (35 mph) with blowing or drifting snow 
which reduces visibility to 400 m or 0.25 mi or 
less and must last for a prolonged period of 
time¬ótypically three hours or more" [Wikipedia, "Blizzard"].

As a hurricane according to the Beaufort scale, 
level 12+ -- a North Atlantic "Category 1 
hurricane", with winds above 70 mph at several 
places on Cape Cod and probably also Nantucket.


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