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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 27 17:12:31 UTC 2015


Unless you did it before about 3 pm yesterday, I beat you to it.

You are, however, free to use "snowicane."

JL

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 12:06 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> "Blizzicane" -- "A storm that qualifies both as a blizzard and as a=
>  hurricane."
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> The Northeast blizzicane of 2015 will probably qualify.
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> As a blizzard according to the three criteria of=20
> the U.S. National Weather Service -- "a snow=20
> storm [that] must have sustained winds or=20
> frequent gusts that are greater than or equal to=20
> 56 km/h (35 mph) with blowing or drifting snow=20
> which reduces visibility to 400 m or 0.25 mi or=20
> less and must last for a prolonged period of=20
> time=97typically three hours or more" [Wikipedia, "Blizzard"].
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> As a hurricane according to the Beaufort scale,=20
> level 12+ -- a North Atlantic "Category 1=20
> hurricane", with winds above 70 mph at several=20
> places on Cape Cod and probably also Nantucket.
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> Joel
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