A nor’easter is a storm that forms in a low pressure area that is associated primarily with the Northeast part of North America where polar cold air masses converge with warm ocean air over the Gulf Stream. Winds swirl around in a counterclockwise direction around a low pressure zone, constantly blowing from the northeast off the ocean onto the land. Winds in a nor’easter can sometimes reach hurricane force and bring anything from rain to snow. I’ve seen rain coming in through the edges of windows, or through ceiling after having been blown up under the eaves or shingles of the roof. Everything blows sideways, trees come down, coastal areas flood, and many lose power.
Nor’easter storms were made famous in the book and movie, The Perfect Storm. This week we got a decent nor’easter. I have been looking at two feet of snow and still falling. The drift in front of my garage is much higher yet. In anticipation of the storm, I left my bright yellow shovel by my front door. This was a good decision since I had to shove the door open because of the snow piles in front of it. I would have had a four foot snow drift to get through to retrieve the shovel from the garage. This way I could dig my way to the garage. But then, I’m not going anywhere.
Nor’easterlies. It is why I have a back-up generator for my house. We remain safe and warm. And the bread is baking in the oven.