Although the snowfall from winter storm Juno has not quite measured up to the predictions of a dangerous and historic snowstorm made this past weekend, the storm has had a heavy impact on New England, causing flooding, power outages, and dumping up to 30 inches of snow on parts of the region. The National Weather Service’s predictions prompted swift action from public officials and an avalanche of media coverage across the nation (including a map from the Smithsonian allowing viewers to track the storm through social media).
According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), forecasting snowfall is a difficult science. This observation from the NSIDC seems to resonate strongly with the spotty snowfall observed during winter storm Juno:
“In addition, snow does not fall evenly everywhere. Even during the same storm, one neighborhood may receive deep snow, while an adjacent neighborhood may only receive a light dusting. At the local scale, variations in snow depth are caused primarily by wind during and after the storm, and by melting after the storm. At the larger scale, say across an entire state, it also depends on the storm track. Places in the middle of the storm track may receive significant snowfall, while locations along the edges of the storm may receive much less.”
Interested in keeping warm, snuggling up indoors, and reading about weather and climatology? The John Crerar Library offers a multitude of resources that will allow you to explore the storm from a safe distance:
- McKelvey, B. (1995). Snow in the cities: A history of America’s urban response. Rochester, N.Y., USA: University of Rochester Press.
- Mergen, B. (1997). Snow in America. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press
- International Glaciological Society. (2011). Snow, ice and humanity in a changing climate. Cambridge, UK: Published by the International Glaciological Society.
- United Nations Environment Programme. Division of Early Warning and Assessment., et al. (2007). Global Outlook for Ice & Snow. Nairobi, Kenya: Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), United Nations Environment Programme.
- Weather and Climatology Research Guide by Andrea Twiss-Brooks
- University of Chicago Photographic Archives
Other Online Resources