Hurricane tracks and winter storms

General Discussions: ASK John: Hurricane tracks and winter storms

By regionrat on Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 08:50 pm: Edit Post

John,
Is it possible for the remnants of a late season hurricane to track far enough north to become an early season snowstorm?


By erkoehler on Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 10:53 pm: Edit Post

WOW, that would be an awesome snow event! Probably record breaking.....


By admin on Friday, September 12, 2008 - 11:49 am: Edit Post

It would be possible for the remnants of a tropical system, but not an actual hurricane. Hurricanes cannot live in a cold air environment. Plus, the atmospheric conditions present to produce the heavy rains with a tropical system disappear once the atmosphere is cold enough to produce snow. So the remnants might be able to move far enough north to bring snows, but you would not end up seeing snows of 1-3 feet.

Some of the remnants of tropical systems that impact Japan and other areas of the western Pacific do go on to be storms in the mid latitudes, impacting Alaska, the Pac NW and sometimes even areas like the Midwest and eastern US.

-John


By renegade on Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 05:26 pm: Edit Post

So those epic storms on the movie The Day after Tomorrow will not be forming the day after tomorrow when Ike gets here.


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