Nor’easter Brings Heavy Rain and Strong Winds to Northeastern United States

A coastal low pressure storm system known as a Nor’easter has been impacting New England since Wednesday, bringing gale force winds (39-54 mph), heavy rain and coastal flooding, and power outages across the region.

Visible satellite image of Nor’easter on October 23rd, 2014 at 9:30a.m. EDT (NOAA)

Nor’easters are characterized by their strong northeasterly winds blowing over coastal areas, and usually develop where warm air from the Gulf of Mexico collides with cold arctic air from Canada. Although these storms can occur at any time of the year, they are typically the strongest and most frequent between September and April.

Some areas of New England have received as much as six inches of rain from this storm system, which may actually be welcomed, as the region has been experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

U.S. Drought Monitor indicating the Northeastern U.S. is under abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions.

Kayla Jordan
Meteorologist