A screen grab of my footage aired on The Weather Channel
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This winter season started off very slow with most of the Northeast / Mid Atlantic region remaining virtually snowless. However, 2022 started off with a bang as the area received not one but two snowstorms this week. My week of chasing started during the pre dawn hours of Sunday morning. We had a new moon cycle that day which means another coastal flooding threat along the south facing shores of New York City and Long Island. Out of all the types of weather I chase, I probably document coastal flooding the most. Over the years, I’ve definitely noticed an increase in coastal flooding and depending on the severity, roads become impassable and basements get flooded. (I will have a separate post in the near future discussing the impacts of Coastal Flooding across the region). On Sunday morning, it reached Moderate flood stage in the Howard Beach neighborhood of New York City.
The following day, parts of the Mid-Atlantic region received their most significant winter storm in years. Over a foot of snow fell in parts of southern New Jersey and neighboring states. All forecast models indicated very heavy snowfall rates for several hours along with significant coastal flooding. After discussing the storm with my wife the night before, we decided to chase this storm. My wife Mariya has been joining me for the better part of 2021 on storm chases including the historic September 1st Tornadoes / Flooding event. We departed Brooklyn at 5:00 AM and began heading south. At 5:50 AM we started seeing the snow falling while traveling south on the Garden State Parkway around Exit 84 - Toms River.
As my wife and I continued south, the roads began deteriorating fast. Snow plows and salt spreaders were unable to keep up with the 1'“ - 2” per hour snowfall rates. Luckily for us we were close to our destination - Sea Isle City, New Jersey. We arrived right around daybreak, heavy snow filled the air and the bay water filled the streets. The Coastal Flooding was certainly more significant than I expected. We remained in Sea Isle City for several hours. Documenting the flooding threat across the area.
Coastal Flooding on Central Avenue in Sea Isle City, New Jersey.
Water from the Bay along with floating pieces of Ice continued to fill the streets of Sea Isle City, New Jersey
Selfie with Mariya and myself as heavy snow falls.
I knew most of the photographs and video coming out of the southern New Jersey snowstorm would be of heavy snow. As I mentioned above I am always documenting Coastal Flooding so this day would be no different. Several media outlets picked up my footage including The weather Channel (TV and Digital), Accuweather and CNN.
Coastal flooding, snow, ice and strong winds all provided problems for residents in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. https://t.co/jdmEPiF7lY
The final weather event of the week was New York City’s first snowstorm of the year which occurred on Friday the 7th. Most forecast models had a general 2”-4” across the area but one thing was clear: One or two narrow heavy bands of snow would setup somewhere. Whatever locations end up under these bands of snow would over achieve forecast expectations.
I woke up around 2:00 AM , got some Coffee at Dunkin Donuts and drove to Lower Manhattan. By the time I arrived the snow was already sticking to all the roads as heavy snow began to fall.
After spending some time in the Lower East Side I drove north. This area is always beautiful under a blanket of snow but also takes very heavy snowfall rates to over come the urban heat island effect (A city or town that remains warmer than its surrounding areas due to human interactions such as underground subways in large metropolitan areas). As I drove down 6th avenue through Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Gramercy and into midtown it was clear that snow would accumulate across all of New York City including Times Square.
The fact that snow has no problem sticking in Times Square, one of the warmest parts of the urban heat island shows how heavy the snowfall rates are in NYC. pic.twitter.com/eTnZLnVADD