Pet Peeves - Nor'easter Definition

Todd Glickman
Sun Mar 12 14:27:50 EST 2006

Here's the official definition of a "nor'easter" 
from the Glossary of Meteorology, Second Edition 
(American Meteorological Society, 2000), Todd 
Glickman, Managing Editor 

nor'easter-Common contraction for 'northeaster.'

Then hyperlinking to 'northeaster,' we find:

northeaster-(Commonly contracted nor'easter.) A 
northeast wind, particularly a strong wind or 
Two well-known examples are the black northeaster 
of Australia and New Zealand and the 'northeast 
storm' of the east coast of North America.

Further hyperlinking to 'northeast storm,' we find:

northeast storm-(Also called northeaster, 
nor'easter.) A cyclonic storm of the east coast 
of North America, so called because the winds 
over the coastal area are from the northeast.
They may occur at any time of year but are most 
frequent and most violent between September and 
April. Northeast storms usually develop in 
lower-middle latitudes (30°-40°N) within 100 
miles east or west of the coastline. They 
progress generally northward to northeastward and 
typically attain maximum intensity near New 
England and the Maritime Provinces. They nearly 
always bring precipitation, winds of gale force, 
rough seas, and, occasionally, coastal flooding 
to the affected regions.

Thanks to Steve O. for bringing up one my pet 
peeve, "skies." Yes, there's only one.

My other favorite is "shower activity."  Singing is a great shower activity :-)

By the way, did you know there's no such thing as 
a "thundershower"?  Indeed, if either lightning 
is seen, or thunder is heard, then it's a 
"thunderstorm," period.  It's a popular 
misconception that a "thundershower" is a less 
intense "thunderstorm."  Even long-term TV/radio 
meteorologists make this mistake.

Don't get me started on "daylight SAVINGS time." 
Leave off the last 'S' for SAVING.

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