Winter Snow Storm "Nemo," the name curiously given to the superstorm developing over the entire East Coast, is finally starting to develop over New York City, New Jersey and other parts of New England. Although predications of snowfall were once as high as 30 feet, scientists have since adjusted predictions to just a few feet of snow.
Satellite photos of Winter Storm Nemo from space show that the massive impact that the storm will have along the East Coast. The Weather Channel reportedly had a large hand in naming the storm in order to make it easier for people to talk about. In November 2012, the cable channel announced a list of names that would be used to describe noteworthy winter storms from 2012-2013.
"Our goal is to better communicate the threat and the timing of the significant impacts that accompany these events," said the network in a written statement. "The fact is, a storm with a name is easier to follow, which will mean fewer surprises and more preparation."
Winter Storm Nemo is already affecting large areas of the Northeast coast. The National Weather Service announced storm warning and winter storm warnings along the East Coast. Areas northward of Boston along the coast have been advised to prepare for flooding. Wind speeds up to 70 mph are expected to drive waterl levels up to 4 feet higher than usual.
"The heaviest snow totals by early Sunday morning are expected in New England from coastal Maine to Connecticut, as well as parts of Upstate New York, where over one foot of snow is expected! Some locations, particularly in coastal New England, may top two feet of storm total snow!" reports Weather.com.
When the storm was first developing, news outlets were reporting that New York City stood the chance of getting 30 inches of snow. There was a large discrepancy over whether weather scientists could trust the weather forecasting model from the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, which is one of the most accurate in the world. The European computer system is best known for accurately predicting weather patters associated with Hurricane Sandy.
"The European model, which is the generally the best model we have, has continued to insist there is going to be this really big storm but the other models are not bullish on it at all," the Weather Channel's Carl Parker said according to an NBC interview. "The difference is -- will it be a blockbuster for places like Boston?"
The alternative model proved to be slightly more accurate. The American model known as GFS was reporting just a few inches of snow for the tri-state area. As the storm has developed that prediction has changed considerably. "Heavy snow and strong winds produce blizzard conditions across New England tonight into Saturday," reports Weather Channel's Tom Moore. "Parts of New England, especially Connecticut, Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and eastern Maine, could see 2 to 3 feet of snow."
Celebrities have already taken to Twitter to wish everyone a safe evening. Here's some of our favorite posts from celebrities and other hilarious Twitter users:
"Frozen margaritas and chocolate cheesecake molten lava cupcakes?!?! Praise Nemo," tweeted Denise Huxtable.
Here are some of our favorite memes and photos of Winter Snow Storm Nemo:
— daria martorana ♡ (@darrrr) February 9, 2013
slowly dying of bordem, nemo your killin my weekend