September 11th, 2001: Hurricane Erin missed the East Coast

First in a series of posts about how weather impacted events in our history.

September 11th, 2001 was a day we would like to forget. Yet, just like a lot of historical events in history, weather played a critical role.

The surface map shows the weather map at 7am on September 11th, 2001.  In the blue, we can see a massive round high-pressure system in the Mid-West this gave us and most of the country a beautiful, clear blue sky day. In red is a cold front that had moved through the night before which actually gave NYC rain that night. Also, just to the east in the Atlantic was Hurricane Erin. Erin was threatening the East Coast until that cold front swept it way out to sea.  It’s very possible that IF that cold front had not pushed through Erin would have threatened the East Coast with at least high, thick clouds all down the Eastern seaboard. This could have either thrown off the attackers and given authorities more time to uncover the attack. It was close to being a ring for the FBI and CIA.  They were about to grab some of the attackers.

Yet, it was a beautiful sunny day.  Hurricane Erin missed the East Coast.

Until 8:46am.  Born on that day were 2,996 angels.


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Surface Map for September 11th 2001




Ahh! The peace of no major weather to concern ourselves with over the weekend. Snow will be melting at an electric fast rate. I looked out my window yesterday afternoon and I thought to myself “Didn’t we have a major snowstorm yesterday?” So, that will continue this weekend.

It will be a nice weekend. No threat of rain, or snow. You see that other system that was scaring some people this past week dropping from Canada will make a turn but will go well OTS (Out To Sea). Not to impact us at all.  No 5th Nor’easter for us. We are done.

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Enjoy the weekend. Unless we have some threat to speak of weather-wise, ENJOY your weekend. I will be back Sunday with the Sunday slide. Adios!

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UPDATE: Well, Good Morning Delaware! HAPPY  SPRING! 

We have a Major Snowstorm coming our way tonight into tomorrow. And overnight the stakes just went up a little. The whole state is in play now.  Even downstate near the beaches where we thought it would be mostly white rain is now in the picture of at least 2-4 inches of snow. 

We have a Winter Storm Warning posted. That means “RUN!” No, just hunker down and enjoy the ride tomorrow. Stay inside, warm, and cozy! More details later. Have a great day!

NEW CASTLE COUNTY (TALLEYVILLE to SMYRNA) +6-10 inches of mostly snow. Localized spots could see upwards of a foot of snow. 

KENT COUNTY (SMYRNA TO GEORGETOWN) +4 to 6 inches of mostly snow but you might take longer to change over to snow due to temperatures at the onset of the storm. Localized spots could see up to 8 inches. 

SUSSEX COUNTY (GEORGETOWN TO THE BEACHES) +2 to 4 inches. You might struggle to reach the higher end but places away from the beaches could see the 4+. 

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UPDATE: This is for the first system Monday night into Tuesday. Now, we will be dealing with moderate temperatures to start. So, unless it comes down hard Monday night we won’t have a lot of accumulation Tuesday morning. Yet, as the system starts to intensify heading off the coast we will pick up additional accumulation but it will be slushy snow. Tuesday night we could get some additional accumulation as the system pulls in colder air.  So, in general, a slushy 1-4 inches down to Dover. Messy. CONFIDENCE METER: LOW   BUST METER: HIGH

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