Storm Named Athena Arriving With Snow, Wind, Cold

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012 3:05pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

In Greek mythology Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, and other lofty ideals. Huh! The Weather Channel began for the first time naming winter storms this year, and while Athena is technically a basic Nor’easter, coming as she is on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, and so early in the winter storm season, doesn’t seem wise or civilized at all.

What to expect? The National Storm Prediction Center has issued an advisory for heavy snow, possibly at rates of more than one inch per hour for later this afternoon. Snow will continue overnight, perhaps amounting to between three and six inches by morning, or maybe mixing with rain. Winds may gust to 30 to 40 mph inland. Temps will stay in the low 30s, with some areas below 30 overnight. (Maybe now, if you are still without power, is the time to stop insisting it’s “not so bad” sleeping in a cold house, and take up the offers of warm beds elsewhere.)

As we all know only too well, snow accumulating on wires and on trees that are still leafed out spells trouble. PSE&G has already said winds and storm conditions may seriously hinder or delay power restoration.

Think we have it bad? Shore areas, already battered and shattered by Sandy, will probably get heavy rain, maybe snow overnight, and winds up to 65 mph. There have already been mandatory evacuations in some coastline towns.

In a press conference late this morning, Governor Christie said we may be looking at…wait for it…additional power outages and — really — the loss of power that was already restored in some areas.

Happy Wednesday, Baristaville.


  1. POSTED BY Conan  |  November 07, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    The Weather Channel names storms now? WTF is up with that? Look I appreciate their forecasts, but the drama… THE DRAMA. It is like watching a Chicken Little movie on Lilfetime.

  2. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  November 07, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    And why a Greek woman’s name? We are strong, and maybe a bit emotional, but we are warm and loving. 😉

  3. POSTED BY Conan  |  November 07, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    Yamas! I will drink to that!

  4. POSTED BY lisaromeo  |  November 07, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Apparently, The Weather Channel came up w/the idea of naming winter storms this year; the National Weather Service is not keen on it and may not use the terms, but knows the power of TWC’s media saturation, so I’m guessing TWC will prevail eventually.

    Talk about drama – you should know a bunch of meteorologists….

  5. POSTED BY dextius  |  November 07, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Friends of ours in Upper Montclair have lost power due to this storm, they JUST got their power back from Sandy a day before! Such a brutal two weeks here.

  6. POSTED BY gildthelily  |  November 07, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    Power just went out on Fernwood Ave again.

  7. POSTED BY htorrone  |  November 07, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    My sisters homeowners insurance told her she would be deemed an irresponsible homeowner to not bleed the water lines of her house which has no electricity. Then they told her she should dump antifreeze or hard liquor in her toilets, sinks and pipes. She said no problem since she has nothing else to do 10 days now without electric.Anyone else have nothing better to do?

  8. POSTED BY dextius  |  November 07, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    According to a post on facebook: A powerline fell on Mount Hebron and caused a small fire.

  9. POSTED BY frobnitz  |  November 07, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Good thing we’re not under mandatory evacuation orders. Where would we all go???? I know…the Bahamas! But then we couldn’t all get out of Newark Airport. Oh well.

  10. POSTED BY ridgeranger  |  November 07, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Don’t do it! Don’t give in to TWC’s insipid marketing plan.

  11. POSTED BY the Duke of Prunes  |  November 08, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    Athena . . .. She’s just a girl . . .. SHE’S A BOMB! She’s just a girl . . .. SHE’S A BOMB! (You got me requisitioned, blondie!) 😉 😀

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