Why don't Nor'Easters move up the Chesapeake or Delaware Bays?

October 2, 2008 9:40:29 AM PDT
Nor'Easters are very large storms. The strong circulation of winds and precipitation around the center of a Nor'Easter can easily be hundreds of miles wide.

Erica's Answer:

Therefore, Nor'Easters are much larger in scale than the Chesapeake or Delaware Bays. Keep in mind that the Chesapeake is only about 30 miles wide at its widest point, and the Delaware Bay is even narrower.

There is not enough warm water in either of those bays to influence the steering pattern of a storm the size of a Nor'Easter. Instead, these storms tend to hug the coast and follow the general steering pattern of the jet stream.

- Erica


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