What Is a Nor'easter?


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A nor’easter is a giant cyclonic storm that forms within 100 miles of the east coast of the United States and Canada. Also known as a northeaster, this type of storm is named after the strong north-easterly winds that blow the storm ashore.

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Nor’easters usually occur between the months of September and April and are more dangerous in winter. When a nor’easter occurs in winter, it blows in cold Arctic air that collides with warm oceanic air. The resulting storm produces a variety of weather events including lower temperatures, heavy rain, snow, floods, hurricane-force winds or tornadoes. Nor’easters commonly affect the Mid-Atlantic states and the New England area.

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