A category 3. We shattered every record snowfall since 1879, our closest compettitor was 59 years ago and we were just a category 3.
I can't find any link to any place that says how many categories there are as in, say, an earthquake, where you have a 1 (hardly noticeable) 2 (will wake you up, at least)3 (will shake your house, knock stuff off the shelf and cause some serious damage) 4 ( a "major earthquake, knock down houses, bridges etc) and a 5 (which is, I gather, is someting like being hit by an atomic bomb, only without the radiation).
But assuming the scale for snowfall works the same way, if last weekend's 29 inches of snow and 30-50-mph winds here in NYC, (breaking every record since they started keeping records in 1879, and beating out the most severe snowstorm before this one, which occurred some 59 years ago), I don't, repeat DON'T want to be here for a category 4 or 5.
I also don't know why they called it a "N'oreaster" instead of a Northeaster. N'oreaster is sort of a sea-faring expression. Me and every one I know was in our respective homes, heat on and snug as bugs in a rug! So why the nautical terminology?
I guess it doesn't matter, but it does make you wonder (and gives TV weatherpeople near orgasms just saying it!!)
Less than a week after our "gold medal" winning N'oreaster, we are supposed to have highs in the low 50's. If it's rainy and windy, think they'll call it a S'oueaster?