Why Do Atlantic Coast Places Get Snowstorms?

Tools

By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - Places immediately along the West Coast don't get too much snow in winter because the relatively warm Pacific Ocean keeps our temperatures usually above freezing in winter.

But how come places along the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast do get snow?

That's because our weather mainly moves west-to-east. So while our weather comes from the ocean, the East Coast's weather usually comes from the inland Midwest and Canada.

Many times, winter storms come out of central Canada, drop south and east over the East Coast and can bring a lot of snow, even to places along the ocean.

Also, water temperatures in the northern Atlantic Ocean tend to be lower than the northern Pacific Ocean, which helps then stay cooler.

Your Photos

YouNews Up! Up! And away! Up! Up! And away!
When I saw this dramatic cloud to the north, it reminded me of smoke, rising in billows until it hits the jet stream, then it's pulled hundreds of miles east. I had to capture it quickly. Within minutes the effect had faded.
YouNews Inside an osprey nest Inside an osprey nest
For my girlfriends birthday we had a party at her parents. We knew the nest was there but the owner hadn't seen or heard the osprey for a day or two. He asked me to fly my drone up and see if any was wrong. I flew up and found that there were two eggs inside.
YouNews Our Garden Our Garden
The growing season has been great.

The secret to this garden is simple.
I used recycled grass clippings.