Top Snowstorm Records in Jeopardy

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By Stephen Gode on February 8, 2013, 7:20pm Last modified: February 23, 2013, 3:22am

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Update:

Top Five Snowstorms All-time

  • Portland, Maine:  All-time record snowstorm (31.9");  Old record from Jan. 17-18, 1979 (27.1")
  • Hartford, Conn.: (Bradley International Airport):  Second-heaviest snowfall on record (22.3)"; record is from Jan. 12, 2011 (24").
  • Worcester, Mass.:  Third heaviest snowstorm all-time (28.7"); Record is 33" from "April Fools' 1997".
  • Concord, N.H.:  Second heaviest snowstorm all-time (24").
  • Boston (Logan Airport):  Fifth heaviest snowstorm on record (24.9").

Peak snow total came from a report in Hamden, Connecticut of 40 inches.

Some of the highest wind gusts over 60 mph during the winter storm:

  • Nova Scotia: just east of Yarmouth (102 mph)
  • Maine: Mount Desert Rock (89 mph)
  • Maine: Appledore Island, Isle of Shoals, a small group of islands off the New Hampshire/Maine coast (87 mph)
  • Massachusetts:  near Cuttyhunk (83 mph)
  • Connecticut:  Westport (82 mph; elevation 139')
  • New Hampshire:  Mt. Washington (81 mph; elevation 6262')
  • New York:  near Plum Island (75 mph)
  • Maine:  Bangor International Airport (75 mph)
  • Rhode Island:  Jamestown (68 mph)

Additional peak wind gusts:

  • Hyannis, Mass.:  77 mph
  • Boston (Logan Airport):  76 mph
  • Buzzard's Bay, Mass.:  74 mph
  • Scituate, Mass.:  68 mph
  • Plymouth, Mass:  63 mph

There were over 664,000 customers without power with the most in Massachusetts.

Boston experienced a storm surge of about 4.2 ft (1.3 m), its fourth-highest.

Ralph Fato has additional records from this storm in his article, "Records from the Blizzard of 13'."


Original article:

Total snow amounts are still potentially 10-26+ inches. Certainly, this potential historic winter storm could easily fall into the top ten snowstorms for some cities since records were kept by the NOAA. This information was provided by Glenn Field from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These are just some of the cities records:




Some NOWData records to monitor snow/precipitation for CT:

Hartford Area

Daily Almanac

Date: Feb 8, 2013

 

Daily Values         Observed    Normal       Record/Year    Prev Year

Max Temperature           -         37         63 in 1933          38

Min Temperature           -         20        -13 in 1967          20

Avg Temperature           -         28       45.0 in 1965        29.0

Precipitation             -       0.10       1.39 in 1945        0.00

New Snowfall              -        0.4       13.4 in 1945         0.0

Snow Depth                -          -         21 in 1978           -

HDD (base 65)             -         37         64 in 1934          36

CDD (base 65)             -          0          0 in 2012+          0

 

Month-To-Date        Observed    Normal       Record/Year    Prev Year

Avg Max Temperature    32.4       36.1       51.5 in 1991        45.9

Avg Min Temperature    18.1       19.1       -1.4 in 1961        26.5

Avg Temperature        25.3       27.7       40.8 in 1991        36.2

Total Precipitation    0.02       0.82       3.43 in 2008        0.00

Total Snowfall          0.4        3.5       19.4 in 1926         0.0

Avg Snow Depth            -          -         20 in 1961           -

Total HDD               276        299        413 in 1961         228

Total CDD                 0          0          0 in 2013           0

 

Bridgeport Area

Daily Almanac

Date: Feb 8, 2013

 

Daily Values         Observed    Normal       Record/Year    Prev Year

Max Temperature           -         38         57 in 1965          36

Min Temperature           -         24         -5 in 1963          29

Avg Temperature           -         31       47.0 in 1965        32.5

Precipitation             -       0.08       1.19 in 1971        0.00

New Snowfall              -        0.3        7.0 in 2003         0.0

Snow Depth                -          -         16 in 1961           0

HDD (base 65)             -         34         56 in 1963          32

CDD (base 65)             -          0          0 in 2012+          0

 

Month-To-Date        Observed    Normal       Record/Year    Prev Year

Avg Max Temperature    33.0       38.0       49.0 in 1991        46.4

Avg Min Temperature    23.3       23.9       10.6 in 1961        30.8

Avg Temperature        28.1       30.9       41.5 in 1991        38.6

Total Precipitation    0.04       0.72       2.75 in 1973        0.09

Total Snowfall          0.3        2.2       15.5 in 1967         0.0

Avg Snow Depth            0          -         18 in 2011           0

Total HDD               257        273        366 in 1996         209

Total CDD                 0          0          0 in 2013           0

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