More Stats: April 6, 1982 Snow Storm

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By Quincy Vagell on April 5, 2013, 2:45pm Last modified: April 7, 2013, 10:27am

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An intense early spring snow storm pounded the area on April 6th, 1982.

The storm was unique, because it wasn't a typical April southern New England snow storm at all. In fact, the storm would be better compared to a system that might be expected in February. The storm brought a heavy, yet dry snow to interior southern New England. Temperatures were in the mid-10's to lower 20's during most of the heavy snowfall. After the storm passed, an Arctic air-mass settled in, causing extremely below normal temperatures.

Bradley International Airport (BDL) Records for April 6th, 1982:
Low temperature - 17°F
Low max. temp. - 30°F
24-hour snowfall - 14.1 inches (snowiest April on record)

Bradley International Airport Records for April 7th, 1982:
Low temperature - 14°F
Low max. temp. - 24°F 

Bradley International Airport Records for April 8th, 1982:
Low temperature - 20°F 

Here are some select observations from BDL on April 6th, 1982:
11 AM: 22°F with heavy snow / blowing snow. Wind NNE 21 MPH. Pressure 994.4mb.
03 PM: 20°F with heavy snow / blowing snow. Wind NNE 25 MPH, G39 MPH. Visibility 1/16mi. 
09 PM: 18°F  with light snow / blowing snow. Wind NNW 17 MPH. Pressure 995.4mb.
Lowest pressure, 989.8mb at 2 p.m. 

Other noteworthy regional stats from the storm...
Worcester and Boston, Mass. reported thundersnow during the event.
New York, N.Y. (Central Park) had 9.6" of snow. April 1982 = 3rd snowiest April on record.
Centarl Park's high of 30° on April 6th, 1982; only sub-freezing April high on record.
Sikorsky Airport (Stratford) had 6.0" of snow. April 1982 = 2nd snowiest April on record.  

Image below (courtesy: PSU Meteorology) shows anomalous Arctic outbreak on 4/7/82:
Click here to watch Action News 8 video footage from the storm.

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