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Historical Snowstorms1 Impacting New York City2

YEAR
DATE
"NAME"
TOTAL
NESIS3
COMMENTS
2011
TBD
19.0"
1
Snowfall rates of over 3 inches per hour; NYC public schools closed
2010
Blizzard of 2010
20.0"
3
Massive disruptions to transit systems; wind gusts to 70mph in Suffolk County; over 30" of snow in parts of NJ
2010
N/A
20.9"
3
Extensive damage & power outages from wet snow North; dry snow South & heavy rains East; 3rd major Eastern snowstorm in February
2006
Blizzard of 2006
26.9"
3
Largest snowstorm in NYC history, surpassing Dec. 26-27, 1947 (26.4"); rare thundersnow reported
2003
Presidents' Day Snowstorm II
19.8"
4
25.6" of snow recorded at JFK Airport; "Presidents' Day Snowstorm I" brought 12.7" on Feb. 19, 1979
1996
Blizzard of '96
20.2"
5
Areas of more than 30" across portions of New Jersey; NYC schools closed, first time since Blizzard of '78
1983
Megalopolitan Snowstorm
17.6"
4
Occurred during one of the strongest El Niño's of the 20th Century
1978
Blizzard of '78
17.7"
3
Long Island & New England hardest hit, near hurricane strength winds, thundersnow, 36-hour storm duration
1969
Lindsay Storm
15.3"
2
Mayor John Lindsay took the heat after sections of NYC remained unplowed for a week
1967
N/A
15.2"
2
Blizzard conditions produced totals of over 20" in parts of New Jersey
1961
N/A
17.4"
4
Storm followed prolonged cold period (16 days of teens and 20's); JFK Airport recorded 24.0"
1960
N/A
15.2"
3
20.4" recorded at Newark and 17.0" at The Battery
1948
December 19th-20th
N/A
16.0"
-
20-hour duration; Widespread totals of 12-18" across the Metropolitan Area
1947
December 26th-27th
Big Snow
26.4"
2
The worst blizzard since 1888, and record holder until 2006
1941
March 7th-8th
N/A
18.1"
-
Quick drop-off towards the coast as parts of New Jersey and Eastern Suffolk reported less than 10" of snow
1935
January 22th-24th
N/A
17.5"
-
Snows from Gulf Coast to Maine
1920
February 4th-7th
N/A
17.5"
-
Parts of Westchester received over 20" of snow
1899
February 12th-13th
The Blizzard of 1899
16.0"
4
Temperatures in the single digits for most of the storm
1894
February 25th-27th
N/A
15.2"
-
Before the storm, temperatures started out around 0°F, before rising to just above freezing.
1893
February 17th-18th
N/A
17.8"
-
Followed a warm spell when temperatures reached as high as 54°F
1892
March 16th-18th
St. Patrick's Day Snowstorm
15.4"
-
Largest snowstorm on record for many areas in the South
1888
March 12th-14th
The Blizzard of '88
21.0"
4
Extreme blizzard conditions left behind over 50" of snow in some areas of Connecticut and the Hudson Valley
1872
December 26th
The Great Snow-Storm
~18"
-
Snow fell from Virginia to Maine and West to Mississippi River
1836
January 8th-10th
The Big Snow
~15"
-
Interior sections saw widepread 30-40" tallies
1831
January 14th-16th
The Great Snowstorm
~15"
-
Rivals Superstorm of 1993 for expansiveness of coverage
1805
January 26th-28th
N/A
~24"
-
48 hours of continous snow
1798
November 19th-21th
The Long Storm
~18"
-
Snow from Maryland to Maine



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Summary Statistics

Largest Snowstorm
February 11-12, 2006 (26.9")
Month with Most Snow
February 2010 (36.9")
Season with Most Snow
1995-96 (75.6")
Earliest Measurable Snow
October 15, 1876 (0.5")
Latest Measurable Snow
April 25, 1875 (3.0")




Consecutive Seasons with at Least 40 Inches of Snow


Years
Snowfall totals
1882-1884
44.0" and 43.1"
1895-1897
46.3" and 43.6"
1915-1917
50.7" and 50.7"
1947-1949
63.3" and 50.6"
2002-2006
49.3", 42.6", 41.0" and 40.0"
2009-2011
51.4" and 61.9"



NOTES:
1 Storms accumulating at least 15.0" of snow
2 At New York City's Official Weather Station from 1869-present
3 N.E.S.I.S., NorthEast Snowfall Impact Scale - Kocin and Uccellini, 2004


REFERENCES:
Kocin, Paul & Uccellini, Louis. Northeast Snowstorms. Boston: American Meteorological Society, 2004.
Ludlum, D. M. Early American Winters (Parts I & II). Boston: American Meteorological Society, 1966 & 1968.



Updated through - November 8th, 2011

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