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T White

This is great, but you forgot to include the Christmas (Dec. 25) 2002 snowstorm.

Rob

Good catch, it's been added. Thanks for pointing it out!

T White

No Problem. I remember that one VERY WELL because I had to drive in it. LOL

Alexandra Leh

You also left out the Easter Sunday snowstorm on March 29, 1970...I was a kid in Northern New Jersey at the time, and we were completely caught off guard!

Theresa Zapata

There was a snowfall sometime in the 1950's. I remember becauseI was a kid and we had so much fun jumping on the mounds of snow. I lived right across the street from Holy Name school between 95th and 96th street. Young and unafraid, those were the days.

Rob

Theresa, one of the challenges of childhood memories when it comes to snowstorms is that, because we were a lot shorter, six inches of snow could seem like a foot or more! The 1950s didn't have an abundance of snowstorms of 10" or more, but perhaps you were remembering the storm of Dec. 22, 1959 that dumped nearly 14", the one on March 21-22, 1958 that produced nearly a foot or the storm of March 18-19, 1956 that gave the City 11.6".

G Smith

Rob, what about Jan. 16, 2004?

Nick

I had a conversation with my dad yesterday and he mentioned a major snowstorm in April in the 1970s that dropped "over 20 inches of snow" in New York. Could he have been confusing it with the 1982 storm?

Rob

Hi Nick,
Yes, perhaps he was thinking of the April 1982 blizzard because there were no big April snowfalls in the 1970s in NYC. As for 20"+, the '82 storm was half that amount in Central Park - perhaps he lived in the suburbs, which saw higher accumulations.

Rob

Regarding G. Smith's comment about the snowfall of Jan. 16, 2004, it has been added. However, this snowfall of 5.7" occurred on Jan. 14-15.

Sonia

I've been looking for a white Christmas ever since 1969. I don't consider a few flakes that melt as soon as they hit the ground a snow storm or a white Christmas

Rob

Hi Sonia, on Christmas Day 2002 rain changed to heavy, wet snow during the afternoon and accumulated five inches by 8PM. (1969's snow began after 6PM and 2.1" was on the ground by midnight, with another four inches falling overnight before it changed to rain). And on Christmas Day 2009 there was two inches of snow on the ground at daybreak, left over from a snowfall of nearly eight inches on 12/19-20 (and those living in the vicinity of LaGuardia Airport still had four inches on the ground).

Thanks for your comment!

Al Haase

One of my all-time favorites was the most under reported; I'm talking about the great snowstorm of 2/3-4, 1961. I was in high school at the time and just developing a super interest in meteorology. I remember measuring 19" in a sheltered area of my parents' back yard in Queens. Also, the winds were literally howling all Friday night into Saturday afternoon with real whiteout conditions prevailing. One of the greatest!

Rob

Thanks for your comment, Al. Since I didn't move to New York until 1979 I value recollections of weather events before then from readers who lived here. What strikes me about the 2/3-4 snowstorm is the exceedingly high water content of the snow, i.e., it took 2.62" of water to produce the 17.4" of snow. In other words, if the standard water-to-snow ratio of 0.10" water = one-inch of snow had occurred, there would have been more than two feet of snow. Since the temperatures on the 4th were around 30 degrees, do you recall if some of the precipitation fell as sleet or freezing rain?

Frank Farance

Hi, I have a question about the February 9-10 1969 snow storm. I lived in Freeport, Long Island then, and there was about 4 feet of snow (snow was inches from the top of our 4-foot chain link fence). I have three memories from then: (1) there was so much snow, we made tunnels, (2) school was closed the whole week (woo hoo!), and (3) the next year was the first year of the February week-long winter break that is part of the school calendar (prior to 1969, we had school all through February).

Regarding #3, as a kid, I didn't really understand it, but now we had a regular week of in February. Later on I learned that school systems in NYS have a required minimum number of days, and if the school lost those days to snow days, then they'd have to make them up at the end of the school year, which could push school schedules beyond the end of June. So the week-long break was scheduled such that if there were a snow storm earlier, the school days could be made up during the February break. (For public schools, the Easter Break typically covers both Christian Easter and Jewish Passover holidays, so it is not possible to "steal" from those vacation days.)

Any thoughts on that explanation?

BTW, years ago I read a two-volume series titled something like "Great Storms of the East Coast 1776 to present". What is really interesting is the relative newness of meteorology as a science: they were still shooting Hail Canons into the sky in the 1930s (clearly thunderstorms were not understood then), and it wasn't until the late 1950's and early 1960's with satellites that those storms on the East Coast were better visualized and explained as hurricanes and such. I'll look for the exact title of the series and let you know.

Justin capache

I was just curious about some late March snow storms in the 1990s I did not see on your page and thought maybe you had the totals for those dates, I am thinking of the dates off the top of my head but we did have snow on these days.
Friday March 18th 1994 into Saturday march 1994, this was a brutal and the last snow fall of that season if I recall we had a good amount of snow that Saturday morning.
Saturday March 2nd 1996 I believe we got a half a foot out of this storm on this day
Friday march 8th 1996 poured most of day before but turned to snow overnight on this Friday not sure of the totals but know it was enough to close my school.
Friday march 22nd 1996 i also remember being off from school on this date due to snow,
April 9th 1996. I am a yankee fan so I remember them playing in snow on this date I think it did accumulate to an inch for two. This was a bad winter one of the worst in my life time. We had some many snow days this season starting with the December 1995 storm, good old days.
Sunday March 22 1998, remember this was a quiet winter up until this day had enough snow to close my school the next day.
Sunday march 14th 1999, another quiet winter from what I remember but like the year before got enough on a Sunday to close school the next day. If by any chance you have the totals for these dates I would appreciate if. Also remember snow around two days because Christmas 1997 and remember it snowing over night the 23rd into Christmas Eve 1998

Rob

Hi Justin, here are the answers to your questions. Please note that since it appears you lived in the suburbs of New York at the time, conditions may have been different from those in NYC/Central Park due to temperature differences and/or storm tracks.
1. March 19, 1994 - About three inches of snow fell during the afternoon/early evening.
2. March 2, 1996 - 4.6" of snow fell from sunrise thru early afternoon.
3. March 8, 1996 - 4.5" of snow fell during the AM hours.
4. March 22, 1996 - No snow or rain fell. You're probably remembering the four inches of snow that fell on 3/28-29.
5. April 9, 1996 - Just 0.3" fell; almost all of the precip was in the form of rain (0.54"). (Temperatures that day got no colder than 33.) The next day had similar conditions, with 0.4" of snow and 0.31" of rain.
6. Dec. 19-20, 1995 - 7.7" of snow fell, but it actually underperformed as 10-15" had been predicted.
7. March 22, 1998 - Five inches of snow fell in the morning, a surprise snowfall. Up until this snowfall only 0.5" had fallen all winter.
8. March 14, 1999 - Most of the snow fell on the 15th. Afternoon/evening rain on 3/14 changed to snow around 11PM, and accumulated 4.5" by the time it ended on 3/15 around 10AM.
9. Dec. 23, 1997 - Only rain fell, amounting to 0.63". (High/low was 41/35.)
10. Dec. 23-24, 1998 - Two inches of snow fell in the pre-dawn hours of 12/24.
If you have any other questions please let me know.
Rob

Judy

Hi- I was looking back for a Nor'Easter of Nov. 1995 (Think it was 11-15-'95) when I was due to fly out of No. Carolina to Newark NJ at 10am. Our flight was cancelled & we were stuck at Raliegh Durham NC airport from 10am until 10pm, when our flight finally took off. I was in the airport alone with my 2 infant sons... I'm getting ready to republish my story & that's in the book. I can't find the Nor'easter of Nov 1995, wondered if you have any info.. Thanks, Judy B

Rob

Hi Judy,
There was a nor'easter that struck the New York area in the PM hours of 11/14, with winds that gusted 45 mph and 1.20" of rain. Winds were stronger in Central Park than in Newark. And there was another storm that struck three days earlier, during the afternoon/evening, that was comparable in terms of high winds but with more rain (1.75").

Allen Scheuch

Hi, I remember a snow in NYC in April but I thought it was April 16 or 18th or so, and it might not have been a full-fledged snowstorm. Still, it seemed very late, in fact I don't recall seeing snow later in April and it might have been in the early- to mid-1980's. The flakes were very large but I have a feeling they snow didn't stick very long and it wasn't a huge accumulation (unlike the April, 1982 storm you mention). I happened to have been in a machinist's loft on West 22nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, looking north, having a special cylindrical brass weight cut. Everything inside the loft was dark and greasy, but outside the huge 19th-century windows the world was swirling a brilliant white; the contrast between inside and outside was fantastic. Most memorable. I am trying to confirm that there was a mid-April snow then, around the 18th. Thanks, Allen

Rob

Hi Allen, this must be the storm of April 18, 1983. It was mostly a rainstorm (about an inch of rain fell) but there was a snow accumulation of 0.8". It didn't have much of a chance to stay on the ground as the temperature got no lower then 34 degrees during the day. However, it was the coldest day of the month. This is one of the latest dates for accumulating snow in NYC.

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