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Today in New York Weather History: January 28

Remembering New York's "Snowmageddon" of Winter 2011

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Between Dec. 26, 2010 and Feb. 2, 2011, a mere 39 days, New York received an incredible 57.6" inches of snow - more than double a typical winter's snowfall.  Although the bulk came from two blizzards, 20" on Dec. 26-27, 2010 and 19" on Jan. 26-27, 2011, an additional 17" fell in the four weeks between those storms:

 

In Just 39 Days …
  Snowfall
Dec 26-27, 2010 20.0"
Jan 7 2011 1.7"
Jan 11-12, 2011 9.1"
Jan 18 2011 1.0"
Jan 21 2011 4.2"
Jan 25 2011 1.0"
Jan 26-27 2011 19.0"
Feb 1-2 2011 1.6"
TOTAL 57.6"

 

What's more, in the 12 months between February 2010 (when 36.9" fell, making it the snowiest month on record) and January 2011, a total of 93 inches of snow fell.  However, in the following two winters just 20 inches fell (until the snowstorm of Feb. 8-9, 2013 dumped 11.4").

Despite the huge amount of snow that fell in this 5-week period, the winter of 2010-11 didn't become the snowiest on record.  With a snowfall total of 61.9" (just 5.8" fell in February and March), it ended up as New York's third snowiest winter, ranking behind 1995-96 (75.6") and 1947-48 (63.2").

 

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In addition to winter 2011's Snowmageddon, here is a list of other major snowy periods, dating back to the winter of 1960.  Half of them have occurred since 2005.

 

SNOWMAGEDDONS SINCE 1960
       
    # of  
Winter Dates Days Snowfall
2011 - Dec 26 - Jan 27 39 57.6"
1996 - Dec 19 - Feb 17 61 57.0"
1961 - Dec 11 - Feb 4 56 53.8"
2014 - Jan 21 - Feb 18 29 42.1"
1967 - Feb 6 - March 22 45 41.0"
1978 - Jan 13 - Feb 14 33 40.2"
2015 - Jan 24 - March 5 41 39.4"
2010 - Feb 10 -26 17 35.9"
2005 - Jan 22 - March 1 39 32.7"
1994 - Feb 8 - March 3 24 29.8"
Analysis of NOAA's  Local Climatological Data

 

 

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Adam Carpentieri

Great post! Remember it like it was yesterday. The wind swept swept snowdrifts, the plows that simply gave up and were stranded. Man, what a wild time. And don’t forget sandy would hit not too long after.

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