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  1. My first interest in weather started with the March 1956 snow storm when the NYC schools were closed - I was 9 years old. My interest was further increased with the March 1960 blizzard but was firmly cemented with the surprise Dec 1960 blizzard. From that point on I was hooked, especially with the Jan and Feb snowstorms coming right after the Dec storm. It's not abated since. Vic V
  2. Bensonhurst Brooklyn - Snow moderate to heavy , temp at 32, about 1 inch on the sidewalk. Vic V.
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    1/4 Mega Bomb obs.

    For nycemt123 Picture does not do justice to the intensity - Cameron Ct Vic V
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    1/4 Mega Bomb obs.

    Here in Brooklyn - Bensonhurst 66th St and 17th Ave - white out condition with heavy snow and very strong gusting winds. Temp around 22 degrees. This is the worst of the storm so far . Reminiscent of the Boxing Day storm. Won't go out to clear snow until conditions get better. Vic V
  5. I would pick the Dec 23 1963 storm which dropped 6 inches of snow and had temps mostly in the 20's for NYC and Brooklyn.
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    Favorite Weather Moment

    As with Uncle, I have had many memories since I have been following the weather since I was 11 or 12 (1958). But the event that caused me to become a lifetime follower of the weather was the Dec 11, 12 1960 snow storm . That storm was forecast to drop 2 to 4 inches but ended up dumping about 20 inches in Brooklyn (Bushwick-Ridgewood) where I lived at the time. I can vividly recall waking up to go to school - it was a Monday - and seeing a wall of white outside my window with a strong and gusty wind. It became bitterly cold. I saw my father trying to dig out his car for work but eventually giving up. It was the only time I can recall my father not making it to work. Many great storms to follow - Donna, snowstorms of 1978,1983,1993,2010, etc and the great 1996 blizzard but for me it all started in Dec 1960.
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    NYC almanac for December 24th

    "...A very underrated snowstorm" I completely agree. I then was 17 and working as a mail and messenger clerk for AT&T at 195 Broadway, my first job. That day my supervisor asked me to make two trips to 140 West St, then NY Tellephone, which made me walk into the teeth of a powerful wind field. One my second trip a man walking beside me was blown off his feet on Fulton St. as I had to hold on to railings along the way not to go down myself. It was bitterly cold with temps around 20 degrees if I remember correctly and going down into the teens. After the second trip my supervisor asked me to make a thrid trip and for the only time in my 45 years of work that followed I refused which could have led to my being fired. But what I remember most was late that night I was walking home from the F train, then on McDonald Ave in Brooklyn, and for the only time in my life I became aware that the cold and wind was becoming a threat to my safety. I was very happy to get home As you say, a very underated storm and one of the few true blizzards I have experienced.
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    NYC almanac for December 24th

    You are correct - a very much underrated storm. I was working at AT&T on Fulton St in lower Manhattan as a mail room messenger and had to make several deliveries in the middle of the storm. The wind was very strong in lower Manhattan reminiscent of the Boxing day storm. During my third delivery I was struggling against the wind, holding on to whatever I could find to keep from falling down, when a gust of wind knocked down someone walking along side of me. I had to help him to his feet . When I got back to the office I was told to make a fourth trip. For the only time in my life I refused a direct order even though I could have been fired. My boss looked out at the storm and said forget about it. A very underrated storm. Vic V
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    NYC's worst snow years

    1972-73 was the worst for me as it was the first time in my life that we had so little snow. It was the first time that NYC had less than 10 inches of snow in my experience - I was born in 1946 - and I had grown to think that less than 10 inches was almost impossible. Well, as your statistics show it certainly is possible. Vic V
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    NYC almanac for December 24th

    You are right about busts going the other way. I seem to remember that busts going the 'wrong' way far outpaced the other way busts. I can remember two wrong way busts that same winter of 1960-61 . One called for a ten inch storm in January 1961 but the storm went out to sea so we got 3 to 4 inches - a partial bust. But we had a true bust when, I think this was in late February, we were supposed to go from rain to snow with a lot of accumulation. I remember that the temperature was in the mid 40's for the 6 o'clock news and I stayed up until the 11 pm news and the temp was 47 when it was supposed to crash. I woke up around 3 am and it was pouring rain and mild. A really big disappointment.Many more would follow over the years. And I also agree that part of the fun was the uncertainty which was much more prevalent than today with the much improved short term forecasting capabilities we now have. Vic V
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    NYC almanac for December 24th

    That video sure brings back memories. Dec 1960 is still my favorite storm. I was 14 living in Bushwick Brooklyn and remember the forecast was for 2 to 4 inches. Starting snowing around 2 PM which was Sunday dinner time for us. I went to a friends apartment that evening and on the way home at around 9 PM I noticed the snow picking up in intensity. It was cold and for the first time ever I noticed the reflections of light in the crystals on the snow on the ground from the street lights. Early next morning, a Monday, I awoke to an unbelievable scene of white out conditions and snow covering the front fenders of parked cars - the key indicator that a really big storm was upon us like the previous March snowstorm. Finally, I can still see my father trying to dig out his car to go to work and me opening my window to yell at him that was crazy. I thought my father would not take lightly to my criticism but to my astonishment he dropped the shovel and replied - 'your right' and for the only time I can remember he did not get to work. As you pointed out that was the start of a terrific winter that shut down a bit early. Vic V
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