Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by SACRUS

  1. Records:




    EWR: 62 (1973)
    LGA: 59 (1988)
    NYC: 59 (1988)


    LGA; -1 (1961)
    EWR:  -2 (1961)
    NYC: -3 (1881)



    1988 - A dying low pressure system over southern California deluged the San Diego coastal mountains with more than four inches of rain causing half a million dollars damage. Arctic air invading the north central U.S. sent the mercury plunging to 38 degrees below zero at Park Rapids MN.  Raleigh NC reported a record high of 75 degrees along with other east cost cities. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)


  2. Records



    EWR: 68 (1989)
    NYC: 67 (1989)
    LGA: 66 (1989)


    EWR: 1 (1935)
    NYC: -2 (1920)
    LGA: 3 (1961)


    1951 - The greatest ice storm of record in the U.S. produced glaze up to four inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania causing twenty-five deaths, 500 serious injuries, and 100 million dollars damage. Tennessee was hardest hit by the storm. Communications and utilities were interrupted for a week to ten days. (David Ludlum)

     - While arctic cold continued to invade the central U.S., fifty-four cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. Russell KS, the hot spot in the nation with a high of 84 degrees the previous day, reported a morning low of 12 above. Tioga ND reported a wind chill reading of 90 degrees below zero. (The National Weather Summary)



    • Like 3
  3. 1 hour ago, LibertyBell said:

    Thanks Tony-- so during the noreaster phase of the storm the heaviest snow was to our south (with DC getting 20 inches) and during the wrap around part of the storm, the heaviest snows were upstate?


    Sounds about right - id have to check the details.  I remember the following winter more as a kid than this event.  That seems like a long drawn out low maybe with some overrunning ahead of the main coastal. 

    • Like 1
  4. 7 minutes ago, LibertyBell said:

    I knew winter 1965-66 had way more snow to our south....


    That storm was mainly Jan 27-30 and gave our are 6 - 10 inches.   Upstate NY (Oswego) had over 100 inches.


    The storm began as a nor'easter, which affected the New York City metro area and was followed by heavy "wraparound" lake effect snows. Winds were more than 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) during the storm, and at Fair Haven, New York they are believed to have exceeded 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). The snow was badly drifted and roads and schools closed as long as a week. Drifts covered entire 2 story houses.


    A total of 103 inches (260 cm) of snow was recorded at Oswego, 50 inches (130 cm) of this falling on the last day of the storm alone.[7] 50 inches (130 cm) of snow were also recorded at Camden, New York on the same day. This was the largest single day snowfall in New York history.[8] The last day of the blizzard the winds subsided and snowburst conditions prevailed, with the snow falling straight down. Fair Haven did not have official snowfall records at the time, but state troopers reported measuring 100 inches (250 cm) of snow on the level, where none had been prior to the storm. Syracuse, New York received a record snowfall of 42.3 inches (107 cm) which remained their heaviest storm on record, until the Blizzard of 1993.[7]


    The storm lasted from January 27 to January 31, 1966, a total of 4½ days. The daily snowfall totals for Oswego are as follows.


    January 27, 1966: 8 inches (20 cm)

    January 28, 1966: 12 inches (30 cm)

    January 29, 1966: 11 inches (28 cm)

    January 30, 1966: 21 inches (53 cm)

    January 31, 1966: 50 inches (130 cm)

    On January 22–23 of 1966, the city of Batavia and Genesee County had 2 feet (61 cm) of snow fall on that Saturday night alone. The only thing that prevented that snowstorm from becoming a true blizzard like this infamous one of the very next weekend was the lack of high winds.[7]":




    • Like 2
    • Thanks 2
  5. Records



    EWR: 64 (1947)
    NYC: 63 (1947)
    LGA: 61 (1974)

    EWR: 1 (1948)
    NYC: -1 (1920)
    LGA: 2 (1948)


    1966 - A blizzard struck the northeastern U.S. When the storm came to an end, twenty inches of snow covered the ground at Washington D.C. (David Ludlum)



    1911 - Tamarack, CA, was without snow the first eight days of the month, but by the end of January had been buried under 390 inches of snow, a record monthly total for the U.S. (The Weather Channel)


    • Like 3
    • Thanks 1




    EWR: 66 (2013. 2006)
    NYC: 64 (2006)
    LGA: 63 (2006)


    EWR: 3 (1935)
    NYC: 2 (1873)
    LGA: 4 (1948)



    1987 - A winter storm brought more heavy snow to the North Atlantic Coast Region, with 13.6 inches reported at Hiram ME. January proved to be the snowiest of record for much of Massachusetts. Worcester MA reported an all-time monthly record of 46.8 inches of snow. (National Weather Summary)



    • Thanks 1
  7. Records



    EWR: 70 (2002)
    NYC: 69 (2002)
    LGA: 68 (2002)


    EWR: 0 (1977)
    NYC: 0 (1873)
    LGA: 7 (2005)


    Historical :

    1780 - On the coldest morning of a severe winter the mercury dipped to 16 degrees below zero at New York City, and reached 20 degrees below zero at Hartford CT. New York Harbor was frozen for five weeks, allowing a heavy cannon to be taken across the ice to fortify the British on Staten Island. (The Weather Channel)

    • Like 3
    • Thanks 2
  8. 48 hour arctic shot Friday - Sunday - looks similar to Christmas Eve into Christmas day type readings.   Have to wonder if a clipper starts to show up on guidance towards the end of the weekend.    Beyond there back on the warmer side of the street by the 7th.



    • Like 2
  9. Today's records


    NYC: 66 (1916)
    EWR: 62 (2002)
    LGA: 60 (2002)



    EWR: -4 (1935)
    NYC: -2 (1925)
    LGA: 7 (2005)


    1922 - The "Knickerbocker" storm immobilized the city of Washington D.C. The storm produced 28 inches of snow in 32 hours, and the heavy snow caused the roof of the Knickerbocker movie theatre to collapse killing 96 persons. (David Ludlum)



  10. This would have been something to be part of

    Jan 25 - 29 1821 "The Hudson River was frozen solid during the midst of the coldest winter in forty-one years. Thousands of persons crossed the ice from New York City to New Jersey, and refreshment taverns were set up in the middle of the river to warm pedestrians. (David Ludlum)


    This year pina coladas 

    • Like 2
  11. Records - I recall that artic cold in 1994 with some flash freezing around this time and the big chill coming in 2005.


    EWR: 69 (1974)
    NYC: 69 (1916, 1974)
    LGA: 66 (1974)



    EWR: -2 (1994)
    NYC: -1 (1927)
    LGA : 0 (1994)

    • Like 1
  12. 57 minutes ago, MANDA said:

    Record lows from the Regan Inaugural outbreak.  Remember it well.  Was an intense, widespread and classic outbreak from right over the pole.  If memory serves 850's dipped to -38 / -39 along the MN border.  I have the old DIFAX maps in a box somewhere in the basement.  Amazing outbreak.

    Another great reference to the historic 1985 cold wave




  13. https://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/anniversary-of-the-great-cold-wave-of-january-21-1985.html

    Anniversary of the Great Cold Wave of January 21, 1985

    By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:57 PM GMT on January 21, 2014

    Anniversary of the Great Cold Wave of January 21, 1985

    Another arctic outbreak is heading into the eastern third of the nation today. Temperatures will be frigid (as witnessed by Embarass, Minnesota which bottomed out at -37° this morning (January 21st). But the current cold wave pales in comparison to what was happening at this time back in 1985. Here is a summary of that historic event.


    Surface conditions for the eastern U.S. at 7 a.m. January 21, 1985. The coldest morning in the Southeast since February 1899. NWS/NOAA Daily Weather Map.

    In what was the most intense cold wave to invade the Southeast of the U.S. since the great arctic outbreak of February 1899 temperatures on January 21, 1985 fell below zero as far south as southern Alabama and Georgia. All-time cold records were set at many significant sites from Chicago to Charleston, South Carolina. Here is a selection of some of the sites, with long historical periods of record, where all-time cold records were set:


    List of significant sites with long POR’s that broke their official all-time cold records during the January 20-22, 1985 cold wave. The cities with the dashed lines under the temperatures are places that recorded even colder temperatures during what was likely THE worst cold wave ever experienced in the Southeast: that of February 8, 1835. The temperature on that date fell to -10° at Athens, GA, -4° at Augusta, GA, 0° at Savannah, GA, and 1° at Charleston, SC. Data from Weather Underground Record Extremes archive.

    In addition to the cities above several state records for cold were also broken:

    -34° NORTH CAROLINA, Mt. Mitchell on January 21

    -30° VIRGINIA, Mt. Lake Biology Station on January 21, 1985

    -19° SOUTH CAROLINA, Caesars Head on January 21

    Actually, a temperature of -22° was observed at Hogback Mountain, South Carolina as well. It is not clear to me why this figure has apparently not been accepted as the ‘official’ state record (I inquired about this to the South Carolina State Climatology Office but never received a response).


    In a way somewhat similar to the cold wave earlier this month, the January 20-22, 1985 event passed quickly across the region so that record low maximum temperatures were a matter of just where you were when the core of the cold air passed. We can see this clearly in the map below of max and min temps published at 7 a.m. ET on January 21, 1985. The maximum temperatures indicated were for the 12-hour period ending at 7 p.m. on January 20th and the minimum temperatures are for the 12-hour period ending at 7 a.m. on January 21st. Note the amazing ‘high’ temperature of -7° at Nashville on the 20th. However, the official daily max for that day in Nashville was actually 7° which occurred just after midnight on the 20th (the record low max for Nashville is 2° on January 12, 1918).


    One can only imagine the frenzy that would engulf popular media should a cold wave of this magnitude occur again! ‘The Uber-Polar Vortex Attack!!’

    Christopher C. Burt
    Weather Historian
    • Like 3

    Sun sets at 5:00 PM again , since Nov 5th DST 


    Record Highs

    EWR: 63 (2006)
    LGA: 64 (2006)
    NYC: 63 (2006)
    JFK: 61 (2006)

    Record Lows:

    NYC: -2 (1985)
    JFK: -2 (1985)
    LGA: -3 (1985)
    EWR: -8 (1985)


    • Thanks 1



    EWR: 72 (2007)
    NYC: 72 (2007)
    LGA: 72 (2007)
    JFK:  71 (2007)
    PHL: 73 (2007)

    Lows: also see records in 1910

    NYC:  -2 (1896)
    PHL: 4 (1896)
    EWR: 6 (2018)
    JFK: 7 (2018)
    LGA: 8 (2018)

    • Thanks 1
  • Create New...