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New England snowstorm memories.


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That storm was brutal for me. We had about 7” of sand where I was in ORH but my current location just to the east had about 16”. That mesoband you see in the last radar image posted by 4 seasons just rotted and I was smoking exhaust to the west. I did get in on it initially which literally dropped like 3” of snow in 90 minutes but then it slid east quickly and rotted. That’s why my current place had so much more. 
 

I guess I can’t complain too much though...the day after the storm I had to drive to Springfield MA and they had almost nothing...just a dusting. They basically got shutout. The snow dropped off really quickly about 10-20 miles west of ORH. 

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5 hours ago, ORH_wxman said:

That storm was brutal for me. We had about 7” of sand where I was in ORH but my current location just to the east had about 16”. That mesoband you see in the last radar image posted by 4 seasons just rotted and I was smoking exhaust to the west. I did get in on it initially which literally dropped like 3” of snow in 90 minutes but then it slid east quickly and rotted. That’s why my current place had so much more. 
 

I guess I can’t complain too much though...the day after the storm I had to drive to Springfield MA and they had almost nothing...just a dusting. They basically got shutout. The snow dropped off really quickly about 10-20 miles west of ORH. 

Yet another storm that happened less than a week before Christmas where the snow was completely wiped come Christmas morning here 

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11 minutes ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

Yet another storm that happened less than a week before Christmas where the snow was completely wiped come Christmas morning here 

There’s no way it was wiped clean Xmas morning there. The torch storm didn’t happen until the 27th. 

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15 minutes ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

I’m almost positive we didn’t have snow on the ground. I worked Christmas even that year and I remember it was in the process of being destroyed 

NWS Taunton had a snow depth of 8 inches on Xmas. Depth of 7 inches on 12/26. 4 inches on 12/27...then wiped out by 12/28. 
 

I double checked further south too at east wareham coop and they had very similar numbers. 

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5 hours ago, ORH_wxman said:

That storm was brutal for me. We had about 7” of sand where I was in ORH but my current location just to the east had about 16”. That mesoband you see in the last radar image posted by 4 seasons just rotted and I was smoking exhaust to the west. I did get in on it initially which literally dropped like 3” of snow in 90 minutes but then it slid east quickly and rotted. That’s why my current place had so much more. 
 

I guess I can’t complain too much though...the day after the storm I had to drive to Springfield MA and they had almost nothing...just a dusting. They basically got shutout. The snow dropped off really quickly about 10-20 miles west of ORH. 

Epic death band here and the winds the next day were ferocious with mega drifting. 

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My first real weather memory was the blizzard of '78. As a 7 year old, I remember being outside with my dad at our house in Millis MA and building a wind break in the snow. I distinctly remember how the snow was being blown so hard it hurt your face. We had to walk to the nearest convenience store at one point, somewhere over on route 109, which was probably a couple of miles. I wonder if my parents have any photos still kicking around. Someday I hope to experience another event like that. I think the nearest to that in terms of disruption was the '08 ice storm up here.

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On 12/19/2021 at 7:43 AM, The 4 Seasons said:

Today is the 12 year anniversay of the December 19-20th 2009 nor'easter that heavily affect eastern and southeastern southern New England. Low pressure tracked just outside the 40/70 benchmark.

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There was a very sharp gradient and cut-off between heavy accumulations and near nothing. In Connecticut NW CT received next to nothing while eastern and SE eastern CT accumulations approached 2 feet. Here, on the line we picked up 10-12" (estimate).

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Blizzard warnings went up for all of long island and southeast mass. Mostly warnings and advisories for southern New England. 

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That one was both fun and a little painful.  The meat of the deform was tantalizingly close, but I couldn't coax it in.

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Here are a few fond memories from Cambridge in Feb '15. I don't remember the exact date, but this was the mid-level magic system where Jim Cantore had like 6 thundersnow strikes in Plymouth. MIT had a snow farm on Albany that was a good five or six floors tall and there was another one on Binney where some maples were almost entirely buried. I thought Jan '11 in southern CT was going to be tops for my lifetime. Little did I know what was coming.

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14 hours ago, rimetree said:

My first real weather memory was the blizzard of '78. As a 7 year old, I remember being outside with my dad at our house in Millis MA and building a wind break in the snow. I distinctly remember how the snow was being blown so hard it hurt your face. We had to walk to the nearest convenience store at one point, somewhere over on route 109, which was probably a couple of miles. I wonder if my parents have any photos still kicking around. Someday I hope to experience another event like that. I think the nearest to that in terms of disruption was the '08 ice storm up here.

That's cool...especially because it was this same event as an 8 year old in Granby CT that cemented my interest in weather. (Also the Windsor Locks tornado a year later). We already had an awesome pack in '78. I remember we had gone to the bus stop Monday morning and the bus was late. A friends mom came by and told us school was cancelled. We didn't really understand because it was only flurrying but found out why soon enough! Late morning my dad came home from work and we all had to help my neighbor get his truck unstuck, it was blocking our driveway. We ended up being out of school til the following Monday. To this day I swear that the official measurements for this storm are way on the low side. I was only a kid, however both my dad and grandfather said they measured about 28 inches in both Granby and Simsbury...and my Grandfather was NOT someone who would not exaggerate. I would love to see something like this again! By far the closest we've come in this area was the 2013 blizzard. More snow, but less drifting here. If it hadn't happened on a weekend I believe the impact would have been different. It took me two long days to completely snowplow my route, and at the time I only had like 15 driveways.

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1 hour ago, UnitedWx said:

That's cool...especially because it was this same event as an 8 year old in Granby CT that cemented my interest in weather. (Also the Windsor Locks tornado a year later). We already had an awesome pack in '78. I remember we had gone to the bus stop Monday morning and the bus was late. A friends mom came by and told us school was cancelled. We didn't really understand because it was only flurrying but found out why soon enough! Late morning my dad came home from work and we all had to help my neighbor get his truck unstuck, it was blocking our driveway. We ended up being out of school til the following Monday. To this day I swear that the official measurements for this storm are way on the low side. I was only a kid, however both my dad and grandfather said they measured about 28 inches in both Granby and Simsbury...and my Grandfather was NOT someone who would not exaggerate. I would love to see something like this again! By far the closest we've come in this area was the 2013 blizzard. More snow, but less drifting here. If it hadn't happened on a weekend I believe the impact would have been different. It took me two long days to completely snowplow my route, and at the time I only had like 15 driveways.

I experienced this storm on LI.  30” fell where I was on the north shore of the island.  What I remember about it was the number of hours that the visibility was consistently 1/4 mile or less.  They had to use payloaders through the duration of the storm to clear the streets .  I did not see something like that until 2016 when we had the same amount where I live in eastern PA.  Visibility wise that one was not as spectacular however it did the job.  

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Ill post tomorrow about the Dec 30th, 2000, event. But i was scrolling through my photos and saw these for the first time in a while @Hoth

I drove up to Boston at the end of the last storm Feb 14-15th. This was, for all intents and purposes, the last big storm they would see that marked an end to the crazy snow blitz of 1717. It was a Monday, February 16th and for some reason i thought it was a good idea to drive up there in my rear-wheel-drive car as i thought the roads would be cleared for the most part. It was very sketchy at times but well worth it. Here's a couple select photos.

 

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This is the 45th anniversary of the 12/29/76 storm....that really kicked off an amazing period for eastern MA...esp just barely W of BOS....like the 128 belt.

This was Ray's dream storm. There was a band of 18-20" that went from N RI up through 128 belt....while ORH had 4".

 

 

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9 hours ago, The 4 Seasons said:

Ill post tomorrow about the Dec 30th, 2000, event. But i was scrolling through my photos and saw these for the first time in a while @Hoth

I drove up to Boston at the end of the last storm Feb 14-15th. This was, for all intents and purposes, the last big storm they would see that marked an end to the crazy snow blitz of 1717. It was a Monday, February 16th and for some reason i thought it was a good idea to drive up there in my rear-wheel-drive car as i thought the roads would be cleared for the most part. It was very sketchy at times but well worth it. Here's a couple select photos.

 

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These are awesome. I lost so many of my pictures of that month. As you can see, the parking situation was like something out of Lord of the Flies. Open spaces were guarded quite vigorously. My bro lived in Charlestown, and people would smear feces or slash tires or knock off a mirror if someone dared to take their parking space. It got pretty contentious. I guess people felt that going through the work of clearing a space every few days conferred ownership.

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Today is the 21st anniversary of the Dec 30th 2000 nor'easter that dumped a foot of snow on New York City. This was the first storm for me growing up that really got me excited about weather and the first big one that i can remember. 

The Dec 30th storm was a classic Miller B set up with low pressure exploding off the DELMARVA in response to upper level energy and a low closing off at H5 all the way through H3. This storm was very hyped up on new media and most significant due to the fact: 1) this was the first major nor'easter for NYC since 1996 2) it was occurring right before a major holiday, New Years. Another thing that made this storm noteworthy is that it is an example of a rare instance of near N-S running rain/snow line and New York City getting significant snowfall while Boston received mainly rain. This was mainly due to the fact of low pressure tracking over eastern LI and into SE CT/RI putting E MA and Boston on the warm side with an easterly on-shore flow from the relatively warm ocean water. 

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This was a quick moving storm, occuring during daylight hours and snowfall rates of 2-3" per hour over NJ/NY/CT. It was also a very fast-moving system with the bulk of the accumulating snow occurring over a 6-9 hour period. Some parts of upper state NY picked up about 2 feet of snow. The highest totals for CT were in far western and sw parts of the state with the least over New London county. 

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NYC: 12.0

BDR: 10.0

BDL: 7.4

ORH: 6.5

BOS: 0.5

North Haven: 10-12 (estimate)

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Found this image of the WTC from the NYC forums that Forky said he took a few days after the storm.

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