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Philadelphia Historical Snowfall Data:


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Hi Everyone,

I’m in the exhaustive and tedious process of compiling and tabulating  historical/climatological “snowfall” data for numerous U.S. eastern cities.  This is the first one I’ve completed thus far, and thought you might find it as interesting as I do, myself.  
 

Here’s to hoping you can add to the following listing of the “top ten greatest individual snowstorms” before this particular season comes to a conclusion.  
 

1) Philadelphia, PA:

A) Latest 30 year seasonal snowfall average:

1994-2023: 23.0” (689.1”)

B) Average seasonal snowfall for full period of record:

1885-2023: 22.8” (3163.4”)

C) Top ten snowiest seasons:

2009-2010: 78.7”

2013-2014: 68.0”

1995-1996: 65.5”

1898-1899: 55.4”

1977-1978: 54.9”

1960-1961: 49.1”

2002-2003: 46.3”

1917-1918: 44.9”

1966-1967: 44.3”

1981-1982: 43.9”

D) Top five least snowiest seasons:

1972-1973: Trace

2022-2023: 0.3”

2019-2020: 0.3”

1997-1998: 0.8”

1949-1950: 2.0”

E) Top ten greatest individual snowstorms:

1. 31.0” (Jan. 6-8, 1996)

2. 28.5” (Feb. 5-6, 2010)

3. 23.2” (Dec. 19-20, 2009)

4. 22.4” (Jan. 23-24, 2016)

5. 21.2” (Feb. 11-12, 1983)

6. 21.0” (Dec. 25-26, 1909)

7. 19.4” (April 3-4, 1915)

8. 18.9” (Feb. 12-14, 1899)

9. 18.7” (Feb. 16-17, 2003)

10. 16.7” (Jan. 22-24, 1935)

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1 hour ago, snowwors2 said:

Nice & interesting work…

I'm blessed to have been alive for 8 of the top 10 snowiest seasons…Thank you for your work and for sharing‼️

That’s amazing that you have experienced, firsthand, the vast majority of the greatest seasons of snowfall in the Philadelphia region.   Thank you for the kind words as well. 

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Thanks for posting! I was here for 7 of the 10 (missed #6 by a couple weeks because I was 2 weeks late being born according to my mom :lmao:). I still laugh with one of my sisters about the '66 blizzard when we had our snowsuits and Yogi Bear snow boots, with shovels ready to dig out the area in front of the garage at our first house. :lol: 

The summer of '66 was a hot one as a note (at least for back then - hit 104 at one point which I think still stands as the 2nd highest ever recorded in Philly to date).  My mom was pregnant with my little sister at the time.

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43 minutes ago, Birds~69 said:

Overall 6/10 for myself...but all of the top 5.

46F/cloudy

We saw the 6 out of 10 of the best winters and should be happy with that. Now we have a long wait and need to cryogenically freeze ourselves for thousands of years until the next ice age.

 

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6 minutes ago, snowwors2 said:

If so, you’re a VERY old man⁉️:oldman:

 

 

2009-2010: 78.7” 

2013-2014: 68.0”

1995-1996: 65.5” 

1898-1899: 55.4” 

1977-1978: 54.9”

You misunderstood.

E) Top ten greatest individual snowstorms:

1. 31.0” (Jan. 6-8, 1996)

2. 28.5” (Feb. 5-6, 2010)

3. 23.2” (Dec. 19-20, 2009)

4. 22.4” (Jan. 23-24, 2016)

5. 21.2” (Feb. 11-12, 1983)

.....and number 9. 18.7” (Feb. 16-17, 2003) would be my 6th.

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16 hours ago, Birds~69 said:

You misunderstood.

E) Top ten greatest individual snowstorms:

1. 31.0” (Jan. 6-8, 1996)

2. 28.5” (Feb. 5-6, 2010)

3. 23.2” (Dec. 19-20, 2009)

4. 22.4” (Jan. 23-24, 2016)

5. 21.2” (Feb. 11-12, 1983)

.....and number 9. 18.7” (Feb. 16-17, 2003) would be my 6th.

March 13, 1993 should be included as well. Snow accumulation wasn’t as great but for intensity it was.

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