Saturday, February 8, 2014

The biggest NYC Blizzards in History

In honor of the blizzard like conditions we've been experiencing lately, I thought I'd share some of the biggest blizzards in New York recorded history...
The Blizzard of 1888 occurred in the NorthEast of the US. The storm struck in early March and started out as a serious rain storm. From Sunday night to Monday morning, the temperature plummeted and the rain turned to snow. In the end, New York City received 22 inches of snow, shutting the city down and causing floods when the snow melted.

The Blizzard of 1993 effected 26 states! This storm broke numerous weather records. A low temperature of minus 12 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded at Burlington, VT, while even Daytona Beach, FL, felt the effects, with a low of 31 degrees Fahrenheit. Birmingham, AL, received more than a foot of snow, with four inches falling as far south as Atlanta, GA.  Mountainous areas in the Appalachians and Catskills got the most snow, with recorded totals of 50 inches or more. Wind speeds topped 70 mph in many places, and topped 100 mph in a few locations. Using storm surge and barometric pressure data, meteorologists say the Storm of the Century was the equivalent of a category three hurricane!

The Great snow of 1717 was really a series of four storms that struck in quick succession in late February and early March of 1717. No one is quite sure how widespread the effects were, as record-keeping was spotty in colonial New England. Such a massive snowfall would've hit hard in any era. But at a time when one could travel only by horseback or on foot, when no method of snow removal beyond a shovel and a strong back was available, and when many small communities struggled in ordinary winter conditions, the Great Snow hit especially hard. Roads were blocked for a week or more, and travel between New York City and Boston was impossible. 

So, as my mom would say, "It could always be worse".