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NorEaster07
post Jan 21 2017, 06:49 AM
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Kennedy inauguration 1961.





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8 inches of snow fell and caused the most crippling traffic jam (for its time). Hundreds of cars were marooned and thousands of cars were abandoned. The president-elect had to cancel dinner plans and, in a struggle to keep other commitments, is reported to have had only 4 hours of sleep. Former President Herbert Hoover was unable to fly into Washington National Airport due to the weather and he had to miss the swearing-in ceremony.

On the eve of John F. Kennedy's inauguration (January 19, 1961), the Weather Bureau's morning forecast (shown above) called for the evolution of a nasty mix of precipitation. Snow was predicted to begin in the morning, change to rain in the afternoon and then back to snow overnight before ending early Inauguration Day morning. But in actuality, all snow fell, and a large amount in a short period of time.

As the weather map above shows (left panel), on January 19, low pressure developing in Tennessee Valley interacted with a large Arctic air mass over the Eastern third of the country. Note the big area of high pressure over Canada -- providing the cold air supply critical for snow. As the low headed eastward, snow began to fall in the middle of the afternoon. At the same time, temperatures quickly dropped below freezing. The temperature dropped from 34 to 28 degrees between 3 and 4 p.m. at National Airport as the snow picked up.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the snow became so heavy that afternoon that federal workers were released from work early:

[Federal workers] mixed with scores of inaugural visitors, and a monumental traffic jam ensued. Throughout the region, thousands of vehicles ran out of gas or were abandoned. Pre-Metro public transportation came to a grinding halt.

The snow intensified as a secondary storm developed off the North Carolina coast, tapping abundant moisture from the ocean. According to National Weather Service records, visibility in snow at Reagan National Airport was a half mile or less between 3 and 9 p.m. and snowfall rates were likely in the range of 1-2 inches per hour (0.85" liquid equivalent fell during this time).

Snow continued overnight as the storm moved up the coast as shown in the right panel above. The snow was lighter and more intermittent, but temperatures plunged through the 20s and winds increased to 20-25 mph.
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post Oct 4 2017, 05:43 AM
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October 4, 1987. Today is the 30th anniversary.

EARLY SNOWSTORM COVERS NORTHEAST - NYTimes.com

Reading this was interesting. Forgot about the leaves on trees thing and the crops that were still around! Lots of power outages everywhere and crop damage!

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Across much of New York State and the Northeast, leaf-laden trees caught falling snow and the weight snapped branches and toppled trees across power lines and roads

Crops of apples, peppers, eggplant and sweet corn were reported damaged.



I am sure in the 1980s models were showing it 1-2 days before at least, and they never bought it.

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The snow caught the region by surprise. The National Weather Service had forecast unseasonably cool weather and snow showers over parts of New York and New England, but there had been no talk of a walloping big storm. Temperatures, in fact, skidded to new lows along much of the Eastern Seaboard, and records were tied or broken in 37 cities.



About the event and reports. And interestingly they mention a blizzard happening in October 1836 while there was another one October 1841. Late 1800's was wild.

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The storm - an Oct. 4 marvel caused by a collision of cold and soggy air masses - was the earliest in the region since the Army Signal Corps began keeping weather records in 1870. It eclipsed one that blew in on Oct. 10, 1925, and it even toppled the 150-year-old unofficial record - a blizzard that almanackers say hit on Oct. 6, 1836.


The snow began late Saturday night in many areas and, moving to the east, continued through the morning before tapering off in the early to middle afternoon. Moderating temperatures late in the day began melting the snow in many sections, leaving slush and soggy terrain.

Except for the most mountainous areas, the snow was expected to be gone today with a return to far more autumnal weather: mostly sunny skies with temperatures reaching into the 60's over much of the Northeast.

The heaviest snow, 20 inches, was reported at East Jewett, in Greene County, south of Albany. Elsewhere in New York State, the National Weather Service reported accumulations of up to 15 inches in Ulster County, 13 inches in Rensselaer County, 12 inches in the Catskills and 10 inches in Columbia County.

The hills around Albany had up to 10 inches of snow, and farther down the Hudson Valley accumulations were as high as 10 inches in Dutchess County, 7 inches in Putnam County and 3 inches in northern Westchester County. The only snow in New Jersey fell in the northwest corner of the state, where accumulations of 3 inches were reported. Berkshire County Hit Hard

In Connecticut, northwestern sections reported up to 9 inches of snow, while 4 to 6 inches fell in parts of interior Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Danbury and New Milford had 3 inches, but there were only flurries in Stamford, and Hartford had rain.

In Vermont, 8 to 12 inches of snow were reported in high elevations around Bennington, in the southwestern corner of the state. Shaftsbury had 11 inches. Heavy snows were reported in the southern reaches of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

In Massachusetts, the storm hit hardest in western Berkshire County, where up to 18 inches fell; Great Barrington and Pittsfield declared states of emergency because of widespread power failures and hazardous driving.
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