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post Feb 6 2011, 03:26 AM
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I can update mine to December 17th-22nd, 2010 - over 10" of nonstop torrential rains from Pineapple Express storm train! cool.gif

I think you guys on the east got the leftovers of what we got here tongue.gif


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post Feb 25 2011, 12:58 AM
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2/1-2/3 2011.
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post Feb 27 2011, 01:19 PM
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Definitely the 2011 Blizzard.
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post Mar 15 2011, 10:09 PM
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For here near Baltimore:

I will have to go with the Blizzard of "93"

and also a close runner up was last years Blizzard on Feb 5th and 6th 2010

as BOTH blizzards gave my area close to 30" per storm.
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post Apr 2 2011, 09:39 PM
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There are a lot of candidates for me.

Blizzard of February 1978: I was just 5 years old, but the snow was so deep me and my sister were jumping off the roof into the snow. To this day it is the storm all others are compared with in southern New England.

December 1992: This storm broke the all-time record of 32.1" for Worcester, Mass. I was coming out of my last class of the day and what had been heavy rain had turned into huge snow flakes. My Dad picked me up to go home for the weekewnd. Bad idea as I ended up stuck at home with no power, heat, or water for three days. This was the start of the snowiest ever winter in Worcester with 120" - ten feet!

March 1993 Superstorm: While not the biggest storm IMBY, at 20.1" it was a top ten snowstorm in Worcester. I remember following the forcasts all week on the Weather Channel. This storm lived up to the hype.

April Fools Day Blizzard of 1997: Officially the most snow ever in Worcester: 33.0". It was in the sixties the day before the storm began and the forcasts of a storm really did seem like a joke. The storm ended up being much worse than predicted.

December 23, 1997: It was a couple days before Christmas and the forecast was for just 2 to 4 inches of snow from this storm. The storm ended up exploding and instead it was snowing 4" an hour. It was all over by noon, but we ended up with 18". It was a complete surprise. Traffic was an obsolute mess.
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post Aug 8 2011, 08:09 PM
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Easily the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011. No question about it. Nothing like 2.5' of snow with 15' drifts (I am not even lying-I measured them!) The fifteen footer was on the south side of my house. On the north side, there was 'only' about 12-18" of snow on the ground, while there was snow up to my chest on the south side of the house. Very interesting day, and a very photogenic one too.

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post Feb 25 2012, 10:35 AM
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Not the biggest in terms of accumulation (received 18" +/-) but certainly most impressive for MBY. Feb. 10 2010. Came 4 days after we received 26" from the Feb 4-5 storm.
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post Mar 5 2012, 01:25 PM
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I can't remember exactly what storm it was, but we were suppose to get four to eight inches and I was going to sleep outside in a sleeping bag. I ended up not, and we got 26 inches of snow or so. It was awesome!

Oh, and this year we had a convective snow squall move right through our area. I'd never seen anything like it, it looked like on Radar, a line of thunderstorms that were...well, snow. It came through with thunder and 60+ mph winds. The ground was bare before it came through, when it ended we had four inches in an hour or so. it was INSANE.


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post Mar 17 2012, 06:25 PM
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I don't remember exactly when this storm happened, but I think it was in the winter of 1997-1998. An El Nino storm hit one night. I think it started in the evening but most of the rainfall was over night. I remember a few hours that night where rain that sounded like a waterfall outside the window continued non-stop. By the morning, Lake Forest had received more than 7 inches of rainfall. Never at any time in my life do I ever remember getting anything even close to 7 inches in one night. That is basically half the annual average for precipitation!!! When I woke up there was flooding everywhere and our creek which is usually about 15 feet wide and 1 foot deep had become a raging river probably at least 15 feet deep and a couple hundred feet wide. Large parts of the concrete path well above the creek got washed away and carried who knows where. There was other damage to the creek which there is still evidence of today.

In December 2010, we got a 7-day period of rain that brought us about 12 inches with maybe 3 inches in one night, but that was nothing like that crazy storm that I just described.

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post Apr 28 2012, 01:03 PM
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QUOTE(jdrenken @ Jul 31 2010, 11:12 AM) *
I've got a few...

New Years Day storm of 1999 in Central IL Shut down Central IL for days and some areas of Peoria didn't get snow removed for weeks. They also started to dump snow in the Illinois River due to the amount.

November 30th-December 1st 2006 in Central MO. I was in the National Guard and we were tasked to help stranded motorist on I-70 which was closed from Kingdom City to Booneville. Also had Thundersnow with CG strikes.


Add GHD '11.

20" average of snow in my yard measured 5 times to make sure.


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post Aug 13 2012, 08:52 AM
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This one is pretty easy for me too. Definitely the Blizzard of '96. Or the "Great Blizzard" as I call it. For the life of me I don't understand why a lot of people don't even call it a blizzard. Winds were gusting well over 60mph in that storm here in eastern Long Island. We bagged at least 24" of snow and had countless drifts in the 10 to 15 foot range. The power was out for at least two days, the pipes froze, shingles were missing, we had siding damage, and we had frost on the interior walls inside the house because temps the night after the storm dumped to the lowest level in at least the last 20 years (-5ļF to -10ļF). One of the neighbors had a drift halfway up their second story window, they actually had no other way of getting out of their house than to climb out that window and slide down that drift! It was by far and away the worst storm I've ever seen.


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post Mar 17 2014, 08:00 AM
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Blizzard of 1996. In October of 1995 I was in a bad accident and could not shovel snow when the storm hit in January of 1996. The TV stations were quoting a total of 30", which was probably a mean. But I am sure that it was in the neighborhood of 36-38 inches IMBY, but it was hard to tell because the steady east wind piled drifts much higher. Sunday night the mets were predicting it would be over at 1 AM Monday. I hit the hay around eleven, and it was still coming down as hard as it was on Saturday afternoon. As I looked out the window I wondered what it would look like if it just kept right on snowing. I got up the next morning at six and it was still coming down as hard as it was when I went to bed. There were some heavy bands in the wraparound, and I am sure different areas around Harrisburg and Carlisle PA that had varying amounts. The twist: Carlisle townspeople became outraged because the borough brought giant snowblowers in and piled up snow in their backyards, in some places, ten to twelve feet deep. But at the end of January, temps in the high fifties moved in and it rained for two days straight. It remained warm for three days after the storm and the wind blew 50 mph the whole time. By February 4 not only was there no snow on the ground, the ground was completely dry. There were no more storms that winter.
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There are three weather related events that I distinctly remember.

1. Vermont January of 1969. Living there with my band where we had gone to write our masterpiece. There was about two feet of snow on the ground when it suddenly warmed up and poured rain for about six hours. Then the temperature dropped to ten below zero. We were up early and decided to go up to a plateau road well above the valley floor. We walked out on the fields and discovered that the snow had a huge crust of ice that supported us without crunching through the snowpack. It was early dawn, and there was no wind. We realized that we could spread out a hundred feet apart, and talk in a normal voice, and found that we could hear each other perfectly. I noticed a gurgling sound in the background, and it took me about five minutes to find the source. It was a small spring about 12" wide that was open down to the ground. Vapor was slowly streaming along the ground and dissipating quickly. I looked down into the bottom and saw tiny yellow flowers still growing. Mind blown.

2. Vermont October of 1973. I lived in one valley but worked on the other side of the mountain. One crisp frosted morning at dawn I was on the way to a job over the mountain and about halfway up was traveling on a mile of level road before the last climb over the top, and spotted a sugar maple at the end of the level road on which all its leaves were coated with frost. At that time the sun came up over the mountain behind me and began to hit the top of the tree and slowly slid down to the bottom. There was no wind that morning. I noticed that there was a large fluttering in the tree and at first I thought it was birds. But as I got closer, I realized that as the sun hit the leaves the frost melted and the heavy leaves began to fall, following the track of the sunlight right down to the tree bottom. The tree was almost completely denuded. Of course, I didn't have a camera. Mind blown.
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February 15-16, 1958: Over 14 inches of snow fell in the Baltimore area. Another nor'easter struck on March 21, but the heavy snow fell northeast of Washington. With the March storm, Westminister had 28 inches of snow on the ground and a total of 42 inches for the month.

I had just turned 6. Back then one of the main differences from today is how long big storms affected the area and people where they occurred. The main reason for that was road salt use had not come into its own yet. Snow pack could easily remain on the roads for well over a week. For me that meant sledding down the hill on Gary Drive. Today, road sledding is almost non-existent because of the tons of salt used in every storm.

I remember my Dadís fear that we would run out of heating oil since the Esso oil truck could not make it into our neighborhood. It took 6 days for our road to be plowed and that was finally done by a large road construction grader. Mom hung blankets up at the doorways leading into the living room so the heat from our fireplace would at least keep that room warm. Dad had turned the thermostat way back to save oil.

Several days after the storm, still unable to drive anywhere, we took a walk to Homewood to visit GM and GD. That was fun. We were able to walk down the middle of Frederick Road through the village since very few cars were on the roads yet. It was like a scene out of Courier & Ives as the street was filled with people.

One of my favorite post storm activities (after schools re-opened) was walking home from school up Frederick Road feeling like a mountain climber. After all good storms, the combination of plowed road snow and shoveled sidewalk snow created mountains of snow pile on the curbs. The challenge was walking on and staying on these piles from Bloomsbury Avenue to Locust Drive; coming off only to skip over the pileless holes where driveways and intersecting streets had left no mountains to traverse. What fun.

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January 30-31, 1966: A blizzard struck Washington and the Northeast US. One to two feet of snow covered a large part of Virginia and Maryland: Fredericksburg - 15.5 inches; Manassas - 13 inches; Washington - 14 inches (added to a previous snow, the depth on the ground came to 20 inches); and Baltimore - 12 inches. Intense blowing and drifting snow continued and kept roads closed for several more days crippling transportation lines and causing a food shortage and rationing.

I had just turned 14. See what I meanÖ..about the impact storms had on lives back in the good old days. Ron and I built a very large igloo in the front yard. We did not use the Eskimo method of stacking blocks of ice, but instead took most of the snow in the front yard and shoveled it into one big pile. After compacting it as best we could, we used small hand shovels to carve out the interior. It even had a tunnel entrance to keep out the cold air. Inside, which could easily hold 4 people, we laid down blankets(those old brown-green wool Army blankets) and could sit inside without having to keep our coats and gloves on. Toasty! That pile of snow hung around for weeks and weeks when all the other snow was long gone.

One of my best friends, Tim Ford, lived in Oak Forest. His back yard butted up to the Patapsco State Park. There was a moderately steep path that led from his backyard into the park, down to the infamous Pee Wee Falls (good name; it fell about 3 feet) and ending up near the swinging bridge. One night, Tim and I, along with Jim Wharton decided to turn this path into an Olympic venue. The three of us confiscated every half used candle we could find in our momís cupboards (Iím sure some brand new candles made it into our stash as well. What the heck, this was for Jim Mackay and ABC Sports). We placed these candles on either side of the path, close enough together to define the turns and twists in the path, but far enough apart to allow our course to extend as far as possible into the woods. We never measured it, but I would estimate the course pathway was over 200 feet long through the trees. It was all downhill from Timís driveway, where we started, to the finish line. Not having enough staff to conduct timed runs, (make that no staff) we decided each run would be judged on distance. Thatís because actually making it all the way to where the candles ended was almost impossible. You see, we didnít really have enough candles and ended up not marking all of the turns as well as we should have in an effort to add length to the course. Wipe-outs, usually accompanied by hysterical laughter emanating from the dark depths of the woods gave us an indication of how successful each run was. What a great night.
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November 11, 1987: The Veteran's Day Storm will not be forgotten by many Washington travelers. Almost a foot (11.5 inches) fell at National Airport. Prince Georges County, MD was hard hit with up to 13 inches of snow falling in a short amount of time. It caught motorists off guard and stranded cars on the Capitol Beltway. There were so many cars that snow plows could not get through to open the clogged arteries. Cars littered the roadway for more than 24 hours. The event precipitated the development of the Washington Metropolitan Area Snow Plan to facilitate preparedness and response to future storms.
This storm struck before the days of lightning detection networks and Doppler weather radar. When thunderstorms began dumping heavy snow over the Fredericksburg VA, forecasters had no idea. The storm moved northeast across the southern Metropolitan area (Prince Georges County). It was not until the fast accumulating snow hit Camp Springs, where at the time the Weather Forecast Office was located, did forecasters realize what was happening.

This is perhaps the most unusual storm I have ever experienced. As stated above, it was a complete surprise. That day I was working my job at Hechingerís corporate headquarters in Landover, Maryland (in Prince Georgeís county). There was snow in the forecast, but only minor amounts. It began snowing in the mid-morning and then all of a sudden it blew-up and stalled over PG county. It created such traffic problems that officials pleaded with DC area workers to stay at work and not get on the highways. Everyone stayed at Hechinger through the evening and the cafeteria workers began preparing to serve their first dinner in history. No one left. Finally, around 9PM, I left work and headed home to Catonsville. The drive which usually takes me 40 minutes, took 4 hours that night.

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For me it was the blizzard of 1993. I had just turned 15, and at the time we lived way out in the country. I hated school, and we got around a week off over that storm. It was great. The adults were thoroughly disgusted because it was the middle of March, which just added to my amusement.
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For me it would have to be the blizzard of february 18-19 ,1979. I remember being up all night watching it.I was only 12 years old. And ive had many blizzards thru the years but I still havent seen it snow as heavy as it did in the 1979 blizzard. That storm is what got me into meteorology. And I been studying it ever since smile.gif


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snow totals imby sparrows point md....

so far this winter 2014-1015...
nov 13...trace of snow
nov 26... .25 inches
nov 27...trace of snow
dec 11... .25 inches
Jan 6... 2.75 inches
Jan 9...trace of snow
Jan 21... 2.80 inches
Jan 25-26... 1.125 inches
Jan 29-30... .10 inches
Feb 1-2... .25 inches
Feb 14... 1.75 inches
Feb 16-17... 5.00 inches
Feb 21-22... 6.25 inches
Feb 26... 1.25 inches
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snow totals 2014-15..... 21.65 inches of snow




last 5 previous winter snow totals...
09-10....79.5
10-11....21.7
11-12....2.5
12-13....11.3
13-14....44.1
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