Thursday, January 27, 2011

Oh, the way, it just took me three hours to shovel another one of those global warming blizzards off my driveway...

Snowstorm Shatters New York City, Philadelphia Records

New York City and Philadelphia are just two of the communities across the mid-Atlantic that broke daily snowfall records on Wednesday. For a more elite group that includes New York City, this month is now the snowiest January in history.

With the disruptive storm over, final snow tallies exceed a foot throughout the corridor from Philadelphia to New York City.

Places across southern New England have joined this list with more to follow once the snowstorm finally comes to an end this morning.

The recent storm total snowfall in New York City was 19.0 inches. The 12.3 inches that fell alone on Wednesday broke the day's long-standing snowfall record of 9 inches from 1871.

The storm also pushed the month's snow total to 36.0 inches in New York City. That makes this January the snowiest on record, bypassing January 1925 and its 27.4 inches.

This January is also now New York City's second all-time snowiest month, falling short to February 2010 and its 36.9 inches. There is more snow coming this month and in the not to distant future.

In addition, this is the first time in recorded history that New York City has had two snowstorms drop 18.0 inches or more of snow in the same winter. The last one was the post-Christmas blizzard in December.

Ironically, both of these snowstorms, the one in December and the one in January, hit New York City on the 26th and 27th of the month.

The seasonal snowfall now stands at 56.1 inches in New York City. The snowiest season on record occurred during the winter of 1995-96, when 75.6 inches of snow fell. Given the expected weather pattern over the next month or so, this figure is well within reach. Currently this winter stands at number 6 on the all-time snowiest winters on record.


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