The official snow total from this week’s snowstorm is wrong. Hopefully it won’t go down in the record books but it probably will.
Strong winds made the snow difficult to measure but most of the weather observers that volunteer their time for the National Weather Service and for us here at NBC Connecticut seemed to have been spot on. Unfortunately the contractor that the NWS pays to measure snow at Bradley International Airport did a poor job measuring the snow and reported a grossly inflated figure. Normally the measurements from BDL are great but this one is totally out of whack.
Here are the snowfall totals from Hartford County from the NWS.
WINDSOR LOCKS 13.9 1028 AM 12/28 BDL GLASTONBURY 10.2 959 AM 12/27 HAM RADIO WETHERSFIELD 10.0 1015 AM 12/27 HAM RADIO SUFFIELD 9.5 808 PM 12/27 HAM RADIO MANCHESTER 9.0 152 PM 12/27 TRAINED SPOTTER NEWINGTON 8.0 1249 PM 12/27 GENERAL PUBLIC SOUTH WINDSOR 8.0 420 PM 12/27 TRAINED SPOTTER GRANBY 8.0 1009 AM 12/27 HAM RADIO NORTH GRANBY 7.7 622 PM 12/27 TRAINED SPOTTER WEST HARTFORD 7.5 810 PM 12/27 HAM RADIO GRANBY (2MI SW) 7.5 1016 AM 12/27 NWS EMPLOYEE ROCKY HILL 7.0 918 AM 12/27 HAM RADIO ENFIELD 6.5 1011 AM 12/27 HAM RADIO UNIONVILLE 6.1 434 PM 12/27 SPOTTER
I measured about 6.5″ in West Hartford, though I think that probably was a bit on the low side because I’m surrounded by buildings in a relatively urban area. Based on the reports I saw around BDL I doubt they received more than 9″. Unfortunately as of right now the 13.9″ snow drift next to the tarmac is what we’ll have to live with in the record books.
I reached out to the National Weather Service in Taunton, MA and hopefully there’s something they can do to rectify the situation. I’ll keep you posted.