More Broken Records

A winter for the ages. January 2011 has been one of the fiercest winter month’s we’ve seen in a long, long time.

Windsor Locks picked up 12.0″ of snow from the latest nor’easter which brings their monthly snowfall to 56.9″. About 6″ of this came from nowhere so let’s figure they actually picked up 50.9″. The Hartford area is still able to shatter the record for the snowiest month ever of 45.3″ set back in 1945.

In Bridgeport 13.0″ of new snow brought the snow depth to an incredible 26″. I believe, based on a quick look of the cooperative observation data, this is the deepest snow depth ever recorded. Bridgeport has also had the most number of days in an entire season with daily snow depths greater than 10″ or 12″.

Happy shoveling!

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6 thoughts on “More Broken Records

  1. Is it me or have a number of these winter storms over performed? I cannot remember a winter where trying to predict what these storms will produce (I am an amateur) has been so difficult.

  2. Ryan, you were saying the snow cover was the deepest in 123 years in New Haven area. What source are you using for that information? I would like to look that up if possible.

  3. Areas north of New Haven had about 36″ of snow depth. There is no cooperative weather station in southern CT that has ever recorded a depth that great. In fact even in northern CT there are few to ever exceed 3 feet.

    Some places like Windsor Locks and Norfolk have received greater depths in the past (38″ and 55″, respectively) but in southern Connecticut I can’t find anything to that level.

    The 26″ of depth at Sikorsky Airport was the deepest recorded since records have been kept (since 1948). 38″ is the record at Bradley Airport and that was set in 1996. Records around Hartford go back to 1905.

    I can’t think of another winter or series of storms since March 1888 that would have produced enough snow to even approach the 36″ of depth in North Haven, Wallingford, Hamden, etc.

    So there’s no specific set of data I’m using other than a mish-mash of climate data from COOP stations across the state. It’s possible I could be wrong but I’m relatively confident this is the most since 1888. I’ve spoken to a couple other meteorologists about this as well and they agree.

  4. “About 6″ of this came from nowhere…”
    What day/storm are you referring to? January 8th?

    I agree with you that February, 1934 could have had some very deep snow depths. BDR had 47 inches of snow that month, according to the 1949 annual LCD that I found on the NCDC website. The monthly mean temperature was 15.6 degrees that month so I assume not much melting. I can’t find snow depth records for BDR, unfortunately. In fact, I can’t even find daily precip or temperature records prior to 1948 at BDR.

    My father is from Cheshire and remembers the blizzard of February 19-20, 1934. He says it was comparable to the Blizzard of ’78, with 4 to 6 foot drifts after the storm.

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