Breaking: NWS Investigating 36.0″ Ansonia, CT Snow Total for State Record

West Hartford, CT following the blizzard

West Hartford, CT following the blizzard

According to the National Weather Service in Upton, NY the 36.0″ of snow recorded by the cooperative observer in Ansonia, CT during the February 8-9, 2013 blizzard is being investigated as a possible state record.

“At Ansonia, an official NWS Coop observer recorded 36.0 inches during the standard 24 hour observing period. This breaks the previously established greatest daily snowfall record for CT of 28.0 inches,” a National Weather Service statement said.

The National Weather Service went on to say, “The record set at Ansonia is currently unofficial. A state climate extremes committee has been established to analyze and certify the data.”

According to the NCDC the daily snowfall record is 28.0″ from Middletown on January 28, 1897. The 24-hour record (which is different from a daily record) is 30.0″ according to NCDC from Falls Village in 1969. It is likely that this record would be broken as well if the Ansonia, CT observation becomes official.

A daily record is from new snowfall that is measured at the start of a new observation day. A 24-hour snowfall record can be set for snowfall that fell in any 24-hour period not necessarily ending at the official observation time.

The 40″ snowfall report from Hamden was ineligible for the record since it was reported by the public and not a trained spotter or cooperative observer.


3 thoughts on “Breaking: NWS Investigating 36.0″ Ansonia, CT Snow Total for State Record

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  2. Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for the update on the Ansonia Ct snowfall record . I have no doubt in my mind that the 24 hour snowfall of 36 inches is correct . I measured 32 inches in Shelton Ct by snowboard only once in 12 hours . I feel some settling may have occured . I hope the national weather service does not throw out the record . I remember New Haven Ct snowfall was officially measured at 34 inches . I know from experience that Ansonia gets more snow than New Haven in these synoptic situations . Ansonia Ct gets somewhat greater orographical lifting it being inland and somewhat elevated . I respect your work and i know that you are one of the most gifted, Knowledgeable Meteorologist in the northeast . I would appreciate it if you put your imput with the National Weather Service and help see to it that this record stands .

    Thanks, Mark

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