Forecasts of the Boston Blizzard

I thought I’d save a few forecast graphics now, to see how they hold up when the snow event is over. First, here’s the one from NWS Boston. I can’t say I much like their color scheme, as it gives a reverse visual impression (IMHO) to what the numbers say.


The probability map color scheme makes more visual sense to me:


This is from the NWS Facebook Page:



…MAJOR Blizzard Expected for Boston and New York City…

Total accumulations of 18 to 24 inches are expected for southeast Maine, eastern and southeast Massachusetts (including the Boston metro area), northern Connecticut and all of Rhode Island. Further south across eastern New York to Northern New Jersey, total accumulations of 8 to 15 inches are expected, including the New York City metro and Long Island. Light snow will develop by Friday morning, becoming heavy late in the day into the evening commute. The heaviest snowfall, particularly along the Interstate 95 corridor, will fall Friday night into Saturday. North-northeast winds gusting up to 60 mph will lead to blizzard and white-out conditions, creating life-threatening travel conditions. Damage to trees and structures with scattered power outages are anticipated.

In addition, moderate to major coastal flooding is expected from Portland, Maine to the east facing coastline of Massachusetts.


Take a look at HPC’s Day 1-2 QPF. Although all eyes are on New England with the impending major winter storm, the East Coast is expected to get a good amount of rainfall over the next day or two. To see more information about this, visit our QPF page:


And for more information on the winter storm to affect New England, please visit the local Weather Forecast Office’s websites and our winter weather page:


Blizzard Warning



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Now here’s some private forecasts from WeatherBell/Dr. Ryan Maue, first a radar projection:


And accumulation from the Canadian RGEM model:




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February 8, 2013 10:56 am

according to the 4 major channels(whdh(ch7),wcvb(ch5),wbz(ch4) and fox whatever their number is) in my area that candadian map is showing the low end of what they are forecasting, looks like boston area- if i am reading that map right is only getting ~11-13″ while the local guys are saying most likely in the 18-24+” range with areas over 30″
i got my snowblower set. going to gohome from work in an hr or so and then have a fun weekend shoveling out with the kids.

February 8, 2013 10:56 am

That graphic from the NWS FaceBook page is one of the more conservative maps I’ve seen.
I like the weather coverage at NECN, in part because they cover all of New England. Their maps are at , a good video segment (6 minutes) is at . It describes a few things that are in the NWS statements and forecasts, but they point out the importance of the items too. Coastal flooding and erosion will be important.
I’m expecting 1- 2 feet of fairly fluffy snow and hopefully no power outage from the wind.

February 8, 2013 11:00 am

Anthony, I’m near Marshfield Ma., about 5 miles away from the ocean as the crow flies. Will let you know what I end up with. Inland should get more fluffy snow but I expect a wet heavy 10 inches or so. (Ho Hum). Inland will get more light stuff and we will see how it all adds up.
In the meantime the Governor has issued executive orders that everyone except non-essential personnel are allowed on roads and that power companies WILL NOT restore power until after the storm.
BTW, I have one of your stories ready to fly at another site,
BREAKING: an encouraging admission of lower climate sensitivity by a ‘hockey team’ scientist, along with new problems for the IPCC
I will add the WWF funding bombshell in the comments when published. Thanks for all you do.
john from DB.

PeterB in Indianapolis
February 8, 2013 11:01 am

I have seen one model forecasting 42 inches for the northern suburbs of Boston…
I hope no one gets THAT much snow… 3.5 feet (1.08 meters or so) with 50+ mph wind gusts would NOT be good.

February 8, 2013 11:03 am

This may indeed be a significant or major blizzard but lets also remember the blizzard of March 12-15,1993 , which set air pressure readings as low as a category 3 hurricane . It covered 26 states along the entire eastern half of US and the eastern half of Canada. 270 people were killed due to the blizzard . Snow falls hit as high as 56 inches in Tennese mts. Pittburgh got 25 inches , Syracuse 43 inches. Winds in Nova Scotia reached 131 miles per hour . One can see that these kind of storms have happened throughout our history and have little to do with global warming or climate change due to global warming . They are part of the natural climate change pattern that happens now and then . There may have been even worse ones back in 1740/1741 and 1748/1749

Paul Westhaver
February 8, 2013 11:21 am

Fantastic ensemble of graphics. Thank-you Anthony.
I am underneath that, so I especially thank-you.

February 8, 2013 11:23 am

Huh. I keep forgetting the north east corridor around New York is the center of the world.

February 8, 2013 11:30 am

Here in Brooklyn, I suspect we will not even get a foot. Snow amounts are incredible ripe for exaggeration: they yield high media ratings, fundingl; and when The Horrible doesn’t acutally happen, a majority of people feel relief rather than deceived. Well, hope I’m wrong, and NYC gets lots of snow.

February 8, 2013 11:33 am

As someone who lives in the “24+ in” region of the NWS, but in the 12-inch region of the RGEM map, I vote for the RGEM result.

R. Shearer
February 8, 2013 11:39 am

Blowing snow in Maine is truly unprecedented and obviously worse than we thought due to global warming, er climate change.

February 8, 2013 11:45 am

You might also want to take snapshots of the GFS & NAM forecasts at
NAM predicts a lot more snow inland; GFS puts the worst precipation out to sea.

Chris R.
February 8, 2013 11:46 am

Models I’ve seen show a pretty sharp snow gradient–for example, Newark airport
could well get 6” less snow than La Guardia airport, a mere 20 miles away.

February 8, 2013 11:57 am

I’m just outside the southern border of Boston. The flakes are small, but right now they’re blowing almost horizontally from northeast to southwest – classic nor’easter. I’ve only shoveled once this year – this will be a bitch. My baby boomer bones are too old for this.

February 8, 2013 11:58 am

It’s George Bush’s Fault!

Big D in TX
February 8, 2013 12:02 pm

SMC says:
February 8, 2013 at 11:23 am
Huh. I keep forgetting the north east corridor around New York is the center of the world.

February 8, 2013 12:06 pm

Here is a completely different pattern, but it might be worth considering and comparing how alarmists would present the March 1956 blizzards in New England, “worst March blizzards in a century” —
Because if this were to happen now there would be those who would rush to attribute it to “climate change” and “climate weirding”…. Not too much basis for saying that about 1956….

Myron Mesecke
February 8, 2013 12:08 pm

Snow up there and tomorrow I will be attending Skywarn training for Bell county Texas. We have a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow night. It was 80 degrees yesterday.

Steve Keohane
February 8, 2013 12:12 pm

Sounds like a return to the early 60s I remember in Topsfield, Mass., 22 miles north of Boston. On more than one occasion we could jump from our roof, into five to six-foot drifts. It meant a lot of shoveling to clear the drive. Not to mention the lengths of tunnels and rooms we constructed to play in, hidden beneath the pristine surface.

Goode 'nuff
February 8, 2013 12:16 pm

The Beagle that runs me and I are in Mount Pocono. Looked like it was really going to something but lost it’s mo.

February 8, 2013 12:35 pm

Stay safe folks, haven’t had any thing like that here in NE Oregon-Yet
though it is a bit late….
Logan is going to be a mess along with Kennedy and La Guardia.
Glad I’m not flying to Boston or New York…

February 8, 2013 12:40 pm

I’ll let you know the totals from the southern RI coast. It’s only about 3 inches at 3:30 pm EST but the worst is yet to come. So far it’s behind the blizzard of ’78.

February 8, 2013 12:40 pm

Getting in before we lose power here – about 20 miles ENE of Boston in the 24+ zone.
The snow may get the headlines, but the predicted winds are down right worrisome. Almost 24 hours straight of greater then 20 MPH winds.

February 8, 2013 12:48 pm

Sometimes, I feel like “ZOMG Weather” like this is an entirely isolated phenonemon that only occurs on the East Coast. Still, for those of you out on the Coast, buckle down, batten down and don’t go anywhere that you absolutely don’t have to – same advice you get everywhere else. Good luck and I hope you don’t lose your power because they’re still backlogged with Sandy power outages in some places (or so I hear).
And isn’t this a consequence of the same type of patterns that brought Sandy up the coast?

February 8, 2013 12:53 pm
February 8, 2013 1:16 pm

Relax everyone. Typical over-hyping of a purely natural random walk thru the weather extremes. But watch the MSM for their end-of-the-world proselytizing. After all, the warmer it gets, the more that it snows. Or sumthin’ like that.
Big snow event? Probably.
Snowmaggeden? a Snowpocalypse? Nah.

February 8, 2013 1:20 pm

If this storm is as bad as they suggest, weathermen should get a lot of credit. We certainly give them enough grief when they’re wrong.
Joe Bastardi alerted me to the possibility of a storm last weekend, and of a worse-than-normal storm by Tuesday. Since then I’ve pretended I lived back before computers and satellites, and tried to see signs a big storm was coming by observing livestock, wildlife and the skies. There is no way I would have suspected anything unusual was in the cards until around noon today. Then the wind began to suddenly blow steadily, and the pines began a steady sighing quite unlike the usual passing gusts. In the old days, I suppose that is when the old Yankee would scratch their chins and say, “Looks like we’re in for a bit of a blow.” However that wasn’t much help, when they were out on the Grand Banks, fishing. Fishermen were very weatherwise, but whole fleets used to get wiped out by these bombogenesis storms. I think is is pretty impressive that modern weathermen can see them coming, even if they don’t always get the exact track right.

Lon Hocker
February 8, 2013 1:31 pm

Lucky I live Hawaii.

Owen in Ga
February 8, 2013 1:32 pm

I remember January 1978 we had loads of snow, but I don’t remember the winds being as bad as they are forecasting for this one. Of course I was a little farther south in Maryland at the time so didn’t have the straight line ocean winds to deal with. We just lit the fire through the snow and then shoveled for two days afterward. Of course all these eco-freak houses they build these days with no fireplace are rather out of luck for these sorts of things now. Piles of blankets and close body heat do wonders in a cold house though

February 8, 2013 1:55 pm

etna maine. expecting 20+ with some 50mph gusts.
local weather guys are pretty good.
snowblower and tractor all set, shed heat is on. keep it at 50 on blizzard nights, helps the hydro transaxle.
130 lbs of wheel weights, 150 lbs of weight buckets leveraged out on back end, deestone superlugs and tire chains.
just another storm in maine.

Harold Ambler
February 8, 2013 2:34 pm
Jim from Maine
February 8, 2013 2:35 pm

“TEXinDFW says:
February 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Relax everyone. Typical over-hyping of a purely natural random walk thru the weather extremes. But watch the MSM for their end-of-the-world proselytizing. After all, the warmer it gets, the more that it snows. Or sumthin’ like that.
Big snow event? Probably.
Snowmaggeden? a Snowpocalypse? Nah.”
One of the things that makes this a bit different is the storm is forecasted to “stall” just off the cape. There are sustained winds of 60mph, gusts over that. That is going to pile water up “inside the elbow” into what’s known by locals as Cape Cod Bay. Scitaute Ma is looking at 24-26ft waves, Sandwich Harbor, 18-20′ waves. I’ve lived in New England most of my life, and I can tell you, if those models are anywhere near accurate, there will be a lot of damage along the coast, not dissimilar from Sandy in isolated spots.
Also pretty rare for us to get this amount of snow in this timeframe (<12hrs, for the most part). I've never seen a driving ban like this before, which is a bit ridiculous in the way it was implemented.
A friend of mine is in the Nat Grid storm center. They have a pretty keen interest in what the weather's going to do. His words: "Bye bye coast." Another model was calling for 5' near Nashua, N.H., which has happened twice before, going back to late 1880's.
Quite a spectacle. What no one is mentioning is that the models are calling for another very significant trough a week from now roughly the 16th.

Frank K.
February 8, 2013 3:11 pm

Not a whole lot here in western New Hampshire. Moderate snow, maybe 4″ accumulation so far. We’ll see what the overnight brings.

February 8, 2013 3:13 pm

Snow in Boston ?? Whatever is this world coming to said Chicken Little!
Seriously, hope this proves as eventless as possible for everyone in that area. But I’m sure the media will ferret out some collapsed carports and patio covers at least. Hope nothing worse. Lost ours in the same manner decades ago and we are about as far from the ocean and moisture as you can get.

February 8, 2013 3:28 pm

SMC says:
February 8, 2013 at 11:23 am
> Huh. I keep forgetting the north east corridor around New York is the center of the world.
I wouldn’t know about that, but New England is the center of the weather world according to Mark Twain. Good read –

February 8, 2013 3:40 pm

I work as a municipal inspector and during the winter I manage subcontractors plows in a municipality across the river from Boston that has a couple of LARGE universities in it. I have 13 trucks on the road right now and the the wind is up to about 50mph. I am told that by 9PM (6:39 now) our time the snow will pick up, possibly to as much as 2 or 3 inches an hour. I’ll believe it when I see it. Just popped back in to the office to eat my lunch.
Will check back in later.

Steve from Rockwood
February 8, 2013 3:55 pm

The storm is being called historic before it even arrives.

February 8, 2013 3:58 pm

Here, just northwest of Toronto (Brampton), at least a foot and a half of snow has fallen since 11:00 UTC.
Alberta Clipper. Radar does not do it justice..

Crispin in Waterloo
February 8, 2013 4:03 pm

In Waterloo Ontario we have already had close to a foot. The neighbours have been out, those who are able, digging everyone out. Main roads are ploughed. Side streets barely passable.

Ed, 'Mister' Jones
February 8, 2013 4:17 pm

Re-positioned an aircraft from Martha’s Vineyard, MA to Albany this AM, Arrived Albany 1145 AM. Lefty Albany by automobile at Noon-thirty, arrived downtown Boston at 4PM. Road conditions were good to poor, variable throughout.
Just went upstairs to check out the downtown Boston street view – VERY Windy.
Warmists are nothing more than Science-credentialed illusionists manipulating the perceptions of an uninformed public with a limited experience reference, I’m thinking people had become accustomed to a Decade or so of relatively ‘quiet’ weather, and are now getting a taste of normal variability reasserting itself.

February 8, 2013 5:02 pm

Ric Werme says:
February 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm
SMC says: …
I liked the Mark Twain link. Who am I to naysay a master of prose such as he. I’ve just become exhausted by the ridiculous apocalyptic doom/fear mongering of the MSM.

February 8, 2013 6:16 pm

About 5 inches of heavy very wet snow here now. Nearly impossible to move with snowblower. Large ash tree came down in my yard but no damage yet (I will gladly take that 1.5 cords).. Winds about 30 with higher gusts near 45. Power flickering but the local grid is robust so I do not expect any extended outage.

February 8, 2013 6:20 pm

[snip – waaaaaaaaay off topic]

Gail Combs
February 8, 2013 6:20 pm

“I’ve just become exhausted by the ridiculous apocalyptic doom/fear mongering of the MSM.”
I have a picture of my VW in April with a yardstick stuck in the snow next to it showing 31 inches of new snow. This picture was taken just north of Lawrence MA. It was taken in the mid 1980’s.
A blizzard in February? What the heck is the big deal?
Do these people suffer from complete memory loss or something?

February 8, 2013 6:24 pm

TomR,Worc,MA says:
February 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I work as a municipal inspector and during the winter I manage subcontractors plows in a municipality across the river from Boston that has a couple of LARGE universities in it. I have 13 trucks on the road right now and the the wind is up to about 50mph. I am told that by 9PM (6:39 now) our time the snow will pick up, possibly to as much as 2 or 3 inches an hour.

Wunderground for Cambridge MA shows it’s still warm there, like around 30F, but 26 in Medford, 22 in Lexington, so I think you’re about to be on the colder, snowier side of the coastal front. NECN says that too – “the snow is about to snap back to the coast.” They also report a number of areas are getting 2-3″/h snow. Looks like a long night for you guys.

February 8, 2013 6:44 pm

I have had squalls all day, about 3″ and its starting here now. about 8 deg out and a very dry snow so far. due to my terrain I drift a lot. was also updated to 24-28 so I may have some nice 5 foot drift pictures tomorrow 🙂
its maine. its snow. its nothing really.
the light stuff clears so easily. sneeze and it moves and since I have a bad head cold I may sneezepower it all away 🙂

February 8, 2013 6:45 pm

Oops – one stuck in the spam filt mods? TIA _Jim
PS: Lots of power-out reports in Massachusetts/Boston area .. nearing 100,000 at the moment.

Anna Keppa
February 8, 2013 6:48 pm

I live in west suburban Boston, MA. I stepped out onto my back porch at 8:30 this evening to fetch some logs for the fireplace, looked to see a near white-out of intensely blowing/falling snow lit by street lights—-and immediately called my teen-aged kid visiting a pal three blocks up the street to tell him to get home quick. It’s really, seriously, gloriously snowing! A Blizzard! And we’ve even had a little lightning (hyped by the meteorological incontinent Weather Channel as “thunder snow”. Extreme Weather!!).
and oh yes! Up til now this winter, we’ve had one 5 in/12 cm snowfall, and two one-inchers. EACH TIME, our crack Dept. Public Works team dropped tons of rock salt overnight onto our streets and the adjacent grass. Come spring, when our wildly over-paid DPW workers have long spent their winter overtime on Wagyu, Wymyn and Westvleteren, that grass will die, along with shrubs and small trees. But the local “greenies” will utter not a peep to object.

February 8, 2013 7:04 pm

clipe says:
February 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm
[snip – waaaaaaaaay off topic]
Yes. But when discussing ‘climatology’ isn’t that the whole point? It’s off topic.

February 8, 2013 7:07 pm

Connecticut live coverage:
Upwards of 25,000 without power in CT …

February 8, 2013 7:12 pm

WCVB TV (Boston MA) now announcing almost 200k w/o power and the wind continues …

February 8, 2013 7:21 pm

clipe says:
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February 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm
clipe says:
February 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm
[snip – waaaaaaaaay off topic]
Yes. But when discussing ‘climatology’ isn’t that the whole point? It’s off topic.
Juxtapose Cold Trail and Blizzard Hamper Search for Ex-Officer in California Killings

February 8, 2013 8:22 pm

Very heavy snow here in Southern New Hampshire. Roaring wind. Too bad this is happening at night, because it’s hard to see much. Just an amazing bright, sideways swirling out towards a street light, with fat flakes like white feathers, and the snow between the porch and the streetlight so thick it looks like a lot of black feathers between us and the bright feathers. An even heavier snowband is on the radar, south of us. Temperature here is 14 degrees. Pressure is 29.68, and falling fast, and we are far from the center of the storm.
Decent video of heavy snow down in Connecticut here:

February 8, 2013 10:16 pm

Sorry clipe but this is weather not climate. It’s unusual but not nunprecedented.
Along coastal New England this looks pretty bad. I thought Irene and Sandy cleared the weak, dead wood but I was mistaken. The snow is wet and heavy and the wind gusts are impressive. There are downed limbs and trees everywhere. Imagine sagging pine trees drooping against howling, swirling wind. Tim Burtonesque.
A quick tour of my driveway and the neighborhood suggests that this storm is more substance than hype. The power outages are widespread and will last for several days IMHO. Thanks to Joe B and the weatherbell team I am well prepared.

Jim Butler
Reply to  DGH
February 9, 2013 3:04 am

We are 30mi West of Beantown. Made it through the night with no power loss…YET. Just let the dogs out for their morning “ritual”, they never left the front porch. They’re always AMAZED when this happens, and look back at you with that “HUH???” look 😉 No idea on accumulation yet, other than “a bunch”.

February 8, 2013 10:54 pm

Ric, it will be a long night (and next day).
About 15 inches right now, 12 hours to go, or so they say.

February 8, 2013 11:49 pm

Lazy frenchman says
This is one of the moments when I can rejoyce to live in France. Civilized weather over here. Light breeze. I could even have lunch outside, frog sandwiches of course and snail cocktail, with my friend, the red in teeth and claws socialist mayor of my hometown. We will go to church together on Sunday morning (yes the socialist believes in God) and remember you in our prayers. Sincerely asking the Lord to help you out of this. COURAGE;

February 9, 2013 12:29 am

I’m along the MA/NH border near Nashua, and we will probably break a foot here. The snow is about a good as you can hope for – it has as much in common with sand as snow. “Dry powder” that blows easily so I’m not expecting any power outages. Wind never really kicked up either, 30Mph gusts at most. But it’s blowing enough that it will be hard to keep the roads clear or determine how much fell. It’s like, bare ground here, 1 foot over there, and 2 feet just head.
With the mild winters we have had in this area this is no big deal. I was here for the 100″ winter in the 90’s and by the middle of it we had nowhere to put the snow.

February 9, 2013 2:40 am

We were in New England in 96 and experienced your snow and -30F temperatures. Good skiing though. You have the right idea during snow. All the locals with a 4×4 put a blade on to help clear the roads. Wish we were allowed to do that in the UK. Local authorities act too late here, if they know how to react at all that is, and do not allow independant action.

Mike M
February 9, 2013 3:11 am

Here in the Boston area, compared to the 78′ blizzard, this one is looking to be a walk in the park for three main reasons, timing, timing and time. The heaviest rates happened in the wee hours of the night not at rush hour. The storm surge was not happening at a time of astronomically high tides. We had far more advance warning this time around. On top of those I think this will be less snow and lower peak winds.
Of course Dictator Deval will crow that his edict banning travel was the essential difference when in fact all he should have done was shut down licensed businesses such as liquor stores, bars and restaurants and politely ASKED big stores and other large businesses to close early on Friday unless they feel that they offer some essential service/product in a blizzard.
What about people who need to take someone to dialysis this morning Duval? What if someone’s 95 year old uncle living alone 10 miles away doesn’t answer his phone and they want to check on him? ETC… Who is going to do those things Deval? You?

Mike M
February 9, 2013 4:02 am

Last night I was watching the live composite radar feed and southern CT seemed to be getting the highest snowfall rate. This map suggests that they got the highest amounts (as I anticipated) with many reports of over 30″ –
For example, Hamden CT – 34″ & Madison CT – 32″

February 9, 2013 4:52 am

Logan airport/Boston reports 21.8″ of snow and it’s not over …

Frank K.
February 9, 2013 4:56 am

Well, the storm’s all but over here in western New Hampshire and we got about a foot of powdery snow all told (where I live). Meh. I’ll have it blown off my driveway in no time. The skiing is going to be fantastic if the winds aren’t too bad (no major winds right now).
Did someone say this was global WARMING? Hahahahahahahahahaha…………………..

Bruce Cobb
February 9, 2013 5:27 am

About 20″ here in Pittsfield NH and it’s still snowing, so we could end up with around 2 feet. Areas a bit west and southwest are already reporting over 2 feet. So, it appears the forecasts were pretty much dead-on.
Some of the drifts are well over 3 feet. The front of our car sitting in front of the house vanishes completely, the snow drifting right up over the top of the car. It is a light, fluffy snow, and I managed to dig out our front door, the porch, and a path to the shop, and one to the shed out back, where the snowblower awaits.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 9, 2013 5:50 am

Looks like about 24-28″ h,ere, west of boston. still coming down, but not hard….

February 9, 2013 5:36 am

I heard on the radio that one spot in Conn that got 12 inches in 90 minutes last night!!! My new task this morning is to lead a couple of bobcats around and “open up” the streets in my area that we “lost” last night. The snow got too deep for a plow to get through without hitting any of the cars Parked on both sides of the street!!!! Grrrrr.
Probably looking at about 20 inches now. Wind was amazing last night, there are some really amazing urban snow drifts today.

February 9, 2013 5:55 am

16.5″ on the ground just north of Concord NH. Still snowing, but will wind down midday. As long as I can keep the wind at my back it will be easy snowblowing.

Paul Linsay
February 9, 2013 6:33 am

I got up this morning to let the dog out. The door to the yard was snowed in. Tried the other door to the yard, also snowed in. Then the door to the garage, snowed in too. So, I put on my snow gear and went out the front door. The steps had 2.5 feet of snow drifted onto them. It was a looong walk to the garage to get a shovel and dig out a few spots. After 1/2 hour I had the six feet between the back door and garge dug out plus a 10 foot path into the yard for the dog. He was a very ungrateful beagle. He walked out, tried to swim through the snow which is over his head, turned around and came back. Not even a wag of his tail before going back to bed for a snooze.

Reply to  Paul Linsay
February 9, 2013 7:04 am

Smart dog. Who knew that NOT having opposable thumbs would have it’s advantages? 😉

February 9, 2013 7:13 am

We spent the last few days atn our shore house in south/central NJ (approx 3-4 “snow ) and I was trying to findout the snow accumulation at our northern residence in NJ about 40 Mi west of NYC, which got much more snow.
Can anyone advise me what Web site to go to to get accumulations at various locations after the storm. The media is all about New England and NYC.

February 9, 2013 7:46 am

Here in northernmost Vermont they were forecasting 8-14″ but the storm basically fell apart over most of N-VT around 9PM and it stopped snowing. We ended up with 6″ and are laughing at the media hype. I can’t tell you how many times in the last 20 years that we’ve had 3′ out of a single protracted storm, but well over a dozen.
How long before the “average citizen” recognizes just how full of bull the MSM has become?

February 9, 2013 7:48 am

Speaking of snow cover, look at snowcover in China:
That’s pretty dang far south at sea-level for snow.

February 9, 2013 8:47 am

Where I grew up we called this regular winter weather.

February 9, 2013 9:01 am

I was watching news online last night, late. The reporters were standing in a gentle wind, with very light snow, and about 1 of snow on the sidewalks. They were reporting how “phenomenal” the snow/wind was! One was shown “being spun” by the wind, this while her hair was hardly blowing at all.
I keep seeing reports of 2-3 feet of snow, but all the videos from this morning show from 3-8″ of snow on top of cars, sidewalks, etc.
So. Some possibilities. One: the reporters can’t won’t go to the areas of really deep snow (and no citizens have managed to send videos from their homes??). Two: the 2-3 feet of snow are being measured in really tiny, unusual conditions-perhaps in drifts, even.
Three: lies, damn lies, and statistics.
I’m going to go way out on a limb, and prognosticate NOT on the blizzard itself, but on the outcome: This SUPER DOOPER POOPER SCOOPER MEGAMAGNIFICENT, RECORD BREAKING NEMO STORM was caused by-you guessed it-ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL WARMING!
You can’t run; you can’t hide. From Global Warming MSM reporting.

February 9, 2013 9:31 am

One other possibility: I just saw a photo at The photo’s caption was “38 inches of snow!” And, yes, there was what appeared to be that much snow on top of the car in the foreground, which had been buried by snowplow. But the car that was a few yards behind it, sheltered a bit from the snowplow, had about 8 inches on it.
Record snowplow blizzard?
I guess we amerikanos just get bored, love a little excitement, and are too trusting to see what MSM has done to entertain us with what they call “news”.

February 9, 2013 9:35 am

jimmaine, would you please post a photo of your “24-28” of snow, west of Boston? I believe you, but considering the lack of any other photos showing that much, I think we all would like to see the real thing.

Reply to  malco
February 9, 2013 10:39 am

I just took a pic of my HHR still covered in snow. Sun has been out here for about 2hrs, with some melting and compaction. I don’t think we can post pics here, but shoot me an email at and I’ll send it along 🙂

February 9, 2013 9:39 am

I just clicked on my own link-to the shot of “38” of snow. I noticed that the house in the background has but 7-8″ of snow on the roof. Could be lousy insulation, I suppose, except that the porch roof has the same amount.
Amazing. Let the spin begin vis a vis global warming!

February 9, 2013 9:39 am

malco says February 9, 2013 at 9:01 am
I was watching news online last night, late. The reporters were standing in a gentle wind, with very light snow, and about 1 of snow on the sidewalks. They were reporting how “phenomenal” the snow/wind was! One was shown “being spun” by the wind, this while her hair was hardly blowing at all.

Judging from what you saw reported, you weren’t watching WCVB (Boston/Needham MA) or WTNH (New Haven Conn.) then …
May I suggest you follow on of the links for those two stations above … viewer reports are coming in with one depth report on a ruler shown to be just shy of 36″ in Connecticut …

February 9, 2013 9:44 am

malco says February 9, 2013 at 9:01 am
… with very light snow …

BEAR IN MIND the first number of hours this snow fell as HEAVY WET SNOW w/temperature about 32 deg followed by falling temps into the 14 to 20 deg range and more snow. This made for a VERY thick, hard to remove (or drive through) BASE layer covered by an additional somewhat lighter layer…

February 9, 2013 9:58 am

From: **Snowfall Totals**
By WXedge Staff on February 9, 2013, 6:13am, Last modified: February 9, 2013, 10:14am
Just a sample:
HAMDEN 34.0 130 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
MADISON 32.0 321 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
MERIDEN 30.0 400 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NEW HAVEN 29.8 400 AM 2/09 CT DOT
GUILFORD 27.0 200 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
MILFORD 25.5 400 AM 2/09 CT DOT

February 9, 2013 10:42 am

Keep in mind that we’ve been in a “snow drought” for some time in New England…almost no snow at all last year, and Boston had a grand total of 9″ before this storm…so the media had lots of pent up snowporting to do :), and the rest of us were thinking “Finally!”
Mentioned this before, but the models are showing a pretty significant low pressure trough sometime around next Sunday. Surprised the media hasn’t jumped on that one yet…

February 9, 2013 11:01 am

Hi, Jim, I appreciate a different perspective. Indeed, I was not ” watching WCVB (Boston/Needham MA) or WTNH (New Haven Conn.)”
Would you be so kind as to give me an actual url to look at? I googled WCVB “blizzard” and came up with this site:
At this site, there are 91 photos posted of the storm. I wish they were dated, but they aren’t. Regardless; Ididn’t see any that show very deep snow. Well, one-#4- with the snow up to near the top of a fire plug, but it was obviously put there by a snow plow.
One photo-number 32-does show snow snow about 8″ deep, on a handrail. This is not a good example, and probably the snow is deeper on a larger surface. It appears deeper on the porch in that photo, but also the snow on the porch is a drift, so also not much use for estimating depth. Prior to photo #32, there’s no snow over 5-6″ deep, other than snow plow berms. (Look at the snow on top of cars, and on roofs, where these are visible)
Reaching photo #44, take look at the snow depth. It’s about 2-4 inches. Was this near the start of the storm, or what? Again, no date, but certainly not newsworthy.
Photo # 48. The snow on the roof is no more than 3″ deep.
Ah; #49 is dated. It shows MAYBE 12″ of snow at “midnight, but it’s hard to estimate, due to lack of a scaled object.
#53 “cars are covered in east boston”. Yep, but only a few inches. At least this looks like snowfall, and not snow plow snow 🙂
MAYBE all these photos were from last night (Friday); however, the site says it’s reporting “Latest snowfall totals from Blizzard 2013. Over 2 feet measured in some areas
UPDATED 1:16 PM EST Feb 09, 2013”
I hate to seem cynical, and I would appreciate your being able to prove me wrong. But i’m just not seeing the true evidence. Sure, there are lots of numbers posted. But where is the photographic, or video evidence?

Mike M
February 9, 2013 11:05 am

Jim Butler says: They’re always AMAZED when this happens, and look back at you with that “HUH???” look 😉
Mine always said “Damn it, I’m dachshund.”

February 9, 2013 11:53 am

That nice Mr jimmaine was kind enough to send me two photos of snow on what appear to be his autos. By golly, that’s the deepest snow i’ve seen pictures of, after hours of searching. Jimmaine, you should call the local paper, and have them come out. Or send them the photos you sent me. They might even pay you for them!
I’m hoping Jimmaine will measure the snow, but from the photo I can only make a very wild guess of 16-20″ deep. He does point out that the snow has probably settled somewhat since falling.

February 9, 2013 12:42 pm

I am one of those who is not surprised at the re occurrence of these winter blizzards along the North American east coast. Based on what I see happening in Canada, I expect more of these winter storms this winter and future winters. .The Canadian Arctic Tundra, Mountains and Fiords have started to cool over the last two to three years.
Winters ,Autumns and Spring seasons are getting colder but summers have warmed in the Canadian far north .The very recent trend [2-3 YEARS] of the annual temperatures as a whole in the north is declining .. Winter temperature departures in the Arctic Mtns and Fiords during the 2012 winter dropped from 5.6 /6 C in 2010 to only 1 C during 2012 winter .Canada as a whole has not seen any global warming for 15 years as the National annual temperature departure has been flat for 15 years now.Inland areas like the Prairie areas are cooling like is happening in the inland areas of Asia [like Russia and eastern Europe]
The Arctic Oscillation has again gone essentially negative and I anticipate that it may stay there all the way to April. So I see more cold Arctic air drifting south, meeting the warm moist air from the Gulf. I see the Arctic cooling over the next decade and global temperature anomalies begin to decline for the next several decades. We are just into the preliminaries of the cooler weather that is coming , not every year but the trend will be cooler not warmer . There were many days in Canada during the current winter when the entire nation of Canada from coast to coast had freezing or negative winter temperatures , some regions as low as -40 C without the wind chill factor.These are normal climate variations that cycle over approximately a 60 year period and this is the start of the cooler phase .These events have little to do with global warming as their models have predicted the opposite , namely unprcedented warming .

February 9, 2013 1:02 pm

Jimmaine sent more pictures, involving a tape measure. I believe he was spot on with his estimate of 24-28″. Thanks, Jimmaine; you’re a nice guy!
Glad I live in mild, mild Oregon, though 🙂

February 9, 2013 1:05 pm

Good observations, herkimer. I will add that our weather in Grants Pass Oregon has been getting more cold weather than we’ve had since early 70s, though I don’t have really good data.
I do know that our official weather station reports that our January average temperature was 6º below normal. 6º made a huge difference in the amount of firewood i’ve burned, tell you what!
Climate cooling? Yeah, perhaps. I tend to blame my friend Don Easterbrook for this. 🙂

February 9, 2013 1:38 pm

On his WeatherBELL site Joe D’Aleo has some interesting statistics. This storm is the fifth worst, in records kept since 1934. 24.9 inches. However it is only the primer coat. The snowbanks at the side of the roads need so sag and harden and become like walls, before the super storm comes in a couple weeks.
I suppose you young whippersnappers think I’m kidding? Well let me tell you, back when I was young we had REAL storms. On January 21-22, 1978 Boston had a storm like this one, with huge drifts, and it rates seventh worst ever, at 21.4 inches, but it was just the start. A second blizzard went up to the great lakes, clobbering them but warming Boston and sagging all the snowbanks and then refreezing them to rock, and then on February 6-7 Boston got the second deepest snow on record, 27.1 inches of heavy snow. With all the rock hard snowbanks about, there was no place to put the snow.
So I don’t want to hear any moaning and groaning about this piddly little storm. Fact is, this might just be the beginning. Spring’s still a long way off, fellows.

February 9, 2013 2:08 pm

No whining here. I got to play with my plow 😉 Spent $3K for it in 2009, and every time I get to use it, my cost per storm decreases, and my smile increases. I don’t like shoveling much anymore.
And no warm weather in sight right now. 43 on Tues, 39 on wed…no where near warm enough to melt much of this.
Also, remember that equipment has come a long way since 1978…much better suited for the job these days.

February 10, 2013 7:21 am
My youngest son, who attends Wentworth, reported 2000 students showed up for a “Snowbrawl,” over at Boston University. There was only one arrest, (actually not bad, for 2000 students,) and that was only due to a student skipping the class where they teach, “Do not throw snowballs at officers with tazers.”

February 10, 2013 7:22 am

I thought I would post this updated Conn. snowfall list from:
Snowfall Reports
By Quincy Vagell on February 9, 2013, 8:30pm, Last modified: February 9, 2013, 8:34pm
Here is a list of 193 snowfall reports from various sources. Keep in mind that several factors, including blowing and drifting snow, may have resulted in varying amounts in specific towns.
Partial list; see link above for full list:
Location Total (in) Source
Hamden 40 NWS
Newington 28 NWS
East Hampton 38 WXedge
Oxford 28 WXedge
Hamden 38 Twitter
Torrington 28 NWS
Milford 38 NWS
Burlington 27.5 NWS
Milford 38 Twitter
Clinton 27.5 AmericanWX
Wolcott 38 WXedge
Clinton 27.5 NWS
Woodbridge 38 WXedge
Glastonbury 27.5 WXedge
Hamden 37.5 Facebook
Terrryville 27.5 AmericanWX
Clintonville 37 NWS
Enfield 27.2 NWS
Yalesville 37 Twitter
Gilman 27 NWS
Oxford 36.2 NWS
Haddam 27 NWS
Colchester 36 AmericanWX
Hartford 27 NWS
Haddam 36 WXedge
Wethersfield 27 NWS
Hamden 36 Wxedge
Shelton 26.5 NWS
NWS = National Weather Service DOT = Department of Transportation

February 10, 2013 5:00 pm

Now that the power is back on after 41 hours I can report only 18 inches in southern RI. Proximity to coastal waters made the snow wet and heavy so the accumulation was depressed. Knocked down lots of trees, though.

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