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BLIZZARDS OF 2003 & 1996 COMPARISON
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WWW. PRESIDENT'S DAY STORM RECAP. COM

BLIZZARD OF FEB. 2003
PRESIDENT'S DAY STORM 

Blizzard President's Day 2003
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The Blizzard of 2003 was a storm of great snowfall depths from
the Virginias to New England at the end of a cold period in the east,
with the culmination occurring on President's Day 2/17/2004 in the
east. This storm was a series of weak waves running into an arctic
block over the northeast. The snowfall was excessive with 19.8"
at NYC, the third heaviest snow on record. At Newark 22" fell.
Boston had 29" their biggest ever! Winter 2002-2003 featured
many interesting storms including an early snow on December 5th,
the Christmas snowstorm heaviest in interior, and a late April
snow that dropped up to 8" on Nj. The winter snowfall totalled 49.3"
for NYC, and much of it was due to a snowy February with
the President's Day Storm the main event of the winter.

JANUARY 1996 BLIZZARD
RECORD-BREAKER IN EAST

Blizzard January 1996
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The January 1996 Blizzard was the 3rd heaviest snowstorm in NYC
history and it was a stronger storm than 2003, but both were
slow moving and equal in volume and area coverage. The January
Blizzard operated on a very cold arctic high and a nor'easter
intensified around the high pushing out into the Atlantic. 20" snow
fell on NYC, and 30" on the Suburbs of Nj. Winds reached over
60mph at the coast, but stayed around 40mph in gusts inland
the same as the 2003 storm. It was a record snowfall for the state.

WWW. BLIZZARD 1996 SNOWFALL MAP. COM