Snow in March?

Posted: March 25, 2011 by fmed77 in Uncategorized

While snow in March is not so unusual, especially in New York, it was certainly unexpected as the last few weeks have been very spring-like. On Friday the 18th, it was 70 degrees and beautiful, and by then, snow was the last thing on my mind.

However, on Wednesday, the 23rd, we had a freak snow storm. Luckily it didn’t add up to much of anything, just frustration and annoyance. Looking at the upcoming week’s forecast, it looks like we’re in the clear and will enter April without another flake of snow.

This last storm peaked my curiosity of snow storms in New York in the month of March that had any historical significance. Through my googling, I came across The Blizzard of ’88 (1888 that is). That storm, which occurred on March 11-12 1888 dumped over 40 inches, yes 40 inches, of snow in New York, and ended up killing 400 people across the northeast! Those are shocking figures, but in 1888 they obviously were much more paralyzed in those severe conditions.

Last February, we had a major storm in this area that dumped about 25 inches of snow and left people without power for days. Imagine another 15 inches on top of that!

All this makes me even happier that March will soon be going out like a lamb.

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