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The Great Blizzard of 1982

#1 Postby Chris the Weather Man » Mon Feb 23, 2004 6:15 pm

April 6, 1982 -
the "Great Blizzard of April '82" struck New England, New York and Pennsylvania and dumped 1 to 2 feet of snow. Many places had their greatest April snowstorm ever. Winds frequently gusted to 70 and 80 mph. There was an exceptionally high frequency of simultaneous thunderstorms and heavy snow with numerous lightning strikes reported. Record cold poured in the wake of the storm and many spots were 25 degrees colder than normal the day after the storm.


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Re: The Great Blizzard of 1982

#2 Postby donsutherland1 » Mon Feb 23, 2004 7:00 pm

Chris,

That was a great storm. NYC saw 9.6" and temperatures fell well into the 20s. April 6-8 saw record lows in NYC (21°, 21°, and 25°) and Boston saw the mercury shiver at 16° on April 7, the latest the temperature has ever fallen into the teens there.
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#3 Postby ColdFront77 » Mon Feb 23, 2004 7:34 pm

Boston made it down to 11°F on the morning of Tuesday, April 5th, 1874, this was the all time record for the month (of April).
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#4 Postby Dave C » Tue Feb 24, 2004 6:32 am

I remember we had a late season Arctic outbreak which that storm followed on the heels of. Thundersnow, gale force winds, 1-3 inch per hr. snowfall rates, quite a storm indeed! We received 20 inches and funny thing about that winter (1981-82) we had more snow outside of the winter season then during it. 15inches on Dec 6-7 1981 and the 20 inches April 6-7 1982. Could this winter be a repeat LOL
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#5 Postby JCT777 » Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:25 am

My area received 6 inches of snow on April 6, 1982. And it was not a really wet snow either. I remember sledding in the street during the afternoon, which would normally not be possible with a wet snow.
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#6 Postby Four Seasons » Tue Feb 24, 2004 11:50 am

a picture from Rockaway Queens on April 6th 1982.
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?5186
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#7 Postby JCT777 » Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:35 pm

Nice pic, Uncle W.
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#8 Postby Chris the Weather Man » Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:55 pm

Dave C wrote:I remember we had a late season Arctic outbreak which that storm followed on the heels of. Thundersnow, gale force winds, 1-3 inch per hr. snowfall rates, quite a storm indeed! We received 20 inches and funny thing about that winter (1981-82) we had more snow outside of the winter season then during it. 15inches on Dec 6-7 1981 and the 20 inches April 6-7 1982. Could this winter be a repeat LOL


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#9 Postby Four Seasons » Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:05 am

Dave C wrote:I remember we had a late season Arctic outbreak which that storm followed on the heels of. Thundersnow, gale force winds, 1-3 inch per hr. snowfall rates, quite a storm indeed! We received 20 inches and funny thing about that winter (1981-82) we had more snow outside of the winter season then during it. 15inches on Dec 6-7 1981 and the 20 inches April 6-7 1982. Could this winter be a repeat LOL

I was thinking the same thing about the 81-82 season. Only difference is the Dec two day events were not cold enough along the coast for heavy snow and got mostly rain. The Poconos where I was staying had 8" and 6" from the two storms. That snow stayed on the ground until late March. I was skiing April 8th in light snow.
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#10 Postby Chris the Weather Man » Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:16 pm

Joe, 1981-1982 ( is that the analog this year?)
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#11 Postby Four Seasons » Thu Feb 26, 2004 8:49 am

1981-82 is a good analog but don't expect a one in every 200 years event to happen again in my lifetime at least. Remember last year we got a good storm in April with up to 7" of snow. I don't expect to see that again either.
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#12 Postby RU848789 » Sat Feb 28, 2004 10:18 am

I was a sophomore at Rutgers (New Brunswick, J) in '82 and remember that storm well, as I went to bed to mixed precip and woke up to about 10" of heavy wet snow on the ground. Classes were cancelled and massive snowball fights ensued. A great day. And last year's 8" snowfall in Metuchen on 4/7 (?) was also great - my son and I build a "summer snowman" outfitted with a beach umbrella, Hawaiian shirt, and baseball cap and bat.
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