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Old 12-08-2010, 09:14 PM
 
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There are two ways to measure past snowstorms. The first is the amount of snow within a certain period of time. The second is the amount of snow during an entire event, no matter how long it lasts.


Top Syracuse Snowfall Events in 96 hours (4 day totals) of the last 60 Years (Syracuse Airport)
1) 44.6 inches ~ Blizzard of ’66 ---- Ending February 1, 1966
2) 44.5 inches ~ Blizzard of ’93 ---- Ending March 14, 1993
3) 44.3 inches ~ Blizzard of ’66 ----Ending January 31, 1966
4) 43.2 inches ~ Hanukkah Lake Effect 2010 ---- Ending December 8, 2010



Top Syracuse Snowfall Events of the last 60 Years (Syracuse Airport)
1) 46.7 inches??? ~ Hanukkah Lake Effect 2010 (or Hanukkah Lake Storm of 2010) ---- December 4-9, 2010 -----120+ hours
2) 42.9 inches ~ Blizzard of ’93 ---- March 13-14, 1993 ---- 48 hours
3) 42.3 inches ~ Blizzard of ’66 ---- January 29 - February 1, 1966 -----96 hours
4) 30+ inches??? ~ Valentine's Day Storm of ’07 ----- February 12-16, 2007 ---- 120+ hours
5) 26.1 inches ~ Blizzard of 1958 ---- ????
6) 25+ inches??? ~ Snowicane 2010 ---- February 24-27, 2010 ----96+ hours


Depending on how you view it, the Hanukkah Lake Effect 2010 or Hanukkah Lake Storm of 2010 (vote for whatever name you like best or choose your own) of the past several days has exceeded all other past snowstorms or just recent snow events such as the “Snowicane 2010” and Valentine's Day Storm of ’07, Syracuse's most recent major snow events.

In all honestly though, this snow storm, the “Snowicane” and the one in 2007 are nothing in comparison to the Blizzard of ’66 and ’93 because those were blizzards with high winds, drifts, heavy wet snow, white-out conditions etc. and in the case of ’93 dumped heavy amounts of snow in only a few hours almost shutting down the entire area, as opposed to spreading out storm totals over several days giving snowplow drivers time to keep up with fresh snow.

Basically, here are the comparisons:

Blizzard (in CNY)
-high winds
-high snow drifts
-very poor visibility
-usually shuts down the city for at least a day
-high snowfall totals
-often heavy, wet snow off the Atlantic Ocean


Non-blizzard snowstorm (in CNY)
-high snowfall totals
-often heavy, wet snow off the Atlantic Ocean


Lake Effect snowstorm (in CNY)
-high snowfall totals
-light fluffy snow off Lake Ontario





A couple of my sources:
http://www.cnycentral.com/weather/st...7028&id=552153
http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/stor...MJxkhopHA.cspx


*I tried my best looking for the most accurate data, if you have a source that contradicts these rankings, please share the info. I'll happily change my list. Thank you.

Last edited by bellafinzi; 12-10-2010 at 03:22 PM.. Reason: added updated data
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:02 PM
 
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Snowicane 2010



Valentine's Day Storm of 07



Hanukkah Lake Effect 2010

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Old 12-11-2010, 11:24 PM
 
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Valentine's Day Storm of ’07 = probably the most snow I’ve ever seen on the ground here (we already had close to two feet on the ground before the storm even began) or “the nowhere to put all the snow storm”


Blizzard of ’93 = highest snow drifts I’ve ever seen, worse winter conditions… white-outs etc. or “the Epic storm”


Snowicane 2010= heaviest, wettest snow in high snowfall event storm. or “the tough shoveling storm”


Hanukkah Lake Effect 2010 = the biggest storm that made us leap from Autumn straight into winter. (Believe it or not, the day before the storm I was harvesting carrots.) or “the inconvenient storm" or “the will it ever end storm?"
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