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New York City: 25.8 Inches Of Snow On The 26Th December 1947

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After what has just happened there...

A depression moved up the Atlantic seaboard of the United States during Christmas Day 1947 to produced a huge snowfall for New York City the following day

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25.8 inches of snow was recorded in New York City itself with 30 inches in the outer suburbs. Winds were not especially strong so it was not a true blizzard but drifts of 6ft were common. The snowfall rate was as much as 1.8 inches per hour from 5am to 7pm. The temperature was between -4C and -1C during the snowfall. It was the worst snowfall to hit New York City since the great blizzard of March 1888.

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Hi Mr_Data.

Thank you for posting that, it was a very interesting read.

Does New York often get large snowfalls in the winter?

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Hi Mr_Data.

Thank you for posting that, it was a very interesting read.

Does New York often get large snowfalls in the winter?

New York state is very prone to getting large snowfalls, mainly areas around the great lakes let's say from buffalo and curving all the way up to Syracuse, then up to Watertown. This is from lake effect snow, very similar to what the NE experienced last winter - when cold air moves over an area of warm water, evaporating it then dumping it on leeward shores in masses. Theese can produce

mass amounts of snowfall typically upto 80-100inch between Buffalo- Syracuse and upto 250inches on the Tug Hill platue (Watertown area). Eastern areas of NY get little amounts of snow of theese situations however, there

main snow comes from nor'easters. This is where a deep low pressure system comes up the eastern sea board and meets the bitterly cold air from the North west. This typically happens 2-6 times a year usually between October-April, they can sometimes be associated as a hurricane as they have an eye like feature in the middle of them. They can bring anywhere between 10-20inches and in the past have delivered 60inches. Strong winds cause huge drifts and blizzard conditions. On the coast nor'easter or North Easters, cause costal flooding and storm surges on the coast and can erode big parts of land at one time, they also bring storm surges which have cause fatalities in the past. This is just a breif explination and if you want to see more just google it! :D

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and then some :D, would you mind posting one from lake effect snow?

More pics from the 'Blizzardopolis' of 26th December 1947:

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