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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
104 AM EST SUN JAN 24 2016

...BLIZZARD OF 2016 IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND...

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE REACHED AT FIVE LOCATIONS IN SOUTHEASTERN
NEW ENGLAND DURING THE DAY ON JANUARY 23 2016. THE STORM
CONTINUED INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JANUARY 24.

THE DEFINITION OF A BLIZZARD IS THAT FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW
REDUCES VISIBILITY TO BELOW 1/4 MILE ALONG WITH WINDS THAT
FREQUENTLY GUST TO 35 MPH OR MORE...AND THAT THESE CONDITIONS ARE
THE PREDOMINANT REPORTED CONDITION FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE HOURS.

WHEN REVIEWING WHETHER A PARTICULAR OBSERVATION LOCATION HAD
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...WE COUNTED VISIBILITIES EQUAL TO 1/4 MILE
SINCE THAT IS QUITE LOW FOR AN AUTOMATED VISIBILITY SENSOR TO BE
ABLE TO DETECT.

AT NANTUCKET MA...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OCCURRED FOR 4 HOURS AND
14 MINUTES FROM 1231 PM TO 445 PM ON JANUARY 23.

AT CHATHAM MA...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OCCURRED FOR 4 HOURS AND
11 MINUTES DURING THE PERIOD FROM 119 PM TO 543 PM. THERE WERE ONLY
TWO GAPS IN THOSE CONDITIONS...OF 6 MINUTES AND 7 MINUTES.

AT MARTHAS VINEYARD MA...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OCCURRED FOR 4 HOURS
AND 9 MINUTES DURING THE PERIOD FROM 1234 PM TO 450 PM ON JANUARY 23.
THERE WAS ONLY A 7 MINUTE GAP IN THOSE CONDITIONS.

AT PLYMOUTH MA...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OCCURRED FOR 3 HOURS AND 32
MINUTES DURING THE PERIOD FROM 218 PM TO 555 PM ON JANUARY 23.
THERE WAS ONLY A 5 MINUTE GAP IN THOSE CONDITIONS.

AT MARSHFIELD MA...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OCCURRED FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE
HOURS DURING THE PERIOD FROM 315 PM TO 615 PM ON JANUARY 23.

SEVERAL OTHER LOCATIONS EITHER HAD NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OR
THERE WERE MISSING DATA WHICH MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO EVALUATE...

AT HYANNIS MA...NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OCCURRED DURING THE PERIOD
FROM 113 PM AND 556 PM. HOWEVER THERE WERE TWO GAPS OF 26 AND 27
MINUTES IN THOSE CONDITIONS.

AT NEWPORT RI...NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OCCURRED DURING THE PERIOD
FROM 1230 PM TO 520 PM. HOWEVER THERE WAS A 51 MINUTE GAP IN
WHICH CONDITIONS WERE BELOW BLIZZARD CRITERIA.

AT BLOCK ISLAND RI...AT 955 AM...VISIBILITIES DROPPED TO ONE-QUARTER
MILE BUT THEN THERE WAS A 7 HOUR PERIOD OF MISSING OBSERVATIONS...SO
WE WERE UNABLE TO DECLARE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THERE.

AT FALMOUTH MA...VISIBILITIES MET BLIZZARD CRITERIA FROM 155 PM AND
555 PM. HOWEVER WIND INFORMATION WAS MISSING. NEARBY MESONET WIND
DATA AT BOTH WEST FALMOUTH AND WAQUOIT BAY DID NOT REACH CRITERIA.
THUS WE ARE COUNTING THIS AS NEAR-BLIZZARD.

AT NEW BEDFORD MA...NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OCCURRED...BUT THE
TOTAL TIME WAS LESS THAN 2 HOURS.

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