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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
655 AM EST WED JAN 28 2015

...BLIZZARD OF 2015...

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE REACHED AT MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTHERN
NEW ENGLAND DURING THE STORM ON JANUARY 26 AND 27. THUS IT IS SAFE
TO CALL THIS THE BLIZZARD OF 2015 FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. THIS
STORM PRODUCED WIND GUSTS UP TO 78 MPH ON NANTUCKET AND 35 TO 55 MPH
ACROSS MUCH OF RHODE ISLAND AND EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS. SNOWFALL
TOTALS FROM 24 TO 36 INCHES WERE COMMON EXCEPT LESS THAN A FOOT IN
FAR WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND MUCH OF HARTFORD COUNTY.

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 BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS ARE THE PREDOMINANT REPORTED CONDITION FOR AT LEAST
3 CONSECUTIVE HOURS.

WHEN REVIEWING WHETHER A PARTICULAR OBSERVATION LOCATION HAD
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...WE CONSIDERED VISIBILITIES EQUAL TO 1/4 MILE
BECAUSE THAT IS QUITE LOW FOR AN AUTOMATED SENSOR TO BE ABLE TO
DETECT. IN A FEW INSTANCES...THE AUTOMATED SENSORS DID REPORT ZERO
TO ONE-EIGHTH MILE VISIBILITIES FOR SHORT PERIODS OF TIME.  HOWEVER
IN OUR BEST JUDGMENT...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING WITH
AUTOMATED SENSOR VISIBILITIES SUSTAINED AT 1/4 MILE WITH HEAVY SNOW
BEING REPORTED AND WIND GUSTS OF 35 MPH OR MORE.

THE FOLLOWING OBSERVATION SITES HAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ON JANUARY
27TH. DURATIONS SHOWN ARE FOR CONSECUTIVE HOURS OF BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS. TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE TO WITHIN A FEW MINUTES...

MARSHFIELD MA.......14 HOURS FROM 355 AM TO 555 PM

HYANNIS MA..........13.2 HOURS FROM 539 AM TO 945 AM AND FROM
1036 AM TO 741 PM

NANTUCKET MA........11 HOURS FROM 553 AM TO 453 PM

BOSTON MA...........9 HOURS FROM 1254 AM TO 954 AM

CHATHAM MA..........8.9 HOURS FROM 719 AM TO 1202 PM AND FROM
1250 PM TO 500 PM. AN ADDITIONAL 2.4 HOURS FROM 939 PM ON THE 26TH
TO 1203 AM ON THE 27TH.

WORCESTER MA........7.1 HOURS FROM 349 AM TO 1054 AM.
AN ADDITIONAL 2.5 HOURS FROM 113 AM TO 340 AM.

WESTERLY RI.........5.1 HOURS FROM 446 AM TO 953 AM

NEWPORT RI..........4 HOURS FROM 251 AM TO 653 AM

BEVERLY MA..........3 HOURS FROM 753 AM TO 1053 AM


THE FOLLOWING OBSERVATION LOCATION WAS DETERMINED TO ALSO HAVE
HAD A BLIZZARD...

PROVIDENCE RI.......2.75 HOURS...ROUNDED UP TO 3... FROM 544 AM TO
829 AM. CRITERIA ALSO MET FOR 11 MINUTES FROM 1040 AM TO 1051 AM.


IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE FOLLOWING SITES HAD NEAR-BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS...

FITCHBURG MA... JUST A HAIR BELOW CRITERIA. HAD 1/4 MILE VISIBILITY
FOR 3 HOURS BUT 35+ MPH WIND GUSTS FOR 2 HOURS OR LESS. THERE WAS
SOME MISSING DATA.

MARTHAS VINEYARD MA... SEVERAL TIMES BUT NEVER FOR MORE THAN
2 CONSECUTIVE HOURS.

NEW BEDFORD MA... REACHED CRITERIA BUT NOT FOR MORE THAN
1.5 CONSECUTIVE HOURS.

SMITHFIELD RI.... MET FOR 1.3 HOURS

FALMOUTH MA...... VISIBILITY WAS 1/4 MILE AND DROPPED TO 0
FOR A TIME WITH WINDS WELL IN EXCESS OF CRITERIA. HOWEVER AT
SOME POINT THE SENSOR BECAME IN ERROR BECAUSE IT WAS STILL
REPORTING 0 WHEN IN REALITY IT WAS 2.5 MILES. SO THIS WAS
UNABLE TO BE DETERMINED.

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