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000 NOUS41 KBOX 281152 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-300000- 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. $$ FIELD

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