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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
600 AM EST TUE NOV 4 2014

...THIS WEEK IS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK...

PLEASE JOIN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE NEW YORK STATE
OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN PROMOTING WINTER WEATHER EDUCATION
INCLUDING SAFETY.

THE TOPIC FOR TODAY IS HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS DEFINED AS AN AVERAGE
SNOWFALL OF AT LEAST 6 INCHES IN 12 HOURS...OR 8 INCHES IN 24 HOURS.

COASTAL STORMS...ALSO KNOWN AS NOREASTERS...CAN PRODUCE HEAVY SNOW.
THEY USUALLY FORM FROM OCTOBER THROUGH APRIL ALONG THE COASTAL PLAIN
FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO TO THE MID ATLANTIC COAST. THE COMBINATION
OF LOW PRESSURE MOVING NORTHEAST FROM THOSE AREAS AND HIGH PRESSURE
TO THE NORTH CAN PRODUCE STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS.

SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT COASTAL STORMS HAVE BROUGHT BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
TO THE REGION DURING THE PAST DECADE...

ON FEBRUARY 8TH AND 9TH OF 2013...A POWERFUL BLIZZARD BROUGHT
EXTREMELY HEAVY SNOWFALL TO MUCH OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN LONG ISLAND.
SNOWFALL RATES UP TO 6 INCHES PER HOUR DURING THE EVENING RUSH HOUR
STRANDED NUMEROUS MOTOR VEHICLES. LIGHTNING AND SMALL HAIL ALSO
OCCURRED AT THE HEIGHT OF THE BLIZZARD. SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 18 TO 34
INCHES OCCURRED AWAY FROM THE IMMEDIATE SOUTH SHORE OF LONG
ISLAND...CAUSING PARTIAL ROOF...HOUSE AND SHED COLLAPSES.
BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY RECORDED ITS BIGGEST SINGLE STORM
SNOWFALL EVER...WITH 30.9 INCHES. WIND GUSTS FROM 45 TO 75 MILES PER
HOUR COMBINED WITH HEAVY SNOW TO DOWN TREES AND CAUSE WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS.

ON DECEMBER 26TH AND 27TH OF 2010...A BLIZZARD BROUGHT 15 TO 30
INCHES OF SNOW...SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 TO 40 MPH...AND GUSTS OVER
60 MPH.

ON DECEMBER 19TH AND 20TH OF 2009...UP TO ONE FOOT OF SNOW FELL
ACROSS THE NEW YORK CITY METROPOLITAN AREA...WITH WIDESPREAD
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF OVER 2 FEET ACROSS EASTERN LONG ISLAND.
WINDS GUSTED UP TO 50 MPH.

ON FEBRUARY 11TH AND 12TH OF 2006...WIDESPREAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
OCCURRED...WITH SNOWFALL AMOUNTS FROM 12 TO 28 INCHES. CENTRAL PARK
RECORDED ITS BIGGEST SINGLE STORM SNOWFALL EVER...WITH 26.9 INCHES.

IN ADDITION TO BLIZZARDS...THE FOLLOWING ARE DATES OF OTHER RECENT
HEAVY SNOW EVENTS ACROSS THE REGION...

JANUARY 26TH AND 27TH OF 2011...
JANUARY 11TH AND 12TH OF 2011...
FEBRUARY 25TH THROUGH 27TH OF 2010.

LAST WINTER SEASON FEATURED 57.4 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT CENTRAL PARK
IN NEW YORK CITY...WHICH IS WELL ABOVE THE AVERAGE SEASONAL SNOWFALL
OF 25.1 INCHES...THE 7TH SNOWIEST WINTER SEASON OF RECORD DATING
BACK TO 1869...AND THE SNOWIEST WINTER SEASON SINCE WINTER 2010-11.
THIS INCLUDES 29 INCHES IN FEBRUARY 2014...THE 5TH SNOWIEST MONTH ON
RECORD AT THE PARK...THE 2ND SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD...AND THE
SNOWIEST MONTH SINCE JANUARY 2011...WHEN 36 INCHES FELL.
THE SNOWIEST MONTH ON RECORD AT THE PARK WAS FEBRUARY 2010...WITH
36.9 INCHES OF SNOWFALL.

THE SNOWFALL OF 19.7 INCHES IN JANUARY 2014 WAS ALSO THE 8TH
SNOWIEST JANUARY OF RECORD.

FOR A DETAILED LIST OF SIGNIFICANT STORMS AND SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS...VISIT OUR WEB PAGE AT...

HTTP://WWW.ERH.NOAA.GOV/OKX/STORMTOTALS.HTML

THE NEXT STATEMENT AT 6 AM WEDNESDAY WILL COVER ICE STORMS.

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