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Officially “The Blizzard of 2013″

First Warning Meteorologist Don Maher making his way to work!

Springfield, Mass (WGGB) – It’s official, according to the National Weather Service many locations across southern New England experienced blizzard conditions. Thus it is safe to call this “The Blizzard of 2013″.

Here is the definition of a blizzard: Falling and or blowing snow reduces visibility to below 1/4 mile along with winds that frequently gust to 35mph or more and that these conditions are the predominate reported condition for three consecutive hours.

Here is the full narrative from the National Weather Service:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
455 PM EST MON FEB 11 2013

…BLIZZARD OF 2013…

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE REACHED AT MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND DURING THE STORM ON FEBRUARY 8 AND 9. THUS IT IS SAFE TO CALL THIS THE BLIZZARD OF 2013 FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. CERTAINLY PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF THIS EVENT WAS THAT IT WAS MOST DEFINITELY A BLIZZARD.

THE STRICT 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 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. WE ALSO MADE SOME SUBJECTIVE DECISIONS. FOR EXAMPLE…IN MANCHESTER NH…BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE MET FOR A CONSECUTIVE 2 HOURS 40 MINUTES…AND WE CONSIDERED THIS CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE 3 HOUR REQUIREMENT.

AT BOSTON LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT…WITHIN A 6-HOUR PERIOD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE OBSERVED FOR 4 OF THOSE HOURS. THUS WE DECIDED TO COUNT THIS EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE ONLY 2 CONSECUTIVE HOURS.

THE FOLLOWING OBSERVATION SITES CLEARLY HAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. DURATIONS LISTED ARE APPROXIMATE…

WORCESTER MA…. 8 HOURS
NORWOOD MA…… 7.5 HOURS
NORTH SMITHFIELD RI…5.5 HOURS
BEDFORD MA…… 4.5 HOURS
FALMOUTH MA….. 4.5 HOURS
NEW BEDFORD MA…4.5 HOURS
NEWPORT RI…….3.5 HOURS
HARTFORD CT……3.0 HOURS…AT BRAINARD FIELD

THE FOLLOWING OBSERVATION LOCATIONS WERE DETERMINED TO HAVE ALSO HAD A BLIZZARD…
WESTFIELD MA…..2.75 HOURS…ROUNDED UP TO 3
MANCHESTER NH….2.75 HOURS…ROUNDED UP TO 3
MARSHFIELD MA….2.5 HOURS BEFORE POWER WENT OUT BUT LIKELY CONTD
BOSTON MA……..2.0 HOURS CONTINUOUS…BUT 4 OF 6 HOURS BLIZZARD
TAUNTON MA…….2.0 HOURS CONTINUOUS…AT LEAST 3.5 HOURS TOTAL

BEFORE DATA OUTAGE, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE FOLLOWING SITES HAD NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS…
PROVIDENCE RI
WESTERLY RI
CHICOPEE MA

THE FOLLOWING SITES MAY HAVE HAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS BUT DATA WERE LOST AT THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM…
BEVERLY MA
PLYMOUTH MA


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