Monday, January 07, 2013

Happy 17th Anniversary Blizzard of 1996

On a day where temperatures were 15 degrees above freezing and seven degrees above normal, let me take you back to a snowier time.

Yep, it's the 17 year anniversary of the Blizzard of '96, the single biggest snowstorm in Philadelphia's history with 30.7" of snow falling.  Bigger than either February 2010 storm, bigger than December 2009.

This storm is your gold standard of snow in a winter that, until 2010, was the snowiest on record.

Snowfall plots...left from Ray Martin's NJ Snowstorm Archive, right from CIPS.
Given our warm pattern holds tight for the next week or so, seeing snow of any accumulation locally will be tough to get.  However, it's never a bad thing to look back fondly...and your back is thankful as well since it only has to look upon it fondly and not spend time digging it out tonight.