REMEMBERING THE GREAT SNOW OF OF 1997 - [03/31-04/01]

The Great Snowstorm of 1997

Here are some reports on the blizzard from the Weather Obs Mid-Atlantic Newsgroup and from Buddy Potts, Past President of the IWW, and NOAA'S HCP:



A View from the Mount Washington, NH Summit
(2:00 PM EST 4/1/97) After the Blizzard of March 31-April 1, 1997!







Click the snowflake at left to view an impressive water vapor image of the departing storm and its massive influence!


Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 12:13:52 -0500

Good afternoon from Clarksboro, NJ...located 14 miles to the SSE of 
Philadelphia, Pa...

Old Man Winter is back! Just in the last half hour or so, the rain 
has mixed with and totally changed over to snow. Temperatue has 
fallen steadily since dawn, from about 44F to the current temp of 
just 34F. Winds are howling out of the NW at 29mph, making the WCI an 
extremely cold +4F...some brutally cold stuff! Snow is beginning to 
show some signs of accumulation on wooden and grassy surfaces. Of 
course it will take some time for any accumulations to begin based 
soley on the fact on the extremely warm temps of recent days. 
Currently, the National Weather Service is sticking with their 1-2" 
forecast, but I'm thinking more on the order of 2-4".

March came in like a lion and it's certainly going out like a lion!
Updates later...

Brian


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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 13:11:56 -0500
From: "Gary J. Wilt Jr." 
Subject: OBS Wood Ridge, NJ 311315

STORM SUMMARY AS OF 1315:
PRECIPITATION DATA (type/amt): Rain/1.99"
STORM TOTAL: 1.99" so far...
PEAK GUST/DIRECTION: ENE @ 25 mph
LOWEST PRESSURE: 29.31"

CURRENT CONDITIONS @ 13:15
SKY: Overcast with moderate snow
TEMP: 33.9 (down 6.8 degrees during the last hr.)
WIND: NNW @ 10 G 21 mph   
BAROMETER: 29.31 F (down .02 during the last hr.) 

OUTLOOK & COMMENTS:
Rain has now changed over to snow and is moderate in intensity.
Early morning very heavy rains lead to some flooding across the
area. E-NE winds have now shifted to the NNW and are averaging
10-15 mph with some higher gusts. The temperature in the last 
hour has fallen from 41 to 34. It will take a while for the snow
to accumulate as surface temps are very warm yet due to the past 
few day's mild temperatures. A general 4 inch accumulation is 
possible especially away from the city. Updates later....
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Gary J. Wilt
Cooperative Spotter- NWS Co-op Office-Harrison, NJ
Wood Ridge, is in Bergen Co. N.J. & is 14 miles W of NYC.
WWOL Contributor
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Subject: OBS Saugerties, NY 311330  S+ 33F S: T"G: T"
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 97 13:24:54 -0500
From: "Frederick E. Smith" 

1:30 PM

Heavy Wet Snow and 33F

...It has been snowing very wetly for up to four hours, but only recently
has begun to whiten the ground in a few spots. Accumulation should increase
as the sun angle decreases later this afternoon.
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 13:48:21 -0500
From: Greg 
Subject: OBS Fords, NJ S and R 33.9F

Moderate Snow begins around 1:30 pm 
Still mixed with Rain 
Rain portion now less than one-qtr of total precip falling
Temps falling steadily.
Pressure falling, now at 29.32 iom

-Greg
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From: "Craig Elzey" 
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 19:13:59 +0000

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WEATHER SUMMARY
EASTON,  MD. (38:53:54N 76:02:38W) ELEV 70 FT
MON. 31 MARCH 1997 @ 1911 HOURS EST
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Sky: cloudy
Temperature:  33.1F
Barometer:  29.60in.
Wind:  NW @ 28
High gust:  44 mph
Dew Point:  30.8F
High temp since midnight:  57.0F @ 1210 hours
Low temp since midnight:  33.0F @ 1901 hours

Currently SNOWING with some snow sticking to the roof and grassy 
areas.  We have had sustained winds of 25mph to 35 mph since 0700 
hours today.  Fine time for winter to finally show up!!
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 15:12:25 -0500
From: Greg 
Subject: OBS Fords NJ 3pm S- Windy 32.0f 29.32

Light accums on cartops...
32.0f with Light wind-driven Snow
29.32 iom and steady 

                
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 16:24:56 -0500
From: Buddy Potts 

Friends,

  Southern New England is being battered by a fierce winter storm.

  Heavy rain fell overnight and through the morning here in Agawam, MA.
Agawam is located 5 miles SW of Springfield, MA in the Connecticut
Valley. The rain changed to snow between 1230 and 1245. The snow has
varied in intensity since the changeover. Initially it was light but
since 1500 it has varied between moderate and heavy. The wind has been
increasing from the northeast. I now estimate the wind between 10 - 30
MPH.

  At 1600 - 1605 we had several loud claps of thunder. The visibility is
now under 1/4 mile with heavy snow. We have some blowing snow but the
snow is very wet and that is limiting the blowing. The ground is covered
with about 2" of wet, heavy snow. The temperature is in the upper 20's
and is slowly falling. The roads are now seeing accumulation and the
driving is very dangerous. Cars are just crawling by. Many of the
businesses in this industrial park are closing early. Local schools are
already closing tomorrow's sessions.

   This reminds me very much of the April 1982 blizzard. While we have
not seen blizzard conditions yet this is certainly the worst snowfall of
the 1996 / 1997 winter season. The early December storm did not have
much wind and the visibility was not as bad. This is the also the first
thundersnow I have heard this winter.

   The latest forecast is for 8 - 15" here in the valley. There should
be 2 feet in the Berkshires. Our former home in West Granville is at
ground zero for heavy accumulation. Our new home is 250 feet higher than
here at my office at that will add 3 - 6" compared to here.

   Now to try and drive home. Wish me luck. I will try and report later
but we may lose power. I love people who think that spring arrived on
March 20. If they believe that they haven't lived in New England very
long!

Buddy
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 16:42:00 -0500 (EST)
From: Justin Consor 
Subject: OBS Roslyn, NY 311510 OVC Ns 3/4S** 35F N-15G30* S:Tr G:Tr R:1.80"

Roslyn is in NW Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island.  It is
situated at the head of Hempstead Harbor (an extension of LI Sound), and
is 24 mi E of Midtown Manhattan and 3 mi S of Sea Cliff.  My station is
0.6 mi N of the LIE and 1.0 mi S of Route 25A.  Station Elevation: 180 ft.

Rain began before dawn today, falling very heavily at times.
A few very wet snowflakes began mixing in at 1:40 PM this afternoon during
the periods of heaviest precip.  The few snowflakes made a very loud
'rattle' on windows.  A few isolated claps of thunder were heard around
2PM, but I didn't see any lightning at the time (I was in school). According 
to the RHS weather station, the temp. fell from 38 to 35 from 2:15 to 2:40
PM.  Thus, by 2:45 PM, the precipitation was all moderate snow.  

I took a walk up to Harbor Hill (368 ft and 0.6 mi NNW of me) to see how
elevation is impacting on this storm so far.  It does not seem to be
having much of an impact as of now on the greater Roslyn area, since slush
began to whiten the ground at around the same time at the top of the hill
as where I live, which is about 180 ft.  

So far, a thin layer of slush is coating grassy surfaces, car tops, and
grassy surfaces, but snow is having trouble accumulating because the
flakes are "only" dime to nickel sized and the snow is just not heavy
enough.  Roads and driveways are wet with many puddles.

Winds veered from NW to E last night, but then backed to NE by this
morning and N now.  Sustained winds have been surprisingly low (only
around 10-15 mph) but occasional gusts of up to 30 mph have been
occurring.  

According to the RHS weather station, the barometer fell rapidly much of
the day, from 29.49 inches at 7:30 AM to 29.25 inches at 2:40 PM.

Temperatures dropped from 53 around midnight last night to 43 by 7AM this
morning, and then continued to slowly fall during the morning and early
afternoon before falling rapidly as the changeover occurred.

* Wind estimated from tree, grass, and flag motion, and nearby reports
**Visibility estimated using known landmarks.
--
Justin Consor
(rconsor on Undernet channel #Weather)
NEMAS-NYC Amateur Meteorologist
http://www.nwdc.com/~jconsor/nemasnyc.html
Long Island Weather Observers member
Roslyn High School
jconsor@nwdc.com
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 17:00:31 -0500
From: gsurplus@delphi.com (Gregory A. Surplus)

Reduced visibilities are occuring from the wind and snow...

A dusting has accumulated on the ground...


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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 17:03:38 -0500 (EST)
From: Justin Consor 
Subject: OBS Roslyn, NY 311625 OVC Ns 1/4S+ 34F N-15G30* S:0.1" G:0.1 R:1.88"

Roslyn is in NW Nassau County, on the North Shoreof Long Island. It is
situated at the head of Hempstead Harbor (an extension of LI Sound), and
is 24 mi E of Midtown Manhattan and 3 mi S of Sea Cliff.  My station is
0.6 mi N of the LIE and 1.0 mi S of Route 25A.  Station Elevation: 180 ft.

Since the snow began here, the snowflakes have consistently been no larger
than nickels and the snow intensity has remained moderate.  Thus, the snow
is still having trouble accumulating on all surface. The 0.1" noted above
is true slush, which has accumulated on the deck, on my snow board, and
the grass.  

However, at 4:20 PM, a very sudden change was observed.  The
snow went rapidly from nearly all small flakes to humungous, greater than
silver-dollar sized flakes in the space of about a minute.  These
humungous flakes are now sticking quite well, not only to the grass and
deck, but to the roof, trees, and power lines as well.  The individual
snowflakes are now initially sticking to the sidewalk and driveways, but
they are all melting within a few seconds.

The relatively high elevation here (180 ft) seems to be making a
difference in terms of temperatures and especially precipitation type.
While there has been absolutely no rain here since LaGuardia and
JFK airport in NYC were reporting a mix of rain and snow with temps of 36
and 38, respectively.  Similarly, Farmingdale, Westhampton, and Islip
airports in central and eastern LI were reporting all rain as of 4PM.

*Wind Estimated from tree, grass, and flag motion, and nearby reports
--
Justin Consor
(rconsor on Undernet channel #Weather)
NEMAS-NYC Amateur Meteorologist
http://www.nwdc.com/~jconsor/nemasnyc.html
Long Island Weather Observers member
Roslyn High School
jconsor@nwdc.com
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 17:15:53 -0500
From: Greg Keklak 

Very light snow, or flurries, 31.8F
29.32 steady over the last 4 hours.

-Greg

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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 17:31:20 -0500 (EST)
From: Justin Consor 
Subject: OBS Roslyn, NY 311725 OVC Ns S 33F S:0.5" G:0.5"

Roslyn is in NW Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island.  It is
situated at the head of Hempstead Harbor (an extension of LI Sound), and
is 24 mi E of Midtown Manhattan and 3 mi S of Sea Cliff.  My station is
0.6 mi N of the LIE and 1.0 mi S of Route 25A.  Station Elevation: 180 ft.

Despite the fact that heavy snow with silver dollar sized snowflakes is
falling from the air, only 0.4" has accumulated on my deck and snow board
in the past hour, bringing the storm total snowfall up to 0.5".  The snow
on the ground, measured in a protected area with no grass, is also 0.5".
All local roads remain wet, though there are a few patches of slush on
driveways.

*Estimated from tree, grass, and flag motion, and nearby
reports
--
Justin Consor
(rconsor on Undernet channel #Weather)
NEMAS-NYC Amateur Meteorologist
http://www.nwdc.com/~jconsor/nemasnyc.html
Long Island Weather Observers member
Roslyn High School
jconsor@nwdc.com
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 19:02:13 -0500
From: "Gary J. Wilt Jr." 
Subject: OBS Wood Ridge, NJ 311900

DAILY SUMMARY: SUN., MARCH 31, 1997
TEMPERATURE DATA (low/high):  33.0/53.6  low temp. will go lower
MEAN TEMPERATURE: 43.3
WIND DATA (dir/peak gust):  NNE @ 26 mph
PRESSURE DATA (low/high): 29.27/29.87
PRECIPITATION DATA (type/amt): Rain/2.33"- Snow/Trace
STORM TOTAL: 2.33"
MONTHLY PRECIP TOTAL TO DATE: 5.85" 
YEARLY PRECIP TOTAL TO DATE:  12.11" 
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CURRENT CONDITIONS @ 19:05
SKY: Overcast with moderate snow mixed with rain @ times
TEMP: 33.0
WIND: NNE 15mph G 26 mph   
BAROMETER: 29.34 R (up .01) 

OUTLOOK & COMMENTS:
Temperatures have remained nearly steady during the last several hrs.
with moderate snow occasionally mixing with rain. The temperature 
has started to fall again, but most notably is that the wind which had 
been NW, has now shifted back to the NNE. A winter storm warning is
in effect for the area for the possibility of 6-9" of snow. This is the 
first winter storm warning for Bergen County this season! Better late 
than never. Doppler radar is indicating very little movement to the 
precip, so we could be in for an extended period of snow. Accumulating 
snows should begin at any time as the temperature is now very close to 
the freezing mark. And with the roads so wet, they should begin to
freeze over during the next few hours. A very interesting scenario for 
the latter part of the month, but this is not all that uncommon. 
Today's precip total pushed the monthly tally way above normal. Possible 
updates later...
_____________________________________________________________
Gary J. Wilt
Cooperative Spotter- NWS Co-op Office-Harrison, NJ
Wood Ridge, is in Bergen Co. N.J. & is 14 miles W of NYC.
WWOL Contributor
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 20:07:02 -0500
From: Buddy Potts 

Friends,

     The storm continues to batter southern New England.

     As of 1930 we have seen 6.0 inches of snow here in West 
Suffield, CT. The snow is very wet and heavy and has caused a 
great deal of icing on the roads. The temperature is just 
below freezing at 31F but that is enough to allow the freezing.
We currently have moderate to heavy snow, blowing snow and fog. 
Visibility is about 250 feet.

     Our house is literally plastered by the snow. The back side 
of the house faces east. The wind has 30 miles of open territory 
before it hits this ridge. The howling of the wind sounds like a 
distant jet. The wind is gusting to about 50 mph and is driving 
the snow against the east and north sides of the house. The wind 
is so strong that I can feel it penetrating the walls and 
windows. The snow has some ice pellets mixed in and that sounds 
like pebbles crashing into the windows. The trees that surround 
our house are swaying in the wind in wild contortions as they 
fight the wind and the weight of the snow that is sticking to 
them. It is a very wintry scene!

     My ride home from work was terrible. The roads were covered 
with ice and slush. Visibility was less than 100 feet in places. 
As I crept along the sky turned yellow with that unforgettable 
color of lightning embedded in snow. It was close as thunder 
followed in just a few seconds. My ride is only 8 miles and is 
all on back roads so I had no traffic problems. I did go by one 
car that had skidded off the road.

     We have lost power briefly two times. We have filled up 
several buckets and the bathtub in case we lose power for a 
longer period. I am typing this in a word processor rather than 
my e-mail software, as it is easier to save it. The power may 
burp at any time!

     The storm shows no signs of abating. The center appears to 
have stalled east of New York City. Moisture is feeding in from 
the ocean in band after band. This is expected to continue all 
night. I donít believe anywhere in southern New England will 
reach true blizzard conditions, as the temperature is not cold 
enough. That is little solace as the wind and snow pounds against 
the house and makes travel almost impossible. I am glad to be 
home!

    Oh yes. Today in Bradenton, FL it was in the 80ís. I suppose 
a few of you think this storm is more fun. Someday you can come 
down and visit me in Florida and tell me all about the fun you 
had in an April snowstorm!!

Buddy
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 20:09:13 -0500
From: Eugene Stackhouse 
Subject: Weather Summary

Daily Weather Summary
Germantown, Philadelphia, PA (40:02:30N; 75:10:00W; elev. 240 feet)
Monday, 31 March 1997, 1930 hours EST

Sky: Snow
Wind direction NW at heavy. Gauge is clogged with snow.
Temperature: 30.7F
Barometer: 29.30 Falling, very low
Precipitation since 2020 EST, 30 Mar 97: 3" snow (0.3" water)
Total precipitation for March 1997: 5.0"
Lowest temperature since 2020 EST, 30 Mar 97: 30.4F
Highest temperature since 2020 EST, 30 Mar 97: 62.1F

Today was one of the most miserable in a long time. High winds, snow,
falling temperature, rain this morning.  

GeneStackhouse@compuserve.com
egstackhouse@mail.biosis.org
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From: "Brian Monahan" 
To: wxobs-mda@greatbasin.net
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 20:23:43 -0500

Good evening everyone...

Going to be brief here because time lacks. Pressures are rising a bit 
right now but we still continue to get hammered by the wrap around 
moisture from this storm. Snow should be continuing for quite a 
while...with no foreseeable end, at this time. Snow has accumulated 
to 1.7" on my deck and other surfaces, but continues to not stick to 
pavements.

Updates later...if I have time...

-Brian


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Clarksboro, NJ Weather Observer
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Nick: wxcentral  Email: bmonahan@p3.net
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Roslyn is in NW Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island.  It is
situated at the head of Hempstead Harbor (an extension of LI Sound), and
is 24 mi E of Midtown Manhattan and 3 mi S of Sea Cliff.  My station is
0.6 mi N of the LIE and 1.0 mi S of Route 25A.  Station Elevation: 180 ft.

Snow has generally been light since 5:30 PM, with occasional bursts of
moderate to heavy snow and some periods of only very light snow and snow
pellets.  The alternating bands of heavier and lighter snow have been
associated with mesoscale dry slots and enhanced snow bands which have
been rotating around the storm.  Snow accumulation has been very slow but
steady on the deck and the grass.  The snow has become slightly drier with
time as the temp has slowly fallen to 32.  Driveways and local and
secondary roads continue to be wet.  Sidewalks have patches of slush on
them.  Power lines are coated with a layer of slush.

Around 8 PM this evening, I took a ride to Greenvale (1.5 mi NE of
Roslyn) on Route 25A..  Throughout the whole ride, the snow was moderate
with large, nickel-sized flakes.  Though the roads themselves were wet and
quite passable, the wind gusts and large snowflakes combined to
create low visibilities and blowing snow, causing quite hazardous driving
conditions.  I noticed that the snow was significantly lighter and the 
flakes smaller when I got back to Roslyn around 8:30.

Sustained winds have slowly been increasing to near 30 mph during the past
few hours.  Interestingly, the gusts so far seem to be very unpredictable
and sudden, coming almost out of the blue after long periods of
relatively lighter winds.  The estimated peak gust so far is 50 mph.  Many
small to medium branch segments have been downed.

*Estimated from tree, grass, and flag motion, and
nearby reports -- 
Justin Consor
(rconsor on Undernet channel #Weather)
NEMAS-NYC Amateur Meteorologist
http://www.nwdc.com/~jconsor/nemasnyc.html
Long Island Weather Observers member
Roslyn High School
jconsor@nwdc.com
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 21:46:49 -0500
From: gsurplus@delphi.com (Gregory A. Surplus)
Subject: Obs--Parkville MD--COR 312145 S 30/M/M/M/29.60  S:2.9

Hi so far today  47
Low so far today  30

Correction...I forgot to importantly note that most of the accumulation
is on grassy areas and car tops...



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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 22:27:12 -0500
From: Buddy Potts 
Subject: Storm Update #2

Friends,

   BOOM! Lightning and thunder again!

   As of 2200 our snowfall has reached 10.5 inches. The temperature 
remains steady at around 30F. The snowfall intensity has been moderate 
to heavy throughout the evening. Visibility remains only about 250 
feet in fog and blowing snow. The snow is very heavy and that is all 
that is keeping us from seeing 3 inch per hour snowfall rates.

   The wind has abated a bit from its peak at about 8:00 PM. 
Thundersnow returned at 2200 and that makes it clear that the 
atmosphere is still very unstable. I canít explain the drop in the 
wind but it is welcome. Our power went out for a third time at 2045 
but has been good since. We are on a well and have electric heat so 
power outages are no fun at all.

   Our driveway has already been plowed once. The guys we use do a 
good job. This heavy, wet snow is miserable to plow. I expect we will 
hear them plow a couple of times during the night.

    Our landscaping is getting clobbered again. The shrubs and trees 
are pushed right to the ground under the weight of the snow. I guess 
it does not matter much now. The December storm and the ice storm 
earlier this month had already wrecked much of what we have. 

    What will be our final total? 15 - 18 inches looks to be a good 
bet. I donít want to guess at the water equivalent of so much wet 
snow. I worry about our deck handling the weight. The gas grill looks 
kind of silly out there tonight!

Buddy
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 23:07:17 -0500
From: Eugene Stackhouse 
Subject: Interim Report

Interim Weather Report
Germantown, Philadelphia, PA

Monday, 31 March 1997, 2300 hours EST

So much for Spring.
We have about 6" of snow on the ground in Germantown.
So far, the streets have not iced up and driving isn't too bad.
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Date: Tue, 01 Apr 1997 00:32:20 -0500
From: gsurplus@delphi.com (Gregory A. Surplus)
Subject: Obs--Parkville MD 010013 S 32/M/M/M/29.62 Monday Snow 3.5in

Parkville Climate Data
Greg Surplus--Parkville MD
04-01-1997  00:15:15

During the day of Monday, March 31, 1997
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               Max       Min      Mean
Deg F          47        30        38.5 
Deg C          8.3      -1.1       3.6 

26 Heating Degree Days
Heating Degree Days So Far This Month...    656 
Cooling Degree Days So Far This Month...    0 

Daily Snow accumulation         3.5 inches    8.9 cm
Snow so far this month          5.0 inches    12.7 cm


Conditions at Parkville MD  Tuesday, April 1, 1997 12:13am EST
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Weather       Snow
Temperature   32F            0C
Barometer     29.62in        1003.1mb       100.31kPa


Comment...Most of the accumulation was on grassy areas and
car tops...

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Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 01:54:38 -0500 (EST)
From: Justin Consor 
Subject: OBS Roslyn, NY 010145 OVC Ns S+ 31F N-20G40* S:2.9" G:2.6" R:2.15"

Roslyn is in NW Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island.  It is
situated at the head of Hempstead Harbor (an extension of LI Sound), and
is 24 mi E of Midtown Manhattan and 3 mi S of Sea Cliff.  My station is
0.6 mi N of the LIE and 1.0 mi S of Route 25A.  Station Elevation: 180 ft.

Snow is now finally sticking to sidewalks, driveways, and local streets.
Power lines and trees are coated with snow. 

Snow has become much drier past few hours, with smaller flakes and greater
number of flakes than before.  Spacing between flakes is now almost none,
whereas at 11PM large flakes were very widely spaced.  Winds have calmed
down a bit past hour.

  
*Estimated from tree, grass, and flag motion, and nearby reports --
Justin Consor
(rconsor on Undernet channel #Weather)
NEMAS-NYC Amateur Meteorologist
http://www.nwdc.com/~jconsor/nemasnyc.html
Long Island Weather Observers member
Roslyn High School
jconsor@nwdc.com
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Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 06:35:55 -0500 (EST)
From: Justin Consor 
Subject: OBS Roslyn, NY 010630 OVC Ns S-BS 31F N-20G35* PkGust:NNE-55* S:5.7" , G:4.3" R:?
Message-ID: 

Roslyn is in NW Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island.  It is
situated at the head of Hempstead Harbor (an extension of LI Sound), and
is 24 mi E of Midtown Manhattan and 3 mi S of Sea Cliff.  My station is
0.6 mi N of the LIE and 1.0 mi S of Route 25A.  Station Elevation: 180 ft.

Snow fell generally moderately overnight, with 3.6" of additional
accumulation since 12:30 AM.  All local streets and secondary roads,
though plowed, are still snow covered with icy spots.  Driveways and
sidewalks are also covered with about an inch of snow.  

During the night, it appears the snow became much drier and less granular,
judging by the consistency of the snow on the ground.  Currently, it seems
the accumulation is just about over, since the snow has tapered off
markedly since 6AM and the back edge of the snow is just to our west.

The elevation here (180 ft) appears to have been a strong factor in
allowing the snow to stick on the grass relatively early yesterday
afternoon and determining the amount of snow that eventually
accumulated on the grass. 

*Estimated from tree, grass, and flag motion, and nearby reports 
-- 
Justin Consor
(rconsor on Undernet channel #Weather)
NEMAS-NYC Amateur Meteorologist
http://www.nwdc.com/~jconsor/nemasnyc.html
Long Island Weather Observers member
Roslyn High School
jconsor@nwdc.com
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Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 07:01:57 -0500 (EST)
From: ah728@osfn.rhilinet.gov (Jim Corbin)
Subject: OBS Bellingham,Ma 010700 S- 30/28 N-8 S:18"R:2.67" G:0-36"



Drifts to 3ft here...peak gust was just 33robins walking around in a daze..got one stuck in the
garage...

--
Bellingham is 29mi. SW of Boston..here at 210' in the Blackstone
Valley. Jim Corbin, meteorologist, NECN..WPRI-TV.
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Date: Tue, 01 Apr 1997 09:54:57 -0500
From: Buddy Potts
Subject: Storm Update #3

Friends,

   What a storm!

   This morning we awoke to a state of emergency in Massachusetts and a
disaster in Connecticut. I don't know where to start but here goes.

   The snowfall totaled 17" at our house in West Suffield, CT. I no
longer measure water content but the ratio must be about 7:1. The snow
is wet and as heavy as the snow we had in early December. The
temperature did not budge overnight and was 30 when we got up this
morning. The snow ended about dawn. The wind was less of a factor
overnight and that actaully made the situation worse.

   I looked out at 0600. Our yard looked like some kind of grotesque
cave filled with white stalagmites. Everything is draped in a blanket of
smothering wet snow. I could see that our driveway was blocked by trees.
It was a miracle that we had not lost power. 

   I ventured out at 0630. I dug my way out of the garage. My next task
was to dig out our 4 wheel drive Jeep. We have 3 cars and a two car
garage so the Jeep stays out. It was not too difficult to get to the
Jeep due to the driveway being plowed last evening. I cleared the snow
from the Jeep. I took a few pictures too.

   The next task was tougher. I could see that the driveways was
blocked. In the end it proved to be blocked in 4 places. I don't have a
chain saw (dumb!) so I ventured out with a hand saw and an axe. The
first tree was a birch. They have very soft wood and bend like a rubber
band. I was able to cut that tree without much trouble. It was too heavy
to move and once it was on the ground the hand saw was binding. Out came
the trusty axe and I gave it the Paul Bunyon treatment. I just pushed
the branches off to the side. The next tree was a small maple and I made
quick work of it with the axe. At that point I was no longer cold! Just
as I finished chopping the maple I heard a loud crash as a big branch
fell about 50 feet away. The potential for a "widow maker" coming down
immediately came to mind. All the trees were covered with the snow and
there was just enough wind to make me nervous. I walked along and bashed
the snow off of low hanging branches. The next block was another birch.
I was able to free that one of enough snow for it to spring back up. I
will cut it down another time. The last block was a beauty. A hemlock
came down across the driveway near the road. The local hemlocks are
dying from an insect infestation and are very weak as a result.
Fortunately it had broken clean when it came down. I was able to get
enough snow off to make it light enough to move. I pushed it aside for
now. It will have to be cut and removed another day. As I did the
clearing I took more photos when I rested. It took about an hour to
clear everything enough to make the driveway passable and plowable. I
then walked to the road. It was not in good shape but it was passable. I
was surprised how little the state plow trucks had plowed into the end
of our driveway.

  After a quick shower and a change of clothes I headed to work. I put
the Jeep into 4 wheel drive low range and got out of the driveway
without much trouble. Once on the road I changed it to 4 wheel drive
high range. As I drove by our neighbors I saw they have a big mess on
their hands. Last December all of their power and phone lines were torn
down in the big storm. Their luck was no better this time and trees once
again came down blocking their driveway and tearing down the power and
phone lines. They are away on vacation but family members were at their
house as I drove by. They will be without power for a couple of days
again. :(

  The main state road in front of our house was awful. I crashed along
on a rutted, icy mess that was washboarded in places. Very little salt
had been used and the road had not been plowed in a long time. A low car
could easily be damaged in such conditions. The road is usually
excellent and I am not sure what was wrong. When I reached the first
back road I use I found the going much easier. It was partially blocked
in a couple of places but was well plowed. I had no difficulty reaching
my office.

  We only have a skeleton crew. Many people are trapped by downed
branches or are staying home due to power outages. We have enough people
to handle emergencies and should be OK.

  My parents do not have power and may not for a few days. They are
coming to stay with us. My poor brother is in Bradenton and is missing
all the festivities. The poor guy may need a sweater tonight as the cold
air has made it down there. My heart bleeds for him. :-)

  As I type this at 0945 the snow has stopped. The roads are rapidly
improving. The roads I can see from my office window are now clear. We
have overcast skies and a brisk north wind. There are a few thin spots
in the overcast. The storm is now over. By the weekend it will only be a
bad memory as a blocking high looks to be setting up. Spring may be on
its way yet!

Buddy
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Date: Tue, 01 Apr 1997 10:15:45 -0500
From: Buddy Potts 

Friends,

  This is the NWS statement with the snow totals for southern New
England. Incredible!

  I must admit it looks funny without West Granville on it. Maybe
someday it will have West Suffield ...

Buddy

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* PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

National Weather Service Taunton MA
950 AM EST Tue Apr 1 1997
     
     Here are reports of snow accumulations for the storm event which
     Began around 9 AM Monday morning March 31 st.
     The largest amounts so far...33 inches in Milford Massachusetts
     ...30 in Hopkinton and Shrewsbury...Around 28 in Grafton
     Massachusetts And Burrillville Rhode Island...27 in Jaffrey NH.
     Since this storm is still giving parts of the region snowfall
     Rates of at least an inch an hour...Reports in each section are
     Listed with the most recent at the top.
     We have not had time to check on daily or monthly snowfall
     Records.
     Thanks to all local media and cooperative observers for providing
     Reports.  This product is also available on our homepage at
     Http://www.Nws.NOAA.Gov/er/box and http://bristol.Wbox.NOAA.Gov
     ...Nws offices...             Time    snowfall
                                            Inches
     NWSFO Taunton /box/           1000 AM   20.3
     Boston Logan                  700 AM    19.0
     Near tf green in Providence   545 AM    12.0      unofficial
     Worcester Airport            1200 AM    21.7      unofficial
     According to Massachusetts emergency management...Some 500,000
     Customers in the Bay state have been without power at some time
     During the night and at 7 AM...100,000 were reported to still be
     Without power.
     ...Eastern Massachusetts...
     Carver                        930 AM    17.0
     Foxboro                       920 AM    21.0
     Cohasset                      920 AM    16.0
     Dennis                        915 AM     7.0
     Tyngsboro                     915 AM    17.4
     North Billerica               900 AM    16.0
     Milton                        900 AM    24.3
     Vineyard Haven                900 AM     4.0
     Rochester                     900 AM    12.0
     Mansfield                     900 AM    17.4
     Lexington                     900 AM    21.8
     Ashburnham                    900 AM    23.0
     West Peabody                  900 AM    19.0
     Hopkinton                     800 AM    30.0
     West Townsend                 800 AM    25.6
     West Ware                     800 AM     8.0
     Yarmouthport                  800 AM     8.0
     Bourne                        800 AM     8.0
     West Dennis                   800 AM     5.0
     Eastham                       800 AM     5.0
     East harwich                  800 AM     4.5
     S. Orleans                    800 AM     5.5
     Brewster                      800 AM     5.0
     Provincetown                  800 AM     4.0
     Otis                          800 AM     4.0
     Chatham                       800 AM     3.0
     Plymouth                      745 AM    10.0
     Wakefield                     745 AM    22.0
     Hingham                       745 AM    19.0
     New Bedford                   745 AM     9.5
     Winthrop                      745 AM    15.1
     Maynard                       700 AM    22.0
     Walpole                       700 AM    22.0
     West Medway                   700 AM    22.0
     Natick                        700 AM    21.0
     Fairhaven                     645 AM     9.0   2.97 total W.E.
     Acushnet                      635 AM    14.6
     Quincy                        600 AM    17.0
     Lexington                     600 AM    19.0
     Braintree                     600 AM    15.0
     Newburyport                   600 AM    15.0
     Methuen                       550 AM    15.0
     Newton                        430 AM    18.0
     Chelmsford                    430 AM    15.0
     Fall River                     330 AM     8.5
     N. Woburn                     230 AM    17.0
     Woburn                        230 AM    15.0
     North Bellingham              100 AM    12.0
     Littleton                     100 AM    12.0
     Waltham                       100 AM    12.0
     Melrose                       100 AM     8.5
     North Cambridge               100 AM     8.5
     Dorchester                    100 AM     6.5
     East Weymouth                 100 AM     6.0
     Marshfield                   1220 AM     6.7
     Canton                       1110 PM     8.0
     Hopkinton                    1100 PM    14.0
     Millis                       1100 PM    11.0
     Medway                       1100 PM    10.0
     Ipswich                      1100 PM    10.0
     Manchester By the sea        1100 PM     7.0
     Lynnfield                    1100 PM     6.5
     Sudbury                      1055 PM    12.0
     Somerville                   1055 PM     5.5
     Blue Hill                     900 PM     9.0      g72 mph
     ...Central Massachusetts... (Worcester county only)
     Shrewsbury                   900 AM     30.3   5 ft drifts at 6 AM
     Grafton                      800 AM     28.0
     Milford                      800 AM     33.2
     West boylston                730 AM     24.0
     Rutland                      600 AM     22.0
     Lunenburg                    600 AM     23.0
     Northbridge                  600 AM     26.0
     ...Western Massachusetts...
     Worthington                  730 AM     24.0
     Charlemont                   730 AM     17.0
     Sunderland                   730 AM     15.1
     Westfield                    730 AM     16.5    2.0 W.E.
     Munson                       700 AM     17.0
     Greenfield                   630 AM     10.5
     Montague                     630 AM     13.0
     Ashfield                     630 AM     24.0
     Wales                        200 AM     16.0
     West Springfield             1000 PM    10.0
     Shelburne                     930 PM    12.0
     ...Southern New Hampshire...(Hillsborough and Cheshire counties)
     Wilton                        900 AM    26.0
     Weare                         800 AM    19.6
     Manchester                    730 AM    14.0
     Marlow                        730 AM    14.0
     Otterbrook                    730 AM    12.0
     Keene                         730 AM    12.0
     Surry Mountain Dam            730 AM    11.0
     Nashua                        700 AM    15.0
     Francestown                   700 AM    20.0
     Jaffrey                       430 AM    27.0   26 degs
     New Ipswich                   255 AM    21.0
     Peterborough                 1100 PM    10.0
     Swanzey                      1100 PM     7.0
     Bedford                      1100 PM     7.0
     Hudson                       1100 PM    10.0
     ...Northern Connecticut...  (Hartford/tolland/windham counties)
     Bristol                      935 AM     13.0
     Mansfield                    930 AM     16.0
     Storrs                       930 AM     12.0
     Chaplin                      930 AM     10.0
     Scotland                     930 AM      7.0
     Windham                      930 AM     12.0
     Union                        800 AM     17.5
     Vernon                       800 AM     13.0
     Farmington                   800 AM     15.5
     Wethersfield                 800 AM     12.3
     Mansfield                    800 AM     12.5
     Putnam                       800 AM     21.0
     Avon                         800 AM     14.0
     East Granby                  800 AM     11.0
     Mansfield Hollow             700 AM     10.0
     Glastonbury                  600 AM     13.0
     Unionville                   550 AM     17.0
     Granby                       400  AM    14.0   no power at 2am
     Woodstock                    400 AM     16.5
     East killingly               400 AM     17.0
     West Hartford                330 AM     13.0
     Berlin                       200 AM      6.0
     East hartland                1220 AM    17.0
     Andover                      1220 AM     4.0
     Unionville                   1155 PM    11.5
     Stafford Springs             1000 PM    10.0
     ...Rhode Island...
     Woonsocket                   930 AM     23.8
     Providence - Downtown        930 AM     17.5  55 mph gust 11 PM
     Burrillville                 900 AM     28.0
     West Warwick                 900 AM     16.5
     Johnston                     900 AM     16.0
     Cranston                     800 AM     16.5
     West Cranston                735 AM     21.5
     Hope Valley                  735 AM      8.0
     Cumberland                   715 AM     21.0 drifts to 4 ft
     North foster                 700 AM     21.5
     West Warwick                 700 AM     14.5
     Tiverton                     635 AM     10.7
     Johnston                     600 AM     14.0
     Burrillville                 540 AM     26.5  5 ft drifts
     North Providence             515 AM     13.0
     Woonsocket                   500 AM     19.6
     Scituate                     330 AM     17.0
     Glocester                    330 AM     14.5
     Lincoln                      330 AM     14.0
     Westerly                     330 AM      2.0
     Coventry                     1200 AM     5.0
     Portsmouth                   1130 PM     2.0
     Charlestown                  1130 PM     1.5
     Drag
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Subject: OBS Saugerties, NY 0100800 SCT 30F S:8" G:6"
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 97 10:25:12 -0500
From: "Frederick E. Smith" 

Asbury, 5 miles north northwest of Saugerties, NY

Storm Total: 8"
Ground: 6"

Seasonal Total To Date: 54.3"

Amounts within 20 miles of here ranged form almost nothing in Woodstock
where they were apparently shadowed by the Catskills(to their north) to an
incredible 37" in East Jewett. Most of the northeast Catskills had anywhere
from 24 to 40 inches. The east facing peaks may have had 40+ but we may
never know :-)
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From: Clayton Towers 
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 09:33:24 -0700

Really, we got a few flakes yesterday. Almost forgot what snow looks like. I
miss the snows. 

I planted some garden on Feb. 28 this year. Already have some things up.
Somebody threw a switch from winter to spring back in Febrary. Of course,
the ground hog knew all the time about this mild weather.

Don't work too hard. Take care!

From: Clayton Towers 
Subject: storm
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 10:03:18 -0700

Bill, I thought you were kidding about the blizzard of 97 since it is April 1.
After checking my e-mail, I'm thinking otherwise. 

>From a friend on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where I grew up, 2 inches was
on the ground last night and still snowing. A weather friend in Rye, New
Hampshire said they had 12 inches on the ground with some very strong winds.
I'm jealous! 
We still have a chance of snow, but I must say the chances are very slim.

Clayton
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From: Dean & Eleanor Talbot 
Subject: Re: Storm Update

Buddy Potts wrote:

> Friends,
> 
>      The storm continues to batter southern New England.

Yup.  It was nasty here, too.  Got out of work after 2 AM...no problems
getting home this morning, but after that, trying to park here was an
adventure, as the side street was barely plowed.  The driveway was
AWFUL, but at 2 AM it was no surprise.  So I had to park, after
literally spinning in circles, on the street after 1/2 hour working my
car out.  NOW, I've been called in again to cover a shift on my day off
(JOY!), and my car is buried under a snow pile.  JOY...

I'm getting like Buddy...snow stinks.  Dean and I want to go south, but
not as far as him.  The Mid Atlantic is fine with us, if anything in the
gov't ever opens up there.  We'll see...
 

>      The storm shows no signs of abating. The center appears to
> have stalled east of New York City. Moisture is feeding in from
> the ocean in band after band. This is expected to continue all
> reach true blizzard conditions, as the temperature is not cold
> enough. That is little solace as the wind and snow pounds against
> the house and makes travel almost impossible. I am glad to be
> home!

Folks, the temperature requirement (at or below 20 degrees) was removed
from the blizzard definition several years ago, so that's why we (the
NWS) went with blizzard warnings for eastern and central MA and northern
RI yesterday.  The "requirements" are sustained winds or frequent gusts
over 35 mph AND sustained visibilities below 1/4 mile for at least 3
hours.  I believe we also met that criteria out west too.  This is one
for the record books.

>     Oh yes. Today in Bradenton, FL it was in the 80s. I suppose
> a few of you think this storm is more fun. Someday you can come
> down and visit me in Florida and tell me all about the fun you
> had in an April snowstorm!!

Fun my BUTT!    Well, can't stay...time to dig the car out and go to
work.  And leave a note for Dean.  Yuck, I really, really dislike snow.

TTYL!

--Eleanor

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From: "Brian Monahan" 
To: wxobs-mda@greatbasin.net
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 16:23:40 -0500

Good afternoon from Clarksboro, NJ...located 14 miles to the SSE of 
Philadelphia, Pa...

Just a TRACE of snow remains on the ground from yesterday's wild end 
to March 1997 and a wild beginning to April 1997. Final snow total 
from yesterday's/today's storm was 3.5", a couple of inches above the 
National Weather Service's initial expectations...so we faired quite 
nicely...but not as well as sections of New England! Some areas came 
to near 30.0" of snow, with Milton, Ma, checking in with a tremendous 
26.8". Boston was near two feet of snow at last check...that's almost 
to the level of SuperStorm 96 that affected the Northern Mid-Atlantic 
so profoundly! 

Well, just a great day shaping out here. Temperature has been to 50F 
a few times, and that's right about where our high should finish at. 
That 50 is about seven degrees below our normal high of 57F for April 
1st. Surprisingly, RH values are quite low, at onl 35% as I write 
this with a very low dewpoint of 22F. Winds continue to gust out of 
the northwest...nearly to 45mph at times here in Clarksboro...

That's about it...I don't know when I'll have the monthly climate 
report out...I'd say by early this weekend at the latest...but most 
likely Friday. I have all the raw stats done, I just have to get off 
my butt and write a summary... :) 

Brian



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Brian Monahan       Kingsway Regional HS      
Clarksboro, NJ Weather Observer
Channel Op on Undernet's #weather
Nick: wxcentral  Email: bmonahan@p3.net
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Date: Tue, 01 Apr 1997 19:44:26 -0500
From: "Gary J. Wilt Jr." 
Subject: OBS Wood Ridge, NJ 011945

DAILY SUMMARY: TUE., APRIL 01, 1997
TEMPERATURE DATA (low/high): 31.8/51.3 
MEAN TEMPERATURE: 41.6
WIND DATA (dir/peak gust):  N @ 38 mph
PRESSURE DATA (low/high): 29.45/30.04
PRECIPITATION DATA (type/amt): Snow/2.6"
STORM TOTAL: 2.55"
MONTHLY PRECIP TOTAL TO DATE: 0.19" 
YEARLY PRECIP TOTAL TO DATE:  12.30" 
____________________________________________________________

CURRENT CONDITIONS @ 19:50
SKY: Mostly clear
TEMP: 41.5
WIND: NW 10 mph G 18 mph   
BAROMETER: 30.04 RR (up .05) 

OUTLOOK & COMMENTS:
A very interesting snowfall scenario across the region as
areas in and around the NYC-metro area really didn't receive
that much. Likewise areas in southern NJ did pick up quite a 
bit more. Overall this was the biggest snowfall tally for one
storm the entire season! Areas well to the north got hammered!
Today the story was the wind which gusted to 50 mph in some
places. All the snow here is gone now as afternoon highs just
above 50 helped to melt the white stuff. A return to spring is
likely during the next several days.
_____________________________________________________________
Gary J. Wilt
Cooperative Spotter- NWS Co-op Office-Harrison, NJ
Wood Ridge, is in Bergen Co. N.J. & is 14 miles W of NYC.
WWOL Contributor
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From: "Brian Monahan" 
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 20:36:32 -0500
Subject: OBS Clarksboro, NJ 011839 CLR 44F 36% 19F 29.90R NW-16 R:0.24 S:

Good evening from Clarksboro, NJ...located 14 miles to the SSE of 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...

As the main surface low that caused so many problems over the last 
day or two continues to skirt northeastward, we're left with clear 
skies and cool temps in its wake. Even at this 8pm hour, skies remain 
crystal clear, with temps now having fallen off into the upper 30s. 
The little snow that was on the ground late this afternoon remained 
at the 6pm OBS, so a TRACE goes into the books for snow on the ground 
at observation time. Winds are just beginning to die down, just a 
bit, at this time and are expecting to continue doing so into 
tomorrow. However, winds should still be gusting at a pretty decent 
clip at least into late tomorrow morning if not the whole day...

Some of the totals coming in from New England are just stunning. Many 
airports up there remain shut down and buried under two feet or more 
of snow! Normally, I would probably say something like "Can you 
imagine that?"...but not after Superstorm 96 :)...The highest total 
I've seen so far is 28.6" in Milton, Massachusetts, but I will 
continue to browse through WXOBS-SNE and other reports to see if I 
can find any higher totals...

Now for the daily climatological report for this first day of April, 
1997...

CLARKSBORO, NEW JERSEY
NORTHWESTERN GLOUCESTER COUNTY
DAILY CLIMATOLOGICAL REPORT
TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 1997

TEMPERATURES
MAX  50  1418
MIN  29  0055

PRECIPITATION
Total 24 Hours Ending 6pm     0.24"
Total for the Month to Date   0.24"
Total for the Year to Date   10.62"

SNOWFALL
Total 24 Hours Ending 6pm     2.3"
Total for the Month to Date   2.3"
Total for the Season to Date  5.2"
Total for the Year to Date   14.2"

6PM CLIMATOLOGICAL OBSERVATION
Sky/Weather  CLR
Temperature  44F
Humidity     36%
Dewpoint     19F
Barometer    29.90R
Wind         NW-16

Brian


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Brian Monahan       Kingsway Regional HS      
Clarksboro, NJ Weather Observer
Channel Op on Undernet's #weather
Nick: wxcentral  Email: bmonahan@p3.net
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Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 20:46:26 -0500
From: Eugene Stackhouse 
Subject: Weather Summary

Daily Weather Summary
Germantown, Philadelphia, PA (40:02:30N; 75:10:00W; elev. 240 feet)
Tuesday, 1 April 1997, 2030 hours EST

Sky: Clear
Wind direction: NW at 15mph
Temperature: 42.3F
barometer: 30.00 Rising
Precipitation since 1930 EST, 31 Mar 97: 0.4"
Lowest temperature since 1930 EST, 31 Mar 97: 30.4F
Highest temperature since 1930 EST, 31 Mar 97: 49.1F

The total snowfall for yesterday's storm was 7"
Today was very windy and uncomfortable, but sunny. Most of the snow is
gone.

egstackhouse@mail.biosis.org
GeneStackhouse@compuserve.com
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Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 00:01:41 -0500
From: gsurplus@delphi.com (Gregory A. Surplus)
Subject: Obs--Parkville MD 012351 CLR 45/M/M/M/30.17

Parkville Climate Data
Greg Surplus--Parkville MD
04-01-1997  23:51:15

During the day of Tuesday, April 1, 1997
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               Max       Min      Mean
Deg F          54        32        43 
Deg C          12.2      0         6.1 

22 Heating Degree Days
Heating Degree Days So Far This Month...    22 
Cooling Degree Days So Far This Month...    0 

Daily Snow accumulation          Trace
Snow so far this month           Trace


Conditions at Parkville MD  Tuesday, April 1, 1997 11:51pm EST
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Weather       Clear
Temperature   45F            7C
Barometer     30.17in        1021.7mb       102.17kPa




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* gsurplus@delphi.com   http://people.delphi.com/gsurplus/tripbot.html *
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Date: 01 Apr 97 20:18:26 EST
From: Gary Gallaher <71277.535@CompuServe.COM>
Subject: Bear DE WX 3-31-97

Buddy (Potts) & Eleanor Vallier-Talbot (both of MA),

This storm was nothing compared to what you received in CT.& MA, but for here
is was the worst late spring storm that I have observed since I began observing
back in '62.  Here the winds were too strong to allow snow to remain on trees.

For you ASOS lovers, ILG's undermeasured the liquid precipitation total again.
This month I had over 2 1/4" more than it did.  For 3/31 it measured less than
1/2 of what I did.

Gary.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Greetings from Bear 6 WSW, DE

Preliminary data for Monday, March 31, 1997

What a difference a day can make.  A coastal storm formed off
the Jersey Coast after the passage of the cold front.  It
rapidly developed and pulled moisture around to the western side,
normally the dry side of coastal storms here in Northern Delaware.
The barometer held fairly steady at 29.49" to 29.55" for over 
20 hours.  Winds during the day and night time hours were steady 
out of the W to NNW at 20 gusting to over 40 MPH.  Rain began 
around midnight and lasted till mid day when it turned to wet snow.
The snow lasted for the balance of the day and evening hours.  All 
during the time the temperatures fell constantly till it reached
below freezing at dinner time. The snow melted as fast as it fell
until late afternoon when it began to stick to grassy areas and
vehicles.  At times visibility was less than a 1/4 mile due to
falling and blowing snow.  The snow "dried" for a brief time around
9PM but later it became wet again.  Over 2" of snow was on the warm
ground with snow drifts of over a foot at midnight.  

Maximum snow on the ground:  2"
  
    TEMPERATURES                     PRECIPITATION

Maximum           53           Day Total           1.17"
Minimum           30           Month Total         5.84"      
Average           42           Month Departure   + 2.35"
Departure       -  5           Year Total         10.93"
Month Departure + 16           Year Departure    + 1.13"
Year Departure  +249 

   DEGREE DAYS                    SNOWFALL

Heating           23           Day Total           3.5"
Month Total      690           Month Total         6.4"
Departure       - 16           Departure         + 3.9"
Season Total    4332           Season Total       18.1"
Departure       -157           Departure         - 4.9"
 
Cooling            0              MISC ITEMS
Month Total        0
Departure       +  0           Peak Wind Gust   44 MPH  NW
Year Total         0                     
Departure       -  0           Max Barometer    29.64"
                               Min Barometer    29.49"

April 1 - Storm Wrap-up Storm Precip Total 1.65", Snow 7.7"

The storm was over by dawn.  At 7AM EDT the snow depth was 4". 
Main roads were clear and wet, but secondary roads and local streets
were mainly slush covered.  Another estimated 4.2" fell since
midnight (liquid measurement 0.48") fell since midnight.  The heaviest
reported snow in the local area was 18" which fell in Christiana PA 
located in eastern Lancaster CO. PA, a 45 minute drive from here.  
The main road from Wilmington, DE to Lancaster, PA was closed as was the 
Lincoln Highway (US 30) from Phila to Lancaster.  Remarkably much of the 
central and western portions of Lancaster Co. had an inch or less of 
snow.  The storm caused few problems here.  Driving was very poor after
dark.  This was the worst late spring storm to hit since the first day
of spring of 1958, four years before I started keeping local records.  
That storm was one of the worst ever to hit the area.  Electric was 
out for over a week in some areas.

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* PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

National Weather Service Taunton MA
1102 PM EST Tue Apr 1 1997
     Here are reports of snow accumulations for the storm event which
     Began around 9 AM Monday morning March 31 st.
     This should be the final report on this storm.
     Thanks to all media and coop observers for the reports.
     Our homepage is:
     Http://www.Nws.NOAA.Gov/er/box and http://bristol.Wbox.NOAA.Gov
     
     ...Nws offices...             Time    snowfall inches
     NWSFO Taunton /box/           final     23.3
     Boston Logan /bos/            final     25.4
     Worcester Airport /orh/       final     33.0
     Blue hills obs /bho/          305 PM    30.0 3rd highest ever
     Warwick RI /pvd/
     Bradley Intl /bdl/
          ...Peak wind gust...
     Boston Logan /bos/                    53 mph
     Worcester Airport /orh/               47 mph
     Blue hills obs /bho/                  72 mph
     Warwick RI /pvd/                      51 mph
     Bradley Intl /bdl/                    48 mph
     ...Eastern Massachusetts...
     Fairhaven                      Final    14.5 3.53 liquid
     Fall River                     Final    15.0
     Attleboro                      Final    22.0
     Randolph                       Final    27.0
     Hull                           final    24.0 5.32 liquid
                                                  Gust to 64 mph
     Acushnet                       Final    17.0
     New Bedford                    Final    14.0
     Newton                         Final    27.0
     Norton                         final    22.8
     Milton                         Final    22.5
     Hingham                        Final    23.0 2nd highest ever
     Scituate                       Final    18.0
     Onset                          final    15.0
     Danvers                        Final    16.0
     E. Falmouth                    Final     8.0
     Pocasett                       final     8.0
     Hyannis                        Final     6.5
     Martha/s Vineyard              final     5.0
     Nantucket                      Final   trace
     Winthrop                      355 PM    23.7
     Mansfield                     345 PM    20.3 2.93 liquid
     West Cranston                 345 PM    25.0
     Manchester                    340 PM    24.5
     Marshfield                    315 PM    20.0
     East Woburn                   200 PM    30.0
     Woburn                        200 PM    20.0
     Walpole                       100 PM    22.5
     North Woburn                  100 PM    27.0
     Maynard                       100 PM    24.7
     Lynnfield                     100 PM    21.0
     Carver                        100 PM    19.4
     Hingham                       100 PM    26.0
     West Townsend                1245 PM    27.0 liq. Eqv. 2.75
     Hanson                       1240 PM    18.0
     Littleton                    1200 PM    26.0
     West framingham              1200 PM    20.0
     Acton                        1155 AM    29.0
     North Cambridge              1136 AM    25.5
     Methuen                      1130 AM    18.0
     Cohasset                     1130 AM    19.0
     Wakefield                    1115 AM    25.0
     Swampscott                   1115 AM    21.1
     Marlboro                     1110 AM    30.0
     Wakefield                    1110 AM    18.0
     Tyngsboro                    1026 AM    20.0
        ...Peak wind gusts...
     Onset                                 64 mph
     West Island                           55 mph
     Nantucket                             55 mph
     New Bedford                           42 mph
     Pocasett                              46 mph
     ...Central Massachusetts... (Worcester county only)
     Milford                       Final     36.0 ties blzzrd 78' tot.
     Northbridge                  110 PM     30.0
     Grafton                     1130 AM     29.0
     Shrewsbury                   900 AM     30.3  5 ft drifts at 6 AM
     West boylston                730 AM     24.0
     ...Western Massachusetts...
     Worthington                  730 AM     24.0
     Charlemont                   730 AM     17.0
     Sunderland                   730 AM     15.1
     Westfield                    730 AM     16.5  2.0 liq. Eqv.
     Munson                       700 AM     17.0
     ...Southern New Hampshire...(Hillsborough and Cheshire counties)
     Nashua                       1040 AM    16.0
     Wilton                        900 AM    26.0
     Weare                         800 AM    19.6
     Manchester                    730 AM    14.0
     Marlow                        730 AM    14.0
     Otterbrook                    730 AM    12.0
     Keene                         730 AM    12.0
     Surry Mountain Dam            730 AM    11.0
     Francestown                   700 AM    20.0
     ...Northern Connecticut...  (Hartford/tolland/windham counties)
     W. Suffield                   final     17.0
     Union                       1100 AM     18.3
     Vernon                      1100 AM     13.5
     Farmington                  1100 AM     15.5
     Wethersfield                1100 AM     12.3
     Mansfield                   1100 AM     12.5
     Putnam                      1100 AM     21.0
     Avon                        1100 AM     14.0
     East Granby                 1100 AM     11.0
     Bristol                      935 AM     13.0
     Mansfield                    930 AM     16.0
     Storrs                       930 AM     12.0
     Chaplin                      930 AM     10.0
     Scotland                     930 AM      7.0
     Windham                      930 AM     12.0
     ...Rhode Island...
     N. Foster                     final     24.7  3.58 liquid
     Middletown                    Final      4.0
     Providence (downtown)         final     19.5  3.06 liq. Eqv.
     Tiverton                      Final     14.0  3.08 liq. Eqv.
     West Warwick                 415 PM     18.0
     West Cranston               1245 PM     24.0
     Woonsocket                  1130 AM     21.7
     Warwick                     1100 AM     16.5
     Burrillville                1100 AM     30.5
     Cumberland                  1100 AM     24.0
     Johnston                    1049 AM     16.0
        ...Peak wind gusts...
     Little compton                        71 mph
     Warwick                               50 mph
     Notchey/strauss
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From:   Richard H Dr. Hanauer, INTERNET:Richard_H_Dr._Hanauer@rohmhaas.com
TO:     Kevin Shaw, Kevin_D_Shaw
DATE:   4/7/97 9:25 AM

RE:     Re: Florida trip- returned to Maryland

     Kevin,
     
     Welcome back. Thanks for the 'postcard'....sounds like you had a great

     time.
     
     While you were away, we experienced wild weather here in the southeast

     corner of Pennsylvania. It was 70 deg on Sunday, March 30.  Many 
     people were out in their gardens cleaning up from the winter. I even 
     had been down in Washington that Friday, seeing the cherry blossoms. 
     Then, on Monday, a surprise 'blizzard' hit.  It starting out as heavy 
     rain Sunday night.  By Monday morning, the temperature was steadily 
     dropping from the 40's thru the 30's.  0.95" rain fell overnite and 
     early morning.  Then it began to mix with and change to snow.  By 
     lunchtime it was blowing sideways and beginning to stick on the grass 
     and on anyone's cloths who was walking in the wind. By rush hour it 
     was a full blown snowstorm....I hardly got home it was so bad.  Temps 
     were in the upper 20's...snowing hard and blowing. By midnite I had a 
     foot of snow in my yard.  On Tuesday morning, I measured a grand total

     of 12.4 inches of snow here at Furlong.  I had to pull out the 
     snowblower to get to work on Tuesday  (Many of my non-weather friends 
     had put their snowblowers away for the summer....ha ha!). Some areas 
     in the northeast reported over 30 inches.  This storm reminded me a 
     lot of the Blizzard of 1888 (read a lot about it)....warm weekend 
     followed by heavy rain Sunday nite, changing to snow Monday morning, 
     stationary low parked off Long Island, etc. By Thursday it was back to

     70 deg.   Anything that interesting in Fla?
     
     Best Regards,
     Rich Hanauer


EDITOR'S NOTE: We're not sure whether or not the Blizzard of '97 inspired this writing; however, it certainly could have! Thus, we'll include it for your pleasure. (BTW, Dewey, did you really blow the forecast badly?)



Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 01:04:16 -0500
From: Alan Grossberg 
Subject: More Tales From Badgers Island

Though it was barely 5:30 and a great day to sleep in, I'd been tossing
and turning for several hours. The wind was howling, the snow beating
against the window panes, and the plows were humming in the distance 
sounds all too rare this past winter, but ones which have stirred my
adrenaline since early childhood. By six I gave up any hope of sleep; I
jumped out of bed, threw on some clothes, and waded through drifts in
the backyard to take some measurements.

As I made my way to the front yard two town snowplows whooshed past,
leaving the obligatory 3-foot wall of snow across my driveway. Across
the street, a neighbor was clearing the sidewalk with a snowblower while
his dogs romped in the drifts. When the machine-made snowclouds began to
disperse, I noticed my neighbor on his front porch. He was sitting in a
director's chair, hastily jotting notes on a large clipboard between
gulps of coffee...

"Hey Bill, long time no see. Some storm, huh? I'll bet you never even
saw it coming."

"Well, I may not have predicted it, but I'm sure as hell not surprised.
If you recall, the last time we spoke I told you those boys sittin' in
the Meteorological Winter seats would leave the game early and miss a
few surprises. And anyone who thinks this is the end of it's gonna get
caught with their pants down. I'll betcha my bottom dollar something's
gonna pop up along about April the..."

"Hold it. I think we've had enough of your predictions for one season.
It's April already- give it a rest until November why don't ya. Besides,
you don't want to get in another shoutin' match with the Spring-monger
of Sterling, do you?"

"Funny you should mention...I was watching some old videos last night,
and then I got this brainstorm for a movie script. Came to me during the
night in a dream, actually. It's about a weather forecaster who gets
stuck in a time warp, and every day he wakes up at the crack of dawn
and..."

"Uh, Bill, I think I see where you're going with this, and I hate to..."

"Now hold on a minute. How could you possibly know where I'm going with
this?"

I could see the wheels turning and knew it would be futile to interrupt
him until he'd had his say, so I decided to humor him awhile."

"OK, keep talking- sounds good so far."

"Anyway, this forecaster wakes up at the same time every morning, hears
the same song on the radio, goes to the window and looks out upon the
same exact scene."

"Wow, now why didn't I think of something like this? Got anyone in mind
for this forecaster?"

"Well, I'd rather not say much until I talk to my agent, but I guess
you're good to keep it under your hat. I'm thinking of modelling the
lead character after that Spring-monger down there in Sterling- you know,
that Walston fellow. I think he'd be perfect for it, assuming it clears
any legal hurdles."

"Agent? Lead character? Legal hurdles? What the hell are you talking
about, Bill? You've got the bare bones of a story here, which you
haven't even finished writing, and you're talking about an agent? What
kind of agent?"

"Oh, I forgot to tell you. My grandson lives out in L.A., and his best
friend's brother is a screenwriter whose girlfriend's father is one of
them big shot Hollywood agents. I talked to him briefly about this, and
he suggested I come out there and..."

"Bill, I think you'd better sit down a minute. I wanted to tell you this
earlier, but I could see there was no stopping you once you got started.
I hate to burst your bubble, but this story's already been done. Have
you ever heard of a movie called "Groundhog Day?" It starred Bill Murray
as a TV weatherman who kept waking to the same forecast every day
and..."

"What kind of a fool do you take me for, son? I KNOW about Groundhog
Day. Must have seen it five times. I'm workin' on a sequel here, get it?"

" Aha, a sequel...why didn't you say so in the first place...give me a
hint."

"OK, but you've gotta promise to keep this under wraps. The sequel picks
up where "Groundhog Day" left off...the forecaster goes home to
Pittsburgh, marries his producer, and eventually gets a job with the NWS
office there. A year later he gets transferred to NWS Sterling, where he
writes such brilliant SFD's that he's promoted to Public Program
Forecast Leader. One evening he's informed that some of the top brass at
NWS are coming out the next day to tour the facilities. Knowing he'd
better nail the forecast, he checks all the latest model runs and other
data, confers with other offices, and issues a forecast of sunny and
70F."

"Hey, I like it, but aren't you gonna work the groundhog angle somehow?
If I were you, I'd..."

"Listen, bud, if you like the hog so much, why don't you write your own
damn movie? I haven't forgotten him, but I've got something different in
mind for old Phil. Anyway, our fearless forecaster goes to bed, wakes up
at 6am and flips on the radio, and the first thing he hears is the DJ
sayin'- "Better get started early today, folks, the roads are nearly
impassable. Guess the good old weatherman blew another one."  He leaps
out of bed and runs to the window...there's heavy snow falling, a good
15" on the ground with drifts to 3' in places. He goes into his office,
checks the computer runs, and they're completely opposite from the night
before. With a dazed look in his eyes, he scratches his head and stares
blankly out the window...

 "Oh shit, what the hell happened! I wrote a forecast last night of
clear and 70 and now the big boys are coming out to see me...my ass is
grass!"

He notices a message on his answering machine...walks over and
reluctantly hits the play button:

"Uh Dewey...Friday here. What on earth's going on out there? How the
hell did you miss this one? Relying too much on those models again? How
many times have I told you...when we get inside a certain time frame,
it's time to chuck the models out with the bath water and go with radar,
satpics, obs and your own damn intuition! Listen and listen good: if you
can't do a simple nowcast you're gonna find yourself working for the
Weather Channel -- doing commercials!"

Just then a big black limo pulled up and Bill ran into the house. He
emerged wearing sunglasses, with a suitcase in one hand and a bullhorn
tucked under his arm.

"I'm off to Hollywood to pitch this idea, kid. Wish me luck."

"Hey Bill, what's the title for the sequel... "Groundhog Day II?"

As the car sped off, he stuck his head through the sunroof, grinned from
ear to ear, and yelled into his bullhorn

" April Fool's Day, boy, April Fool's Day."



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