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31 Oct

Historic October 2011 Storm: Snow Totals and Records

Historic October Storm: Snow Totals and Records

by Chris Dolce, Meteorologist (full story)
At least 24 cities in the Northeast have had at least the daily snowfall record for October 29 or October 30 from this storm and some cities had set multiple records including record daily snowfall for any day in October, record snowfall for the month of October, first time with over an inch of snow in October and record cold highs.

So with that being said, there’s only one way to describe this October snowstorm — historic. Records for the month of October have been shattered across the Northeast. Below we have the snow totals from this storm along with some of the new records set from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. Some spots have seen an astonishing, by October standards, 1 to 2+ feet of snow!

New October Snow Records

These are just some of the noteworthy records (there are many more) set across the Northeast from this historic snowstorm. Outside of Worcester, which typically sees its first measurable snow (0.1″ or more) on November 17, most of these cities do not typically see their first measurable snow until another month to month and a half from now!

Hartford, CT – 12.3″ on Saturday (Storm total: 20.3″) crushed the previous single day record snow total in October of 1.7″ set on October 10, 1979.

Worcester, MA – 11.4″ (Storm total: 14.6″) on Saturday beats the previous single day record snow total in October of 7.5″ set on October 10, 1979.

Newark, NJ
– 5.2″ on Saturday was the most snow ever recorded on any October day in history. This is also only the second time with measurable snow in October. The last time measurable snow occurred was when just .3″ fell on October 22, 1952.

New York, NY (Central Park) – 2.9″ on Saturday is the only time in October history that an inch or more of snow has been recorded during the month. This is also just the 4th time in history with measurable snow during the month.

Allentown, PA – 6.8″ on Saturday is the largest October snowstorm in history and just the 6th time in history with measurable snow in October.

Harrisburg, PA – 9.7″ on Saturday is the largest October snowstorm in history and just the 5th time since 1889 that measurable snow has been recorded in October.

Peru, MA – Received 32″, which is the biggest snow total from this storm as of early Sunday morning.

Historic October Snow Totals in the Northeast
Snow totals from this historic October snowstorm.

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