My channel also press bell icon for future video notifications. Thanks anyone who’s ever lived in a chilly climate knows snowstorms. Well, sometimes the weather forecast gives ample warning, but other times these storms catch us by surprise, plows struggle to keep roads. Clear schools are closed, events are canceled, flights are delayed and everyone gets sore backs from all the shoveling and snowblowing. But there are those rare snowstorms that exceed all forecasts, break all records and cause mass devastation, even if it’s devastation that will melt in a few days or weeks. These storms are the worst of the worst weather events that seem more like elemental blasts of pure winter. Rather than a simple combination of wind temperature and precipitation, defining the 10 biggest snowstorms can be a tricky task. For instance, a blizzard that would bring new york to a screeching standstill might have school children in moscow heading out to school, wearing an extra pair of socks. Also much of recorded history involved people telling their grandchildren. You think this blizzard is bad. You should have seen the one that trapped us in our cabin the winter. I turned 11.. That being said, there are a few metrics. We can use to assess the severity of a snowstorm and it’s, not just volume of snow. The northeast snowfall impact scale nesis, created in 2004 to characterize snowstorms as the fujita scale rates tornadoes and the saphir simpson scale classifies hurricanes, takes in account a variety of factors and generates a single number that signifies a storm severity, usually on a scale f.
The nesis takes into consideration that sometimes the worst storms involve relatively modest snowfalls, whipped into zero visibility by hurricane force. Winds. Some storms are worse than others, because they impact major urban areas or are so widespread that they affect several major urban areas. Timing can play a role as well. A storm during weekday rush hour is worse than one on a saturday morning, and a freak early storm when leaves are still on the trees, can cause enormous amounts of damage with those factors in mind. Here is our list of the biggest snowstorms of all time in no particular order. 10, the blizzard of 1888 northeastern united states. This snowstorm was so massive. It became a historical event in terms of storm severity factors. This one had it all enormous amounts of snow frigid temperatures, howling winds, whipping up monstrous snow drifts and a widespread area of effect that covered the entire northeastern united states from new england to the chesapeake bay, including major metro. More than 400 people died during the storm, including more than 100, who were lost at sea. The storm struck in early march and started out as a serious rainstorm from sunday night to monday morning. The temperature plummeted and the rain turned to snow. In the end, new york city received 22 inches 56 centimeters of snow, shutting the city down and causing floods when the snow melted, other places received much more 58 inches. One five meters of snow in saratoga springs: new york and 45 inches, one 14 meters in new haven, connecticut, snow drifts as high as 50 or 60 feet.
15 2 to 18. Three meters were reported on long island and wind gusts were reported as fast as 80 miles per hour: 128. 7 kilometers per hour 9, the storm of the century 1993 eastern united states in 1993, an early march storm surged up the east coast of the united states. Unleashing snow and wind on a wider area than any other storm in recorded history, massive snowfalls were recorded from eastern canada to alabama parts of 26 states were hit. Roughly half of the entire u.s population was affected, including many large cities source noaa 270 americans died. This storm is often compared to the blizzard of 1888 in many areas. It wasn’t as severe and didn’t drop as much snow, but it covered a much larger area. This storm broke numerous weather records, a low temperature of minus 12 degrees, fahrenheit minus 24. 4 degrees celsius was recorded at burlington vermont, while even daytona beach florida felt the effects with a low of 31 degrees, fahrenheit minus zero 56 degrees celsius. Birmingham alabama received more than a foot of snow, thirty, five centimeters with four inches ten two centimeters falling as far south as atlanta georgia, snowfall totals, were amplified farther north syracuse new york got more than 40 inches one 02 meters, for example mountainous areas in the appalachians And catskills got the most snow, with recorded, totals of 50 inches. One 27 meters or more wind speeds topped 70 miles per hour: 112 7 kilometers per hour in many places and topped 100 miles per hour, 161 kilometers per hour in a few locations using storm surge and barometric pressure data.
Meteorologists say the storm of the century was the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane, it ranked a 13. 2 on the nesis scale. 8 new york city blizzard of 2006. This storm was relatively mild. It covered a smaller area than other major snowstorms and didn’t have high winds. In fact, it wasn’t technically a blizzard at all, since the scientific definition of a blizzard requires sustained wind speeds above 35 miles per hour, 56 three kilometers per hour and visibility under 500 feet. 152, 4 meters, but this storm is notable for the one place it did hit. New york city, the weather station at new york central park zoo recorded a total of 26 9 inches 68 three centimeters of snow from the storm that total equals. The greatest snowfall in new york city recorded history and breaks a record that had been set in 1947 source noah 7 loons county tibet, 2008 tibet, as known for some of the world’s tallest mountains, including mount everest. It gets bitterly cold there in the winter, but the climate is generally very arid. Some passes through the himalayas remain passable throughout the year because of the low snowfall rates. For that reason, the snowstorm that hit loones county in october 2008 was a shock to its citizens. Chinese officials reported an average snow depth of 59 inches one five meters, some villages experienced continuous snow for 36 hours, dropping five or six feet. One 52 or 1 83 meters of snow on the ground source china daily.
The amount of snow was so great that many buildings collapsed, resulting in seven deaths. Roads were closed for days as rescue crews fought to clear them and bring food to people trapped by the storm. The economic effects of the storm were particularly harsh, as many locals were forced to slaughter or sell off large parts of their yak herds or lost them entirely. In the storm’s aftermath, 6 mount shasta calif 1959 in 1959, a storm dumped a huge amount of snow on mount shasta, california, the 189 inches four eight meters of snow recorded at the mount shasta ski bowl as the largest snowfall from a single storm in north america Source noaa, however, many believe that 1993’s storm of the century has eclipsed this mark in terms of the actual volume of snow due to heavy snowfall across such a massive area. Oddly enough, the storm didn’t have much of an effect on locals. For one thing, residents of the mount shasta area were used to big snowstorms. So aside from some delays, while they waited for plows to clear the wet heavy snow, it didn’t affect them much. Also, the bulk of the snow fell away from the communities of weed and mount shasta city covering unpopulated, mountainous areas. Few people at the time even noted that the town had broken the single storm snowfall record source college of the siskiyous 5, the eastern canadian blizzard of 1971 quebec and ontario canada. This march nor’easter a powerful storm that blows in from the atlantic ocean created classic blizzard conditions throughout eastern canada, dumping a foot and a half 45.
seven centimeters of snow on montreal and more than two feet on top of the snowfall, the storm produced heavy winds that Whipped the snow into the air and obliterated visibility. These conditions, combined with frigid temperatures, resulted in more than 20 fatalities. Although many canadians took the wintry blast in stride, residents of cornwall ontario were encouraged to come to work. Despite the storm. This blizzard caused an event virtually unheard of in canadian history. The cancellation of a montreal canadiens hockey game source envirozine. It was the first time that a game at the montreal forum had been postponed since the flu epidemic of 1918 source lcn, the iran blizzard of 1972. Iran and azerbaijan, the deadliest blizzard on record, struck iran in february 1972, killing over 4 000 people and flattening 200 villages. The storm which lasted five days, unloaded up to 26 feet eight meters of snow in some areas on a region of northwestern central and southern iran. Roughly the size of greece, the reason so many people died are varied. The temperatures between punishing almost daily snow events plummeted to around 13 degrees, fahrenheit minus 25 degrees celsius and people ran out of food and fresh water and heat, not to mention medical assistance. During a banner year for the eye, one village called sheclab lost every single member of its population of 100 to the brutal storm 3, the great snow of 1717 new england. The great snow was really a series of four storms that struck in quick succession in late february and early march of 1717.
. No one is quite sure how widespread the effects were as record keeping was spotty in colonial new england. Heavy snow was recorded as far away as philadelphia, but boston got hit the hardest. Thanks for watching.