The Storm’s Over — The Numbers Are In

snow-shovel-on-the-steps.jpgThe snow has come and gone. There’s never a bullseye, but the forecast was reasonably close. If success is judged by number of complaints, or lack thereof, I’m doing fine. Here are the final DOT numbers. I have also added the Boston and New York NWS snow totals, which include Connecticut, for the Dec 20-21, 2009 storm at the end of this entry.

Not everyone was as lucky. A friend who forecasts in Springfield sent a text message saying he’d received nothing! “Bust of the decade,” he said. Ouch. Been there. I know exactly what he’s going through.

I was right about Southeastern Connecticut getting the most snow followed by the shoreline in general. The snow was fluffy and windblown as predicted. Accumulations were generally in line with my numbers. My call for the Northwest Hills and most of the area directly adjacent to the Massachusetts line was a few inches higher than the actual totals.

I wrote about this last night, but it bears repeating the most unusual and interesting part of this storm was the exceptionally dry air. During the summer we sometimes see 30 grams of water content per square meter. Last night it was around 1 gram per cubic meter!

The dry air was the wild card. Radar showed moderate snow over all of Connecticut for hours-and-hours before anything hit the ground. Once the atmospheric column over any location became saturated light snow turned to heavy snow. I’d never seen a situation quite like this before. It cut inches off all the accumulations.

It’s a shame this storm will impact Christmas shopping. Otherwise we’re lucky it came on a Saturday night when travel is usually light.

And now the dig out begins.

(NWS totals after the jump)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

SPOTTER REPORTS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY

225 PM EST SUN DEC 20 2009

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 24 HOURS

FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION.  APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED

TO HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...SKYWARN SPOTTERS

AND MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS.  THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR

HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/NYC

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL    TIME/DATE    COMMENTS

SNOWFALL       OF

(INCHES)   MEASUREMENT

CONNECTICUT

...FAIRFIELD COUNTY...

DARIEN                11.5  1200 PM 12/20   CT DOT

NEW CANAAN            10.3  1200 PM 12/20   CT DOT

BRIDGEPORT             9.0   700 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

DANBURY                7.0  1200 PM 12/20   CT DOT

...MIDDLESEX COUNTY...

CLINTON               20.0   900 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

EAST HADDAM           20.0  1200 PM 12/20   CT DOT

OLD SAYBROOK          20.0  1200 PM 12/20   CT DOT

HADDAM                14.0   600 AM 12/20   CT DOT

MIDDLETOWN            12.0   830 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...

NORTH BRANFORD        12.0   830 AM 12/20   PUBLIC

NEW HAVEN             11.0  1200 PM 12/20   CT DOT

MILFORD               10.0  1200 PM 12/20   CT DOT

NEW HAVEN COUNTY       8.5   400 AM 12/20   CT DOT

NORTH HAVEN            8.5   830 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

BEACON FALLS           7.5   600 AM 12/20   CT DOT

WATERBURY              6.3  1200 PM 12/20   CT DOT

...NEW LONDON COUNTY...

NORWICH               20.0  1200 PM 12/20   CT DOT

OLD LYME              20.0   940 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

MONTVILLE             19.0   900 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

GROTON                18.0  1200 PM 12/20   CT DOT

NORTH FRANKLIN        15.0   850 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

GROTON LONG POINT     13.0   500 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

NEW LONDON            12.0   605 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

LISBON                11.0   334 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

NEW JERSEY

...BERGEN COUNTY...

PARAMUS                9.5   515 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

BERGENFIELD            8.2   900 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

RUTHERFORD             8.0   515 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

GARFIELD               7.5  1100 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

MAHWAH                 7.2   830 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

FAIR LAWN              6.0  1002 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

...ESSEX COUNTY...

NEWARK                11.2  1100 AM 12/20   FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER

...HUDSON COUNTY...

JERSEY CITY           10.0   515 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

HARRISON               9.5   515 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

...PASSAIC COUNTY...

CLIFTON               11.0   515 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

RINGWOOD              10.0   515 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

WAYNE                  7.0  1201 PM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

...UNION COUNTY...

ELIZABETH             11.0   515 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

CLARK                 10.0   515 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

WESTFIELD             10.0   200 AM 12/20   PUBLIC

PLAINFIELD             6.8  1201 PM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

NEW YORK

...BRONX COUNTY...

BRONX                  9.5   900 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

EAST TREMONT           9.2   830 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

...KINGS COUNTY...

SHEEPSHEAD BAY        13.2   430 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

BROOKLYN              11.8   700 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

...NASSAU COUNTY...

PLAINVIEW             15.2   900 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

BETHPAGE              14.4  1000 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

SEAFORD               14.0   959 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

FLORAL PARK           13.5   600 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

LIDO BEACH            13.5   900 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

MINEOLA               13.4   959 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

LYNBROOK              13.0  1100 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

LONG BEACH            12.5   330 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

...NEW YORK COUNTY...

NYC/CENTRAL PARK      10.9   700 AM 12/20   CENTRAL PARK ZOO

MANHATTAN              9.5   210 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

...ORANGE COUNTY...

TUXEDO PARK            6.0   545 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

WESTTOWN               3.8   830 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

...QUEENS COUNTY...

NYC/JFK ARPT          14.2   700 AM 12/20   FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER

NYC/LA GUARDIA         8.8   700 AM 12/20   FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER

...ROCKLAND COUNTY...

NEW CITY               5.0   940 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

STONY POINT            4.0   927 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

...SUFFOLK COUNTY...

UPTON                 26.3   156 PM 12/20   NWS OFFICE

HOLTSVILLE            25.0   900 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

BRIDGEHAMPTON         24.0   800 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

MOUNT SINAI           24.0   945 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

ISLIP                 23.9   100 PM 12/20   FAA CONTRACT OBSERVER

SOUTHAMPTON           23.0   900 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

CENTEREACH            21.0  1000 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

RIVERHEAD             21.0   930 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

RONKONKOMA            20.5   949 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

SAG HARBOR            20.0   730 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

SAYVILLE              19.8   700 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

LINDENHURST           19.5   915 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

PATCHOGUE             19.0  1047 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

HOLBROOK              18.5   310 AM 12/20   PUBLIC

COMMACK               18.2   500 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

MEDFORD               18.0   330 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

PORT JEFFERSON        18.0   900 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

ROCKY POINT           18.0   157 PM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

...WESTCHESTER COUNTY...

PORT CHESTER          11.5   915 AM 12/20   PUBLIC

LARCHMONT             10.0   950 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON     9.0   600 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

YONKERS                8.5   800 AM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER

WHITE PLAINS           7.0  1200 PM 12/20   SKYWARN SPOTTER


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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

SPOTTER REPORTS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA

1041 AM EST SUN DEC 20 2009

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 8 HOURS

FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION.  APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED

TO HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...SKYWARN SPOTTERS

AND MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS.  THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR

HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL    TIME/DATE    COMMENTS

SNOWFALL       OF

(INCHES)   MEASUREMENT

CONNECTICUT

..HARTFORD COUNTY

GLASTONBURY            7.0   650 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

FARMINGTON             6.3   800 AM 12/20   CT DOT

BURLINGTON             5.5   841 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

EAST GRANBY            4.5   800 AM 12/20   CT DOT

WINDSOR LOCKS          3.5   700 AM 12/20   BRADLEY AIRPORT

..TOLLAND COUNTY

STORRS                15.0   442 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

MANSFIELD             14.5   800 AM 12/20   CT DOT

TOLLAND               10.0   805 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

STAFFORDVILLE          6.0   843 AM 12/20   COOP

WILLINGTON             6.0   755 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

UNION                  4.8   800 AM 12/20   CT DOT

VERNON                 4.8   800 AM 12/20   CT DOT

..WINDHAM COUNTY

PUTNAM                18.0   800 AM 12/20   CT DOT

DANIELSON             13.5  1000 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WOODSTOCK             13.0   838 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

HAMPTON               12.0   412 AM 12/20   NWS COOP

POMFRET               10.3   810 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

ASHFORD                9.0  1000 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

MASSACHUSETTS

..BARNSTABLE COUNTY

SANDWICH              16.0   745 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

WEST FALMOUTH         15.0   935 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

BREWSTER              14.0   950 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

EAST FALMOUTH         14.0   815 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

YARMOUTH              14.0   935 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

BOURNE                13.5   750 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

WEST HARWICH          12.5   945 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

HARWICH               11.0   915 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

HYANNIS                8.5   539 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

EASTHAM                8.0   600 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

..BRISTOL COUNTY

MANSFIELD             19.0   915 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

WEST ISLAND           15.5   855 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

ATTLEBOROUGH CITY     15.0   800 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

ACUSHNET              14.8   635 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

DIGHTON               14.0   830 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH    14.0   930 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

SOMERSET              13.0   320 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

SOUTH DARTMOUTH       13.0   940 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

NORTON                12.5   715 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

TAUNTON               11.9   700 AM 12/20   NWS OFFICE

REHOBOTH              10.3   805 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

SWANSEA                9.5   245 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

..DUKES COUNTY

EDGARTOWN              7.5   920 AM 12/20   COOP

WEST TISBURY           6.0   515 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

..ESSEX COUNTY

BEVERLY               12.0   930 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

MARBLEHEAD            12.0  1000 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

PEABODY               10.5   950 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

ROCKPORT               9.5   934 AM 12/20   MEDIA

SALEM                  7.5   807 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

IPSWICH                7.1   918 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

MIDDLETON              7.0   830 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

SOUTH PEABODY          7.0   835 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

METHUEN                6.0   930 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

TOPSFIELD              6.0   719 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

WEST PEABODY           5.5   700 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

DANVERS                5.3   820 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

LYNNFIELD              5.0   710 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

..HAMPDEN COUNTY

EAST LONGMEADOW        3.0   905 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

LONGMEADOW             3.0   905 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

PALMER                 2.0   955 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

SOUTHWICK              2.0   905 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

CHICOPEE               1.5   905 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

..HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST                1.5   905 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WARE                   1.5   905 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

..MIDDLESEX COUNTY

WAYLAND               11.5   700 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

CAMBRIDGE             11.0  1005 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

FRAMINGHAM            11.0   735 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

MALDEN                11.0   825 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

NORTH READING         10.0  1015 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WOBURN                10.0   955 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

CONCORD                9.0   825 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

LINCOLN                8.0   800 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

NATICK                 8.0   740 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

READING                8.0   805 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

BURLINGTON             7.0   955 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

CARLISLE               7.0   852 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WILMINGTON             7.0   910 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WAKEFIELD              6.1   900 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

LITTLETON              6.0   740 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

BEDFORD                5.7  1010 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

MAYNARD                4.6   815 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

CHELMSFORD             4.0   900 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

LOWELL                 4.0   733 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

TYNGSBORO              4.0   900 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

DRACUT                 3.0   715 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

SHIRLEY                2.1   900 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

AYER                   2.0  1019 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

..NORFOLK COUNTY

FRANKLIN              14.0   730 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

FOXBOROUGH            13.2   920 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

MILTON                11.0   940 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WALPOLE               10.5  1010 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

MILLIS                10.0   951 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

NORWOOD               10.0   800 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

EAST BRAINTREE         8.0   850 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

RANDOLPH               8.0   431 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

..PLYMOUTH COUNTY

WEST WAREHAM          16.0   955 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

HALIFAX               15.0   951 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

LAKEVILLE             15.0   840 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

MIDDLEBOROUGH         15.0   655 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WAREHAM               15.0   800 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

WHITE HORSE BEACH     12.0   910 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

HANSON                11.4   835 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

HINGHAM               11.0   826 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

PLYMPTON              10.5   355 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

..SUFFOLK COUNTY

JAMAICA PLAIN         14.0  1015 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WINTHROP               7.9   700 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

BOSTON                 7.0   440 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

EAST BOSTON            5.5   700 AM 12/20   LOGAN AIRPORT

REVERE                 4.5   254 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

ROSLINDALE             4.3   248 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

..WORCESTER COUNTY

MENDON                17.0   930 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

CLINTON               14.9   830 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

MILFORD               12.0   825 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

UXBRIDGE              12.0   725 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WEBSTER               12.0   835 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

GRAFTON               11.0   930 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

NORTH GRAFTON         10.0   800 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

WORCESTER              7.0   730 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

SOUTHBRIDGE            6.0   945 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

SHREWSBURY             5.5   915 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

BOYLSTON               4.0   739 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

STURBRIDGE             4.0   905 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WEST BOYLSTON          4.0   815 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WORCESTER              3.4   700 AM 12/20   AIRPORT

NEW HAMPSHIRE

..HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

HUDSON                 2.5   830 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

RHODE ISLAND

..BRISTOL COUNTY

BARRINGTON            16.0   630 AM 12/20   PUBLIC

..KENT COUNTY

WEST GREENWICH        22.0   900 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

COVENTRY              17.0   700 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

WEST WARWICK          17.0   902 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

WARWICK               10.5   700 AM 12/20   T.F.GREEN

..NEWPORT COUNTY

NEWPORT               19.5  1015 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

PORTSMOUTH            18.0   715 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

MIDDLETOWN            16.0   901 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

LITTLE COMPTON        14.0   655 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

..PROVIDENCE COUNTY

NORTH FOSTER          17.1   935 AM 12/20   COOP

HOPE                  17.0   715 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

CRANSTON              16.0  1002 AM 12/20   PUBLIC

NORTH SCITUATE        16.0   715 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

CUMBERLAND            15.9   700 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

RIVERSIDE             15.0   736 AM 12/20   PUBLIC

SMITHFIELD            13.0   715 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

JOHNSTON               9.0   550 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

PROVIDENCE             7.0   301 AM 12/20   SPOTTER

..WASHINGTON COUNTY

BLOCK ISLAND          18.0   855 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

SOUTH KINGSTOWN       18.0   800 AM 12/20   NWS EMPLOYEE

WESTERLY              18.0   805 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

CHARLESTOWN           17.5   905 AM 12/20   HAM RADIO

One Response to “The Storm’s Over — The Numbers Are In”

  1. Lou says:

    Wasn’t a lot of dig out here in Manchester, Geoff. The snow was very light, but we still got about 5 or inches. But you were so right about the dew point – it went from below zero to close to the temperature in nothing flat…

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