Official Connecticut Snow Totals March 6-8, 2013

I post these with a bit of trepidation. Every time I do someone (usually many someones) writes to say it’s wrong for their town.

Probably.

Snow measurements are never exact (and I always wonder about totals to the 1/10th inch), but this is the best we’ve got. These numbers are from the National Weather Service, plus their network of volunteer spotters. These are the numbers considered ‘official’.

23″ in Staffordville takes the prize for most snow in Connecticut today. Mazel tov.

...FAIRFIELD COUNTY...
NEW CANAAN 12.8 1000 AM 3/08 CT DOT
DANBURY 11.2 1000 AM 3/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
GREENWICH 10.0 900 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
REDDING 10.0 900 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
NORWALK 9.5 1045 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
NEWTOWN 9.4 600 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
STAMFORD 8.3 930 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
BRIDGEPORT 8.0 1030 AM 3/08 CO-OP OBSERVER
WESTON 7.0 900 AM 3/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
OLD GREENWICH 6.0 1155 AM 3/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
DARIEN 2.8 400 AM 3/08 CT DOT

...HARTFORD COUNTY...
MANCHESTER 18.5 230 PM 3/08 TRAINED SPOTTER
MARLBOROUGH 15.5 156 PM 3/08 HAM RADIO
ROCKY HILL 14.0 158 PM 3/08 HAM RADIO
WETHERSFIELD 12.5 157 PM 3/08 HAM RADIO
SOUTH WINDSOR 12.0 1108 AM 3/08 TRAINED SPOTTER
BURLINGTON 11.3 1029 AM 3/08 TRAINED SPOTTER
EAST FARMINGTON HEIG 8.5 1106 AM 3/08 NONE
BRISTOL 8.3 840 AM 3/08 SPOTTER
WEST HARTFORD 6.6 1026 AM 3/08 HAM RADIO
ENFIELD 6.5 936 AM 3/08 HAM RADIO
NORTH GRANBY 5.0 739 AM 3/08 TRAINED SPOTTER
GRANBY 5.0 1005 AM 3/08 NWS EMPLOYEE
1 WNW WINDSOR LOCKS 4.5 100 PM 3/08 BDL AIRPORT
AVON 4.2 1247 PM 3/08 NONE
EAST HARTFORD 4.0 938 AM 3/08 HAM RADIO

...LITCHFIELD COUNTY...
BAKERSVILLE 8.3 830 AM 3/08 CO-OP OBSERVER
NORFOLK 8.2 800 AM 3/08 CO-OP OBSERVER
WINSTED 8.0 940 AM 3/08 SPOTTER
THOMASTON 8.0 1200 PM 3/08 CT DOT
LITCHFIELD 7.5 1200 PM 3/08 CT DOT
NORTH CANAAN 7.5 1200 PM 3/08 CT DOT
NEW HARTFORD 7.0 405 AM 3/08 SPOTTER
THOMASTON DAM 7.0 700 AM 3/08 CO-OP OBSERVER
WINCHESTER CENTER 6.5 1200 PM 3/08 CT DOT
TORRINGTON 6.5 927 AM 3/08 SPOTTER

...MIDDLESEX COUNTY...
OLD SAYBROOK 7.0 1000 AM 3/08 CT DOT
HADDAM 6.8 1000 AM 3/08 CT DOT
CLINTON 6.0 600 AM 3/08 PUBLIC

...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...
WOLCOTT 12.5 900 AM 3/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
SEYMOUR 12.0 1000 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
WOODBRIDGE 10.0 930 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
NORTH BRANFORD 10.0 1158 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
MERIDEN 9.0 1000 AM 3/08 CT DOT
SOUTHBURY 8.3 1100 AM 3/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MADISON 7.0 1045 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
OXFORD 7.0 641 AM 3/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NEW HAVEN 6.5 1000 AM 3/08 CT DOT
WATERBURY 6.5 1000 AM 3/08 CT DOT
BEACON FALLS 6.3 1000 AM 3/08 CT DOT
GUILFORD 6.1 800 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
NORTH HAVEN 3.5 800 AM 3/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...NEW LONDON COUNTY...
COLCHESTER 13.5 1000 AM 3/08 CT DOT
GILMAN 10.3 1055 AM 3/08 PUBLIC
NORWICH 6.5 1000 AM 3/08 CT DOT
GROTON 3.5 1000 AM 3/08 CT DOT
LEDYARD CENTER 3.0 641 AM 3/08 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...TOLLAND COUNTY...
STAFFORDVILLE 23.0 159 PM 3/08 COOP OBSERVER
COVENTRY 20.5 117 PM 3/08 TRAINED SPOTTER
STAFFORD SPRINGS 20.5 137 PM 3/08 TRAINED SPOTTER
TOLLAND 18.5 1118 AM 3/08 HAM RADIO
STORRS 17.0 1117 AM 3/08 HAM RADIO
ROCKVILLE 16.0 1123 AM 3/08 HAM RADIO
SOMERS 16.0 127 PM 3/08 TRAINED SPOTTER
COLUMBIA 6.5 719 AM 3/08 PUBLIC

...WINDHAM COUNTY...
ASHFORD 16.0 103 PM 3/08 HAM RADIO
BROOKLYN 14.0 1049 AM 3/08 HAM RADIO
SOUTH WINDAHM 13.0 1202 PM 3/08 NONE
THOMPSON 12.0 214 PM 3/08 TRAINED SPOTTER
WOODSTOCK 12.0 905 AM 3/08 SPOTTER
HAMPTON 11.0 114 PM 3/08 COOP OBSERVER
POMFRET CENTER 8.0 708 AM 3/08 GENERAL PUBLIC
DANIELSON 5.5 803 AM 3/08 HAM RADIO
EAST KILLINGLY 5.3 607 AM 3/08 NONE

The Beautiful Pain In The Ass

Every snowstorm is different. Each has its own special features, based on temperature, wind and the like. Today’s is really unusual.

Though the wind whipped as recently as Thursday midday, the last 18 hours has seen a move to nearly calm. The snow has fallen and stayed put, even in the tiniest and most precarious of spots.

This is the kind of accumulation that can bring down trees and power lines. After the past few years is there any dead wood left to thin?

How can something so beautiful be so difficult to deal with?

Click any photo for a larger, more detailed version.

I’ve Seen This Storm Before

An admission. Other meteorologists remember storm details vividly. Not me. Storms are transients. I try not to get too attached.

I used to be astounded by Dr. Mel’s ability in this regard. He remembered individual storms the way Pete Rose remembers individual pitches.

It’s a skill set I don’t have.

There are a few memorable exceptions. Hurricanes and tornadoes, obviously, qualify. So too do major forecast busts. I have a little experience with those too.

The weather tonight reminds me of a particularly painful forecast disaster. My best recollection says this storm’s doppelganger hit in the mid-80s. It was snow. The rudimentary models of that era did a poor job understanding its complex dynamics.

I sat on the air at WTNH and hour-after-hour pointed to the radar, said I could see the storm’s caboose and that it would be gone within the next few hours. I said that through eight or nine inches of additional snow!

It still makes me cringe.

It still makes Helaine cringe. She had to console me.

Viewers were brutal afterward. They wouldn’t forgive easily. For months, no matter where I went I got called on that forecast! It took over a year to for me to remove that one storm’s stench.

As with our current system, this one was obviously moving east into the Atlantic. What wasn’t as obvious was an upper low to the west which sucked moisture back from the ocean.

Sure the low’s center was moving away, but it made no difference. It’s influence was increasing. That more than compensated for its reduced proximity.

It’s a rare scenario you might not see for a decade or more. I still get the heebie jeebies thinking about it.

Glad not to make that mistake again tonight.

Even When I Predict It

We’re in March. Spring is a few weeks away. It shouldn’t snow… even if I predict it. t just shouldn’t.

Mother Nature! Are you listening? It shouldn’t snow.

This is getting depressing at a rapidly increasing pace. There’s still he better part of a day for this stuff to come down.

Thursday Evening Video Forecast

Here’s the latest from the dining room. Snow continues overnight and there will be some trouble in the morning.

Thanks to all of you who’ve watched and commented on these last two videos.

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