April blizzard pushes winter season’s snowfall to a record

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While last week’s blizzard didn’t break the record snowfall for April with its 13 inches of snow, it did push the winter season’s total snowfall to an all-time record of 78.5 inches.

For the past 50 years that record had been held by the winter season of 1968-1969 when 76.4 inches of snow fell.

The two winter seasons are markedly different on when the heavy snowfalls came. This season, 28 inches of snow fell in March and April. In 1968-69, only 4.1 inches of snow fell in those two months.

However, in the winter of 1968-69, 53.6 inches fell in December and January, burying the community. Another 14.7 inches fell in January, deepening the snow depth with the spring warmth to melt it still a couple months away.

As is typical with large winter storm systems, record cold temperatures were pulled down from Canada also set as it passed through. Two record low high temperatures were set and one tied between April 11 and April 13.
Sunday, April 14’s, morning low of 16 degrees broke the record low for the date of 19 degrees set in 2008.

Last week’s storm brought the full range of precipitation to the area: snow, sleet, rain and graupel. Graupel?

Graupel is the meteorological term for those beady Styrofoam-looking pellets that fell, creating a 2-inch layer between levels of snow. When you would shovel the snow, those graupel beads would spill out. They are created when “super cooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes.”...

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PICTURE: Taking photos of people huddled against the wintery blast of a blizzard is fun in December, but by the middle of April it gets old. It is better to show that spring's promise of warmth is now ascending.


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