Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Aftermath

After 10 hours of sack time last night, I awoke to a beautiful scene here in North Redfield, which is the epitome of a winter wonderland today.  A few photos of the sunrise and dig out.




I've finally had a chance to comb through our observations from the storm and the numbers are impressive.  Here's a summary based on six hourly snow observations on two snowboards that we measured snow on every six hours (board 1 first, board 2 in parentheses)

Total Snowfall from 7 am 10 Dec – 7 am 12 Dec: 47 (45) inches.
Snowfall during first 24-hour period ending 7 am 11 Dec: 25 (24) inches
Largest accumulation during any 24-hour period: 30 (28) inches [7 pm 10 Dec - 7 pm 11 Dec]
Largest accumulation during any 6-hour period: 14 inches (13 inches) [1-7 pm 11 Dec]

[Correction 12/17/2013: Going through my notes for this event, I realized I made a mistake adding up the 24 hour snowfall.  From 7PM 10 Dec - 7 PM 11 Dec the snowfall was 41 inches.  Sweet!].

Thus, we fell just short of the coveted 50 inch barrier, but we did get to 1.2 meters on one board which ain't to shabby.  To paraphrase John "Hannibal" Smith of the A-Team, "I love it when a band comes together." 

We are going out into the field again later this afternoon and will be working late into the evening.  Much work to do between now and then. 

3 comments:

  1. 13-14 inches in 6 hours, wow!

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  2. As a local, I love how you call that a "storm". For us it is just another weekend. I reserve the term "storm" for a something that is much more widespread than typical lake effect. Welcome to the Tug Hill Plateau! =)

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  3. 13-14" In 6 hrs is nothing, Feb 2011 We had 25" in 5 hrs. Back in feb 07 I had cleaned off my car and in 40 mins I had 6 more inches on the car. I remember driving on 81 during that feb 07 storm. I was driving no more than 15mph and I could not see past the front of my car.

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