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 February 10, 2015
 
Epic Winter Sets New Snowfall Records
 

The unprecedented snowfall across New England since the last week of January continues unabated with another very significant storm on 7-10 February, 2015. As of 1 PM on Tuesday, February 10th, the final snowfall total for the latest storm was 27.7 inches since Saturday the 7th, with only traces of snow falling on the 10th.

The snow depth on the summit of Great Blue Hill has reached 38 inches on the morning of Feb. 10th. This ties for the fifth greatest average snow depth ever measured at the Observatory, and it is the deepest snow cover since February 1969.

This latest round of snow will likely set a new daily snowfall record for Feb. 9th, with more than 16 inches of snow occurring on that day alone. The current record for Feb. 9th is 13.0 inches in 1969. This storm has become the 7th greatest snowfall for any month and the 3rd greatest ever observed in February.

Through 1 PM on February 10th, the monthly snowfall has reached 47.7 inches, which is already the 3rd snowiest February on record and the 7th snowiest for any month. The combined January-February snowfall has reached 90.6 inches, which is a new record, surpassing the previous total of 77.9 inches in 1948. The snowfall for the entire season so far has climbed to 101.6 inches, which is now tenth on the top ten list of snowiest seasons, surpassing 101.1 inches in 1906-07 and 1993-94. This is also only the second time in 130 years that the seasonal snowfall has surpassed 100 inches as early as February 9th. The very snowy season of 1947-1948 had produced 107.0 inches by that date.

Here are the current snowfall lists including the storm this week:

BHO Greatest Snowstorms, inches (1885-2015):

1) 38.7 on 24-28 Feb, 1969
2) 30.8 on 26-28 Jan, 2015
3) 30.3 on 3-5 Mar, 1960
4) 30.1 on 6-7 Feb, 1978
5) 30.0 on 31 Mar - 1 Apr, 1997
6) 29.8 on 6-8 Mar, 2013
7) 27.7 on 7-10 Feb, 2015
8) 26.6 on 8-9 Feb, 2013
9) 24.7 on 17-18 Feb, 2003
10) 24.3 on 5-7 Dec, 2003
11) 23.0 on 5-7 Mar, 2001
12) 22.2 on 16-17 Feb, 1958
13) 21.0 on 9-10 Feb, 1969

BHO Greatest February Snowstorms, inches (1885-2015):

1) 38.7 on 24-28 Feb, 1969
2) 30.1 on 6-7 Feb, 1978
3) 27.7 on 7-10 Feb, 2015
4) 26.6 on 8-9 Feb, 2013
5) 24.7 on 17-18 Feb, 2003
6) 22.2 on 16-17 Feb, 1958
7) 21.0 on 9-10 Feb, 1969

BHO Snowiest Months, inches (1885-2015):

1) 65.4 in Feb, 1969
2) 56.3 in Jan, 1848
3) 52.0 in Mar, 1956
4) 51.3 in Feb, 2003
5) 48.2 in Jan, 2011
6) 48.0 in Jan, 1904
7) 47.7 in Feb, 2015 (through 1 PM Feb 10)
8) 47.6 in Jan, 1996
9) 46.0 in Jan, 1966

BHO Snowiest Februarys, inches (1885-2015):

1) 65.4 in 1969
2) 51.3 in 2003
3) 47.7 in 2015 (through 1 PM Feb 10)
4) 45.2 in 1967
5) 40.4 in 1920
6) 39.7 in 2013
7) 37.0 in 1893

BHO Snowiest January-February, inches (1886-2015):

1) 90.6 in 2015 (through 1 PM Feb 10)
2) 77.9 in 1948
3) 70.2 in 2005
4) 68.7 in 1904
5) 67.5 in 1920
6) 66.9 in 1994

BHO Greatest Snow Depth, inches (1895-2015):

1) 43 in Mar, 1969
2) 42 in Jan, 1948
3) 41 in Feb, 1969
4) 39 in Feb, 1948
5) 38 in Feb, 1920
38 in Feb, 2015
7) 33 in Feb, 1978
33 in Jan, 1996
9) 31 in Feb, 2003
31 in Feb, 2011
11) 30 in Mar, 1960
30 in Mar, 1978

BHO Snowiest Seasons, inches (1885-2015):

1) 144.4 in 1995-1996
2) 136.0 in 1947-1948
3) 119.4 in 2004-2005
4) 113.1 in 2002-2003
5) 111.5 in 1915-1916
6) 109.6 in 1966-1967
7) 106.8 in 1955-1956
8) 103.4 in 1903-1904
9) 102.5 in 1922-1923
10) 101.6 in 2014-2015 (through 1 PM Feb 10)
 
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