The 50th Anniversary of
The 1969 "100 Hour Storm"
February 22-28,1969

While the February 22-28, 1969 snowstorm is not as well known as the "78" Blizzard or the March 1993 "Storm of the Century", with snowfall depths of greater than 30 inches, it affected many more people than any other storm since 1900. NOAA's Regional Snowfall Index, which is based on how many people are effected, area of snowfall, and depth of snowfall, lists this storm as Number 1 in its rankings of great snowfalls and gives the 1969 Storm the respect it deserves
Snowfall totals across Northeast - Feb 22-28,1969 (NOAA)
Snow measured in feet

The 1969 storm did indeed have some impressive snowfall totals with Mount Washington, NH recording over 8 feet of snowfall, with 49.3 inches falling in one day (Feb. 25th), their all time record. The February monthly total was 172.8 inches, a record which still stands. Other totals include Pinkham Notch, NH 77 inches, Portland, ME 26.9 inches, Concord, NH 28 inches, and Boston Logan 26.3 inches These were 4 day totals with snowfall over a period of. 100 hours

  • Blue Hill Observatory - the 4 day total snowfall was 38.7 inches and still stands as the greatest storm total.
  • The February 1969 monthly total was 65.4 inches and was eclipsed in February 2015 when 83.6 inches fell at Blue Hill Observatory.

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Thanks to all who gave in 2018!

Charles Orloff, Executive Director

Don McCasland, Program Director