Snowfall records



I was talking to a town’s road commissioner yesterday and the topic came up of what was the snowiest Vermont winter on record. With a little digging, the National Weather Service based in Burlington lists this snow abundance top-10 list:

 

Total inches/ season

 

  1. 145.4 (1970-71)
  2. 132.0 (1886-87)
  3. 122.5 (2000-01)
  4. 120.2 (2007-08)
  5. 116.9 (1992-93)
  6. 113.5 (1887-88)
  7. 111.6 (1965-66)
  8. 108.9 (1971-72)
  9. 107.2 (1992-93)
  10. 104.6 (1969-70)

To date, this current season has had a recorded 98.2 inches of snow- just shy of cracking the top 10. But, once that exclusive list of snowfall decadence is reached, it doesn’t take much to improve rank. The 10 spot held by the 104.6 inches that fell in the 1969-70 season is separated from the 6th ranked 116.9 inches from 1992-93 by only 12.3 inches (a mere dusting for Vermont!). So if March comes in like a lion, bringing with it more of the white stuff, just remember the next storm could be a record-setter. (Note: The 4th ranked season was 2007-08 with 120.2 inches- thanks in large part to the Valentine’s Day blizzard).

Burlington did set a monthly snowfall record  for February as 43 inches fell in the Queen City, eking past the old mark of 42.8 inches by a few snowflakes.

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