March 10, 2004

Blizzard Rankings

The superstorm of 1993 was the most devastating blizzard to strike the Northeast in at least a century, according to a new system that rates the impact of East Coast winter storms.

Interesting, but rather limited. Since the 1-5 scale takes into account the population affected, it has to be derived from historical records. It's also only usable in current form for the Eastern Seaboard of the US, other regions will have to have their own custom formula developed.

I would like to see the correlation between IQ, size of the SUV, and bodyshop repair bills immediately following storms.

Northeastern winter storms rated "crippling" or higher on the new Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale.

Category 5: Extreme

1. March 12-14, 1993
2. Jan. 6-8, 1996

Category 4: Crippling

3. Feb. 15-18, 2003
4. March 11-14, 1888
5. Feb. 11-14, 1899
6. March 2-5, 1960
7. Feb. 10-12, 1983
8. Feb. 5-7, 1978
9. Feb. 2-5, 1961

So since I've moved into this area, I've experienced the top 3. Liz remembers 7 and 8, and my mother-in-law remembers 4 and 5 (just kidding!).

Posted by Ted at March 10, 2004 06:18 AM
Category: SciTech

The Feb 15-18, 2003 was not that bad...I still went to work!

Posted by: Robyn at March 10, 2004 10:10 AM

Yep, I remember 7 and 8 too, mostly because of the very long vacations from school they caused. That was back before I had to hate snow.

Posted by: nic at March 10, 2004 12:48 PM
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