Topper's Blog, Ice Storm, 1999, Washington DC

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On January 15, 1999 a major snow and ice storm hit the Metro Area to Boston. The storm actually spanned the fourteenth and fifteenth. On the fourteenth in the late morning it was nine degrees in Albany, New York with moderate snow falling. An enormous arctic air was centered just south of the Hudson Bay.  The pressure at the center of the high was nearly 1045 mb or 30.78 inches of mercury. This huge arctic high was so large it drove cold air all the way into northern Virginia the night of the fourteenth. Heavy freezing rain fell that night with temperatures plunging into the mid and upper twenties leaving a glaze of over half an inch in most of the Metro Area. One half million were without power in our area. At the time it was Pepco's largest outage ever with a quarter of a million customers only to be eclipsed after the Dercho in late June 2012. Some were without power for four days as many substations blew up.

In 1932 Los Angeles had their heaviest snow to date. Two inches fell with an inch at the Civic Center and several inches in the mountains.

In 2003 an unbelievable twenty four inches of snow fell in Oswego, New York in just four hours ! Snowfall rates were between five and seven inches per hour. We average between seventeen and twenty three inches of snow for the entire winter. Can you imagine receiving more than the season average in just twenty four hours ? Wow !