January 27, 2015 Special Report – 7 AM

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BLUE HILL METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATORY 
MILTON, MASSACHUSETTS
ELEVATION 635 FEET, 10 MILES SSW OF BOSTON, MA

**SPECIAL REPORT** 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015  

BLIZZARD IN PROGRESS ON GREAT BLUE HILL
15.5 INCHES OF SNOW AS OF 7:00 AM EST,
PEAK GUST OF 51 MPH RECORDED

Light ocean effect snow that began yesterday morning
at 9:03 AM EST lingered into the afternoon hours,
only totaling 0.1 inch by 1:00 PM EST yesterday, and
gradually increasing to 1.0 inch total by 7:00 PM EST
yesterday evening.

By midnight this morning, an additional 4.6 inches were 
recorded under deteriorating conditions and visibility,
bringing the storm total to 5.6 inches with snow fall
rates approaching 1 inch per hour and winds gusting
over 40 MPH.

At this morning’s 7:00 AM EST observation, an additional
9.9 inches were measured with a liquid content of 1.08
inches of water. Snow fall rates had begun to exceed
1 inch per hour, potentially reaching as high as 3 inches
per hour from 6:00 AM EST through 7:00 AM EST. 

This brings storm totals to 15.5 inches through 7:00 AM
EST this morning with a roughly 10:1 liquid equivalent
of 1.58 inches of water. Snow depth at 7:00 AM EST
averaged to an estimated 12 inches of snow on the ground
over a wide area. Snow drifts exceed 2 to 3 feet in areas
of the summit, along with bare ground. Visibility of 1/4
of a mile has been reduced at times to 1/8 of a mile due
to blowing snow, fog and heavy snow.

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daily discussion. 

Once again, here is the list of storms total over
20 inches here at Blue Hill Observatory’s history
dating back to 1885:

1) 38.7 on 24-28 Feb, 1969
2) 30.3 on 3-5 Mar, 1960
3) 30.1 on 6-7 Feb, 1978
4) 30.0 on 31 Mar – 1 Apr, 1997
5) 29.8 on 6-8 Mar, 2013
6) 26.6 on 8-9 Feb, 2013
7) 24.7 on 17-18 Feb, 2003
8) 24.3 on 5-7 Dec, 2003
9) 23.0 on 5-7 Mar, 2001
10) 22.2 on 16-17 Feb, 1958
11) 21.0 on 9-10 Feb, 1969
12) 20.5 on 22-23 Jan, 2005
13) 20.3 on 12 Dec, 1960
14) 20.0 on 31 Jan – 1 Feb, 1898


Brian Fitzgerald
Chief Observer

 

 

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