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#1 soadforecaster

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 10:58 AM

I was just looking through ray's winter storm archive web page and was looking at the ice storm of January 13-15,1999 and it looked pretty bad. I was just wondering if any body thought that there was a ice storm that was worse than that.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:29 PM

In my lifetime,DEC 16-17 1973 tops them all in Queens county.Only ice storm to down trees and power lines.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:33 PM

In my memory-- and I wouldnt call it "worst"-- I'd call it beautiful-- the one in Jan 1994 was the biggest one Ive ever seen. †2 inches of glaze on top of 3 inches of a snow sleet mix!






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Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:52 PM

I block out all storms that aren't all snow as I consider any storm that mixes IMBY a failure, however, sheer accumulation of ice, if you consider sleet, it has to be the 6-8 inches of sleet in VDAY 07.

Fooking ice storms.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:54 PM

View Post4DVAR, on 03 November 2010 - 01:52 PM, said:

I block out all storms that aren't all snow as I consider any storm that mixes IMBY a failure, however,††sheer accumulation of ice, if you consider sleet, it has to be the 6-8 inches of sleet in VDAY 06.

Fooking ice storms.




Sleet is like a 2:1 ratio for us. †I think we had a similar amount of sleet in the March storm that year also. †Man, that could have been an historic winter if both of those were snow!







#6 KEITH L.I

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:58 PM

Dec 17th 18th 1973..city streets were coated with over an inch of ice. Hard to walk on the sidewalks

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 02:05 PM

View Post4DVAR, on 03 November 2010 - 01:52 PM, said:

I block out all storms that aren't all snow as I consider any storm that mixes IMBY a failure, however, sheer accumulation of ice, if you consider sleet, it has to be the 6-8 inches of sleet in VDAY 06.

Fooking ice storms.



It was Feb 14,2007. Got 5 inches of sleet.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 02:42 PM

December 16-17th 1973...I worked in east N.Y. (Brooklyn) and drove to work that Monday morning...I saw two large trees down on my way that morning...Ice near my girl friend's house in Howard beach was more than an inch thick...Bushes and trees along the belt parkway were deformed for years...The ice storm on 1/7-8/1994 was the second worst...Those had some heavy freezing rain where I lived...The mostly sleet storms are...
2/14/2007...3" on Staten Island...
3/17/2007...3" on Staten Island...
1/25/1965...3" in Brooklyn...
1/16/1961...2" in Brooklyn...

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 02:46 PM

View Postmetfan4life, on 03 November 2010 - 02:05 PM, said:

It was Feb 14,2007. Got 5 inches of sleet.


That storm was NASTY. 5-6 inches of sleet. Shoveling that was horrific.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 04:06 PM

Dec 1973 was the worst.....By the way that was the sunday that OJ ran for over 200 yards against the Jets in the snow and sleet at Shea. I lived in Wantagh at the time and it was 28F with ZR all day. The next morning when the sun rose the landscape views were spectactular with everything encased in ice.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 04:18 PM

given climate change and global temperature increases combined with the UH I doubt nyc ever sees another true ice storm.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 04:31 PM

There certainly a lot to choose from and some are worse then others but for me it was a freezing rain event, it happened in late January or February in the winter from hell in 1996, Drove from Rockland Co to Staten Island, took 4+ hours. The roads were passable but slow. When I arrived on Staten Island I had to put my shoulder in to the driverís side door to get out. Except for the front and rear windshields my car was incased in inches of ice. I was amazing.



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Posted 03 November 2010 - 04:37 PM

worst ice storm has to be the one in december 2008 that struck the high elevation areas with over 1 inch of freezing rain. †Devastated trees all over the place. †Many places without power for over a week




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Posted 03 November 2010 - 05:31 PM

In SE PA (and I think Tony "Rainshadow" Gigi can vouch for this), the worst is almost certainly January 7-8, 1994. I believe that's PECO's worst, anyway. We had about an inch of ice in Ewing...and I mean solid glaze ice...on everything. It was gorgeous. Somehow we never lost power...that part was a miracle. I was almost injured by falling branches...got out of the way with seconds to spare.

Ice pellet-wise, which of course is nowhere near as difficult to deal with as glaze ice is, the worst I can recall would be the March 16 2007 event, with over 3" of ice pellets in Ewing. I've seen historic records of about that much in the Trenton-area, however.

Jan 14-15 1999 was icy, but the saving grace was that it turned to plain rain around Trenton so much of the ice melted quickly. The 1994 event remained freezing rain, and days later you could still see the trees sparkling from all the ice they still had on them.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 05:33 PM

View PostTJay, on 03 November 2010 - 04:31 PM, said:

There certainly a lot to choose from and some are worse then others but for me it was a freezing rain event, it happened in late January or February in the winter from hell in 1996, Drove from Rockland Co to Staten Island, took 4+ hours. The roads were passable but slow. When I arrived on Staten Island I had to put my shoulder in to the driverís side door to get out. Except for the front and rear windshields my car was incased in inches of ice. I was amazing.


You are probably thinking of the other winter from hell, 1994. I recall no such ice storms in said area during late January or February 1996.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 05:36 PM

View Post4DVAR, on 03 November 2010 - 04:18 PM, said:

given climate change and global temperature increases combined with the UH I doubt nyc ever sees another true ice storm.


Actually they might be more common, they have certainly been very debilitating in the South. Of course the biggest issue with getting a true ice storm in NYC is that dang ocean...

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 05:40 PM

Does anyone remember an ice storm from the late 90's (had to be somewhere between 97-99) where the precip started as rain area wide, but a backdoor cold front came through with very shallow cold air and dropped temperatures into the mid 20's causing the precip to change to freezing rain and then sleet? It wasn't destructive or anything, but as nightfall came there was a solid coating of ice on roads and sidewalks.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 05:42 PM

View PostBlueSkiesFading, on 03 November 2010 - 05:40 PM, said:

Does anyone remember an ice storm from the late 90's (had to be somewhere between 97-99) where the precip started as rain area wide, but a backdoor cold front came through with very shallow cold air and dropped temperatures into the mid 20's causing the precip to change to freezing rain and then sleet? It wasn't destructive or anything, but as nightfall came there was a solid coating of ice on roads and sidewalks.


That sounds a lot like Jan 14-15 1999. Except that what you describe happened right at the very beginning, which was actually the afternoon and evening of the 13th. At least, that's how it happened at Trenton.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 05:43 PM

January 13 -14, 1978.

Link courtesy of NorthShoreWx:

http://www.northshor...om/19780113.asp

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 05:46 PM

Here's a quote about 1994 and PECO:

http://www.glinting...._study_peco.pdf

"The most outages PECO customers ever suffered ocurred as a result of an ice storm in January 1994, which cut power to 550,000 PECO customers."





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