Analyses of Snowstorms during 1987
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The year 1987 will be remembered for its many heavy snowstorms over the Middle Atlantic states and southern New England. During the first few weeks of the year, severe winter weather was confined to the interior sections of New York, Pennsylvania, and New England, where near-record amounts of snow had fallen since mid-November 1986. Little snow had occurred along the coast, but the center of activity for major snowstorms soon shifted to the Middle Atlantic region, bringing the area from Virginia through southeastern New England the greatest amounts from late January through February. Storms on 22–23 January, 25–26 January, 9–10 February, 16–18 February, and 22–23 February were the most noteworthy events during this period. The storms of 22–23 January, 25–26 January, and 22–23 February produced major snow accumulations across some of the densely populated regions of the Middle Atlantic states, so map analyses for these cases will be presented in this section. Although the areal extent of heavy snowfall for the two latter cases was somewhat less than the storms sampled earlier in this chapter, their severe impact on major metropolitan areas of the northeastern United States warrants their inclusion.
KeywordsSnow Accumulation Heavy Snowfall Northeastern Coast Heavy Snow Trough Axis
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