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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 10:11 AM EDT on June 24, 2016


... East Coast blizzard of 2016 snowfall total revised at Newark
Liberty international Airport...

After the blizzard in January 2016, the National Weather Service
established a National snow measurement team to verify the snow
measurements at several locations across the northeastern United
States, including Newark Liberty international Airport (kewr) in
Newark, NJ.

The team found that the observations at Newark Airport were taken
each hour on a snowboard by the contract weather observers during
the storm, with the snowboard being cleared hourly. National
Weather Service guidelines for snow measurements call for
clearing the snowboard every six hours.

The preliminary total at Newark was reported as 28.1 inches. The
team determined that the method used to record the snowfall at
Newark resulted in an errantly high snowfall report. After further
analysis by the National Weather Service and the office of the New
Jersey state climatologist, the official snowfall for the January
blizzard at Newark was adjusted to 24.5 inches, making it the
third greatest snowstorm on record at Newark. The team used
datasets from surrounding locations, along with measured snow-
water equivalent of 1.85 inch from Newark Airport to finalize the
amount.

The team also indicated the snowfall measurements for the
remainder of the 2015-2016 snow season at Newark will remain as
initially reported. The other 2015-2016 snowfall totals were all
deemed within reason based on the peak depth on the ground at
Newark and nearby observations.

The National Weather Service thanks all the observers and spotters
who provided valuable measurements during the historic January
2016 blizzard.

For additional information, please contact:

National Weather Service eastern region Headquarters
regional observation program Leader
Chris stachelski
630 Johnson Avenue
suite 202
Bohemia, New York 11716
phone: 631-244-0157
email: Christopher.Stachelski@noaa.Gov

National Weather Service New York
observation program Leader
tim Morrin
175 Brookhaven Avenue
Upton, New York 11973
phone: 631-205-6110
email: tim.Morrin@noaa.Gov


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