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Snowfall by Decades (1890's through 2010's)


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With a break in snowstorms for a couple weeks went back and analyzed snow by decades for Chester County PA (I think this might have been done before). Not surprisingly the decade I grew up in (1970's) is near the bottom. That said our current decade has a chance to move into the top 5 of the 13 decades after this season. Plus with a couple more seasons after this...we could even move into the top 2 decades. Of note the 1890's only include 7 years and this decade has 7.5.

Rank Snowfall by Decades
1 449.4   1900's
2 390.0   1910's
3 378.9   2000's
4 342.3   1890's* Partial
5 332.7   1920's
6 330.1   1980's
7 317.1   1960's
8 315.3   1990's
9 309.2   2010's *Partial
10 254.4   1950's
11  243.9   1930's
12 216.9    1970's
13 216.1    1940's
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Hi, 

Really interesting data. I was born in the early 70s and grew up just outside of West Chester. I'm surprised the 1970s rank so low but I don't doubt your numbers.

On a related note: My parents still talk about the Blizzard of  78' (Feb 5-7). I looked up how much snowfall the area received from the storm and was surprised to learn it was only about 17 inches. My Dad says West Chester easily got more than two feet. Do you (or anyone for that matter) have any data on the storm for West Chester? I've looked everywhere but can't find anything specific for the borough.  I would love to know how much the borough actually received 

 

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On 1/19/2018 at 7:40 PM, Jurassic Wanderer said:

Hi, 

Really interesting data. I was born in the early 70s and grew up just outside of West Chester. I'm surprised the 1970s rank so low but I don't doubt your numbers.

On a related note: My parents still talk about the Blizzard of  78' (Feb 5-7). I looked up how much snowfall the area received from the storm and was surprised to learn it was only about 17 inches. My Dad says West Chester easily got more than two feet. Do you (or anyone for that matter) have any data on the storm for West Chester? I've looked everywhere but can't find anything specific for the borough.  I would love to know how much the borough actually received 

 

14.3" fell in Coatesville with that one...and just 2 weeks before that on January 20th 15.0" fell.

See article below from a few years ago on suburban snow totals 

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillylists/Historic-snowfalls-Suburbs-totals-dominate.html

 

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3 hours ago, chescopawxman said:

14.3" fell in Coatesville with that one...and just 2 weeks before that on January 20th 15.0" fell.

See article below from a few years ago on suburban snow totals 

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillylists/Historic-snowfalls-Suburbs-totals-dominate.html

 

Thanks a lot. I really appreciate it. I don't where they are getting these recollections from then . My Dad said the eve  of the neighbor's roof across the street wasn't visible because there was so much snow. He said the guy had to get up there to get the snow off because he was afraid the roof was going to cave in.  My Mom said South Concord Road (which ran in a ravine that was about 6' deep behind our house) had so much snow in it the ravine wasn't even noticeable. Maybe they are confusing it with something else.  I just don't see how 14 inches, even if there was some left over from the previous storm could have created conditions like that. Maybe they got a bit more in WC? And the wind did the rest? Thanks though I really appreciate it. 

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