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Now that spring is here, we might have a better perspective about this past winter and all the snow it brought. We got a lot of snow! In fact in seven days between January 27th and February 2nd Boston got a record breaking amount of snow of 40.5 inches which broke the record from January 1996 of 31.2 inches. Other records set in Boston this year include:
- the snowiest month on record with 64.6 inches as of February 25th, 2015,
- record snowfall in 30 days of 94.4 inches from January 24 - February 22, 2015 and
- fastest amount of time for six-foot snow to fall; 72.5 inches in 18 days from January 24-February 10, 2015.
According to weather.com, on March 5, 2015 Boston reached 105.7 inches of accumulated snow, and on March 15, 2015 at 7 pm Boston broke the record with 108.6 inches of snow for the season, when it received 2.9 inches of snow that day. Since that time we have gotten a few more inches. Snowfall for Boston is officially measured in East Boston at Logan Airport. The average snowfall in a snow season for Boston is usually 43.5 inches. The top five snow amounts during a season are:
- 1995-1996 107.6
- 2014-2015 110.6
- 1993-1994 96.3
- 1947-1948 89.2
- 2004-2005 86.6
Henry David Thoreau writes about the coldest winter in New England from December 1856-January 1857. On January 17th, it was 20 degrees below zero in Salem.
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) provides valuable information on weather related topics including: hypothermia, how to clear a roof of snow and Ice Safety.
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