AMAZING: Lake effect event compares to Blizzards of 1993 & 1966

It boggles my mind that I am even going to write this. However, statistics do not lie. The four-day total of lake effect snow starting Sunday just after midnight and through midnight Wednesday compares nearly evenly with both the blizzards of 1993 and 1966. Syracuse Hancock Airport has received 43.2" of snow.

Take a look at these four-day totals:


1) 44.6"....(2/1/1966)

2) 44.5"....(3/14/1993)

3) 44.3"....(1/31/1966)

4) 43.2"....(12/8/2010)

Granted, it is true that both storm totals of both the blizzards of 1993 and 1966 are still higher than our current lake effect event. Plus, both blizzards had heavier snowfall faster and had a higher water content which made for more "back-breaking" shoveling type snow.

Nonetheless, these numbers are very impressive. This 4 day event is the 4th highest snowfall that Hancock Airport has ever received. Snow has obviously continued since midnight and will continue during the day before finally tapering off late this afternoon or evening completely.

For the third straight day, Syracuse has made the record books. We have set another daily snowfall record. On Wednesday, 14.9" of snow has fallen, breaking the old daily record for December 8th of 8.9" in 1961.

Another amazing stat via the National Weather Service in Binghamton: It has snowed every minute at Syracuse Hancock Airport from 6:16am Saturday December 4th through 8:10am Wednesday December 8th! That was a 97 hour and 54 minute stretch of non-stop snow.

I am sure that you have some amazing pictures at your home. Tell us your lake effect story with comments at the bottom of this web story and with by sharing them at MyCNYcentral . We will be able to show them on air and online.

If you have lived through the blizzards of 1993 and or 1966, share your comments with us on how this lake effect event stacks up in your memory. Leave a comment on the bottom of this web page.

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