- Winter Storm Gail threw heavy snow from the Appalachians to New England.
- There were record snowstorms in parts of Pennsylvania and New York.
- The snow fell at a rate of 5 inches per hour in Binghamton, New York.
Winter Storm Gail wasn’t simply widespread, robbed the northeast by heavy snow — there were record-breaking snowstorms in at least two cities in New York and Pennsylvania.
Gail dropped 39.9 inches of snow at Greater Binghamton Airport, northwest of Binghamton, New York, which was the city’s worst snowstorm, surpassing the 35.3-inch record set during the March 14-15, 2017 Storm Stella.
An almost stagnant heavy strip formed overnight Wednesday night from northern Pennsylvania to downtown New York, with snow rates reaching up to 5 inches per hour in Binghamtonaccording to the National Meteorological Service.
As you can imagine, this caused fear among the locals.
Jennifer Woltjen tweeted from her back patio early Thursday morning and measured a 46-inch-high snowstorm next to her door.
For others, it was a challenge to excavate vehicles, as it did before NWS-Binghamton meteorologist Adam Gill.
About 65 miles south of Syracuse, near the Pennsylvania border, northeast of Binghamton is one of the snowier cities, with an average of 81.8 inches of snow falling each winter season.
Winter Storm Gail brought in half the seasonal average in less than 24 hours.
The record for the new blizzard has recently been set in Binghamton. In November 2016, Winter Storm Argos dropped 27.6 inches of snow in Binghamton in four days. This was followed four months later by the aforementioned record-breaking Winter Storm Stella in March 2017.
So Gail was the third record-breaking snowstorm in Binghamton in the last four years; The city’s snow records go back to 1951.
Nothing about Little League
Binghamton wasn’t the only city to break an all-time record during the Winter Storm Gail.
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, also set an all-time snowstorm record that stood for nearly 57 years, gathering more than 2 feet of snow.
As you can see in the tweet above, this record has not only existed since the early stages of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, the record dates back to 1895.
This area is located in north-central Pennsylvania, about 70 miles north of the state’s capital, Harrisburg, and is better known for hosting the Little League World Series than such fertile blizzards.
Williamsport averages just 35.4 inches of snow in all seasons. Winter Storm Gail provided about 70% of the seasonal average in less than 24 hours.
It was Gail at the nearby State College the most severe snowstorm in almost 18 years and Steve Seman of Penn State University said the second most severe December snowstorm.
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