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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY  
1011 AM EDT FRI JUN 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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