A snowy first half of December

2013-12-15 22:21:34.000 – Tom Padham,  Weather Observer

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It has been a very snowy day today on the summit, as well as across New England, with our first major snowstorm of the season now in the books. The summit as of 7pm today has picked up 12.8in of snow, with any additional snow overnight due to upslope snow showers and not the coastal storm that affected us this morning. Some other totals for nearby locations are: North Conway 9.5in, Jackson 11.8in, Berlin 8.0in, and Plymouth 8.8in. the highest totals within our local weather office area were along the Maine coast, with 16.5in falling near Biddeford.

December is our snowiest month of the year for the summit on average, with an average snowfall of 45.5in. We will have a few more opportunities to add to our current monthly snowfall (33.5in) over the next week, with a relatively weak system moving up the coast late Tuesday and a cold front moving through late in the week. Neither of these systems will give the summit quite as much snow as this last storm, but still, it was very exciting to see some heavy snow along with near hurricane force winds this morning, and I am personally looking forward to the next big storm!

 

Tom Padham,  Weather Observer

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