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Other Factors: Weekend Rule (Dave Tolleris)

  • There is as interesting rule or oddity that exists with Significant East Coast Snowstorms that several meteorologists have noted over the past several years. If you go back and research snowstorm events from 1955 to 1987 and you include the recent events you'll find that the all snow events (no mixing) along the I-95 corridor cities – Richmond, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, New Haven, Providence, and Boston--- those events of all occurred on a weekend.

  • All except for 2 events. Really. I call this the “I-95 SECS WEEKEND RULE.” Now that being said let's keep the few criteria or parameters... a weekend event would be a snowstorm that started on a Friday and ended on a Saturday... OR began on a Saturday and ended on a Sunday...OR began on a Sunday and ended on a Monday.


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Other Factors: Weekend Rule (Dave Tolleris)

  • This oddity does not apply to snowstorms in the lower-Mid Atlantic -- say Virginia, D.C., Lower Maryland, and NC... nor does it apply to interior snowstorms. Given those parameters the fact is every single major I-95 PURE snowstorm -- has occurred on a weekend. Everyone since 1900 except for 2....

  • I am sure you recall January 96 blizzard--it was a Saturday into Sunday into Monday event...  and  the ”President's Day II” snowstorm FEB 16-17,2003   was also a weekend major east coast Snowstorm (MECS).


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Other Factors: Weekend Rule (Dave Tolleris)

  • December 25-26, 1909 (Sat-Sun); March 1-2, 1914 (Sun- Mon); April 3-4, 1915 (Sat -Sun); February 6-7, 1920 (Sat- Sun); January 27-29, 1922 Knickerbocker Storm (Fri – Sat); February 19-20, 1934 (Mon-Tues); January 22-24, 1935 (Tues-Thurs); February 14-15, 1940 St. Valentine's Day Storm (Wed-Thurs); December 26-27, 1947 (Fri-Sat); March 18-19, 1956 (Sun-Mon); February 14-17, 1958 Blizzard of '58 (Sat-Sun); March 18-21, 1958 (Tues-Thurs); March 4-5, 1960 (Fri-Sat); December 11-13, 1960 (Fri- Sat); January 18-20, 1961 (Thurs-Fri); February 4-5, 1961 (Fri-Sat); January 12-13, 1964 (Sun-Mon); January 29-31, 1966 Blizzard of '66 (Sun-Mon); December 23-25, 1966 (Fri-Sun); February 5-7, 1967 (Fri-Sat); February 8-10, 1969 Lindsay Storm (Fri-Sat); December 26-28, 1969 (Fri-Sat); February 18-20, 1972 rain in I-95 cities (WED-THUR); January 20-21, 1978 (Fri-Sat); February 5-7, 1978 (weekend); February 18-20, 1979 President's Day Storm (Sun-Mon); April 5-7, 1982 (Mon-Wed); February 10-12, 1983 (Fri-Sat); January 21-23, 1987 (Wed-Fri); January 25-26, 1987 (Sun-Mon); February 22-23, 1987 (Sun-Mon); March 12-14, 1993 The Storm of the Century (Fri-Sat); January 6-8, 1996 (weekend); February 16-17, 2003 Presidents Day Storm II (Sun-Mon); January 22-23, 2005 Blizzard of 2005 (Sat-Sun); and February 11-12, 2006 Blizzard of 2006 (Sat-Sun).

Finding Calendar Months From the Past


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Other Factors: Weekend Rule (Dave Tolleris)

  • The March 12-13 historical 1888 blizzard was a Sunday to Monday event, the Feb 12-14 1899 severe East Coast snowstorm that was part of an arctic outbreak of historic proportions occurred on a Friday to Sunday. The Ash Wednesday severe Nor’easter of March 5-7 occurred on a Monday to Wednesday and it was a rain event for most of East Coast I-95 cities.

  • Interestingly this oddity does not apply for mid-Atlantic snowstorms. For example the January 24-25 2000 severe Nor’easter which dumped some 21" snow in Charlotte and greater than 6"  of snow in much of South Carolina, 15"- 18"  in central Virginia and 12" of snow in DC...only dropped 6" in Philly, New York City, and Boston, and it was a Monday Tuesday event.

  • Of course there is a reason WHY this "oddity" exists. If we include the periods of Friday to Saturday, Saturday to Sunday, and Sunday to Monday.. that is 3 days out of 7. Even so it does seem a little unlikely thing.


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