Major New Jersey Snow Storms

Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr October 31, 2014 16:14

Major New Jersey Snow Storms

Lets travel back in time and check out some major snow storms that have affected New Jersey in the past. But first, lets talk about the unique geological and climatological features that have contributed to these major New Jersey snow storms. New Jersey is positioned so that when mid-latitude cyclones in the northern hemisphere (low pressure systems) take a certain track in the colder months, they result in major New Jersey snow storms. That certain track generally spans from the Outer Banks in North Carolina to the area known as the benchmark just south of E. Long Island (40N/-70W).

When a low pressure center passes through that general area, it usually means warmer moisture has been tapped from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Dependent on polar/Arctic frontal interaction, cold air mass is pulled into the synoptic storm system—creating a natural snow making machine in the N/NW quadrant of outer circulation. The precipitation shield on radar forms a visual “comma head” and New Jersey shuts down for a few days. This perfect setup rarely happens (a few times per decade) but when it does it becomes a historical memory. Lets look at some of these major New Jersey snow storms over the last 55 years…

February 2-5, 1961

February 4 1961 new jersey snow storm

February 5-8, 1967

1967 02 06

February 8-10, 1969

1969 02 11

February 5-7, 1978

1978 02 06

February 10-12, 1983

1983 02 11

January 21-23, 1987

1987 01 22

January 25-27, 1987

January 25, 1987 new jersey snow storm

March 12-14, 1993 (the superstorm)

1993 March blizzard new jersey

January 6-8, 1996 (my personal favorite)

January 7 1996 new jersey snow storm

February 15-18, 2003 (Presidents’ Day Weekend)

February 16 2003 new jersey snow storm

February 12-13, 2006

February 12 2006 new jersey snow storm

December 18-21, 2009 (storm 1 of most epic winter)

December 19 2009 new jersey snow storm

February 4-7, 2010 (storm 2 of most epic winter)

February 6 2010 new jersey snow storm

February 9-11, 2010 (storm 3 of most epic winter)

February 10 2010 new jersey snow storm

February 23-28, 2010 (storm 4 of most epic winter)

February 25 2010 new jersey snow storm

December 24-28, 2010 (The Boxing Day Blizzard)

December 26, 2010 new jersey snow storm

January 26-27, 2011

January 26 2011 new jersey snow storm

October 29-30, 2011 (The Halloween Storm)

October 29-30, 2011 new jersey snow storm

February 7-10, 2013 (Nemo)

February 7-10, 2013 new jersey snow storm

February 11-14, 2014 (the baby maker Kaboom)

February 14, 2014 new jersey snow storm

January 25-28, 2015 (The Bust. Why not. lol)

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January 22-24, 2016 (the “dude, where’s my car?” storm)

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So where where you when these major New Jersey snow storms happened (or didn’t lol)? What were you doing and how did they affect you? Please, if you wish, share your experiences and feel free to use this article whenever/however you need for future reference.  Also if you’ve lived through a major New Jersey snow storm not mentioned, please let us know and I’ll add it. Think we’ll be adding one to the list this season? Be safe! JC

All images are publicly available from NOAA.

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Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr October 31, 2014 16:14

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