NOAA Ranks Blizzard 2016 4th Worst Snowstorm On Record

NOAA Ranks Blizzard 2016 4th Worst Snowstorm On Record

NESISBliz2016NEISTop10The Blizzard of 2016 was the all time top snowfall in Baltimore and second highest in New York City, but for the Northeast as a whole, it wasn’t the worst. That according the this report from NOAA that has come out with a quick assessment of the event. The  Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale or NESIS has been developed by Paul Kocin and Dr. Louis Uccellini to analyze the societal impact of snowfalls over 10″ in our region. With nearly 60 storms in the past 60 years ranked, this storm came in at Number 4. The storms that ranked higher than this one:

  1. Superstorm ’93: March 12 to 14
  2. Blizzard of ’96: January 6 to 8
  3. 1960: March 2 to


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The Blizzard 2016 was ranked a Category 4 on the scale. This is a complicated process to describe, but in short it was listed as “crippling” instead of Extreme.


Here is the official report from NOAA:

The January 22-24 blizzard, which dumped heavy snow from the Mid-Atlantic to southern New England has been rated as a Category 4 or “Crippling” winter storm on NOAA’s Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, also known as NESIS. It is also among the most powerful winter storms, ranked 4th, to impact the Northeast U.S. since 1950.

NESISRankNESIS characterizes and ranks Northeast snowstorms based on areas affected within and outside of the region, using data calculated by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. NESIS is based on the following factors: how much snow falls (at least 10 inches); the size of the area impacted; and the population of the impacted area. NESIS ranks these storms on a five-tier scale ranging from Category 1 “Notable” to Category 5 “Extreme.”

“While there were significant impacts, this storm was well forecast. We saw the system coming a week in advance. Improvements and investments in the capabilities of our supercomputers, our models, our science, and the skills of our forecasters in recent years helped us to provide critical information to emergency managers and decision makers,” said Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., director, NOAA’s National Weather Service and co-developer of NESIS with Paul Kocin, meteorologist, NOAA’s National Weather Service.

Kocin added, “This storm ranks up there with the great blizzards of the past 100 years in terms of amount of snowfall, size of impacted areas and population affected.”  

Note: Baltimore has been in a pattern of Major Snowstorms every 2 to 4 years for the past few decades:


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