- Winter storms of 2006–07
Winter storms of 2006–2007 profiles the major winter storms, including blizzards, ice storms, and other winter events that occurred from
July 1, 2006to June 30, 2007.
While not a major event, the first widespread winter weather event took place in the higher elevations of the
Northwestern United Statesand as far south as Utah, [ [http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/193433/ Daily Herald - September brings snow to Utah County ] ] and especially across the higher elevations of western Canada. The snow did not affect any of the major cities in the area, but did affect travel. The snow also had a positive impact in that it significantly reduced the number of wildfires in the area. [ [http://www.ktvb.com/news/localnews/stories/ktvbn-sep1806-wildfires.21c61642.html KTVB.COM | Boise, Idaho News, Weather, Sports, Video, Traffic & Events | IDAHO NEWS ] ]
Such heavy snowfall is not unusual in September, especially in the northern
Another storm moved into the Rocky Mountain region, dropping 1-2 feet of snow throughout the mountains of
Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. The Black Hillsnear Deadwood, South Dakotaalso saw up to a foot of snow. Gothic, Coloradoand Alta, Utahboth reported 11 inches. [http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/nass/WWNatSumm//2000s/2006/WWNatSumm-09-26-2006.pdf]
Weather radarimagery of the lake-effect precipation, seen trailing from the Great Lakes.]
A low pressure system moving through the
Great Lakesregion, accompanied by a record-breaking cold snap, combined to produce significant early-season snowfall across the region. Several areas on the Lower Peninsulaof Michiganrecorded their earliest-ever measurable snowfall, including 0.2" at Detroit on October 12th, beating the old record from October 13, 1909, [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=dtx&storyid=3980&source=0 Snow Squalls Blast Southeast Lower Michigan and Sets Records ] ] and 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) of snow fell over western portions of the Upper Peninsula. A foot of snow also fell across portions of southwestern Ontario in the Niagara region with significant amounts also recorded in northwestern Ontario north and west of Thunder Bay. [ [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20061013/snow_buffalo_061013/20061013?hub=TopStories CTV.ca | Freak snowstorm blamed for 3 deaths in Buffalo ] ]
Record-breaking snowfall of 1-2 feet also occurred in the highly localized
lake effect snowband areas around Buffalo, New York, with Buffalo setting two consecutive daily October snowfall records, recording a total of 22.6 inches (57.4 cm). [ [http://www.erh.noaa.gov/displayprod.php?product=BUFPNSBUF&versions=10 National Weather Service Forecast Office - Buffalo, NY - Public Information Statement - Version: 0 ] ] The resulting heavy, wet snow downed tree limbs and power lines, leaving 350,000 people without electricityin western New York. It also closed a large section of Interstate 90from Rochester to Dunkirk and killed three people. [http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/13/ny.snow.ap/index.html] Governor George Patakideclared a state of emergencyin the hard-hit counties. The bands were very localized; very little snow fell in most other areas.
The first Plains blizzard of the season occurred over the
Front Rangeof Colorado. Severe weather terminology (United States)#Winter stormss were issued, with 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) of snow combining with winds as strong as 60 mph (95 km/h) in some areas. Snow accumulations in the mountains reached up to 2 feet (60 cm). Dozens of
school districts were closed and highways were blocked throughout the region. Most flights out of Denver International Airportwere either canceled or significantly delayed. [http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/26/colo.blizzard.ap/index.html]
Significant amounts of snow were also reported across northeastern
Ontarioand western and central Quebecfrom October 26 to October 30. Accumulations exceeded locally 20 centimetres (8 inches).
Puget Soundarea received a Pineapple Expressthat dumped several inches of rain over the area in a period of four days caused massive flooding, two deaths, and extensive damage to Mount Rainier National Park. The rain contributed significantly towards making November 2006 the wettest on record for Seattle.
The first major winter storm of the season in the
Upper Midwestdumped heavy snow across parts of Minnesota, Wisconsinand the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The highest amounts were in western Wisconsin, east of the Twin Cities, where up to 16 inches (41 cm) of snow fell. Schools and roads were closed as a result. [ [http://www.usatoday.com/weather/storms/2006-11-10-midwest-snow_x.htm 16 inches of snow hits western Wisconsin - USATODAY.com ] ] Portions of Northeastern Ontario, including Greater Sudbury, also received over 15 centimetres on the night of the 10th into the 11th, with moderate snow falling across central Quebeclater that day.
An unusual snow event took place in parts of
South Carolinaand Georgia in areas that typically don't receive snow, especially in November. The storm produced thunder snow for a time at Charleston, South Carolina, the only time thunder snow has been reported. Generally 1-2 inches was observed in interior areas from Jenkins County, Georgiato Colleton County, South Carolina. Not only was this a winter weather oddity, it was record setting. Charleston and Savannah, Georgiaboth observed their earliest snowfall on record. The powerful storm also brought heavy rains, severe beach erosion, and damaging winds to South Carolina and Georgia. This storm also brough snow flurries as far south as central Florida, near Orlando, the earliest that snow had ever been recorded that far south.
November 26-December 1
A widespread and severe storm complex tracked across the entire northern and central parts of
North Americain the last week of November. It produced a variety of severe weather, including heavy snow, rain, freezing rain, sleet, high winds, extreme cold, a serial derechoand several tornadoes.
The most severe impacts were in the
Midwestwhere several fatalities were reported and extensive power outages occurred.
A severe, but localized, lake effect snow event took place in parts of the
Great Lakesregion. The hardest hit community was London, Ontario, where over 50 cm (20 inches) of snow fell. The heavy snow virtually shut down the community, with many roads and highways closed and even shutting down the transit system for the first time since 1978. [ [http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2006/12/08/2687416.html London Free Press - Local News- Snow shuts down London ] ] Other areas on the windward side of the Great Lakes saw lesser snowfall amounts.
While a severe rain and wind event took place in the
Pacific Northwestcausing significant damage and power outages, the highland areas saw blizzard conditions, along with hurricane-force winds. Some areas received over 16 inches (40 cm) of snow along with winds in excess of 80 mph (130 km/h). The blizzard also stalled rescue efforts on Mount Hood. [ [http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-briefs15.1dec15,1,6298560.story Bush Wants Information Requests Streamlined - Los Angeles Times ] ]
Another major winter storm slammed into the
High Plainsand central Rocky Mountainson December 19and continued through December 21. The storm produced heavy snow across a large area covering six states centered around Denver, Colorado. Areas in the foothills received up to 27 inches (68 cm) of snow, [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/product.php?site=BOU&product=LSR&issuedby=BOU National Weather Service Text Product Display ] ] which closed many highways, including several Interstates. The area was crippled as a result, with schools and most businesses closed and the local transit system shut down. The heavy snow also closed Denver International Airportas the Christmasrush began. [http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_on_re_us/snowstorm_19]
Some areas expected up to 3 feet (90 cm) of snow. In addition, up to 7 inches (18 cm) fell as far south as
New Mexico. [ [http://kdka.com/national/topstories_story_354094130.html kdka.com - Fierce Snowstorm Closes Denver Airport ] ] The Four Cornersregion saw up to 18 inches (45 cm) of snow in the mountains, with up to 6 inches (15 cm) in the valleysFact|date=February 2007.
Bill Owensdeclared a state of emergency, which allowed state funds to be used to activate the Colorado National Guard. Four people were killed by the storm.
A rare winter storm blanketed parts of the
Middle Eastincluding southern Jordanwhich the area was paralysed due to heavy snow. Numerous roads leading to the area's main cities were shut down. The country's civil and defense teams had to rescue more than 1,400 who were trapped across various areas of the country. Air Forcehelicopters also assisted in the rescue efforts. No fatalities were reported. [ [http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-12/29/content_5544668.htm Xinhua - English ] ]
December 28-January 1
Another massive blizzard hit the
Front Rangeof Coloradoand adjacent Plains areas. Approximately 1-2 feet of snow fell along the Front Range, cancelling many flights and closing some roads, while up to 4 feet fell in the surrounding foothills and mountains. At least a foot of snow, combined in some areas with up to 3 inches of freezing rain, fell from the Texas Panhandlenorth along the High Plainsinto South Dakota. Ice fell all the way north into Ontario, and from December 31into January 1, ice fell in northern New Englandbefore the storm weakened and exited the coast. The area around Albuquerque, New Mexicosaw 1-3 feet of snow, including a record one day snowfall of 11.3 inches on December 29. One area in the mountains of New Mexico saw an incredible 58 inches (4 feet, 10 inches). [ [http://www.weathermatrix.net/archive/snowreports/200612/0804.html public.snow.primary: NWS Snow Spotter Report : ABQ@ 1/1/20 ] ] The storm overall brought 16.5 inches to Albuquerque, helping the city achieve its second-highest monthly snowfall total on record. [ [http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/525263nm12-31-06.htm Albuquerque Journal ] ] Western Kansas saw up to 32 inches of snow, and a huge sweep of the central Plains for stranded travelers was undertaken in the days after the storm.http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/01/winter.storm.ap/index.html] 12 people were killed in the storm; 10 in traffic accidents across Colorado, Texas, and Minnesota, 1 from a tornado in Texas, where severe thunderstorms occurred, and 1 from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in western Kansas.
A low pressure brought up heavy snow and
blizzardconditions across the Canadian Prairies. Snowfall locally reached between 8 inches (20 cm) to 1 foot (30 cm) in parts of Alberta, Saskatchewanand Manitoba. Particularly hard-hit was central Saskatchewan, including the city of Saskatoon. The storm was accompanied by strong gusty winds in excess of 40 mph (64 km/h). Two people were killed during the blizzard when their car was stuck near a First Nationsreserve in Saskatchewan. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2007/01/10/fatals.html 2 die in storm after vehicle gets stuck ] ] Saskatoon's Diefenbaker Airportas well as schools were closed.
Prior of hitting the Prairies, the system brought another windstorm to western
British Columbia, with gusts exceeding 60 mph (100 km/h). Additional trees at Vancouver's Stanley Parkwere uprooted. It also hindered efforts from workers who were trying to repair the inflatable roof of BC Placestadium (home to the Canadian Football League's B.C. Lions), which was damaged by winds from a previous storm a few days earlier. A secondary wave following the main storm dumped over 4 inches of snow (10 cm) in the Victoria, Vancouver, and Seattle areas with heavier snow in the mountains. Over 115,000 homes were without power during the storm in B.C. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2007/01/10/sask-storm.html Worst blizzard in years blasts Saskatchewan ] ] [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2007/01/10/weather-alberta.html Storm sweeps through central, eastern Alberta ] ] [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/01/10/bc-roof.html Vancouver stadium roof repair dependent on better weather ] ] [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/01/10/bc-storm.html B.C. struggling in wake of latest winter storm ] ]
The storm would later drop some locally heavy amount of snows in parts of northern
Ontarioand central Quebecwith 8 inches (20 cm) reported in Saguenay. [http://www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/warnings/SWS_bulletins_e.html?prov=qc Quebec - Special Weather Statements - Environment Canada ] ]
A cold front sharply drop temperatures from west to east with some areas getting their coldest days of the season across the Canadian and U.S plains. The cold air later reached the eastern half of the continent at the end of the week.
Following a prolonged period of mild weather, a series of winter storms produced several waves of damaging freezing rain across the Midwest of the United States and central
Canadafrom the 12th to the 16th causing the deaths of 85 people as of January 20. Several thousands of customers from Texasto New Englandlost power, some for several days. Some areas received as much as 4 inches of ice (100 mm). [ [http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/enhanced.php?
] ] [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=jan2007ice January 2007 Ice Storm ] ] [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=sgf&storyid=5295&source=0 Historic Ice Storm Comes To An End ] ]
Oklahomaand Missouriwere declared disaster areas as they were the most hard hit states from the storms. Areas from Utahto New Brunswickreceived heavy amounts of snow from the 13th to the 16th. The storm was followed by an intense period of cold across most of the continent from Californiato Newfoundland and Labrador. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/14/oklahoma.crash.ap/index.html] [ [http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2007/01/14/ice-storm.html Ice storms blamed for 19 deaths in U.S ] ] http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/16/winter.blast.ap/index.html]
Additional waves of precipitation have affected the south half of the United States from the 16th to 18th from Texas to
North Carolina, while another winter storm, called a weather bombaffected portions of New Brunswick, Quebecand Maineon the 19th and 20th with near blizzard conditions. Portions of eastern Quebec received as much as 32 inches of snow (80 cm) in just over 12 hours [ [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070119/maritimes_storm_070119/20070119?hub=Canada CTV.ca | High winds, heavy snow battering Maritime region ] ] [ [http://lcn.canoe.com/lcn/infos/regional/archives/2007/01/20070120-080859.html 80 cm de neige sont tombés en Gaspésie - LCN - Régional ] ]
Another winter storm affected the central and southern Plains from the 19th to the 21st bringing snow and ice for most of the area with accumulations that topped off at about 4 to 10 inches of snow (10-25 cm). It also brought a light wintry mix across the
Ohio Valleyand the mid-Atlantic states on the 21st with little accumulation. Newfoundland and Labradorwas the last region affected by the series of storms on the 23rd and 24th. [ [http://wwwa.accuweather.com/news-top-headline.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0 AccuWeather.com - Weather Blogs - Weather News ] ]
Per was the name of a powerful
stormwith hurricane winds which hit the west coast of Swedenand Norwayon the morning of 14 January, 2007. In Sweden six people died from the storm and approx. 300,000 households were left without electricity.
European windstormgave heavy amounts of snow across portions of Scotland. Most areas of western Europe from Great Britainto the Czech Republichave experienced damaging winds. Wind gusts have reached 90 mph (150 km/h) in the plain and up to 140 mph (225 km/h) in the mountain area. Boat, rail and air traffic have been heavily affected, while several hundreds of flights from London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Pragueand Parishave been delayed or canceled. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Riceshortened her European trip due to the strong winds. Millions of residents were without power including 1 million in the Czech Republic. As of 9:00 PM GMTon January 21, Kyrill had caused 47 fatalities. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/01/19/europe.storm.ap/index.html]
A snowstorm affected a large area of western and central Europe, including France,
Great Britain, Austriaand Germany bringing locally heavy snow accumulations and ice which disrupted air and train travel in Berlin, Stuttgartand London. Some areas in the Alpsregion received as much as 1 meter of snow (40 inches). Three people were killed in Germanydue to accidents caused by the storm. Over 5,000 motorists were stranded in a highway in eastern Francedue to the heavy snow amounts. Scattered power outages were reported with central France being affected the most with nearly 85,000 homes without power. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/01/24/europe.weather.reut/index.html]
A winter storm crossed through the southern United States, with a mix of winter weather. Several inches of snow fell across parts of
Arkansas, Georgia, the Carolinasand Tennesseewith scattered sleet and freezing rain farther south. Anywhere from 1-4 inches of snow fell across Tennessee and Arkansas, with lighter amounts in the Carolinas. [ [http://www.wcnc.com/news/topstories/stories/wcnc-013007-jmn-icy_mix_coming_Wed_am.3380880c.html Local News | News for Charlotte, North Carolina | WCNC.com | Top Stories ] ] [ [http://www.srh.noaa.gov/productview.php?pil=OHXPNSOHX National Weather Service Watch Warning Advisory Summary ] ]
lake effect snowevent, titled Lake Storm "Locust", occurred across the Great Lakesregions for several days. Areas most affected by the localized heavy burst of snows were just east of Georgian Bayarea near Parry Sound, east of Lake Huronnear Wiarton, in western Michigan, and in north central New York.
Areas near Oswego and northeast of Syracuse received as much as 141 inches (358 cm) of snow during that period. [ [http://www.erh.noaa.gov/buf/locust/ NWS Press Conference ] ] There were unofficial reports that two towns on the
Tug Hill Plateausoutheast of Lake Ontarioreceived over 10 feet (305 cm) of snow — Redfield, with 141 inches (358 cm) and Parish, with 121 inches (307 cm). Local accumulations elsewhere on the plateau were well over 1 meter (3.3 ft). A state of emergencywas declared in Oswego County due to the intense snow. Portions of central Ontario received 1-3 feet (30-90 cm) of snow over the period while heavy accumulations were also reported in western Michiganjust off the shores of Lake Michigan.
On February 1, a snow squall just east of
Oshawa, Ontarioon the north shore of Lake Ontario caused a 15-vehicle pileup including a tractor trailer which burst into flames. Two people were killed in the event. There were no reported deaths related to the event in New York State. However, 20 were killed in other states due to cold weather. [http://www.cbc.ca/cp/national/070201/n0201147A.html] [ [http://wwwa.accuweather.com/regional-news-story.asp?region=eastusnews AccuWeather.com - Weather Blogs - Weather News ] ] [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/07/cold.weather.ap/index.html] [ http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/10/cold.weather.ap/index.html ] The event was very localized; areas outside the narrow bands received little or no snow.
A winter storm blanketed parts of the
United Kingdomincluding the City of Londondisrupting travel all across the city including numerous flights cancelled from all airports and several motorists were stranding on area roads. Service on the Underground subway system was also affected with several stations been closed. Many schools were also closed for one or two days. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2007/02/07/snow_feature_feb07.shtml BBC - London - In Pictures - Snow in London ] ] The heavy snowfall started life as a low-pressure system sitting out in the Atlantic Ocean, at the time the UK was under the influence of a cold northerly wind. The low pressure system tracked towards the UK on the evening of February 7 and turned readily to snow as it hit the cold air. The snow turned back to rain across southern and western regions, but much of Wales, the Midlands and the south-east had significant snowfalls on the 8th. The West Midlands in particular was badly hit, with up to 6 inches (15 cm) reported over high ground - the most snow to fall in this region for 15 years. In Wales, Sennybridge in Powys, reported 15 inches (38 cm) on level snow with drifts of up to 3 feet (90 cm) in places. On the 9th, the low pressure over Francetracked further north than forecast, bringing more heavy snow for the Midlandsand Wales. This caused additional travel disruption as the roads were not gritted and heavy gridlock formed on many of the roads. The snow began to thaw over the weekend and in turn caused some localised flooding.
A major winter storm affected a large area of eastern North America from Nebraska to the Canadian Maritimes. Numerous areas received snow accumulations of over 6 inches (15 cm) with isolated reports as much as 1 meter (3.3 ft) in the
Adirondacksand the Vermontmountains. [ http://www.wnyt.com/x12048.xml?ag=x156&sb=x183] Burlington, Vermontset a 24-hour snowfall record, with 25.3 inches. [http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/WWNatSumm/WWNatSumm-02-21-2007.pdf] Twelve to sixteen inches (30 to 41 cm) of snowfall and blizzard conditions in central Illinois [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ilx/?n=13feb07 National Weather Service, Lincoln IL - Blizzard of Feb. 12-13, 2007 ] ] cancelled classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignfor two days, the first time classes had been cancelled since 1979. [http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/13/cold.weather.ap/index.html?eref=rss_latest]
Large cities including Cleveland, Hamilton, Syracuse, Rochester, Burlington,
Quebec Cityand Sherbrooke received amounts well in excess of 1 foot of snow (30 cm). The city of Hamilton received local snowsqualls bombarding in from Lake Ontariowith a north-east wind which dumped over 2 feet of snow (75 cm) in some parts of the city. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2007/02/13/storm-ontario.html Snowstorm rumbling through Ontario, moving east ] ]
Mixed precipitation fell across the southern
Ohio Valleyand the Interstate 95corridor from Virginiato Boston, including New York City, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.
The storm has been blamed for 35 deaths across 13 states and three Canadian provinces.
A blizzard event took place across eastern Canada on the island of Newfoundland, dumping over 16 inches (40 cm) of snow in St. John's, the capital of
Newfoundland and Labrador, shutting down most of the city, and closing all area schools. Heavy amounts were reported in the western Avalon Peninsulaof the province. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/02/21/storm-aftermath.html St. John's roads clogged, traffic crawls in blizzard aftermath ] ] The storm previously affected portions of Nova Scotiaand dumped locally heavy amounts of snow due to sea effects coming from the Atlantic Oceanand the Bay of Fundy. A new storm on the 23rd and 24th dumped an additional 6 inches (15 cm)in the capital with freezing rain, while heavier amount fell just to the west. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/02/24/storm-nerves.html Nerves frayed as storm drops more snow in St. John's ] ]
February 24, 2007storm system at its peak (3 MB)] A storm moved onto the northern Californiacoast early on the 21st, leading to 1-3 feet (30-90 cm) of snow across the southern Cascades, Siskiyous, Sierra Nevada, and the mountains of southern California. It also gave moderate snowfall accumulations across the Canadian Prairies between 4 and 8 inches (10-20 cm) across Manitoba. [ [http://www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/warnings/SWS_bulletins_e.html?prov=mb Manitoba - Special Weather Statements - Environment Canada ] ] The storm then moved east, bringing up to 2 feet (60 cm) to the mountains of Utahand Colorado. Late on the 23rd, it moved onto the central High Plainsand organized into a major storm that spread snow from eastern Coloradonortheast into the Upper Midwestand Great Lakesregion, and ice from Iowa to northern Indiana. The system then split into two with the northern branch dissipating due to a blocking ridge of high pressure which prevented the blizzard from moving north into Canada. The storm continued into the Mid-Atlantic on the 25th, dropping snow as far south as the Washington D.C.area.
Snowfall amounts from 12 - 24 inches (30-60 cm) [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mpx&storyid=6208&source=0] [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mqt&storyid=6258&source=0 Storm Total Snow Reports across Upper Michigan as of Monday Evening ] ] were common in
Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois, while lighter amounts were reported in Michiganand Ontario. Winona, Minnesotarecorded the highest official snowfall total in this region, with 29.5 inches (75 cm) as well as La Crosse, Wisconsinwith 21 inches (53 cm). [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=arx&storyid=6232&source=0 Largest snow storm ever recorded in La Crosse, WI ] ] [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/arx/?n=feb2407 http://www.crh.noaa.gov/arx/?n=feb2407] ] Up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) of ice accumulation was reported from Iowaeastward into northern Indiana. Sustained winds of 30 - 40 mph (48-64 km/h) resulted in severe blowing and drifting in some of these locations. 10 people were killed in traffic accidents during the storm including 8 in Wisconsin, one in Ontario and one in Kansas. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/26/winter.storm.ap/index.html] A forty car pileup resulted in the closing of Interstate 70 between Denver and Goodland, Kansas. This storm caused massive delays and cancellations at Chicago O'Hare and Midway Airport. At one point, 250,000 customers in Iowa were without power. The storm then moved into the Mid-Atlantic States, where up to 8 inches accumulated. Blizzard or winter storm warnings were in effect at one point in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The storm also brought severe thunderstorms and tornadoes from
Kansasto Alabama, hitting Arkansasespecially hard, where Dumas was heavily damaged by a tornado. [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mkx&storyid=6085&source=0 http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mkx&storyid=6085&source=0] ] [ [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/25/winter.storm.ap/index.html http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/25/winter.storm.ap/index.html] ] [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=dmx&storyid=6060&source=0 http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=dmx&storyid=6060&source=0] ]
A snowstorm moved across
Scandinaviain northern Europe dumping heavy amounts of snow. The storm was blamed for one fatality in Denmark,while hundreds of flights from Copenhagenand Swedenwere cancelled. Numerous motorists were stranded due to drifts thatreached locally 3-meters high. A sports hall in Thisted, Denmarkalso collapsed but the building was vacant. [ [http://www.usatoday.com/weather/storms/2007-02-22-scandinavia-snow_x.htm Snowstorm continues to disrupt travel in Denmark - USATODAY.com ] ]
February 27-March 2
Another major storm moved into the
Pacific Northwestcoast on the 27th, adding to the several feet of snow already recorded in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada in the previous few days. It is impacted the Upper Midwest, the northern Plains, the Great Lakes and Quebec regions with heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain and high winds by March 1 and 2, in addition of bringing more severe thunderstorms to the South. Already, numerous tornadoes were reported in Alabama, Georgia, Missouriand Kansasincluding six killers. A deadly tornado struck Enterprise High School, killing 8 students onMarch 1. On March 2, over 2 inches of rain fell in New York City and snow, sleet and freezing rain fell in the interior Northeast. Omaha, Nebraskawas under a blizzard warning for the first time in 9 years, with much of the city receiving a foot (30.5 cm) or more of snow, and thunder snow as reported at the beginning of the storm. Wind speeds in Omaha were clocked as high as 58 miles per hour, creating snow drifts in outlying areas up to 8 feet (2.43 m). The entire state of Iowa was placed under a State of Emergencyby Governor Chet Culverwhile large stretches of Interstate 80were shut down. The National Guard came into the area to bring generators to restore power until utility lines were repaired.
Several areas in Manitoba as well as the Northern Plains received over 8 inches (20 cm) of snow with portions of Wisconsin receiving 16 inches (40 cm), 17 inches (42 cm) for parts of Iowa, 12-25 inches (30-63 cm) in parts of Minnesota with the highest accumulations falling in the northwest suburbs of the twin cities metropolitan region, (Anoka, Champlin, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Rogers). [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mpx&storyid=6411&source=0] , [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=dlh&storyid=4834&source=0 Areas of Snow Expected to Continue This Morning] and up to 21 inches (53 cm) across the
Dakotas. [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=fgf&storyid=6407&source=0 Two Day Snow Fall Total From Our Recent Storm ] ] Portions of Ontario and Quebec from Sault Ste. Marie to Montreal(including Sudbury, North Bay and Ottawa) received between 6 and 10 inches of snow (15-25 cm) on March 2. 80,000 customers lost power in the province with localized heavy amount across the Appalachians. Although Torontodid not receive large amounts of snow around 10cm (4 in.), hours of freezing rain that followed created a hazardous situation the next day when the temperature rose in the city core and under the CN Towercausing massive chunks of ice sheets to cascade off the buildings hundreds of metres below, breaking some vehicle windows in a hotel parking lot. It forced City police to close the Gardiner Expresswayon March 5. [ [http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_8456.aspx CityNews: Gardiner Could Be Open For Morning Rush ] ] [ [http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=2340718 Omaha.com Metro/Region Section ] ] [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/03/01/storm-roads.html Treacherous roads blamed for accidents ] ] [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=oax&storyid=6356&source=0] [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/03/02/storm-wrap.html Storm blankets Quebec, aims for Maritimes ] ]
The storm with the tornadoes and snow was blamed for 39 deaths including 10 in
Alabama, 1 in Missouri, 9 in Georgia, two in Manitoba, two in Ontario, one in Minnesota, three in Michigan, one in Nebraska, four in North Dakota, one in Massachusettsand four in Wisconsin. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/03/02/midwest.snow.ap/index.html] [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/03/02/weather-roads.html Storm creates deadly highway conditions in Manitoba ] ] [ [http://www.usatoday.com/weather/stormcenter/2007-03-03-midwest-storm_x.htm?csp=34 Snowstorms sock upper Midwest - USATODAY.com ] ]
Portions of northern
Chinaand Mongoliawere hit by the worst winter storm in over 50 years. The provinces of Liaoningand Shenyanghad adopted emergency measures in able to cope with the storm which shut down numerous highways and canceled numerous flights while disrupting train service. Strong winds created impressive snow drifts of up to 2 meters deep.
Rescue ships had to assist a large group of fisherman on the
Yellow Seafollowing a storm tide. Two people were killed in Tianjinwhen a storm surge collapsed several warehouses. As much as 50 cm (20 inches) fell in the province in Heilongjiang. [ [http://lcn.canoe.com/lcn/infos/lemonde/archives/2007/03/20070305-083018.html La pire chute de neige en 50 ans - LCN - Le monde ] ] [ [http://www.china.org.cn/english/environment/201668.htm Sudden Storm Startles North China - china.org.cn ] ]
Jordan's second winter storm of the season shut down most roads, schools and businesses across much of the country due to accumulations exceeding 4 inches (10 cm) including the capital of Amman.
Much of the Middle East usually have little or no snow during the winters due to much warmer conditions caused by the moderate sea effects from the
Mediterranean Sea. However 3 feet (90 cm)of snow fell in a storm 2004, which was the worst since 1950. [ [http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2007-03-15-jordan-snow_N.htm?csp=34 Rare snowstorm closes roads, schools, businesses in Jordan - USATODAY.com ] ]
A late season winter storm affected portions of the northeastern U.S. and eastern
Canadafrom northern Pennsylvaniato northeastern Quebec, dropping heavy snow. The I-95 corridor from Marylandto Maineas well as the Canadian Maritimesand eastern Quebec saw see a mix of snow, sleet, and rain. Amounts generally ranges from 4 to 20 inches (10-50 cm) from the Niagararegion to New Brunswick, including the cities of Ottawa(5 inches - 13 cm), Montreal(5.5 inches - 14 cm), Sherbrooke(12 inches - 30 cm), and Quebec City(6-10 inches - 15-25 cm) with the town of St-Antonin, Quebec receiving 81 cm (32 inches).
New Englandreceived anywhere from 16.9 inches (42 cm) at Worcester Regional Airportto 8.1 (20 cm) inches in Boston. Up to 20 inches (50 cm) in the western portion of Massachusetts and 2 feet (60 cm) in the Catskills(24 inches at Windham, New York). [http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/aly/Past/2007/Mar_16-17_2007/PNS.txt]
The snow caused the cancellation of campaign appearances in
New Hampshireof three presidential hopefuls including Barack Obama, and Chris Dodd. However, John Mccain hired a snowplow driver to ensure that he could make it throghout NH to talk to the voters. The storm also disrupted some festivities planned for St. Patrick's Dayincluding parades being postponed in Hartford and New York City
Numerous flights from
New York City, Montreal, Bostonand Hartfordwere canceled including over 1,400 from the New York region only. Like during the Valentine's Day snowstorm, several hundreds of passengers were stranded for several hours inside planes at John F. Kennedy International Airportbefore being informed that their flights were canceled. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/03/17/stranded.flights.ap/index.html]
Hundreds of traffic accidents occurred across the northeast and Canada including one involving a vehicle from
George W.Bush's motorcadein Washington D.C.
So far, 10 people have been killed by the storm, all in traffic accidents. This includes six in
New Jersey, three in Pennsylvaniaand one in Maryland. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/03/17/winter.storm.ap/index.html]
A storm moved onto the coast on March 26, dropping up to 2 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada. The storm moved across the
Intermountain Weston the 27th and developed into a major winter storm across the northern and central Rockies and northern High Plains. Many of the western valleys, from the Wasatch Frontthrough the valleys of Wyoming, onto the Plains of Wyoming and Montana, saw about 6-12 inches of snow, with 1-2 feet in the mountains from the 27th through the 29th. Up to 3 feet fell in the Wasatch Rangeand Bighorn Mountains. The storm was concentrated around south-central Montana and north-central Wyoming, where such cities as Sheridan and Billings and surrounding areas could see 1-2 feet of snow. Throughout the mountains and on the Plains (including Saskatchewan and Manitoba), this snow was accompanied by strong winds, leading to localized near-blizzard to blizzard conditions.
A late season winter storm dumped a large swath of snow from North and South Dakota, eastward through Minnesota, Wisconsin and into Upper Michigan. Up to 9 inches of snow fell near
Bismarck, North Dakota, 11 inches in Brainerd, Minnesota, and areas near Hurley, Wisconsinreceived 18 inches. Parts of Upper and northern Michigan then saw a major Lake Effect event over approximately five days. Painesdale, Michiganreceived 65 inches of snow and the National Weather Service in Marquette received 47 inches, shattering most previous April snowfall records for that city. [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mqt&storyid=7174&source=0 Final report of snow records set at NWS Marquette last week ] ] [ [http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2007/04/04/news/state/131392.txt Bismarck Tribune - North Dakota News - Storm leaves vehicles stuck ] ] [ [http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=250088 New Header ] ] [ [http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/6863747.html Wind Reminds Us That Winter Still Lingers | Today's TMJ4 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Weather, Sports, WTMJ | Local News ] ] [ [http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070405/GPG0101/704050571/1207/GPGnews Green Bay Press-Gazette - The article requested can not be found! Please refresh your browser or go back. (U0,20070405,GPG0101,704050571,AR) ] ] Lake effect also affected the Lake Erie region [http://www.erh.noaa.gov/cle/wx_events/Easter2007/Eastersnow1.png] , cancelling the series between the Cleveland Indiansand Seattle Marinersbaseball teams in Cleveland, and prompting a move of the next series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimfrom Jacobs Fieldto Miller Parkin Milwaukee.
In northern New England, the storm hit on Wednesday afternoon and left behind up to a foot and a half of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Over 180,000 homes lost power, mostly due to broken tree limbs snapping wires. The storm has caused at least one death. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/05/spring.storm.ap/index.html]
Heavy snow also fell across much of southern and central Quebec with amounts in excess of 12 inches across some areas with higher amounts over higher terrain in the
Charlevoixregion. Numerous accidents were reported across the provinces including one involving a firetruck. Two people were killed in accidents across the province. [ [http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Quebec/2007/04/05/001-meteo_neige.shtml Journée difficile sur la route ] ]
On the back side of the storm persistent heavy flurries gave additional accumulations of a few inches across most of Ontario and Quebec.
Another winter storm affected portions of
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Prince Edward Islandon EasterSunday dumping as much as 12 inches of snow locally along with strong winds which caused flight cancellations at Halifax International Airportand scattered power outages, mainly in Nova Scotia. [ [http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=34ac3e20-d310-4c5f-a33c-c8e040273dc7&k=67228 Spring storm hammers east coast with snow, wind ] ]
For the second time in a week, the Northern Plains of the United States was affected by a late-season April winter storm. Snowfall totals of 8 inches was reported in
Fairmont, Minnesotawhile 9 inches was recorded in Victory, Wisconsin. 6 people died in snowfall related traffic accidents near Green Bay, Wisconsin. [ [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/arx/scripts/getlocalprod.php?prod=MKETOTSNW NWS La Crosse, WI ] ] [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mpx&storyid=7225&source=0] 5.1 inches fell in Muskegon, Michigan, on April 11, setting a snowfall record for that date. [http://www.mlive.com/news/chronicle/index.ssf?/base/news-11/117638919551290.xml&coll=8] Heavy mixed precipitations fell across portions of the Canadian Maritimes and southern Quebec with accumulations that exceed 8 inches (20 cm) across the Eastern Townshipsand the Beauceregion. The storm did shut down some school across Nova Scotia on the 13th. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2007/04/13/snow-friday.html Snow, strong winds close N.S. schools ] ]
nor'easterstruck the eastern half of North Americabringing heavy rains, floods, storm surges and damaging wind across coastal areas. New York Cityitself received nearly 8 inches (200 mm) of rain in one day, making it one of the rainiest days ever for the city. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2007/04/16/storm-newyork-070416.html 9 die as storm ravages northeastern U.S ] ] Flooding did occur across many suburbs of the region as well as in other areas of the East Coast from Maineto Virginia. In Cape Elizabeth, Maine, an 80 mph wind gust was recorded, along with 30 foot waves that battered the coast. In New York, the National Guard assisted the emergency procedures while Maine, West Virginiaand New Jerseydeclared state of emergencies. Several tornadoes struck the Carolinaskilling at least 1 in South Carolina. Additional tornadoes struck northern Texason the 13th.
On April 16th, some people in the Mid-Atlantic States awoke to find
snowand iceon their lawns.
In addition, heavy snow fell across portions of
Colorado, Kansas, New Mexicoand Oklahomaon the 13th, bringing about 12 to 18 inches (30-50 cm) across the higher elevations. Then it dumped heavy snow across the Appalachian Mountainsand the Laurentiansof Quebec on the 15th and 16th. 17 inches (43 cm) fell over portions of Vermont, as much as 26 inches (65 cm) in Tupper Lake, New York, [http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/nfdscc2.html] as much as 40 inches (100 cm) in the Charlevoixregion of Quebec [ [http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/SWS_bulletins_e.html?prov=qc Quebec - Special Weather Statements - Environment Canada ] ] while 4 to 6.5 (10-16 cm) inches also blanketed the cities of Montrealand Ottawaand the surrounding regions in just a few hours.
Quebecas much as 160 000 Hydro-Québeccustomers lost power from the Outaouaisto the Quebec Cityregion while several schools were closed north of Montreal. An additional 17 000 households serviced by Hydro Oneand Hydro Ottawasuffered power outages in Eastern Ontario[ [http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/04/16/001-NEIGE-lundi.shtml Météo : L'hiver un 16 avril | National | Radio-Canada.ca ] ] [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/04/16/spring-storm-mon.html More than 100,000 without power as storm hits Ontario, Quebec ] ] [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2007/04/16/spring-storm.html School buses cancelled, power out as storm hits Ottawa ] ] [ [http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=46334f84-3568-4ec3-bd79-fd1832fea92b&k=65206 Heavy snow brings cancellations, frustration ] ] [ [http://www.ottawasun.com/News/OttawaAndRegion/2007/04/17/4044509-sun.html ottawasun.com - Ottawa and Region - Wicked storm springs up ] ] In the U.S over 300,000 customers lost power from Marylandto Maineincluding 55 000 in New York, 50 000 in Pennsylvania, 43 000 in Connecticut, 46 000 in New Hampshire, 17 000 in Maine, 30 000 in Maryland, 25 000 in Vermont and 12 000 in Massachusetts.
Numerous flights were delayed or canceled from New York, Boston and Philadelphia as well as the Canadian airports of Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City. In
Boston, the annual Boston Marathonwhen ahead of schedule despite howling winds and pouring rain as well as cold temperatures. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/16/storm.ap/index.html]
Three people were killed in South Carolina, five in total in Texas and
Kansasand five in Quebec. [ [http://lcn.canoe.com/lcn/infos/faitsdivers/archives/2007/04/20070416-100913.html Quatre morts dans une collision frontale - LCN - Faits divers ] ]
A strong low pressure system affected southern portions of the
Rockiesincluding the higher elevations of Colorado. Areas west of Denverreceived a much as 26 inches of snow (near Evergreen) with several other reports of 12 inches or more. while severe weather affected eastern portions of the state.
While much of the
Central Plainsreceived heavy rain and damaging tornadoes, regions in higher elevations across the Rockies, including Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nebraskaand Idaho, received snow, locally a major winter storm. Portions of central and northern Colorado received as much as 12 inches (30 cm) of snow during the overnight event. [cite web | author = NWS Denver, Colorado| title = NE Colorado Snow Event Recap May 5-7 2007 | url =http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=bou&storyid=7858&source=0|accessdate = 2007-05-07 ]
A major winter storm occurred in portions of
Argentinaand Chilecreating hazardous traveling through several areas. Hardest hit areas were in the higher elevation along the Chile and Argentina borders. One of the main roads connecting the two counties was fully shut down while numerous trucks were left stranded in the area. The combination of heavy snow and hurricane-force winds force the shutdown of schools and businesses in Bariloche a popular resort destination in the country. Accumulations of several meters of snow fell in the Cristo Redentor Tunnelmountain pass. [ [http://www.cctv.com/english/20070615/100813.shtml CCTV International ] ] [ [http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/disasters/14-06-2007/93313-snow_argentina-0 Heavy snow halts 6,000 trucks at Argentina-Chile border - Pravda.Ru ] ] [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/06/13/argentina.chile.ap/index.html]
A winter storm affected portions of the southeastern coast of
Australiaand South Island, New Zealand. Heavy snows fell in the mountain regions of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney as well as Oberon and Bathurst while it disrupted air travel in Otago, New Zealandwhile causing numerous accidents across the area due to slippery conditions. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/21062007news.shtml BBC Weather Centre - World Weather - News - 21/06/2007 - A Winter Storm in Australia ] ]
Lake Storm "Aphid"
Late November 2006 Nor'easter
United States weather of 2006
* [http://www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/warnings/warnings_e.html Current Watches and Warnings in Canada, courtesy of Environment Canada]
* [http://wintercenter.homestead.com/photoles2007a.html February 2007 Lake Effect Snowstorm]
* [http://www.erh.noaa.gov/buf/locust/ "Summary of Lake Effect Snow Event over the Tug Hill February 3-12, 2007"] -
National Weather ServiceBuffalo office
* [http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=dlh&storyid=720&source=0 List of NWS summaries of the March 1-2, 2007 winter storm event (courtesy of NWS Duluth)]
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