DISCUSSION: As we turn the clocks back a whopping 300 years or so, we arrive at the period of concern which extended from February 27th to March 7th of 1717. It was during this period of time that a series of intense snowstorms pushed through coastal as well as semi-interior sections of New England. As a result of these successive snowstorms, there were many reports from that time of at least 5 feet of snowfall deposited across many parts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Based on the limited information at hand, there is a good likelihood that these successive snowstorms were induced by persistent meridional flow regimes which allowed for several consecutive rounds of cold air masses matching up with coastal low pressure systems moving up the East Coast. Nonetheless, at that point in time, this was a incredibly high-impact winter weather event based on the limited ability to communicate forecast information as well as being able to effectively recover from the consecutive winter blasts during that 1.5 week time-frame. To learn more about this particular period of historic winter weather, feel free to click here!
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