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    New Jersey State Snowfall Record Worth a Closer Look?

    By By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
    December 30, 2010, 10:20:43 AM EST

    AccuWeather.com has been receiving reports, pictures and videos of the snowfall from the recent blizzard that hit over Christmas weekend of 2010.

    Of special interest is evidence of what may be a record two-day snowfall in New Jersey. Multiple unofficial reports ranging up to 3 feet of snow have been received in the Brick, Bradley Beach and Belmar, N.J., areas from the storm. Essentially this is north-central, coastal New Jersey.


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    Lucio checks out the snow in Brick, N.J., Dec. 27, 2010.

    While the extensive drifting of the snow caused by high winds during and after the storm has greatly varied the snow cover and made measuring the snow quite difficult, it is possible a state snowfall record was broken.

    Granted when you stick a measuring tape in the snow, you probably will not get an accurate result. However, time-lapse photography of non-drifting snow accumulating on a table top may not be wrong either.

    According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the greatest two-day snowfall on record for New Jersey was 34 inches spanning Dec. 26-27, 1947, at Oak Ridge Reservoir.

    The greatest single-day snowfall record for New Jersey occurred on Feb. 14, 1899 in Elizabeth and was 33 inches, according to NCDC.

    In many cases, records date back to 1893.

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