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Remember The Groundhog Day Gale Of 1976?

East Coast Snow Storm
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Today is the anniversary of one of the more extreme weather events to hit the Eastern United States, the Groundhog Day Gale of 1976.

Lots of winter weather we receive comes down to us from Canada, these storms are often called Alberta Clippers.  The storm that spawned the ’76 storm was no ordinary clipper but rather a Saskatchewan Screamer.  Sounds much more ominous doesn’t it?

The storm brought record low barometric pressures, hurricane force winds and, in one city in Upstate New York, a mammoth amount of snow.

Winds hit 115 miles per hour in Southwest Harbor, Maine, while on the backside of the storm, winds where whipping up the waters of Lake Ontario.  Oswego received, ready for this, 56 inches of snow over 2 days!

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