header images Baruch College Weissman Zicklin School of Business NYCdata
2 - Brooklyn Bridge (c) Jeff Greenberg-NYC & Company, Inc.jpg
 

10.I

Blizzards Defined

 
     
 

According to the National Weather Service a blizzard is defined as a storm that produces “reduced visibility of one-quarter mile or less for over three hours” and wind gusts of 35 mph or more. In addition blizzards are usually accompanied by temperatures of 20 F (-7 C) and falling or blowing wind. What differentiates a blizzard from a snowstorm is the strength of the wind gusts, not the amount of snow accumulation. However in an urban, crowded area such as New York, a heavy accumulation can create havoc and chaos, even without high winds. In this section, we highlight the worst such experiences in New York City.

 
     
     
 
(Back to Blizzards)
 
Baruch College Weissman Zicklin School of Business NYCdata