It has taken a few month to crunch the data, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has concluded that January’s blizzard was the worst to have ever hit New York City. AMNY reports:
“Snow measurements are extremely difficult to take because precipitation is inherently variable, a problem compounded by strong winds and compaction during a long duration event,” National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini said in a statement.
“Still, it’s important that we scrutinize questionable measurements and reject those that scientists deem invalid to ensure the public’s continued confidence in the U.S. climate record.”
The total was originally recorded at only 26.8 inches, but increased after a communication error between the Central Park Conservancy and the weather forecast office in Upton, NY, was found to have affected the recording.