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The snowfall prediction contest is now closed. You can still leave a prediction but you will not be eligible for the fabulous prize.
Winter is coming, and I’m pleased to announce the return of one of the City Record and Boston News-Letter’s more popular features: the winter snow watch. This year the City Record is sponsoring a contest to predict the total amount of snow Boston will see this winter. How do you win? Simply leave your guess for the number of inches of snow Boston will receive this winter as a comment to this post. You will need to leave a valid email address if you want to win the prize, or, if you are bashful, you can just leave an anonymous guess if you don’t want to win the prize but wish to impress us all with your meteorological skills. How much snow does Boston typically get? Here are the snowiest Boston winters on record:
The Frozen Ten
1. 107.6 inches (1995-96)
2. 96.3 inches (1993-94)
3. 89.2 inches (1947-48)
4. 86.6 inches (2004-05) (this number may be slightly higher in the final total)
5. 85.1 inches (1977-78)
6. 83.9 inches (1992-93)
7. 81 inches (1944-45)
8. 79.2 inches (1915-16)
9. 73.4 inches (1919-20)
10. 73.1 inches (1903-04)
Need more information?
Go to accuweather.com via the link below and you can find weather data for the past month, including snow totals.
For longer term data go to the NOAA National Climatic Data Center
You have until the first snow to enter your prediction and my hope is that the last snow will be sometime in March, although we certainly can’t count out April. Accuweather.com will be the official snow record for the purposes of this contest. Any ties will be broken by a random drawing of a single name.
What will you win if you have the prediction closest to the actual snowfall? A copy of Christopher Lenney’s excellent book Sightseeking: Clues to the Landscape History of New England.
And remember, although the Boston Rubber Shoe Company would like you to think that winter means fun (just don't throw snowballs and be sure to shovel your sidewalks), everyone should also be ready for the type of snow you see below: