Historic Pelham

Presenting the rich history of Pelham, NY in Westchester County: current historical research, descriptions of how to research Pelham history online and genealogy discussions of Pelham families.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Historic Snowfall in Pelham, NY: The Great Nor'easter of '06

Occasionally we experience "history in the making."  Every so often the Town of Pelham experiences major snowstorms that local residents remember for many years. The Blizzard of 1888 and the great snowstorm of 1947 are two such examples. The most recent such example, of course, is the Great Nor'easter of '06 that began late last Saturday, February 11 and ended yesterday, Sunday, February 12.

Christ Church, Pelhamdale Avenue.

The storm overwhelmed New York City with more than two feet of powdery snow. At 4:00 p.m. yesterday, as the storm ended in the area, the U.S. National Weather Service reported 26.9 inches of snow on the ground in Central Park. This was the heaviest snowstorm ever experienced in New York City since weather officials began keeping reliable records. The previous record was 26.4 inches set during the great snowstorm of 1947.

Pelham Train Station, Pelhamwood Avenue.

Westchester County, including Pelham, saw slightly lower levels of snow. The Journal News reported that various areas throughout Westchester County experienced between 15 and 20 inches of snow. Informal measurements at various locations in Pelham suggested a snowfall amount of about 18.5 inches.

Though traffic was nearly non-existent throughout Pelham yesterday, the streets were remarkably clear of snow by the afternoon. I was able to take more than forty photographs of the area for the historic record. Three of those photographs are published in today's Historic Pelham Blog.

Four Corners, Pelhamdale Avenue at Boston Post Road.


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