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Top 5 Weather Events of 2011 across the North Country
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From devastating flooding to record breaking snows, 2011 was a year of particularly active and tragic weather across Vermont and northern New York. At Burlington International Airport, it was the wettest year on record with 50.92" of precipitation. Burlington also had its 3rd snowiest winter on record with 128.4". In addition, Burlington experienced 11 out of 12 months of above normal average monthly temperatures with the months of November and December as much as 5 degrees above normal. The greatest snowstorm occurred on March 6-7th when 25.8" fell at Burlington, which was 3rd greatest snowstorm in history. The greatest 24-hour single day rainfall was 3.38" associated with Tropical Storm Irene on 28 August 2011. The combination of above normal snow pack and record breaking rainfall caused several historical flooding events across our region. They include the heavy convective rainfall and flooding event on April 26th-27th, followed by a record Lake Champlain stage of 103.27 feet on 6 May 2011 breaking the previous record by over a foot. Another heavy convective rainfall episode on May 26th- 27th brought more flooding, followed by the historic and devastating flooding from Tropical Storm Irene on August 28th.

An informal poll of the staff at the National Weather Service in Burlington was conducted to determine the Top 5 weather events of 2011. Subjective factors going into the ranking included both the meteorological significance of the event as well as its overall public impact. A retrospective look back at each of the Top 5 events follows.


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