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June 2022

Vol. 50, No. 3

Bird Sightings: January-February 2022

Nail Hayward and Robert H. Stymeist

Weather

On New Year’s Day 2022, the temperature reached 54 degrees in Boston, the highest reading for the entire month. The average temperature was 32 degrees, about 2.5 degrees colder than normal for January. The winter’s first snowstorm buried parts of the state on Friday January 7. Boston recorded 11.7 inches of snow at Logan Airport and 15.2 inches were measured at the Blue Hills Observatory in Milton. Communities southwest of Boston were the hardest hit, with snow totals between 12 and 14 inches. A powerful nor’easter came roaring into New England during the closing days of January. The Blizzard of 2022—the first in four years—dumped 23.6 inches of snow in Boston, making it the second largest January storm on record and the seventh biggest snowstorm of all time. The record for Boston is 27.6 inches, set in February 2003. Many areas both south and north of Boston received over two feet of snow. The jackpot was Stoughton with 30.9 inches; Quincy recorded 30.0 inches and Danvers measured 24.5 inches.

AMERICAN KESTREL BY SANDY SELESKY
AMERICAN KESTREL BY SANDY SELESKY

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