Shumlin’s Folly: Burlington Buried by Record 30″ Of Snow – Vermont Gov Warned End Of Skiing In 2007!

The largest city of my home state of Vermont — Burlington — was buried by a record-shattering 30.4 inches (ca. 80 cm) of snow from recent storm Stella.

Burlington, Vermont area gets buried by record-smashing snow as bitter temperatures grip region. Image cropped from Westford Webcam.

Hat-tip: reader Indomitable Snowman

Amusingly the reader Snowman just informed me by e-mail that 10 years ago Former Vermont governor Peter Schumlin (then Senate President) warned the state would need to plaster its beautiful green mountains with 500-foot tall industrial wind turbines in order to prevent massive warming. He said:

Any reasonable scientist will tell you that we’re going to rise anywhere between another two and three degrees in the next 30 years. That means that New Jersey’s climate is moving to Vermont in the next decade. That has tremendous implications in our economy’s ski, maple-sugar making, leaf-peeping and the list goes on and on. So we are — I at least am — looking at this with a major sense of panic.”

Well, it looks like the maple sugaring and ski season will be extended well into April — at least for this year. Schumlin’s prediction is yet another that is exposed as just plain idiotic and silly.

The massive snowstorm dumped 30.4 inches at the Burlington airport, making it the greatest March snowstorm on record and the 2nd largest all-time (records date back to 1883) in terms of snowfall. The biggest snowfall was 33.1 inches in January 2010.

A daily record snowfall of 17.8 inches was set at Burlington, VT on March 14. This smashes the old record of 10.0 inches set in 1980. Also with 12.6 inches on March 15 the snowfall record was shattered for the date — previous record was 4.1 inches set way back in 1940.

For those claiming that it just doesn’t snow like it used to in Vermont, the statistics show that 4 of the top 10 snowfalls in fact occurred over the past 10 years, with 7 of the top 10 in the past 31 years!

What follows are the statistics provided by Snowman.

Top 10 greatest snowstorms (inches of snow) at Burlington, Vermont:
(1) 33.1 Jan 2-3 2010
(2) 30.4 Mar 14-15 2017
(3) 29.8 Dec 25-28 1969
(4) 25.8 Mar 6-7 2011
(5) 25.7 Feb 14-15 2007
(6) 24.7 Jan 13-14 1934
(7) 22.9 Mar 5-6 2001
(8) 22.4 Mar 13-14 1993
(9) 20.0 Nov 25 1900
(10) 19.7 Jan 25-28 1986

Top 4 March snowstorms for Burlington:
(1) March 14-15, 2017…30.4″
(2) March 7-8, 2011…..25.8″
(3) March 5-6, 2001…..22.9″
(4) March 13-14, 1993…22.4″

Top 5 Snowiest March`s at Burlington:
(1) 47.6 2001
(2) 39.9 1993
(3) 37.0 1896
(4) 33.1 1971
(5) 31.8 2017 thru 3/15

Top 5 daily snowfalls at Burlington for March 14:
(1) 17.8 2017
(2) 10.0 1980
(3) 6.9 1993
(4) 4.1 1956
(5) 4.0 1897

Top 5 Daily snowfalls at Burlington for March 15
(1) 12.6 2017
(2) 4.1 1940
(3) 3.5 1998/1933
(4) 3.4 1958
(5) 3.0 1901


23 responses to “Shumlin’s Folly: Burlington Buried by Record 30″ Of Snow – Vermont Gov Warned End Of Skiing In 2007!”

  1. Ed Bo

    Yeah, but when I was young, we often had snow up to my waist. Now, not so much!

    1. David Reich

      What is necessary in climate science analysis are real data, not anecdotes based on fleeting memories:

      1. Joe

        Ed was young in 1978?

    2. AndyG55

      Good one, Eb 😉

    3. clipe

      You know, that’s weird. When I was a little kid the water in the shallow end of swimming pools was up to my chin. Swimming pool levels are dropping at an alarming rate.

  2. Peter Fournier

    I am disappointed in this article. It ignores the CAGW/Climate Change/Climate Weirding facts.

    Burlington did not experience a record 30+ inches of snow, it experienced 30+ inches of Climate Change Snow, which is entirely different from traditional snow.

    Models have shown that Climate Change Snow cannot contradict Climate Change Modelled Snow, so the backache you have from shoveling has nothing to do with snow, which no longer occurs in Burlington. The backache you have is entirely psychosomatic, which is to be expected in the Climate Change Denier population.


    1. John F. Hultquist

      More likely the Dems will introduce a bill to allow a previous 2-termer to have a 3rd with an intervening out period.
      Hillary, while still healthy (?), needs to play with her granddaughter Charlotte .

  3. AndyG55
  4. John F. Hultquist

    Any reasonable scientist” …

    … would have noted that the changes expected were only going to occur after another 60 – 75 years of warming, if warming did occur at the rate plugged into the equations.

    Alarmists ignored the wait-time and jumped on the “projected” effects.
    That was stupendously stupid on their part and on folks such as the former Vermont governor Peter Schumlin. The “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” reaction became apparent.
    What will a person believe — the UN or 80 cm of snow in your yard?
    “Just making stuff up” all the time is no way to win friends and influence people — well, unless you are destined to be a fiction writer.

  5. The Indomitable Snowman, Ph.D.

    If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

    If you find yourself in Vermont… start digging.

  6. toorightmate

    Where is Al Gore – the abominable snowless man?

  7. sod

    Your statistics are right, your conclusion is wrong. The process is named “greenland blocking”.

    “A study in the International Journal of Climatology published early this week documents “significant increases” in Greenland blocking “in all seasons” since 1981.

    [Dominoes fall: Vanishing Arctic ice shifts jet stream, which melts Greenland glaciers]

    A substantial fraction of the biggest snowstorms on record to strike major East Coast cities have occurred since the 1980s.”

  8. roger

    Sic transit Goreae mundi.

  9. Mindert Eiting

    It’s still scary: there is no snow in Amsterdam and daffodils are flowering much earlier than I expected.

  10. Don B

    My two favorite alarmist predictions:

    Dr. David Viner of CRU:
    within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event.” “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”

    Australian climate commissioner Tim Flannery:

    “So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems,”

    1. AndyG55

      Its been raining here for about 3 weeks straight


      I have mushrooms growing in my front lawn/weed patch !!!

      1. Robert Folkerts

        In the area of NZ where I live, we have had the wettest winter,spring,and summer anyone can remember.

        As a farmer, winter and spring were difficult due wet, but summer was fantastic,due to wet.

        Hard to please aye!

        Just thankful there is still enough co2 emitted to keep grass growing.

        1. AndyG55

          Grass growing.. crikey gees, I wish it would stop..

          If we ever have another dry day it will up around my knees which will make mowing quite difficult !

          1. Robert Folkerts

            Not a pastoral farmer then, Andy?

  11. Lynn A. Zaring

    I would ask whether NOAA/NASA have yet taken the snowfall record in Vermont and “normalized” the dataset by using “homogenization” “infilling” and other socially advanced /Progressive Left/ data techniques to arrive at the “correct” snowfall totals for March.

    I would bet my next paycheck that if this were the case, then you would remarkably discover that the snow in March was in fact the least received, ever.


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  13. Mark M

    Six feet of snow: Little feat

  14. SebastianH

    My favorite prediction so far:

    2020 … P Gosselin. Still waiting for that major temperature drop.

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