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The 2021-22 United States winter storm season was one of the most expensive seasons ever, just following the 2015-16 season as the costliest on record. The strongest storm of the season by snowfall was Winter Storm Ferus, which dumped more than 76" of snow in the Rocky Mountains, which was the third most on record, behind Winter Storm Bozeman and Winter Storm Jupiter. The strongest storm by pressure was Winter Storm Petros, which "bombed out" off the coast of New England, reaching a low pressure of 953 mbar before moving off into Atlantic Canada. A list of winter storm records and data is here.


StormsEdit

Winter Storm AjaxEdit

Category 4 winter storm (TGMC)
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Duration October 31 — November 2
Peak Intensity 23 (in.), 1002 mbar

On October 29, a low pressure system formed off the coast of Alaska, reaching a peak pressure of 941 mbar before weakening significantly near the coast of British Columbia on October 30. The system made landfall in Washington State, where snow totals of at least 17" fell in the Cascade Mountains. In Spokane, the storm caused minor snowfall, where only 4" of snow fell. On October 31, winter storm warnings were in effect for over two million people, which automatically caused the storm to be designated as Winter Storm Ajax by The Weather Channel. Ajax stalled over the Northern Rockies as it continued to dump snow. Ajax also brought ice with it. I-25 in Wyoming was closed for a 30-mile stretch due to low visibility and ice. According to the Wyoming Transportation Department, the state also closed US Route 26 from Riverton to Casper due to the same situation. A top snowfall total of 23" was recorded near Moose, Wyoming. Northern Colorado received little snow from the system, as a top snowfall total of 6" was recorded there. Some snow fell in Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and North Dakota with a total of 13" topping out near Imogene, South Dakota. The storm began to fizzle out on the evening of November 1, with some snow still spitting out near Bismarck, North Dakota. On the morning of November 2, the storm exited the United States and dissipated in Manitoba later that day.


Winter Storm BellaEdit

Category 1 winter storm (TGMC)
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Duration November 26 — November 27
Peak Intensity 8 (in.), 996 mbar

Winter Storm Bella formed on November 26. Hera brought snow to parts of the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Appalachians. Bella also brought strong to locally damaging winds farther east across portions of New England and the interior Northeast. Hera brought snow to parts of the southern Plains and Midwest. In parts of the Northeast, unseasonably mild temperatures were experienced on the warm side of Bella. Instead of snow, these areas saw primarily rain. The rain also pushed the first occurrence of snow this season even deeper into winter than usual, in some cases into record territory, for some locations. A maximum wind gust of 71 mph was recorded from Bella. Bella dissipated on November 27.


Winter Storm CaraEdit

Category 2 winter storm (TGMC)
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Duration November 30 — December 4
Peak Intensity 12.6 (in.), 1009 mbar

Winter Storm Cara formed on November 30 over Southwestern Kansas. Cara produced mainly light accumulations of snow and ice across portions of the Midwest and interior Northeast. Once it reached the Northeast, Cara's center of low pressure wrapped up off the coast of Cape Cod and south of Nova Scotia. While the surface low wasn't nearly as strong as Winter Storm Petros's later in the season, this offshore low wrung out an area of heavy snow on its northwest flank over parts of northern New England, particularly over the state of Maine. During the height of the storm, winds gusting up to 40 mph reduced visibility, and drifting snow added to the dangerous travel conditions in the area. Cara dissipated on December 4. The greatest amount of snow measured was 12.6 inches in Keene, New Hampshire.


Winter Storm DelphiEdit

Category 5 winter storm
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Duration December 5 — December 12
Peak Intensity 45.1 (in.), 1004 mbar

Winter Storm Delphi formed on December 5. This fast-moving system prompted winter storm warnings, and advisories for parts of 22 states from Washington all the way to New Jersey, as well as the District of Columbia. Bands of snow snarled the morning commute in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro areas. As much as 4 inches of snow blanketed the U.S. Capitol grounds, the first 1-inch-plus snow of the season there. Karo, Virginia, about a two-hour drive west of the Nation's Capital, picked up 6 inches of snow. Meanwhile Oakland, in western Maryland, measured 8 inches of snow. Official totals at the major East Coast airport sites included 4.2 inches at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia; 2.4 inches at Reagan National Airport near Washington, D.C.; 2.3 inches at BWI Airport near Baltimore; and 1.0 inch at Philadelphia International Airport, the season's first 1-inch snow there. Numerous accidents occurred in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where the top snowfall totals were 4.2 inches in Farmington and 7 inches in Elkins, respectively. Snow also fell in the New York City area. Parts of New Jersey were also blanketed in a thin layer of snow, with just over an inch in Atlantic City and other parts of South Jersey. Three people were killed in car accidents in New Jersey. A total of 45.1" of snow fell in Wyoming. Delphi dissipated on December 12.


Winter Storm EchoEdit

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Winter Storm FerusEdit

Category 5 winter storm
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Duration December 21 — December 24
Peak Intensity 38 (in.), 976 mbar
Winter Storm Ferus formed on December 21. It ended up a fast moving but powerful blizzard that prompted blizzard warnings in the Northeast from Philadelphia to Boston. Snow from the storm fell as far south as Georgia where as much as 6 inches fell in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northern part of the state. As it moved offshore though, it rapidly began intensifying and reached a peak intensity of 976 mbars while located off the coast of New Jersey. Philadelphia International Airport picked up 16.5 inches. Snow totals were greater father north. John F. Kennedy International Airport picked up 20 inches, T.F. Green Airport picked up 23 inches, and Logan Airport picked up 20.5 inches. Further sou


Winter Storm GabrielEdit

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Winter Storm HeraEdit

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Winter Storm IliasEdit

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Winter Storm JacobEdit

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Winter Storm KaylaEdit

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Winter Storm LexiEdit

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Winter Storm MarsEdit

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Winter Storm NacioEdit

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Winter Storm OliviaEdit

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Winter Storm PetrosEdit

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Winter Storm QuoEdit

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Winter Storm RegisEdit

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Winter Storm SeleneEdit

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Winter Storm TroyEdit

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Winter Storm UrsulaEdit

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Winter Storm VexoEdit

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Winter Storm WaylonEdit

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Winter Storm XenosEdit

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Winter Storm YoloEdit

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Storm namesEdit

This was the same list used in the 2015-16 season, minus the names Gabriel, Jacob, and Olivia, which replaced Goliath, Jonas, and Olympia after the major damages they caused. Names that were not retired were used again in 2027-28. Names in italics were not used during the course of the season.

  • Ajax
  • Bella
  • Cara
  • Delphi
  • Echo
  • Ferus
  • Gabriel
  • Hera
  • Ilias
  • Jacob
  • Kayla
  • Lexi
  • Mars
  • Nacio
  • Olivia
  • Petros
  • Quo
  • Regis
  • Selene
  • Troy
  • Ursula
  • Vexo
  • Waylon
  • Xenos
  • Yolo
  • Zandor

RetirementEdit

The names Delphi, Ferus, Petros, and Xenos were retired in the summer of 2022. They were replaced by Daniel, Finn, Paisley, and Xavier replaced the names for 2027-28.

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