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NOAA ranks snowstorm as fourth-worst for Northeast since 1950

NOAA ranks snowstorm as fourth-worst for Northeast since 1950

Last weekend's snowstorm was the fourth-biggest to strike the Northeast since 1950, dumping more than 30 inches of snow on 1.5 million people and affecting nearly 103 million people in all, according to government meteorologists.

The storm was rated as "crippling," the second-highest category on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, also known as NESIS. The scale takes into account the amount of snow a storm drops, the size of the area it affects and the number of people who live within that zone.

NOAA meteorologists' calculations rank the storm...

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