Record snowfall and record cold in Worcester MA

May have damaged fruit trees.


On January 6, Worcester, Massachusetts, reported record snowfall of 16.8 inches (42.7 cm), far surpassing the city’s previous record for the date of 9.8 inches (25 cm) set in 1994.

Also on January 6, the high temperature in Worcester reached just 6F (-14.4C), tying the previous record for this date set in 1896.

Sunday was even worse, with Worcester reaching a record low of -9F (-22.8C), breaking the old record of -5F (-20.6C) set on January 7, 1942.

Katie Carlson of Carlson Orchards said that it’s too soon to tell if the extreme cold damaged any of the fruit trees. Although the trees are currently dormant, they can sustain damage if temperatures fall below minus 15 degrees (-9.4C), especially peach trees, which are more vulnerable than apple trees.

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

12 thoughts on “Record snowfall and record cold in Worcester MA”

  1. Who in their right mind tries to grow peaches in Western MA? Makes not a lick of sense trying to grow them north of the Mason-Dixson line.

    OK I do understand that tree ripened peaches are marvelous (I have lived where you can get them, but even here… maybe 1000 miles SOUTH of Worcester, MA… I would think it’s very risky to try to grow then. Not that some people don’t. One of my grandfather’s supposedly grew peaches in MA (but that was eastern MA, which is a wee bit warmer than Worcester.

    BTW =- if any of you guys are ever out that way and want to be in th e”know” – correct pronounciation for that town is “Woo-sta!”

    • That was exactly what I was thinking.

      This farmer must have believed in Globalist Warming and that the abnormal warmth we have had for the last 2-3,000 years was “normal” for the Earth.

      COLD is normal for the Earth. Just look back over the previous 10 Million years.

      Warm is not really “natural” but this farmer thought it was. HE should DEMAND the government to force us all to burn as much carbon as we can so as to attempt this theory of “green house gases” which so far has proven to be a joke.

  2. I live in Malaysia. This week, For the 1st time the temperature around peninsular Malaysia range between 20C – 24C. Usually 30C – 36C. The highland like cameron highland and genting highland touch 8C and 13C respectively. Malaysia located at the centre of the earth, with this kind of wheather, everybody felt really excited and everyone talk about it in the social media. We really love the weather, hopefully can drop even more and last long.

    I’m your big fan robert. I ve been following your site since 2015. Sorry with my english.
    Please post this. (^_^). Snow please come to Malaysia.

  3. It makes sense to those who believe that Georgia’s climate (of old, at least) is en route to MA, if not already there. Bad investment opportunity for anyone who’s interested!

  4. Well lets mot forget that theres a whole peach industry in niagara ontario that produces decent quality peaches sold all over southern ontario in august amd september. Must be growing hardy varieties. Youd be surprised what some fruit trees can take… There might be some tip die back but the trees will likely produce abundantly the following summer maybe more so because of the winter cold stress. Nature finds a way.

  5. Forgot to mention im growing peaches nectarines plums pears american persimmon mulberry pawpaw hardy kiwi and grapes in the gta southern ontario. I hope my fruit forest survives the mini ice age.

    • Julian… that’s interesting… never heard of that. Possibly growing a different variety, because other than that one quirk of my grandfather growing peaches for years (but the trees died off once he did so I have no idea how he did it or what varieties)… never heard of anyone successfully growing peaches in New England, which has got to be a lot “warmer” than Ontario!

      I know plums, pears, mulberry and grapes would do just fine in MA… also apples and cherries. (Not to mention blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries & blackberries… most of which also grow wild – but I assume you are talking about trees only.) My family had most of those, and the pears and grapes did especially well… (and both blueberries and blackberries grew wild near my house).

      Best black cherries I ever ate came from northern Montana! Best chokecherries I ever made jam from came from Maine.

      I think apricots might have a good chance in a Northern clime too (they do fine in Utah, which is both snowier and colder than MA).

      But in an ice age? … well, your forest might be OK if it’s indoors!

  6. Honest to god tonnes of peaches and nectarines grow in niagara and are available every year around july and august. Who wouldve known but its true. Got down to -25 celsius without the windchill this season. We got similar cold in 2013 2014 and the summer of 2014 we still had plenty of peaches.

    Haha im keeping my fingers crossed for my garden. If everything dies ill still have my potted figs, which i overwinter in my garage.

    • The extreme cold is not the problem as much as when it occurs. That’s the real problem with a mini-iceaage, along with too much precipitation at the wrong time. Hard freezes in May could reek havoc.

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