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A record winter? Not for everyone in Mass.

Reminders of a record winter are all around in Boston, including along Commonwealth Avenue.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Reminders of a record winter are all around in Boston, including along Commonwealth Avenue.

It’s been the snowiest stretch ever for a number of municipalities around Massachusetts, including Boston, but for other cities and towns around the state this season has not even cracked their top 10 snowiest winters of all time.

Ashburnham, for example, has seen about 88 inches of snow this year, which only ranks as the 27th snowiest winter the town has ever recorded and it pales in comparison to the 145.7 inches that fell in the winter of 1995-96 in the town, which borders New Hampshire, according to data from the National Weather Service.

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About 15 miles west, at a snow measurement site at Birch Hill Dam in Royalston, the roughly 68 inches that fell this winter is just the 20th highest total for a winter there. The snowiest winter at Birch Hill Dam was 1960-1961, when 104.5 inches fell, data shows.

And in Worthington, about 30 miles northwest of Springfield, the snowfall this winter barely surpassed the halfway mark of the town’s record winter, 1995-96 when a whopping 152.9 inches piled up.

Snowfall around Massachusetts during winter 2014-2015

A look at local snow totals as recorded by National Weather Service volunteers

DATA: National Weather Service

Matt Rocheleau/Globe Staff

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The Globe looked at seasonal snowfall totals and historical records collected and published by the National Weather Service.

The actual snow measurements are made by volunteers, who receive equipment and training from the federal weather agency to properly observe and report back local weather conditions.

The weather service has quality control measures in place to vet the information volunteers send in, said Kimberly Buttrick, meteorologist and manager of the weather service’s Southern New England Cooperative Weather Observer program.

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However, tallying precise snow totals is easier said than done.

For instance, the amount and height of snowfall can vary greatly over small distances, and the so-called weather observers are not always available to adhere to the recommended process of measuring snowfall every six hours during a storm, meaning measurements taken later on could differ if the snow has drifted or settled.

“They do the best they can,” Buttrick said of the volunteers. “But snowfall observation can be subjective.”

How local snowfall totals rank all time
A town-by-town look at how snowfall this winter compares with historical records
City/town State 2014-2015 (inches) Snowfall rank Record / Previous record if broken this winter Winter of record Snowfall recorded since
Blue Hill Observatory MA 144 1 143.4 1995-1996 1892-1893
Worcester MA 115.6 3 132.9 1995-1996 1947-1948
Middleboro MA 114.6 2 117.4 2004-2005 1892-1893
Lowell MA 114.5 1 111.5 1947-1948 1889-1890
Hingham MA 113.9 1 112.2 1995-1996 1959-1960
Newburyport MA 113.5 3 133.5 1947-1948 1892-1893
Marblehead MA 111.8 2 119 2004-2005 1983-1984
Brockton MA 111.4 1 105.8 1995-1996 1893-1894
Groveland MA 109.4 4 124.9 1995-1996 1991-1992
Boston MA 108.6 1 107.6 1995-1996 1935-1936
Beverly MA 102.1 1 89.5 2004-2005 1995-1996
Middleton MA 101.6 3 124 1947-1948 1925-1926
Taunton MA 98.1 1 97.6 2004-2005 1996-1997
Milford MA 98 2 114 1995-1996 1930-1931
Walpole MA 93.2 3 118.9 1995-1996 1972-1973
Norton MA 90.9 3 111.2 1995-1996 1916-1917
Franklin MA 90.4 2 99.3 1995-1996 1925-1926
Maynard MA 89.6 6 124.3 1995-1996 1962-1963
Buffumvile Lake MA 88.8 1 88.3 1966-1967 1958-1959
Ashburnham MA 87.7 27 145.7 1995-1996 1906-1907
East Brimfield Lake MA 87.3 6 135 1995-1996 1961-1962
East Wareham MA 84.9 2 104.2 2004-2005 1925-1926
Northbridge MA 79.2 4 96.5 1995-1996 1963-1964
Barre Falls Dam MA 77.6 13 127.2 1995-1996 1958-1959
Worthington MA 77.3 9 152.9 1995-1996 1993-1994
East Sandwich MA 75.4 2 75.7 2013-2014 2009-2010
Westfield MA 75.1 2 82.1 2010-2011 2006-2007
Hardwick MA 74 2 83.5 2010-2011 2006-2007
Providence RI 73.5 1 72.9 1947-1948 1931-1932
Tully Lake MA 71.2 20 114.3 1995-1996 1948-1949
Birch Hill Dam MA 68.1 23 104.5 1960-1961 1947-1948
Bridgewater MA 64.4 1 49.9 2004-2005 1948-1949
Greenfield MA 64.2 4 91.5 2000-2001 1999-2000
Rochester MA 63.7 3 77.5 2004-2005 1899-1900
Amherst MA 63.4 14 83.9 1995-1996 1892-1893
Ware MA 60.5 16 90 1971-1972 1937-1938
Sunderland MA 59.8 9 95.8 1995-1996 1977-1978
Windsor Locks CT 59.3 16 107.1 1995-1996 1948-1949
Hyannis MA 56.2 6 73 1903-1904 1892-1893
Woods Hole Golf Club MA 53.4 1 49.2 2013-2014 2009-2010
Edgartown MA 52.8 4 67 2004-2005 1945-1946
Chatham MA 40.5 7 67.1 1995-1996 1971-1972
Ashfield MA 38.3 3 63.6 2012-2013 2011-2012
DATA: National Weather Service
Matt Rocheleau/Globe Staff

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele
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