The Blizzard of ’93: The Storm of the Century

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A powerful winter storm in March of 1993 impacted the United States on record levels. It was later called “The Storm of the Century” and the “Blizzard of ‘93”. It wasn’t a blizzard on the Gulf Coast but it was a storm that created a dozen tornadoes in Florida, taking lives, with storm surge in Taylor County, Florida. The low pressure in the storm was typical of what you would expect in a category 3 hurricane. NOAA estimates the total cost of the storm, in 2019 dollars, would be near 10 billion dollars.

As it developed, with falling pressure, it moved up the eastern seaboard. Over 270 lives were lost in 13 different states from snow, ice, building collapses, tornadoes, and extreme cold.

Winds gusted over 90mph along the coastlines and in some of the mountain tops. Snowfall was over 4 feet in the mountains of Tennessee and West Virginia. Atlanta had 4 inches of snow. Birmingham had 17 inches of snow in drifts. In the News 5 area, snow ranged from a couple inches near the coast to over half a foot north of Highway 84.

Record low temperatures of 11 below zero were set in Syracuse. In Mobile, a record low of 21 was set, while Pensacola had a record low of 25.

Here’s the full storm report in detail https://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/blizzard/blizz.txt and a shorter version https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/1993-snow-storm-of-the-century

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