OPEN BLOG TUESDAY: THE SUPER STORM OF MARCH 12th-15th 1993

The March super storm of March 1993 was one of significant remembering for a lot of us. From Florida to Maine the storm absolutely created a path of destruction coasting an estimated 8 billion dollars, at least 300+ deaths, and weather of every variety. There was snow in Alabama. There was a blizzard in Atlanta! Storm surge in Florida was so enormous on coastal cities that evacuations were in the thousands. There were 11 tornadoes in Florida as well. Absolutely insane for one storm.

Three countries were impacted: Canada, the United States, and Cuba. Tornadoes in Florida ripped through the panhandle, and snow in the FEET in the interiors of NY, PA, and big cities of Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York, and Boston had at least a foot to two fee of snow. Syracuse, NY had a whopping 43 inches. That’s almost 4 feet!

Winds exceeded hurricane strength. On the Cape in New England, sustained winds were in the 60’s for the duration of the storm. There was a recorded wind gust of 95 MPH!  The storm started on a Friday and didn’t end until late Sunday afternoon when it finally passed the coast of the United States.  And it wasn’t a surprise. News forecasts and computer models had the storm since the weekend before.  It was one of a very few times, when a storm of this magnitude, had agreed so far in advance. Blizzard warnings were given out in New York and Atlanta almost 3 days in advance. Forecasters were only uncertain of the track. If the storm took a more interior track, it would have been mostly rain and wind for the East Coast. Yet, the storm took a more traditional Nor’easter track just east of the Carolina’s and hugged the coast which still could have been mostly rain for the big cities but it was so cold in advance of the storm it was mostly an all snow event.  The pressure of the storm was so deep it caused an unexpected baby boom.  It had dropped to 960mb at the height of the storm. That , in simple terms, is a BOMB of a storm.

Mothers were giving birth inside a cold car on snowy highways. Hospitals were overflowing with birth mothers who weren’t due for weeks.  It literally was a storm to tell your grandchildren about. I was a college senior. I just remember Tuesday morning trying to get to my school. My Dad, who had to drive me, was never so mad because he had to get on the Blue Route which looked like a snow cavern with snow drifts 15 feet high and lanes reduced to 2 because of the plowed snow had taken up several lanes.  This was the only time in his life that he was that mad at me :}

It was truly EPIC!

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Radar of tornadoes going across the panhandle.

 

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