Anyone Remember The Blizzard Of 1993?

| March 12, 2008 @ 5:14 am | 11 Replies

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO TODAY: I was forecasting a storm “of historic proportion”. The morning forecast I prepared on Friday, March 12, 1993 was for 8 inches of snow for Birmingham, something that was impossible to believe for most Alabamians with temperatures that week in the 70s. As it turned out, the forecast was not aggressive enough. The great “Blizzard of 93” dropped 13 inches at the Birmingham International Airport, where the records are kept, and almost two feet of snow across parts of southern Jefferson and northern Shelby counties. We measured a wind gust to hurricane force atop Red Mountain, where I was working at the time, and observed thunder and lightning while the heavy snow was falling. The heaviest snow across the Southeast U.S. was recorded was at Newfound Gap, where U.S. 441 crosses the Tennessee and North Carolina border, with five feet.

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And, see some stories and pictures from the event here.

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James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

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