The Superstorm of ’93

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Superstorm of March 1993. The storm, acting more like a hurricane than a blizzard, tracked north from the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall on the Florida panhandle in the early morning of March 13th with wind gusts of 110mph in Franklin County, FL and 11 confirmed tornado touchdowns. The storm later produced wind gusts to 101 mph on Flat Top Mountain, NC and a gust to 144 mph atop Mt. Washington, NH. Deep snows accompanied the storm from Alabama to Maine with 50″ at Mt. Mitchell, NC, a Maryland state record of 47″ at Grantsville in Garrett County, 44″ at Snowshoe, WV and 43″ at Syracuse, NY. The rapidly intensifying storm dropped barometric pressures to record lows at several stations, including: 28.52″ at BWI, 28.43″ at Philadelphia, PA and 28.28″at White Plains, NY. Cold air following the storm set 145 record lows including: -12 at Burlington, VT, -10 at Mt. LeConte, TN, +2 at Asheville, NC and +2 at Birmingham, AL. Damage from wind, snow, ice and tornadoes totaled $3 billion and 270 people lost their lives in storm related incidents.

Tom Tasselmyer

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