The Original President’s Day Blizzard

31 years ago the President’s Day blizzard of 1979 was raging across Maryland.  Beginning on the afternoon of February 18th and ending by midday on February 19th, the storm was noteworthy for how rapidly it intensified off the mid Atlantic coast, creating a hurricane-like eye on satellite images and snowfall rates of 2-3″ per hour with thundersnow.  Bitter cold accompanied the start of the storm with a record low of 3° at BWI on the morning of  February 18 followed by an afternoon high of just 13° as the snow started.  The storm now ranks as the 9th greatest snowstorm on record for Baltimore with an official accumulation of 20.0″.

Tom Tasselmyer

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One Response

  1. I remember this storm very well. My daughter had a small birthday day and I kept my girlfriends two children for the weekend which turned out to be for a whole week. I remember everything was shout down and people had to dig out their own streets to be able to get to a major road. Thank God for snow blowers.

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