Super Storm Of 1993
Some winter storms have snow, some have rain, and some have wind. This system had all that and more!
It was a weekend to remember - record snow totals and record low pressure. From March 12 through 15, 1993, some 26 states, the eastern half of the United States, were digging out, and airports from Georgia to Maine were closed.
The Super Storm of 1993 began as a low pressure system that intensified rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. Moving quickly inland over the Florida panhandle, it tracked up through the Carolinas to New Jersey and southern New England, to Maine, then into Canada.
In terms of pressure, Super Storm '93 was one of the strongest storms to ever move up the eastern seaboard since weather records were first kept. Low pressure records were set during the Super Storm from Augusta, Georgia to Newark, New Jersey, where the pressure reached an exceedingly low 28.42 inches.
Because of the storm's inland track and rapid movement, snowfall amounts in the major metropolitan areas of the East were less than might be expected from such a powerful storm. New York City received 11 inches of snow before precipitation turned to rain.
Even so, the snow had a particularly devastating effect on parts of the Southeast as new snowfall records were set. Birmingham, Alabama, received 13 inches and Chattanooga, Tennessee, had 20 inches when it was all over. Some northern suburbs of Atlanta received nine inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour with the rapidly falling temperatures.
Atlantic coastal areas from Florida to Maine were battered by high waves and wind gusts exceeding hurricane force. Peconic (Long Island), New York, recorded a wind gust of 93 miles per hour.
The inland track of the low pressure system kept most of the snow on the west side of the storm up along the Appalachian Mountains, while a powerful cold front extending from the low spawned over 50 tornadoes that caused extensive damage in Florida.
Strong westerly winds behind the cold front created a high storm surge more commonly associated with hurricanes from the eastern panhandle of Florida to just north of the Tampa area. Residents were caught unprepared and damage was high. Over 200 people lost their lives in the storm.