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I remember this 1993 "superstorm"


If I had not been on a road trip to visit family, I probably would not remember it, I'm sure the experience of it at home would've been quite different, probably quite mild, and without the Internet, I might not have even realized the country was being affected by a "superstorm".

But since a road trip was the plan that day, and I was leaving from the subtropical coast where it seemed like a normal day, imagine my shock when just five hours later, arriving in Atlanta, roads were not passable, and the road trip came to a temporary halt, and we were lucky to find a hotel room with everyone else also abandoning the interstate highways due to a .... blizzard?!?!

I don't recall even expecting such a thing to happen, not sure if we did not look at the weather forecast before setting out on the trip or what. But I would never expect to drive from a relatively pleasant day on the coast and be trapped by a blizzard after a five hour drive, especially in the US south.
windinhishair · 61-69, M
I remember the storm very well. It happened over a weekend, and we received 42.9 inches of snow in 24 hours. It covered a picnic table and fence in the back yard, and I couldn't tell where anything was. Of course, we went to work on Monday. I was there at 7 AM.
windinhishair · 61-69, M
@BreadAndCircuses I don't recall any deaths in 1993. Since it was on a weekend, it was more of an inconvenience than anything else. Interestingly, we had a more impactful storm in January 1994, which dumped ten inches of snow in 2 hours, in the middle of the day, and almost all local employers let their employees out at the same time to get home. I stayed home that day because I saw it coming, and it is the only storm I remember where you could physically see the snow pack increasing. And it made a noise like sand grains being dumped out of a dump truck where the sand squeaks. It is a scary thing to see the snow rising in real time. One of my coworkers had a 4.5 mile drive home, and it took him over 7 hours. The plows couldn't move because of the traffic. I think there were some deaths that time. We had 18.9 inches in that storm, which again isn't unusual (we get that much maybe once a winter), but ten inches in 2 hours was the most the National Weather Service has ever seen here.
@windinhishair wow 1994 does sound bad, 7 hours seems extreme, and seeing the snow pack increasing in real time seems surreal
windinhishair · 61-69, M
@BreadAndCircuses That is the only time I've seen snow accumulate like that and fall so granular and intense that you could literally hear it.

Our forecast for today and tomorrow keeps getting revised and we are now expecting 10 to 20 inches of new snow. It is already raining and 35 degrees.
LordShadowfire · 46-50, MVIP
I don't remember it affecting us here in Oregon.
@LordShadowfire it was just in the eastern US, it formed in the Gulf of Mexico


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