Daily Archives: March 12, 2013

Time posted: 11:58 pm

Happy Anniversary, Superstorm of 93

Happy Wednesday to one and all. We have a touch of winter out there today, but that’s nothing compared to what was going on 20 years ago today. The “Storm Of The Century” was raging across the eastern half of the country. We’ll take a walk down memory lane in a moment.

Let’s start with a few headlines on the current weather…

– Snow showers and flurries will be noted across the state today. A rooftop duster is possible for a few area. Temps will only reach the low and middle 30s. That’s 20 degrees below normal.

– A system will dive in from northwest to southeast Thursday evening and that may bring a swath of light rain and snow across central and eastern Kentucky.

– Unsettled weather is in store for the weekend as a cold front stalls out across our region. That will lead to periodic showers and a big north-south temp spread.

– Another storm system will roll into the area early next week with rain to begin and the possibility of snow to end.

The Superstorm of 1993 was one for the record books. March 12-14, delivered one of the most potent storms to ever strike the United States. Some of the highlights: 100mph winds, a storm surge and tornadoes in Florida… 5″ of snow in the Florida Panhandle and a shutdown blizzard from Alabama to New England. This

I found some cool images from that storm for you guys. Check em out…

Here in Kentucky… snowfall totals were beyond impressive. Locations near Hazard in Perry county reported 30″. Officially 20″ fell at the NWS in Jackson while London recorded 22″. The Lexington area picked up 3″-12″ of snow as totals quickly dropped to nothing the farther west we went toward the Ohio River.

Winds of 40mph+ whipped the snow into huge drifts that shut down roads, including I-64 and I 75, for several days. Unfortunately, 5 people were killed in Kentucky with nearly 300 lives lost across the eastern US.

Having grown up in eastern Ky… I remember this storm well. It was an amazing sight to behold and it’s a storm that may not see it’s equal anytime soon. Feel free to share your stories from this monster storm.

Take care.

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Time posted: 12:14 am

Another Brush With Winter

Good Tuesday, folks. I wish I had better news to deliver to all those who have a serious case of spring fever. Unfortunately, it appears winter still has some more punches to throw our way before we can get into springtime. One of those punches comes tonight and Wednesday.

That’s when another cold front drops in from the northwest. This front will deliver even colder air than what we have out there today. Readings Wednesday will stay in the low and middle 30s for much of the state, with gusty winds making it feel much colder.

Snow showers and flurries will be dancing around into much of Tomorrow and I can’t rule out a rooftop coating for parts of the region. The GFS is even hinting at this…

GFS

This is a healthy cold shot that has been advertised on the blog for a while. Thursday has the chance to start in the upper teens for a few spots as the cold continues. There is a weak system diving in from the northwest by Thursday evening and that may bring a rain or snow shower our way.

Temps will rebound closer to normal for Friday into the coming weekend. But, it won’t be pretty. A weak front looks to hang across the region and deliver us the chance for scattered showers.

This will lead us into a pattern that can take a walk on the wild side next week. I continue to see signs for a major eastern half of the country winter storm. How this works out and sets up is a long way from being figured out. The European Model continues to advertise a big time event…

EuroThat’s a pretty wicked setup to see this time of year and is one we will have to watch as we go through the rest of the week. Here’s hoping the pattern ends up looking NOTHING like the one shown above. 🙂

Enjoy your day and take care.

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