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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 23 2013

Weather Talk: Spring of 1993 brought a true ‘record storm’

It seems that almost every new snowstorm to hit the East Coast is dubbed a “record storm” by one news outlet or another. This is, perhaps, misleading to the public as any strong storm is likely to produce a record event at some location along its way.

Twenty years ago, over the first two days of “spring,” the eastern United States was struck by what was truly one of the strongest known storms. The “Superstorm of 1993” killed more than 300 people from Florida to Maine and caused more than $9 billion in today’s money.

Forming rapidly over the western Gulf of Mexico, the storm produced a hurricane-like 11-foot storm surge along the Florida Panhandle and caused the sinking of a 200-foot freighter off shore. In Birmingham, Ala., 13 inches of snow was whipped into 4-foot drifts. Farther north, Syracuse, N.Y., got 36 inches. The heaviest snows were in the Appalachians, where Mount Mitchell, N.C., got 50 inches of snow with 14-foot drifts.

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