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Super Storm 1993

Post by windstorm on 2013-03-12, 7:07 pm

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Re: Super Storm 1993

Post by windstorm on 2013-03-12, 7:38 pm

Like every one to say where they were at the time the snow started falling. For me it started snowing on a Friday around 12 P.M. It was 42 degrees when it started falling. Big flakes, then it change to drizzle and snfl for most of the day. By 5 p.m. it had amounted to .10 with nothing on the ground. I was beginning to think they had missed it big time. Local weatherman at 6 P.M. said this would be a very bad snowstorm which no one had ever seen that live here all the life. By 10 p.m. the snow started coming down very heavy. By 1:30 A.M Saturday morning i had no power. Trees had knock power poles down and we were without power until Thursday the next week. One for the books no doubt.
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Post by Toot on 2013-03-12, 8:01 pm

At the time I lived in the foothills of the Smokies in between Parrotsville and Del Rio TN in Cocke county. I had just got my first vehicle and had went to a friends house to stay over night. It started out as rain but turned to snow later that day (Not sure what time). I can remember commenting on how big the flakes were (Yeah I was a weather nerd then also) and it had covered the ground with a couple of inches before dark. We knew it was going to get bad so we stayed up late and sure enough it got bad quickly. We lost power about 2am in the morning.

Woke up the next day to over a foot of snow and still coming down in buckets. Ended up with around 2ft and no power for about two weeks. School was out for almost a month in Cocke county and many people only got around via ATV/4-wheeler for several days. I have never seen so many trees down to this day!

This is the most epic graphic that exists IMO

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Post by Jed33 on 2013-03-12, 9:05 pm

Well, I didn't live in TN at the time, but I lived in Jackson, MS. I remember the forecast calling for snow for N MS and even the Memphis area, but not really for central MS, and the Jackson area. Overnight on the 11th, rain began, and even started mixing with snow the morning of the 12th. I remember snow falling most of the morning, with a temp. Of 35. It was falling faster than it could melt, and by noon, we had about an inch or so. I remember everyone saying that we would prob.get out early, and we did. However, the snow changed over to rain right after we let out, and everyone was a little disappointed. However, around 7pm, heavy snow set in, and by 10 or so, the temp was below freezing, and snow was beginning to pile up. Overnight, we picked up about 3in. That is remarkable any time of the year in Jackson, but in March, is really something else! It lasted about 2 days, but I was grateful that I got to be t to be in on the Storm of the cent

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Post by John1122 on 2013-03-12, 11:57 pm

Started here around around 2 pm as light snow, temps in the upper 30's. I drove down to town to pick up some pizza around 3:30. By the time I got there it was pouring down but not sticking. Headed home and it began to stick at about 1300 feet and by the time I made it home there was about 2 inches. It snowed til around 10 and backed off a bit with about 6 inches on the ground.

I made a bet with my uncle, who thought it was mostly over then. He said we wouldn't cross 12 inches. Matt Hinkin had come on and said not to believe these 12+ inch forecasts because it wasn't really going to be that bad. He forecast 6-10 inches. It had mostly been rain in Knoxville til then.

Overnight we picked up 5 more inches, the moderate snow returned around 5 am. I measured at 8 and we were at 11 inches. It had gotten extremely heavy by then. My uncle called and conceded. Between 8 and 11 it snowed 11 inches in 3 hours. Then it started backing off, there was steady snow til evening and one last burst of heavy snow around 1 am. All told we ended up with 26 inches. 5 foot drifts were common. Drifts up to 14 feet were spread around the county. I saw drifts to roof tops. Extreme cold followed and we had lows 0 to -5 two nights after.

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Post by wxgeek on 2013-03-13, 12:41 am

I lived in Knoxville at the time but happened to pick that weekend to go on a roadtrip to DC with a friend that Friday night. We left about noon and we were outrunning snow bands the whole way up I-81. When we got to DC there were a couple inches on the ground, 7pm or so, maybe later. By 10pm there were about 8 inches and when we woke up in the morning there were about 2ft with 4ft drifts.

The ride home on Sunday night was interesting. Sections of 81 were closed so we had to find ways around. I had no idea SW VA and ETN had gotten hit so hard. The worst we saw was the slice of I-40 from 81 into Knoxville. We made it but my friend was a nervous wreck because of my driving.

I heard lot's of stories at the time but my favorite was from a friend whose National Guard unit got called up. Their Humvee slid off the road so they tied the winch cable around a tree to pull themselves out. The tree was so heavy with snow that firing up the winch just pulled the tree down onto the vehicle. I thought that was pretty funny.

As much as we got, this is TN and it was all melted in a couple days. It was a work of beauty but I wish I had stayed in TN that weekend. I feel like I missed the best of it by traveling north.

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Post by windstorm on 2013-03-13, 1:27 pm

Saturday morning temps were around 23 and the wind blew all night into the next day. You could not get up to my house in a car or truck because all the trees and power lines that were down. I stay up all night, Friday night and watch the whole thing. By morning they were forecasting blizzard warnings in my area with 18 plus inches. Winds were i guess 40 plus mph. I heard trees cracking and popping, and falling all night. After the storm it had got rid of 85% of the pine trees around me. Blizzard warnings for Chattanooga just didn't sound right. One of our local DJ said this is the first time he had ever heard of such. And he is the oldest or one of the oldest DJ on the air today. He started out in radio broadcasting the attack on Peal Harbor. He is still going and he is around 92 years old and still on the radio.. We got around 22 inches of snow. 10 miles to my North were up to 3 ft. A great day in History for weather. rock on
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Post by Dyersburg Weather on 2013-03-13, 9:27 pm

I'll never forget it. We had 23 flakes. rfl

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Post by windstorm on 2013-03-17, 9:40 pm

We remember back to the big storm of 93 and my question is? Where was the cut off line in Tennessee for this Major storm from say maybe a trace to one inch or more. Thanks...
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Post by Toot on 2013-03-17, 10:02 pm

windstorm wrote: Where was the cut off line in Tennessee for this Major storm from say maybe a trace to one inch or more. Thanks...

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Post by windstorm on 2013-03-18, 1:37 pm

Thanks Toot.
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Post by John1122 on 2013-03-18, 10:59 pm

I wonder how much the relatively lower totals in the Valley from Knox and NE were a result of downsloping?

I believe that official totals were something like 14 at Tri, 15.5 at TYS, and 9.9 at Morristown.

Over this way 18-28 inches were common.

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Post by Toot on 2013-03-18, 11:02 pm

The 9.9 for Morristown sounds super low! I didnt live here in 93 but Newport which is about 18 miles from Morristown recieved at least 20 inches that I personally seen

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Post by John1122 on 2013-03-18, 11:21 pm

9.9 was what MRX listed for there when they were talking about the anniversary of the storm.

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Post by Toot on 2013-03-22, 6:52 pm

Awesome video I just found on youtube

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Post by windstorm on 2013-03-22, 7:20 pm

If we could only get one more.
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Post by Jed33 on 2013-03-22, 8:15 pm

Lol, everyone always says Morristown had 2ft. Around here. You know, the bad thing about it is, that MRX has done such a terrible job with snowfall records that who really knows if 9.9 was right. I don't. think that is right, but again, I didn't live here either. Just going by what people say around here

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Post by Toot on 2013-03-22, 8:34 pm

Im pretty sure everyone in east TN got well over ten inches.

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Post by John1122 on 2013-03-22, 10:00 pm

I found something else from MRX that lists Morristown with 17 inches. It lists Jefferson City with 10 inches and Dayton with 8 inches. That's quite a drop off for Dayton, which isn't far from Chattanooga and their 20+.

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Post by Jed33 on 2013-03-22, 10:14 pm

Lol, MRX sux

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