Saturday, January 7, 2012

Not so calm sixteen years ago...

‎5:30 PM 1/6/12 | PLENTY OF SNOW...IN THE HISTORY BOOKS | Where's all the snow? Well, for those looking for some serious winter storminess, the best place to look right now is back in the record books of weather. Sixteen years ago this weekend, much of the Mid-Atlantic was buried in the unforgettable Blizzard of '96. We surmise many of our "seasoned" readers remember this day well. 

Sterling VA NWS Snowfall map from January 6-9, 1996
(Scroll down in this link for the NWS storm synopsis)
For whom this was "before your time," trust us: Millions of people had to dig out from 20 to 35 inches of snow! Ahh, those were the days. We are certain many of you have a tale or two to share about this historic take it away!

For more about the Blizzard of 1996, here's a trip down memory lane by former Baltimore Sun Science Writer Frank Roylance in his blog from January 6, 2006. We will add more remembrances and references about this storm as the sun climbs in the sky on this thawing January day. 

(Forecast Advisors Rob J., Mr. Foot and the Winter Stormcast Team)


Andy, Southern York County, PA said...

<span>Nice 62 degree day so far!  Winter is nowhere to be found.  I have basically punted until February at this point in regard to snow.  I think we are setting up to have a cold and nasty March with some front end snow events.  Our big snow month is February so we will see what it brings.  In the meantime use the extra money you are saving on heating bills to stock up on libations for snowier times in February.</span>

NeedaSnowday said...

62 in the hinterlands and some of us are enjoying a sweet 66 degrees! This is January, right?

hocoKtchr said...

65 degree weather in January, and the Steelers knocked out of the playoffs by Tim Tebow!  Does it get any better than this??? 

Small blizard would be nice....but it's pretty good!!!   Now we just need a Ravens victory!!!!  I believe!!!! ;)

BioPat said...

I'm right there with you all; enjoying the balmy winter and low energy bills.  I think we'll be seeing a change start to move into place in the next 7 - 10 days; just on time for school exams.  February, our traditional brutal month, should be about normal with a cold, wet March to follow.  Many have already ruled out winter, but I remember new year's day, 2000;  riiding bikes on the boardwalk in 80 degree weather, but by mid January winter arrived.

Amy said...

Hello pretty snow flakes.  It's been too long since I last saw you!