Sunday, February 17, 2013


Ten Years Ago...

REMEMBERING THE PRESIDENT'S DAY BLIZZARD OF 2003


FEBRUARY 17, 2013 (Baltimore, MD) If you lived in the Mid-Atlantic region, ten years ago this Sunday morning, you awoke to winter wonderland that would soon take it's toll.

The historic storm of Feb 15-18, 2003 would go on to become the snowiest 4 days in  Baltimore records, and live on the memories of many teachers, students and administrators across the state of Maryland as significant event which produced a ripple effect on the rest of the school year. 

Spring break plans were canceled or changed, graduations moved, rescheduled, finals were affected, the school year extended. Summer work crews had one LESS week to prepare buildings for the 03-04 school year, it was a very difficult time for many. 


This photo was taken Sunday evening February 16, 2003 by our founder, Rich Foot at Dundalk High School in Baltimore County, MD during the height of the 2003 Blizzard.

This storm was also one of the first times the words "Foot's Forecast" was uttered in a school classroom, and would become the catalyst that gave rise to our now international forecast team. We welcome your memories in the comments, and we will post more of ours in this story.


10 comments:

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

Well the pattern is going to get stormier but unfortunately it will be a rainy one in the medium range. The stormy pattern will continue into March so that is my last hope in pulling out my 10 inch prognostication at BWI. Next Friday the first we will have to see what the first 10 days of March will hold. If they show the SE ridge popping up than this winter as far as snow is concerned is over.

Not to say we could not sneak a small nighttime event or daytime snow that does not stick, but after the 10th of March we would truly need a once in 30 year storm to break our snow drought. Impossible NO, but high improbable, YES.

My snow interest really dies off after the 10th of March because even a 3-6 event usually melts in 1 day with the mid March sun angle. Unless it is a 1 in 30 year storm minor and even moderate snow events however rare they are just are not that impacting or interesting at our latitude. HERE IS TO A FLOOK! Happy Spring otherwise.

Jeremy S. said...

I do not remember much from that storm. I do remember, though, looking out of the window right after I woke up and saying, "Whoa!!!". Additionally, I remember watching a neighbor trying to drive during the height of the storm. When he backed out of his driveway, he lost control of his car and backed into our mailbox. I sat there watching this with my parents at my side. I think I was laughing, but my Dad was shaking his head. Aww....the memories.

Jeremy S. said...

BTW: Andy, do you know how long the 1993 March blizzard stuck around. I mean do you know whether it melted right away?

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Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

In Baltimore it was gone within 4 days other than some piles. We had about 12 inches of snow in the city. That snow was a heavy wet paste mixed with sleet in Baltimore.

Jeremy S. said...

Well...I finished off my year with a snow total of over 10". I'm happy. It was a lot better than last year. For both the Christmas storms, I got under some heavy bands and picked up 4-5".

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

Jeremy, although winter is almost over your snow season is just begining. I still stand by my late season snow call despite the recent bump in the road.

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

As long as we can pull something moderate before the 10th we wil be fine. Aftet the 10th we need a flook.

BioPat said...

The Blizzard of '58/'59 was certainly a fluke I'll remember all my life. But, in all honesty I am of the mindset that this winter is another bust for Baltimore.

ravensbbr said...

Just doesn't seem that we can all of the prereqs in place for a knock-down blizzard this year. We'll have one or two (storm track, - NAO, cold air) but then something goes awry (dry air, virga, track shifts away last minute) and we get nada...