March Known For Historic Storms
If you don't look outside you can almost think spring is nearly here. Basbeall spring training is well underway, NASCAR is already 2 races into the season and even the PGA Tour has left Hawaii and the West Coast for Florida Tournaments. But us Central New Yokers know there could still be a lot of shoveling still do. In fact the experts say March is known for bring some very nasty storms. Check out some videos and pictures of the bigger ones.
The Weather Channel says three March storms carry historical significance.
The Great Blizzard of 1888
hile details may be sketchy from 125 years ago, reports indicate the 'Nor'Easter dumped more than 40 inches of snow in New York and New Jersey and 50 inches in Connecticut and Massachusettes. Check out these photo's from New York City.
Ash Wednesday 1962
It's called the Greatest Nor'Easter of the 20th Century. The storm raged for 3 days with winds up to 75 m.p.h and dumped more than 40 inches of snow in Virginia.
"The March '62 storm was one of the most extreme weather systems of its type, and one of the most extraordinary meteorological events of any kind, in recorded history," notes Stu Ostro, The Weather Channel's Senior Director of Weather Communications.
March 12 will mark the 20th anniversary of "The Storm of the Century." It pounded the south with hurricane like winds and even near white out conditions in Atlanta, Ga. Even Central New York picked up 35 inches of the snow. Matt Herkimer has details on the local impact here. Check out how big the storms was with vintage coverage from the Weather Channel in this video.
While we all yearn for spring, we know this may be the most unpredicatable weather of the year for the next couple of months. There'll be spring-like days and then more winter weather. According to the Farmer's Almanac forecast, we should see some rain and snow but tempoeratures should be about 5 degrees warmer than normal.
SOURCE: Weather Channel