History

  • Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the Super Outbreak of tornadoes, which hit a wide area of the eastern US stretching from Alabama to Michigan.  Until 2011’s massive outbreak, it was the largest outbreak of tornadoes in one event on record, with 148 reported tornadoes, 319 deaths, 5484 injuries, and $3.5 billion in damage.  I…

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  • LiveScience posted an interesting story and video today on how changes in climate have affected past civilizations.  The 3-minute video focuses on the impacts of the Little Ice Age, a time when the earth was about 1 degree F colder than present due to decreased solar radiation and higher volcanic activity.  Some civilizations adapted easily…

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  • The State Climate Office of North Carolina put out a blog post today with a retrospective of the very snowy month of March 1960.  Three Wednesdays in a row received snow in that month due to the influence of a negative North Atlantic Oscillation.  The result was the coldest March on record.  “By the end…

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  • Today is the anniversary of the tornado that hit Atlanta, Georgia, on March 14, 2008.  It made a big impression on me because it is one of the few tornadoes I have seen directly impacting my area (I don’t storm chase, I let the tornadoes come to me). My husband (also a meteorologist), son and…

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  • Some of you who are older might remember the “Storm of the Century”, which happened on March 12-14, 1993.  My in-laws in Birmingham got hit with almost 18 inches of snow and lost power for a week, spending most of that time in bed just to keep warm.  My husband (also a meteorologist) and I…

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  • Marshall Shepherd pointed out this morning that today is the anniversary of what was likely the worst tornado outbreak in Georgia history. “On February 19 1884 a violent swarm of tornadoes raced across Georgia. Cherokee and Pickens counties were hit hard. Near Waleska, 3 children were killed. in Pickens county, Cagletown and Tate were devastated. There…

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  • Another “great” historical weather event happened in February 1899 when a frigid airmass moved from west to east through the country, dropping temperatures and causing the deaths of over 100 people as well as killing numerous livestock and destroying numerous crops, including a large number of orchards in Georgia. You can read more about this…

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