Anniversary of A Snowstorm Which Hit Eastern Half of the Nation! (credit: This Day in Weather History)
DISCUSSION: Back in the later part of the second week of December 1992 certainly provided a substantial thrill for snow lovers across many parts of the eastern United States. This was a fairly long-lived extra-tropical cyclone which ultimately had very far-ranging impacts which extended all the way from the south-central United States to interior New England. Though the event was relatively well-forecasted by all of the associated National Weather Service offices involved, it certainly still had a number of forecast challenges tied to it (e.g., the snowfall forecast map depending upon the spatial extent and variation in the position of the freezing line during the course of the winter storm's evolution. Attached below is the exact discussion provided as a storm summary which was courtesy of the "This Day in Weather History" page on Facebook.
"December 11th, 1992 - A complex storm system moved eastward from the Gulf Coast of Texas to eastern Georgia on December 9 and 10th. In the next 24 hours, the low-pressure system moved to the Chesapeake Bay and rapidly intensified. This system produced gale force winds with gusts exceeding hurricane force affected not only the Mid-Atlantic coastline but also as far southwest as the southern Appalachians where trees were downed and roofs damaged. This storm also produced 20 to 30-foot waves in Massachusetts on December 12 and 13th. Precipitation amounts with the Nor'easter varied considerably. Rainfall amounts of 8 inches occurred in southeastern Massachusetts, while several areas in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Maryland recorded more than 30 inches of snow. Precipitation ended during the evening hours on the 12th. Ten deaths resulted from the storm with insured losses totaling near $850 million and non-insured losses near $2 billion."
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