DISCUSSION: Quite a long time ago on an early winter day back in December of 1896, a fairly unexpected winter storm took shape over large portions of the southeastern United States. As noted in the post courtesy of the "This Day in Weather History" page on Facebook, this particular storm dumped a sizeable snowfall anywhere from Atlanta, Georgia to Charlotte, North Carolina. At the time, even with earlier forecasting abilities of that era, this event likely induced quite a shockwave of surprise across this region of the country which sees shovelable snowfall not nearly as often as other parts of the nation further north. The image linked above was the graphic issued at around 8:00 AM EST on December 2nd of 1896 by what was then called the U.S. Weather Bureau. The U.S. Weather Bureau first began in Washington D.C. back in the early 1890's before it gradually became more modernized into the large, dispersed network it is as of the current day.
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