Comparing One Monstrous Storm to Another. (Imagery Credit: NWS Weather Prediction Center)
DISCUSSION: When it comes to looking back in history, there is nothing quite like comparing a past historic weather event to a more modern historic weather event. In the case of historic weather events which have occurred thus far in 2019, one of those events which stand out from many others is the March 13th, 2019 Plains blizzard. The most comparable weather event which compared with that event was an event which happened on the same date back in 1993 which was the March 1993 superstorm which is also known as the “Storm of the Century.” This was an unprecedented winter storm which impacted the lives of millions of people across a large portion of the U.S. Plains states. Even though these storms evolved under different circumstances and substantially different environmental factors, they were each impressive due to their collective impacts.
It should be noted that even though these storms happened during completely different eras of atmospheric observations and research capabilities, they still were respectively impressive. Having said that, it still goes without saying that both weather events will go down in history as some of the more impressive early Spring weather events in recorded history. Moreover, in looking back to March 1993, that storm delivered full-throttle blizzard conditions all the way up and down the U.S. East Coast from Alabama to Maine. As we move forward in time by roughly 26 years, you can see how a blizzard of similar ferocity occurred in March 2019 as severe blizzard conditions across parts of the central and northern Plains regions. Thus, this background information just goes to show that even despite these two blizzards being 26 years and approximately 1,500 miles apart, they were impressive nonetheless.
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