25 YEARS LATER: Storm of the Century still one for the record books

The storm hit the eastern seaboard March 12-15, 1993.

MACON, Ga. -- This week marks 25 years since the "Storm of the Century."

The storm hit the eastern seaboard March 12-15, 1993.

According to a report from the National Climatic Data Center, 270 people were killed, including 15 in Georgia. Additionally, 48 people were reported as missing at sea.

Thousands of people were isolated by record snowfalls, including in the mountains of north Georgia. Generally, all interstates from Atlanta northward were closed.

The official snow total in Macon was 2.6 inches. It remains a top-10 snowiest day on record in the Macon area. At the time, it was the highest one-day snow total seen in five years.


Juliette (Jones County): 4 inches
Macon (Bibb County): 2.6 inches
Butler (Taylor County): 2 inches
Thomaston (Upson County): 2 inches
Marshallville (Macon County): 0.8 inch

Snowfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour were common during the height of the storm.

Over 3-million customers were without power at one time due to fallen trees and high winds.


Highest wind gust: Mount Washington, NH - 144 mph

Highest snow total: Mount LeConte, TN - 56 inches

Lowest temperature: Burlington, VT and Caribou, ME - -12 degrees

Lowest sea-level pressure: White Plains, NY - 28.38 inHG

This storm is often compared to the Blizzard of 1888. That storm also started on March 12, killing 400 people, including 200 in New York City alone. The 1888 storm is often compared to the 1717 snow event which was the result of 4 snowstorms occurring between February 27 and March 7. The 1888 storm was more severe than the 1993 storm in the northeast, but the '93 storm impacted the entire eastern seaboard.

In all, the 1993 storm affected 26 states and about 50% of the nation's population.

On the Saffir-Simpson scale for hurricane strength, it equated to a category 3 hurricane based on storm surge and minimum pressure attained.

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