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Unprecedented or Not?

Winter of 2013 to 2014

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Winter of 2013 to 2014

Unprecedented or Not

How does this winter so far compare to a “normal” Alabama winter.  Many of us wonder that very same thing and wonder when this madness will come to an end.  There have been some winter storms and several arctic outbreaks, have these really been that unusual or unprecedented?

Records show snowfall is fairly infrequent in Alabama, it does occur to some degree in most winters.  State weather records indicate that most years have at least one winter weather event in which one inch or more of snow occurs somewhere in Alabama.  

The benchmark snowstorm for Alabama occurred during the blizzard of March 1993, when well over a foot of snow blanketed some parts of Central and Northeast Alabama, including 13 inches at the Birmingham Airport.

Keep in mind March snowfalls include 1984 when 2 inches fell in Birmingham, and 1987 when 5 inches were measured in Birmingham and nearly an inch in Montgomery.

Meteorological winter December, January, and February, then:

  • 2014 was the 10th time since 1895 that Birmingham got 5 or more inches of total snow in the winter months.
  • The last time Birmingham got this much snow in the winter months was 6.6 inches in the winter of 1981-1982*.
  • The record winter snow fall for Birmingham is 12.9 inches, set in 1935-1936*.
  • The 5.0 inches of snow for Birmingham this winter are more than 5 times the "normal" (0.8 inches).
 (* Note: the “Blizzard of 1993” occurred in the month of March, which is considered meteorological spring)
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