Thursday, June 24, 2010

Blast From The Past: Blizzard of 1983

For a strong Nino winter during 1982-1983, the Blizzard of '83 provided a snowy "treat" to the Delaware Valley, bringing 21.3" of snow to the Airport on February 11th and 12th. Until the Blizzard of '96 and the twin snowstorms this last winter, the February '83 snowstorm was the biggest snowstorm of record in Philadelphia, eeking out the 21.0" snowstorm that everyone remembers from Christmas 1909.

From youtube, here is a clip of the blizzard (sort of). Above, an audio clip of the blizzard from KYW with a couple of familiar voices in the background -- Ed Abrams (still with 1060) being among them. Below, from the Kocin snowstorm book, a graphic that highlights the equal opportunity distribution of the snowfall in the February 1983 snowstorm as nearly everyone except the Delaware beaches got nailed with double digit snowfall.