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TUESDAY MARCH 13 - SUPERSTORM OF 1993 REVISITED
I do a weather program here at the museum on the subject of winter storms, and
as part of that show, I play a
loop of satellite images that shows the development
and movement of a storm so powerful that it earned the nickname "Storm of the Century."
This superstorm was dumping a foot of snow on Wilmington and Philadelphia back on this date in
1993, and a whole lot more a little farther inland. The snow was heavy and wet
and accompanied by near-hurricane force winds along the coast. More than 100,000
power outages were reported in our area, and the storm set the record for Philadelphia's
all-time lowest air pressure, 28.43 inches - that's nearly off the scale on some
This superstorm brought an unprecedented
swath of blizzard conditions from Alabama
to Maine, all in all affecting 100 million people in 26 states. It's hard to imagine
any one storm causing more disruption than that.