27 Years Since the Superstorm of 1993

It has now been 27 years since the Superstorm of 1993, also called “The Storm of the Century”, blanketed much of the eastern United States from Mississippi and Alabama to Maine with snow.

Some of the heaviest snow during the storm from March 12-14, 1993 fell in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.  Mount Leconte in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains reported 60 inches.  At Mount Michell in North Carolina, 50 inches was measured.  Some of that snow remained on the ground through April 12.

Snowfall was much lighter outside of the mountains. Charlotte recorded 1.6 inches and Raleigh saw just under an inch.

The storm set all time records for the lowest measured barometric pressure in Charlotte and Greensboro.  

The 1993 Superstorm was more than just a winter storm as it produced tornadoes and damaging straight line winds in Florida. Strong wind gusts also caused damage and beach erosion along the North Carolina coast.   The storm surge and wind destoryed 18 homes at Oak Island.  There were reports that hundreds of homes were damaged at the Outer Banks.