Monday, January 10, 2011

3rd Largest Snowfall On Record Hits North Alabama

Well the Winter storm that everyone has been talking about has come and dumped the third largest total ever in Huntsville. Even though we were seeing snow on radar beginning around 6pm it was not reaching the ground just yet. The air started out a little dry with dew points in the 20s and as the moisture kept on creeping into the area the dew points came up the moisture was here and the snow began to reach the ground. At 8:30pm I saw the first flake in Madison and began taking pictures of my snow plate with a ruler fixed to it. Below are some pictures from today including my ruler throughout the night with the times the pictures were taken. The wooden ruler is fixed the black one behind it was there to support it until the snow reached a depth that the wooden one supported itself. This will surely not be our last chance for snow this Winter, as we usually see our snows in February and early March. Below also are some other snowfall amounts from across North Alabama

CENTRAL FLORENCE / 1.2 S FLORENCE 11.0
ALLD08 KILLEN / 3.0 ESE KILLEN 10.5
ANDA1 ANDERSON COOP 9.8
HTLT1 HUNTLAND COOP 9.5
ALMD26 E MADISON/INDIAN HILLS / 2.6 NE MADISON 9.1
CHARM103 CHARM SITE 103 / 5.3 NW OXR 9.0
ALDK09 FORT PAYNE / 1.4 WSW FORT PAYNE 9.0
MUSA1 MUSCLE SHOALS COOP 9.0
HSV HUNTSVILLE ASOS / JONES FIELD 8.9
CHARM43 CHARM SITE 43 / 7.0 SE HUNTSVILLE 8.9
WEBT1 WINCHESTER BACKYARD 8.8
CHARM186 CHARM SITE 186 / 1.0 NNE MADISON 8.5
ALMD46 HARVEST / MAGNOLIA SPRINGS #2 8.5
ALMG01 DECATUR / 2.6 ENE DECATUR 8.5
CHARM141 CHARM SITE 14 / 2.9 NNW MADISON 8.4
ALLS10 5 N ATHENS / 4.9 NNW ATHENS 8.2
ALCM10 CULLMAN / 2.2 S CULLMAN 8.1
ALMD33 HUNTSVILLE MOUNTAIN / 6.9 NNW OXR 8.0
LYCT1 LYNCHBURG COOP 8.0
FAVT1 COLDWATER / 8 WSW FAYETTEVILLE 8.0
CHARM4 CHARM SITE 4 / 4.7 WNW OWENS CROSS RDS 7.9
CHARM45 CHARM SITE 45 / 5.1 SE HUNTSVILLE 7.9
ALMD28 MONTE SANO #1 / 5.8 ENE HUNTSVILLE 7.8
ALMD13 2 W NEW MARKET / 1.5 W NEW MARKET 7.8
PCVA1 PRICEVILLE 7.7
MOUA1 MOULTON COOP 7.7
ALMD12 S HUNTSVILLE #1 / 7.9 SSE HUNTSVILLE 7.5
ALLS03 REID / ATHENS 4.3 W 7.5
ALMG17 BURNINGTREE MTN #2 / 1.8 WSW PRICEVILLE 7.5
CHARM175 CHARM SITE / 4.3 WNW HAZEL GREEN 7.1
ALMD02 KEEL MOUNTAIN / 2.7 S GURLEY 7.1
ALMD17 MAYSVILLE / 9.9 NE HUNTSVILLE 7.0
CHARM186 CHARM SITE 186 / 1.0 NNE MADISON 7.0
CHARM164 CHARM SITE 16 / 3.4 NNW NEW MARKET 7.0
ALMD42 BIG COVE / 1.0 NW HAMPTON COVE 7.0
ALDK10 POWELL / 6.3 NNE FYFFE 6.9
ALJC12 PLEASANT GROVES / 2.5 ESE TRENTON 6.9
ALJC08 WOODVILLE 1.7 NE WOODVILLE 6.8
LJC03 HOLLYTREE / 7.1 SKYLINE 6.8
TNLC03 MOLINO / 5.8 WSW FAYETTEVILLE 6.7
FOPA1 FORT PAYNE COOP 6.5
ATHA1 ATHENS COOP 6.5
ALMD10 MATHIS MOUNTAIN / 7.2 SSE HUNTSVILLE 6.5
TNLC06 TAYLORTOWN / 7 WNW FAYETTEVILLE 6.4
CHARM197 CHARM SITE 197 / 4.7 E CAPSHAW 6.4
ALMD59 EAST MONROVIA / 5.3 SSE HARVEST 6.4
ALLS02 EAST LIMESTONE / 7.5 E ATHENS 6.2
VYHA1 VALLEY HEAD 6.2
ALJC09 LARKINSVILLE / 5.2 NW SCOTTSBORO 6.2
ALLR02 CHALYBEATE SPRINGS / 7.4 SSW HILLSBORO 6.1
TNFK06 WINCHESTER DRY CREEK 6.0
ALMD01 SE HSV / WILLOW BEND 6.0
ALJC07 LANGSTON / 1.3 NE LANGSTON 6.0
TNLC02 HOWELL / 6.1 NNW FAYETTEVILLE 5.8
ALCT04 S MUSCLE SHOALS / 1.3 SSW MUSCLE SHOALS 5.5
IDRA1 IDER COOP 5.5
OXRA1 OWENS CROSS ROADS 3S 5.3
TNLC12 SOUTH LINCOLN CO #2 / 8.6 S FAYETTEVILLE 5.2
ALCT12 MYNOT/MOUNT HESTER / 5.9 SW CHEROKEE 5.0
GUNA1 GUNTERSVILLE RADIO COOP 5.0
SCTA1 SCOTTSBORO COOP 5.0
TNLC11 TAFT / 10.8 E ARDMORE 4.8
ALMS13 LATTIWOOD / 4.8 WNW ALBERTVILLE 4.7
HTAA1 HOLLYTREE COOP 4.5
CHARM53 CHARM SITE 53 / 1.8 SW HAMPTON COVE 4.5





THIRD HIGHEST EVENT SNOWFALL ON RECORD AT HUNTSVILLE...

AT 9 AM CST...OBSERVERS AT THE HUNTSVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
REPORTED 8.9 INCHES FOR THE JANUARY 9-10 2011 SNOW EVENT. THIS MARKS
THE THIRD HIGHEST EVENT-TOTAL SNOWFALL ON RECORD. THE TOP FIVE ARE:

1. NEW YEARS 1963-64 EVENT....17.1 INCHES
2. JANUARY 7-8 1988............9.6 INCHES
3. JANUARY 9-10 2011...........8.9 INCHES
4. FEBRUARY 15 1958............8.0 INCHES
5. JANUARY 29-30 1936..........7.5 INCHES

NOTE: THE SO-CALLED 1993 SUPER STORM /MARCH 12-13/ RANKS 6TH WITH 7.2
INCHES.

THE 6.5 INCHES RECORDED AT HUNTSVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR
JANUARY 9 2011 ALSO RANKS AS THE 5TH HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL
ON RECORD. /NOTE THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY SNOWFALL OCCURRING ON THE
10TH./ THE TOP FIVE ARE:

1. 15.7 INCHES...12-31-1963
2. 8.0 INCHES...02-15-1958
3. 7.2 INCHES...01-29-1966
4. 7.1 INCHES...01-07-1988
5. 6.5 INCHES...01-09-2011

FINALLY...THE 2010-2011 WINTER SEASON HAS HAD 11.7 INCHES OF SNOW
REPORTED SO FAR. SO FAR THIS RANKS AS THE 3RD SNOWIEST WINTER ON
RECORD. THE TOP FIVE ARE:

1. 24.1 INCHES...1963-64
2. 14.1 INCHES...1935-36
3. 11.7 INCHES...2010-11
4. 11.2 INCHES...1917-18
T5. 10.6 INCHES...1987-88
T5. 10.6 INCHES...1967-68

We may very well make it to second place all time for a single winter season before this one is over as we are less than 4" away from that mark. It would take another storm like we just got to take over #1 from 1963/64 but it is possible.

My initial accumulation chart that never changed, with some confirmed totals from across the valley placed on the map just to see how good of a forecaster I was.





9:30pm

11:30pm

12:30am

1:30am

2:00am

7:00am

This Photo is from one of our followers on facebook Kathleen Holland from Quebeck Tn where she measured 6" with snow still falling

This one is from a good friend Mike Morris taken in Winfield in Marion County Ala, he measured about 3" of snow with a thin coat of Ice on top.







2 comments:

  1. what about the snowfall january 24th of 1940. meaured about 8-9 inches in holly pond alabama

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  2. Yes that was a very bad event with a lot of snow. Although it was known for the snowfall as much as it was for the extreme cold. The Low in was Cullman 16 below zero with 13 inches of snow.

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