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Current Storm Ranks in State's Snow History

The snowstorm that hit the Upstate Sunday is significant compared to past storms, but not record-setting. State climatologist cli·ma·tol·o·gy  
The meteorological study of climates and their phenomena.

 Hope Mizzell says that, for Greenville-Spartanburg, "The records actually show that this event would be the 11th highest snowfall total since 1962, with 4.3 inches officially going down in the records. Now these are daily snowfall totals."

However Anderson County Anderson County is the name of five counties in the United States:
  • Anderson County, Kansas
  • Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Anderson County, South Carolina
  • Anderson County, Tennessee
  • Anderson County, Texas
 got 5 inches, which puts this storm in the top 10 for that area, going back to 1948.

The one-day record for snowfall for Greenville-Spartanburg was 12 inches, which fell on January 7, 1988. That storm was very similar to the current one, with I-85 at a standstill standstill /stand·still/ (stand´stil?) cessation of activity, as of the heart (cardiac s.) or chest (respiratory s.) .

Complete cessation of activity or progress.
 and drivers stranded.

Mizzell says the all-time record snowfall for the month of March for South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures

Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15.
 is 18 inches, which happened on March 2-3, 1942, recorded at the Spartanburg Water Works.

Another memorable March snowstorm in the Upstate happened March 13, 1993. It was a huge storm, dumping snow from the Florida panhandle The Florida Panhandle is the region of the state of Florida which includes the westernmost 16 counties in the state. It is a narrow strip lying between Alabama and Georgia to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.  all the way up to New England New England, name applied to the region comprising six states of the NE United States—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The region is thought to have been so named by Capt. . During the storm, Greenville-Spartanburg got 9.4 inches of snow, which is the record high total for March for that reporting station.

However the all-time record snowstorm for South Carolina wasn't even in the Upstate. The "Storm of the Century" lasted from February 8-11, 1973. Starting on the late afternoon of Feb. 9, snow fell for 24 hours Adv. 1. for 24 hours - without stopping; "she worked around the clock"
around the clock, round the clock
 straight. The largest amounts fell on a swath parallel to the coast about 75 miles inland. The highest total was recorded at the small town of Rimini in Clarendon County, where 24 inches of snow fell.

Running right through the path of the heaviest snow was I-95, which brought traffic to a halt. About 30,000 tourists were stranded in their cars, with many having to be rescued by helicopter. Eight people died from exposure. At least 200 buildings collapsed. The cost of the storm was estimated at $30 million in building and road damage, snow removal and rescue efforts.
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Author:Robert Kittle
Publication:WSPA - Spartanburg/Greenville, SC
Date:Mar 2, 2009
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