This is What a Real Blizzard Looks Like

February 28th, 2013 at 2:19 pm by under Weather

Photo courtesy Clyde Wheeler – Near Laverne, OK

Greg’s latest blog post, linking video of the Oklahoma Blizzard from earlier this week, has inspired me.   The National Weather Service posted an excellent review of this same storm here.

Honestly, I am a little jealous.   I grew up in Minnesota and if it’s going to be cold, why not have some fun snow to play in?   No, I am not asking for a crippling snow storm of this magnitude, but how about just once chance to have to use the four wheel drive in my Jeep Wrangler.

So, let’s put this in to perspective.   So far this year, we have had 18 inches of snow here in Fort Wayne.   That is how much northwestern Oklahoma picked up with this one storm:

Snow Totals from the Winter Storm of February 24-26, 2013, courtesy the NWS Norman, OK.

When you factor in the strong winds, you have yourself a full out blizzard:

Wind Gusts During the Winter Storm of February 24-26, 2013, courtesy the Oklahoma Mesonet

So, what’s the chance of this happening here before the end of this winter?  I have learned to never say never in this industry, but I am growing doubtful by the day.

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