Unprecedented Snowstorm/Hurricane Combinations

Experts tell us that Sandy was unprecedented in that it combined a tropical storm and a snow storm.

Ivan dug up a slew of similar unprecedented events from the 19th century, when CO2 was so low that even sensitive Pikas felt safe.

  1. Hurricane with snow storm – 1839.
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/32164388

  2. Hurricane with snow storm – 1864.
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/66346638

  3. 1866  “The state of things here has been fearful. Snow—gale— , flood, each without precedent, and within three days. ”
  4. 1869: “A more rigorous and disagreeable Easter can hardly be remembered. We had snow, and hail, and rain, a boisterous and cutting east wind, and thunderstorms, in which life was lost. A driving snow storm and a hurricane of wind inaugurated the Volunteer Review at Dover on Easter Monday”
  5. 1872: “The storm continued to increase in power, and the snowdrifts accumulated so rapidly that by night the train was completely snowed in. ‘The storm increased to a hurricane.”
  6. 1873: “During Monday night a very violent storm of wind, accompanied by falls of snow and sleet, visited the higher parts of Lancashire, east and west, and many of the districts further north.”
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/8914959

  7. 1873: “UNPARALLELED STORM IN DAKOTA AND NEBRASKA.”
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/39301431

  8. 1880: “Another terrific hurricane has visited the coast of Denmark, accompanied by a blinding snow storm.”
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/70951031

  9. 1881: “The most disastrous hurricane and snowstorm ever recorded in Great Britain prevailed last night and this morning, causing widespread destruction of property and, it is feared, loss of life.”
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/814716

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13 Responses to Unprecedented Snowstorm/Hurricane Combinations

  1. Ivan says:

    10. 1886 – England.
    “A severe snowstorm and gale visited England on the night of the 27th December, making vehicular traffic almost impossible. A terrible hurricane raged off the east and south coasts.”
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/13626298

  2. rw says:

    Very helpful, even if the original assertions are beyond idiotic. How could there not be late season hurricanes that had associated snowfall?

    It almost sounds like they’re turning it into one of those medieval omens, like a woman giving birth to a calf’s head (that from the 7th Seal), that were supposed to presage some awful events in the future.

  3. Ivan says:

    11. 1888 – America.
    Hurricane and snow storm in America.
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/90348185

  4. Ivan says:

    12. 1889 – Europe.
    “TERRIBLE GALES AND SNOW STORMS.
    The gale which raged for some days—from February 8 to February 10—has, according to all accounts, been one of the most violent that has visited our coasts for many years.”
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/30786503

  5. Ivan says:

    13. 1891 – England.
    THE GREAT BLIZZARD IN ENGLAND.
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/3525122

  6. Ivan says:

    14. 1892.
    Hurricane and snow storm in the Bay of Biscay.
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/13871657

  7. Ivan says:

    15. 1898 – England.
    “A TERRIFIC MARCH BLIZZARD.
    The wind blew with varying fierceness from the north-northeast, and sometimes the icy blast had the force of a gale. In the after-noon there was a fall of snow, at first very thin, but after an hour or so of the gentle fall it developed to a real snowstorm.”
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/44210965

  8. Billy Liar says:

    I think it must have been the low pre-industrial CO2 that did all the above. :)

  9. Andy DC says:

    November 1950-“Extratropical” storm, far more severe than Sandy. Widespread wind gusts over
    100 mph, 108 mph at Newark, 110 at Concord, NH. Also general 2-3″ snows in OH, PA, VW accompanied by high winds and bitter cold. Atlanta got down to -3 (F) in November! Teens in FL

    January 1978-Incredible blizzard in Ohio and Indiana with winds up to 100 mph.

    February 1978-Called an extratropical storm, but formed eye south of New England. Widespread 2-4″ snows with winds 80-100 mph. Catastrophic tidal flooding in New England. Over 100 killed. Boston paralysed for 2 weeks.

    March 1956-St. Patricks blizzard for southern New England. 1-2 feet of snow with winds up to 90 mph. Large ship blown aground. Aapproximately 50 fatalities all together. Followed by second blizzard less than 3 days later. Back streets of Dorchester paralysed well into April.

  10. F. Guimaraes says:

    Thanks for the collected information, I’ll save this page for future reference.

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