Augusta snows rare, but remembered

The big one was Feb. 9-10, 1973

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A 2-inch snowfall in Augusta today would mark the first such occurrence since 1992, according to an analysis of weather data from the monitoring station at Augusta Regional Airport.

Based on records that date back to 1961, just seven snowstorms have resulted in accumulations of two inches or more in Augusta, said Assistant Georgia State Climatologist Pam Knox. The last such event, which left 2.6 inches on the ground, occurred Jan. 19, 1992.

"One thing I notice is that Augusta has gotten many more of its storms in February," she said. Only two of the eight events occurred in January.

The largest-ever snowfall during that period was a two-day event Feb. 9-10, 1973, with a combined accumulation of 14 inches.

Although there have been no 2-inch or greater snowfalls since 1992, Augusta did have a one-inch storm on Feb. 4, 1996, and numerous incidents with flurries or minor accumulations.

The last such event was Jan. 21, 2009, when flurries were briefly reported across the Augusta area.

Timeline: Augusta Snow Events (2 inches or greater)

 

Feb. 9, 1967: 3.3 inches

Feb. 9, 1973: 8 inches

Feb. 10, 1973: 6 inches

Feb. 18, 1979: 3.4 inches

Feb. 6, 1980: 4.2 inches

Jan. 7, 1988:  2.3 inches

Feb. 23, 1989: 3.7 inches

Jan. 19, 1992: 2.6 inches

Source: Office of the Georgia State Climatologist

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Paintbrush365
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Paintbrush365 02/12/10 - 01:49 pm
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We got several inches in 2001

We got several inches in 2001 or 2002. I believe it was February or March.

foxjamin
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foxjamin 02/12/10 - 02:00 pm
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I agree Paintbrush. I

I agree Paintbrush. I distinctly remember getting several inches of snow in Janurary of 2002.

wbrinson
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wbrinson 02/12/10 - 02:05 pm
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What about ice storms? I seem

What about ice storms? I seem to remember having more of them than snow.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 02/12/10 - 02:20 pm
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Yes, I remember doing
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Yes, I remember doing doughnuts in my truck in the Civic Center and the old ASU parking lot @70MPH back in 2002. Fun times! The Climatologist must have been in transition.

jbomb
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jbomb 02/12/10 - 02:35 pm
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It was 2003 the first year I

It was 2003 the first year I live in Augusta,I remember visiting my parents in savannah and coming home to icy roads and snow:)

yelvington
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yelvington 02/12/10 - 04:28 pm
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Got a kick out of the 1965

Got a kick out of the 1965 Rambler American photo. I had one, a convertible. Broke the driveshaft. Never should have let it go.

As for the winter of 2002 -- I don't think it was nearly 2 inches, but it was enough to create panic at the Kroger.

nadps53jrt
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nadps53jrt 02/13/10 - 09:02 am
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We had over 4" of snow in

We had over 4" of snow in March of 1993

Hoser
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Hoser 02/13/10 - 11:07 am
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Yes Foxjamin, it was 2002. I

Yes Foxjamin, it was 2002. I was stationed at Fort Gordon and had 7 inches at my barracks.

happychimer
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happychimer 02/13/10 - 11:46 am
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Augusta had 14 inches of snow

Augusta had 14 inches of snow in Feb 1973.

Petey Aitchess
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Petey Aitchess 02/13/10 - 12:00 pm
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I just dusted off my

I just dusted off my calculator and pulled out these two facts from the above story:

Feb. 9, 1973: 8 inches

Feb. 10, 1973: 6 inches

I added them together and got 14".

Comprehending this whole midnight date change thing seems to be a continuing problem.

Ben There
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Ben There 02/13/10 - 12:10 pm
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I think Mr. Pavey is correct

I think Mr. Pavey is correct not listing the snow of 2002 as greater than 2 inches in Augusta. We did get 2-3 inches of snow in Evans that year, but as I drove into town to work that morning, there was considerably less snow entering Richmond County and hardly any at all once you got into the downtown area.

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