Ice storm this date in 1985 over North Alabama
Posted 02 February 2004 - 03:43 PM
A MAJOR ALABAMA ICE STORM: We have heard several people comment lately that if we don’t get snow or ice in January, that we are pretty much out of luck when it gets to be February. Not so. In extreme NE Alabama, one of the worst ice storms ever occurred on March 2. North-Central Alabama has received some significant snowstorms in February. Even down in Auburn, a Valentine’s Day snowstorm in the 1970s dumped 14 inches of snow. At this time in 1985, a big chunk of North and NW Alabama was in a critical situation. I was working the midnight shift on February 1, 1985. Here are a few excerpts from a special weather statement I issued at 3:15 a.m. on a Friday: "A damaging ice storm is ahead for NW Alabama. The National Weather Service emphasizes that this will be an ice storm of damaging proportions. There will be potential major damage to trees and utility lines and numerous highways will become impassable. There will likely be numerous and extended power outages. Early this morning, power lines were already falling in Southern Lawrence County and on MonteSano Mountain in Huntsville." (Later that day, sleet became so deep that the bottom of state trooper cars were scraping the sleet accumulation. Sleet and ice with some snow accumulated to 11 inches deep. For the first time in history, all roads were closed in Florence. Just a reminder—that was 1985—not today!
[ February 02, 2004: Message edited by: SWL ]
Posted 02 February 2004 - 04:45 PM
Originally posted by GJ:
It was certainly memorable here in central North Alabama ... or whatever we're called.
LOL. I don't like the term "North Central Alabama" as a reference for the Northern sections of Central Alabama. To me, when someone says North Central, that means the Central part of the Northern section of the state. OR - the Northern part of the central part of the state, looking at it from longitude, rather than latitude.
Huntsville, to me, should be considered North Central Alabama!!
Posted 02 February 2004 - 06:21 PM
This ice storm came after one of the biggest cold snaps of all time when it dropped to -11 in HSV. The streets were like ice skating rinks. When the sun came out, it only melted the very top layer, making it impossible to even walk. I literally had to crawl part of the way to our neighbor's house it was so slick. We were very fortunate to have a wood burning stove.
I used to have pictures that I may share someday if I can find them and get access to a scanner.
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