Tallahassee's 50th Anniversary Record Snow

By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email

Many of you may recall the 1-inch of snow that blanketed the ground on December 22nd and 23rd, 1989. But that was only one-third of the amount that fell 31 years earlier, on February 12th and 13th, 1958.

Viewer Don Pickett sent us these gorgeous color photos that he took of Florida State University's campus. These photos can be viewed by looking at the video of this story. The snow began on the evening of the 12th and stopped early the following morning. By then, 2.8 inches had piled up. To this day, it stands as the all-time snowfall record.

A cold and very dry airmass was in place over the Southeastern United States at the start of the storm. A weak area of low pressure formed in the Central Gulf of Mexico and passed to our south. Enough moisture from the Gulf low fell into the cold air and created the unusual snowstorm.

The white stuff was such a novelty that even the girls' dorms stayed open past their usual closing time of 10 o'clock so they could enjoy it all.

The 1950s had three measurable snowfalls in Tallahassee. That's more than any other decade. The last measurable snow occurred in the December 1989 storm.

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