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March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« on: March 21, 2018, 08:45:35 AM »



Today is the 50th anniversary of the great March 1968 snow storm in middle and west (sorry east folks- this one went northeast before you guys were hit.) Memphis recorded 16 inches of snow in 24 hours then another 2 or so from an ULL the next night for around 18 inches. Nashville was about 9 inches and amounts dropped off significantly east of there. West of Forrest City Arkansas - there was nothing as Little Rock had no snow at all. From reports around here- it was incredibly heavy wet snow which looked like golf balls coming down. All this after being near 80 earlier in the week. Here is a great write up and what interesting times were taking place as well on those headlines.

http://weatherbrains.com/weatherbrains/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/1968-snow.docx
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Re: March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2018, 09:01:21 AM »



Today is the 50th anniversary of the great March 1968 snow storm in middle and west (sorry east folks- this one went northeast before you guys were hit.) Memphis recorded 16 inches of snow in 24 hours then another 2 or so from an ULL the next night for around 18 inches. Nashville was about 9 inches and amounts dropped off significantly east of there. From reports around here- it was incredibly heavy wet snow which looked like golf balls coming down. All this after being near 80 earlier in the week. Here is a great write up and what interesting times were taking place as well on those headlines.

http://weatherbrains.com/weatherbrains/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/1968-snow.docx
always remember my dad talking bout this one I was 5 going on 6 years old . Jackson largest
All time snow on record 17. 3 inches. He said it was gone in two days ...
Come on severe wx season...

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Re: March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2018, 09:03:07 AM »
Here are a couple of YouTube Videos

https://youtu.be/X6pg69ryG-Q

https://youtu.be/3zvZ90ivMAM

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Re: March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2018, 11:24:08 AM »
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Re: March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2018, 11:41:30 AM »
I was about 3 and a half years old. I don't remember much about it except my grandmother stuck my feet in the snow. My parents said family have said Clarksville received between 9-11 inches over Montgomery County. My first somewhat vivid memory was the Christmas Eve snow in 1969, we got 10 inches with that one.

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Re: March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2018, 08:59:22 PM »
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Blytheville, AR- 1.8
Brinkley, AR - Trace
Forrest City * - 5
Marked Tree, AR - 1.3
Newport, AR - 0
Osceola * - 3
Stuttgart, AR - 1.8
Walnut Ridge, AR- Trace
Batesville, MS - 15&
Calhoun City, MS- 8
Grenada, MS - 9.8
Hernando, MS- 12
Hickory Flat, MS - 8
Holly Springs, MS - 11.5
Independence MS - 16
University of MS - 10.5
Water Valley MS - 15
Covington, TN - 13&
Dyersburg, TN - 18
Jackson, TN - 13
Memphis, TN - 17.3
Milan, TN - 16
Moscow, TN -14
Union City - 15.5

The gradient makes my stomach hurt. 16-18" in Memphis and only an inch in Marked Tree, AR. Marked Tree is 33 miles northwest of Memphis. Wild. 1.8" in Blytheville and 18" in Dyersburg. They're 30 miles apart.

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Re: March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2018, 03:23:58 AM »
The gradient makes my stomach hurt. 16-18" in Memphis and only an inch in Marked Tree, AR. Marked Tree is 33 miles northwest of Memphis. Wild. 1.8" in Blytheville and 18" in Dyersburg. They're 30 miles apart.
How about 19" of snow here in Bemis, TN. about 5 miles east of the Jackson, TN airport. Amazing ha.

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Re: March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2018, 07:17:34 AM »
I was 6 yrs old and we lived in Hendersonville back when it was just a dot in a map.  I remember my dad stayed home because Gallitin rd was impassable. He worked at NES. I remember getting my butt busted as I went back out in the snow after my Mom said No!  But I Loved snow even back then! Lol

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March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2018, 10:01:06 AM »
The gradient makes my stomach hurt. 16-18" in Memphis and only an inch in Marked Tree, AR. Marked Tree is 33 miles northwest of Memphis. Wild. 1.8" in Blytheville and 18" in Dyersburg. They're 30 miles apart.

Had that gradient been 50 miles east, MLK would have marched in Memphis THAT week instead of April 4. Who knows what that would have changed.

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Re: March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2018, 03:08:43 PM »
NWS OHX posted this on the Middle TN perspective of that storm:

https://www.weather.gov/ohx/19680321

The gradient of heaviest snows actually cut off west of the Plateau.

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Re: March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2018, 05:37:45 AM »
Had that gradient been 50 miles east, MLK would have marched in Memphis THAT week instead of April 4. Who knows what that would have changed.
I believe that storm happened for a reason- especially if you consider MLK's eerily prophetic speech in Memphis the night before he was assassinated.

A consideration- perhaps - in the seemingly random world of weather.

22“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow

or seen the storehouses of the hail,

23which I reserve for times of trouble,

for days of war and battle?



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Put on my big snow boots and
I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the freezing rain

Snow up high
Won't you pour down over me
Yeah, I got some accretion
But I'm as blue as a boy can be

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Re: March 1968 Middle and West Snow Storm- 50th Anniversary
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2018, 09:45:58 AM »


On a lighter note- this picture of the event cracks me up

 

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